There is no book like the Bible. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny its power to transform lives. It is the most beloved book on the entire planet, and also the most hated. Millions have died for the Bible, and countless have killed for it. The Bible motivates some of our greatest achievements as a race, inspires some of our noblest actions. At the same time, it is blamed for wars and atrocities too horrible to mention. Hence the question: Is the Bible the unadulterated Word of God, His infallible truth? Or as some claim, is it just a collection of myths that Christians piece together and attempt to portray as “the Word of God”?
First, let me be clear. I am not a Bible scholar. I am not a historian, a preacher, philosopher or an otherwise “Bible expert.” The goal of this series is not to prove the textual accuracy of the Bible. I will not focus on manuscript or archaeological evidence, literary or prophetic consistency. Although as a Christian I naturally espouse the view that the Bible is true, I will attempt to be unbiased. I will draw evidences from everyday life, things that we know and experience, to prove undeniably that the Bible’s claims are, in fact, true.
We Speak Different Languages
The scientists are mum on this one. They can’t quite figure it out. Asked why people speak different languages they concede, We don’t really know, not enough information. They rely on linguists to develop theories on how our early ancestors supposedly developed languages. Perhaps they spent time imitating sounds from nature, they hypothesize, babbling unintelligently at first, eventually forming words that took on meaning, and used those words in sentences to create the different languages. It’s all by chance, of course, but it culminated in some 7,000 languages and dialects worldwide!
What’s interesting is, while science is scratching its head, the facts are recorded in the Bible with no equivocation. It tells us very clearly why, and how, we came to speak different languages.
In the wake of the great flood that swept across the globe, God ordered humanity to spread around the earth (Genesis 9:1). But they refused and instead settled in Shinar, where they devised to “‘build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky’” (11:4, NLT). The tower would serve two purposes: 1) It would “‘make us famous,’” and 2) it would “‘keep us from being scattered all over the world.’”
God came down to investigate the matter and didn’t like what He saw. Because the people were united and spoke a single language, God recognized the danger of an evil purpose, and decided to nip it in the bud. So He confounded their languages. An English speaker would ask a Chinese for materials. A Spanish speaker tries to convince a German to cooperate with him. Greeks try to get assistance from French. But they could not understand each other. Frustrations ensued. Anger flared. And they were compelled to abandon the project. Those who spoke similar languages banded together and went to live in different parts of the world. This is why today we speak different languages.
Of course many will dismiss this story as just another biblical myth. But the greatest proof we have that the Bible’s claim is true is the fact that, today, nations around the globe speak about 7,000 (or more) different languages. The Bible does not attempt to prove itself true. Rather, it states the facts and lets you decide for yourself whether or not you accept them.
—Sam Belony, 527A040716Th