According to Genesis 10 and 11, the Tower of Babel was a tower that the people of the world wanted to build. People were united to work together to complete this enormous task. Sounds great doesn’t it? God didn’t think so. He saw that man was uniting under a humanistic spirit in order to do what they wanted. God saw that there wasn’t much man couldn’t do if he really put his mind to it. Instead of destroying the whole place and starting over, God confused the languages of the people. No one could communicate and the tower (and the humanism idea) never quite got off of the ground.
Whether you believe this to be a literal event, a nicely told story or maybe you don’t believe in it at all, there is a lesson to be learned here. Man is capable of amazing things. When these things are done to glorify man, apart from the Spirit of God, trouble ensues. I’ve added bioethics.com to my blog roll. A well-developed site that asks Should we? not just could we? Could cloning be the Babel experience of the 21st century?
In Dubai, the physical limits of man’s engineering abilities are being put to the test. Entire islands are being constructed to glorify people. (The shiek of UAE in this case) The amazing Burj Dubai is perhaps the literal 21st century Babel experience. This very-well-put-together-site has some amazing photos, facts and some inspirational music too.
Whatever it is about these two topics (genetic engineering and extreme architecture) I find absolutely fascinating. The ability to create, manipulate and better the world around us, and now even the life in us, is incredible. God is creative. We’re made in his image – we’re creative too.
When we work with him, all things are possible.