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The Tower of Babel and the Struggle to Be Like God


History has a habit of repeating itself. No matter how advanced modern man becomes the world still seems to make similar mistakes as in the past and falls for the same lies. One of the lies which America continues to believe is the notion that man can become God. This struggle to be like God is not unfamiliar to man. After all, the serpent successfully convinces Adam and Eve that in eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil they will be like God, knowing all. From the moment of the fall, the serpent repeats this lie from generation to generation.

The serpent plants this desire to be like God in the hearts of the ancient Sumerians, the earliest known civilization. To fulfill this desire, the Sumerians intend to build a tower so high that it will reach the heavens. Though also meant to serve as a symbol of their unity, the Sumerians reveal the true purpose in commencing construction on the Tower of Babel. They proclaim: “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” (Gen. 11:4) Their statement mimics the words which God speaks in creating man: “Let us make man in our image and likeness” (Gen. 1:26). Hence, the Sumerians attempt to parody God’s creative act in building the Tower of Babel.

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