Saturday, April 3, 2010

What the Babel???

At one time the world had one language. A group of men settled in one place and lived as one people. They built themselves a city with a large tower, one that could reach the heavens. They wanted to bring glory to themselves as a people, without bringing glory to God.

The bible says that God came down from heaven and scattered them, confusing their language so that they would no longer understand each other. (Genesis 11:1-8)

"That is why it was called Babel [translated as confused] -- because the LORD confused the language of the world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the earth." (Genesis 11:9)

Many times I've wondered why God would have taken such rash measures. The language barrier has always caused difficulty in my life. language classes in school always made my head hurt, and when I went on mission trips to Spanish-speaking countries I always made sure I had a translator within arms-reach just in case a local tried to speak to me.

Though I still struggle with the idea that God would want to confuse his people and scatter them throughout the earth, I am able I am thankful he did.

I am a Canadian girl, currently living and going to school in the USA. I am now exposed to more culture variation then I have ever had in my life. Our school is a kaleidoscope of cultures, languages and backgrounds. I attend Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia. It is where the North and the South meet, and where International students, like myself, learn not only from professors but from the students we live and learn with on a daily basis.

I am fasinated by culture, by race and by speech. Each moment is a lesson and I would not have those lessons if it wasn't for God's actions at Babel. He scattered his creation throughout the earth and through that we have a world that is worth exploring.

I hope that through this blog I will be able to share my life with you. The amazing, amusing, and sometimes simply interesting discoveries that unfold themselves in my life will be posted for your viewing. I want to here your responses as well as your cultural view, as well.

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