16: Foundational Frameworks Part 16 - The Tower of Babel & Humanism


Foundational Truths: The Bible is God’s self-revelation.
God is the Eternal, Sovereign Creator; all that He creates is good.
Man is a responsible agent, held to a moral standard.
Sin originates within a person, separating us from God.

*Some of the notes are from the previous lesson. The Lord convicted me that teaching about the promise of His covenant with Noah and the incident in Babel would be too much. I have added some additional material to this lesson for better understanding.

Genesis 11:1-9. Man had one language (“lip”) and vocabulary. The declaration made is to build a city, a tower, and to make a name for themselves. The motivation: “otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth” (v.4b). This is the beginning of organized religion, being humanism, and is marked as a direct affront to the Most High God, characterized by the overflow of pride. (See Gen 9:1, 7). 

In 10:8-10, Nimrod is listed as a mighty hunter whose kingdom was Babel. This is the same region, later known as Babylon, and today is known as Iraq. If you are familiar with the name “Marduk,” this is the “god-form” that Nimrod supposedly took on after his death.  

Despite man’s efforts upward, YHWH must still “come down” to man (v.5). While man must “build” with bricks and mortar, YHWH creates out of nothing. Being one people and language, only the beginning of the evil that they would devise had become known. YHWH intervenes, dividing the languages, to save mankind from their self-serving humanism. The Human Government had failed to govern itself, allowing for Self to become the center of worship. 11:8 explains 10:11, why Nimrod left Babel and went to Assyria.
YHWH always overcomes man’s schemes to accomplish His purpose.

Humanism- “Secular humanism… attempts to see the worth of humans apart from any appeal to God. Thus humanists often suggest that value is completely intrinsic to the individual.”

On the website americanhumanist.org, we read, “Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”

The American Humanists Association’s by-line: “Good without a God.”

If YHWH determines what is good and right, how can one be good and right without Him? Would “TRUTH” not be up for interpretation? Ex. “As long as you don’t harm another person, you should do what you want.”
Says who?
Who made us the determiners of truth?

The Dispensation of Human Government
1. Responsibility- Man is to “be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it” (Gen 9:7). Man is to judge good and evil, employing the death penalty if necessary (Gen 9:6).
2. Failure- Man neglects to judge evil, allowing for the building of a tower that is meant to establish man’s place as deity (Gen 11:4). This violates the responsibility to fill the earth because everyone is gathered in one place (Gen 11:2).
3. Judgment- YHWH scatters the people, confusing their languages (Gen 11:9).
4. Grace- YHWH narrows the focus of His mission by selecting a pagan from Ur named Abram with which to make His goodness known to the Earth (Gen 12:1-3).