Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The LORD said, "Nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them."

An artist's concept of the biblical Tower of Babel below:
Athanasius Kircher, Turris Babel 1679
Genesis 11: 1-5

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."

But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

Ground breaking for the Burj Dubai was 9/4/2004. There is a similarity between the Kircher drawing of 1679 and the under construction photo by photographer Calajava. People have been writing, blogging, taking photos of the new tower being built in Dubai for years now.
And I would think there have been people writing about the Tower's similarity to the Tower in the Bible.

The story of Tower of Babel has always been a stickler for me. Why would God deliberately divide us so that we can not reach our potential? Despite all the answers that I've studied and listened to, such as the Babel Tower was not for God but for Man's Pride, there is still a question in my heart as to why would an infinite God (or a god) be so threatened by the finite Human that this God would deliberately act to put us in our place by messing us up? Even human parents wish and give everything so their children can excel.  Why would a Father in Heaven be any different to his own Children?  Puzzling ...

Well, Bible or not, God or not, messed up or not, the Dubai Tower is almost finished with a delayed opening in 12/2009. Just in time for Christmas! Even before its december opening, the Burj Dubai stands as a 818 meter (2683.73 feet) symbol of what we can accomplish. God went on the record saying, nothing will be impossible for us. And it makes me think ...

What is next on the to-do list?

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