This section starts with the tower of Babel account and then goes in a completely different direction. The Babel account is one of God pre-empting evil and putting a stop to it, rather than acting to wipe evil out. This raises a natural objection as to God being a hypocrite - Can God call suffering under man's goals evil when His creation suffers unjustly under His?

That is a very unfortunate question to ask: What is animal suffering then, if it be without merit? If man is free to minimise his own suffering but himself has no solution for animal suffering, does that make God corrupt? Clearly creation is indeed corrupt with suffering - but it was not "gambled" on carelessly and in scripture it is given for men to be rewarded. We could expect a reward for animals. However we couldn't consider animals being under judgement - for only man is under condemnation of God's commandments. Wild animals have no sin, we have a lot to learn.

The Biblical Account
The biblical account of the tower, together with a few common interpretations of the account. The direction of the explanation of the account may seem to be a mix of the familiar and unfamiliar. I only have one real expectation of the account, not as it were a result of the worship of solar deities along the lines of the Osirian cycle, but there is another explanation that is in line with the serpent's use of the dialectic. Clearly these men saw themselves as "gods".

A Centre Of Learning
If Babel was built as an observatory, why would God destroy man's first university? Babel could have been a centre of progress and fulfilled the new age beliefs' requirements for a "Golden Age". However as history teaches us mans efforts are altogether corrupt - we only seek to make life better for our own, there was no sense in the account that men were united in brotherhood. Clearly from the result of the language confounded they scattered as a natural result of deep seated mutual distrust.

The Group Dynamic
The dialectic again rears its ugly head in the interpretation of the account. Whilst God reacted to the deeds of men upon their own lusts with the flood He includes the account of the tower as an example to us of the other and long term form of the dialectic. In human "pursuits" of long term goals, anything justifies the means of those willing to exploit others.

The Question Of Power
God has and can step in to prevent evil, but the cause of evil is mainly man. If it is a question of power, God created the world so He could rest upon it, rather than being the direct intervening cause of every subsequent event. Life is a gift and it makes its own choices, somehow we ascribe beauty to creation without God and people consider God evil not because creation is not beautiful, but because we are corrupt. The math just doesn't add up.

Corrupt? Absolutely
Does a corrupt creation imply a corrupt creator? It does not. But if we first assume a corrupt creation, do we not then consider ourselves corrupt in order to corrupt God with our own corrupt nature? Yes, we do infer upon that syllogism. If we take God out of the equation we immediately make the assumption that creation and ourselves are far from corrupt. Is that not a corrupt attitude? Yes, it is. We altogether follow after the words of the serpent. We have learned nothing from God if that is the case.

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