Man’s Intelligence and Certain Destruction


Genesis 11:1-9 Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

The wonderful aspect of the word of God is that there is consistency in what it speaks. Regardless of how hard it is for us ‘intelligent beings’ to comprehend God’s ability to create the heavens and the earth and not be physically present (In our 20/20 vision), I have to thank God that until now, we have seen consistency and relevancy in all that has taken place.

Man fell yet prospered, is evil yet not totally condemned and rejected by God and we have come to the point where this sinful man has now started to use the knowledge gained from the fall of man to become God.

I refer here to the building of the tower of Babel, the effort of the combined intelligence of the men in Shinar who decided to make a monument that would reflect the glory of their knowledge, ability and skill. Does it not remind us of the great monuments from history of man’s achievements?

The question that comes to mind here is not why these men made this structure or how come they spoke the same language but why God did not destroy them but rather made them speak different languages and sent them away?

God who created the heavens and earth could have just instantly destroyed them but instead chose to separate them and this certainly may not have been the wisest of decisions considering the sin in the hearts of these men. Now the problem would be compounded as these men went abroad, grew in number and grew in their sinfulness! Don’t you agree?

I am reminded of God’s word in Romans 3:23 (NLT): For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Regardless of what God does, the act of eating of the fruit of the tree of good and evil brought into the world sin that forever made man sinfulness and rebellious of God. Sin took dominion and separated us from God forever.

Today we deal with sin in such a powerful way that we do not even recognize it as sin! Take Christmas and Easter for example. They are great celebrations globally of santa claus and the easter bunny and mankind fully accepts these events as a celebration of its own rather than the real reason, the birth and resurrection of the messiah of this world, Jesus Christ.

God is not powerless but He certainly is merciful because He does not want us to be lost in our sin but be found in His LOVE! Are you blinded by sin and the truth of God and do you want His peace in your life? Call on Jesus Christ right now and be saved from death and eternal destruction.

Are you saved and live in blindness to the power of Satan in this world? Humble yourself before God and ask Him back in to be the ruler of your life and be the lamp unto your path as you walk toward Him and His glory.

In His Loving Service,




About Author

Meet Vineet Verghese. He’s what you call a “free spirit.” Vineet was born in Charbath, Orissa (a state in India, just FYI) to a Protestant Malayali family. During his childhood, he lived in Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin, Bangalore, Hyderabad (again), and then Dubai – his dad was in sales. During his junior year in high school, Vineet met his first pen pal and future wife in the lobby of the Kuala Lumpur airport. For 3 years, they wrote each other until finally, at age 18, he popped the big question…over the phone of course. His fiancé was older than him and was not Keralite. This did not please his family. To make matters worse, she introduced him to a cult, or, so they thought. “I always considered myself a Christian,” he said. No matter what city they lived in, his family always attended the CSI Church. But it wasn’t until he visited her church, an Evangelical Church mind you, that he finally accepted Jesus as his savior. Over time, Vineet was able to reunite with his family – the credit goes to his two children. Career wise, Vineet has been there and done that. He’s worked in restaurants, hotels and banks – everything from banquet sales, team management and product development. Nowadays, he and his family live in Canada. He keeps himself busy with commercial banking, photography and family. And as far as he is concerned, Jesus is his Lord and Savior.