Journeys of the Heart

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Babel Restored?


rt 2008 reduWhile watching an episode of the new TV series Kings which is based on the Biblical story of Saul and David, (talk about Old Testament soap opera), I was reminded of an old book I had as a child.  My family wasn’t particularly religious, but one Christmas my mother gave me a book of Bible stories.  Alas, the book is long gone, but I still remember the stories and some of the beautiful illustrations that captured my childish attention.  I loved the pictures of the animals marching by twos into the Ark, Moses standing before Pharaoh in the colorful and exotic Egyptian throne room and the tower of Babel being struck by a huge bolt of lightning.  The story of the fall of the tower of Babel fascinated me. It tells how God confounded the languages of the earth and scattered humanity far and wide into different nations while pointing out the consequences of getting too big for your britches, so to speak, as the Babylonians found out when they tried to invade God’s territory.

Fast forward to J.A. Konrath’s session on blogging at the RT Booklover’s Convention this past April.  As we sat there discussing his internationally known blog and the social networks that now abound to link us all together, the story of the tower of Babel popped into my mind.  As I thought about it, it occurred to me that with the advent of the internet, that the nations are no longer scattered.  E-mail, blogs, websites and social networks allows us to communicate regularly with citizens all over the world.  The internet wasn’t designed as a means to reach into heaven, but it has restored the ability to speak to each other in a common tongue.  It was this unity of language and purpose that is mentioned in Genesis as the reason behind the tower’s destruction and the linguistic chaos that followed.  Now I’m not suggesting consequences of Biblical proportions for using social networks.  Just a little something to ponder while twittering and chatting with your friends on Myspace and Facebook.

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May 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. Interesting thoughts, Kathy! The Cyber Tower of Babel (Babble)? Or the Black Hole of Babble?

    Comment by pattie | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. Uh, oh, Kathy. I sense a story here. Technothriller, Apocalyptic, Spy vs Spy, pick your genre. Very good analogy, with English as the universal language. Excellent insight.

    Comment by Bart P | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  3. Definite food for thought, Kathy. I’m going to miss Kings. I did enjoy the show.

    Comment by Amber Skyze | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  4. A wonderful story, Kathy. God wanted his people to multiply the Earth not to reach toward heaven. Now that the Earth is so full, maybe it’s ok for all to unite in one language and move onto the next step in God’s plan. What ever that might be.

    Comment by Autumn Jordon | May 28, 2009 | Reply


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