> Sorry for the misunderstanding. I'm not trying to
> "rationalize" anything. I'm simply trying to
> understand why orthodoxy interprets the Tower
> narrative as meaning that God is punishing mankind
> for building the Tower. What was it about building
> a Tower that makes orthodoxy think God is
> punishing mankind?
> Meanwhile, yes, I am "thinking". I'm thinking
> about the Tower narrative and don't see mankind
> doing anything wrong. If what you're saying is
> that we must accept what seems to be an irrational
> judgement by God, I simply don't accept that level
> of complacency. I believe the Bible deserves more
> respect than such blind faith in the irrational.
> Just because we might not "know" is no reason to
> stop pursuing the truth.
Having personally resisted on prompt by others the temptation to divert/derail the thread to "spiritual" things as explicitly stated request by OP and later by Thanos to (please) avoid I offer:
The fable could be incorporating some, even to them, a long lost physical mystery ( Ziggarat) into a religious context.
The guts to the OT is a violent, angry, muddle minded, GOD. Therefore it is in context of the abrahamic religions perception of "God" interpreted as being "punishment".
The allegory is IMHO is: that the physical realm cannot reach the spiritual!
The danger is that is we master the physical (like building nuclear bombs and power plants which we cannot even yet understand let alone dispose of the consequences) then..... there is the worse implicit certainty that we know it all and there is nothing we can learn!
Now no one should be so presumptuous to know it all ..ought they?
There is so many accounts of multiple catastrophes effecting planet earth that there can be NO DOUBT water inundation happened (likely many times in many places) in the past.
I think the subject is to attempt to explore and reconstruct the remnant of knowledge to point that the Mesopotamian account preceedes the Hebrew version, is virtually a badly transcribed copy... but likely there is even earlier orally transmitted "experiences" of such events.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05-May-16 00:03 by Corpuscles.