The Genesis of language
From ab-initio, I believe language existed with God our Father and Maker of everything before creation hence soon after creation of the man there existed communication between God and His creation man.
What are my reason(s) for such statement?
Reasons being that God created by His word when He said Let there be … The Big Book of Wisdom said and there was …(Gen.1:3,6,9, 11,14, 20,24..) but for man after speaking the word, He then formed the man from the dust of the earth and thereafter imputed His spirit into man who became a living being and God commanded man to have dominion over all creations and to name all other creations made by Him. So it was that every creature Adam named remained as named till date.
So we could see if there was no form of communication it could have been difficult for God to give His son Adam such instructions.
Also, we could see that God comes down from time to time to do what? To communicate with Adam and Eve hence he could notice their fall immediately it occurred so that they will not be tempted to eat from the tree(?) of life and live forever when God sent them out of His beautiful garden and set angels to guard it. So language and communication existed from the beginning of things or creation.
But what is language? Let’s state what this term really mean so we will not confuse ourselves and other ignorant people.
Language is defined in many different ways but I will simply accept this simple definition as stated here: Language are words spoken by a particular kind or group of people. Language could also mean one’s mother tongue or learned as a result of association with a particular group. Within a particular nation, state and the local communities, we could have several or various languages being spoken by that particular nation or state or local communities of just a particular nation.
Do we know why we have various or different languages?
The Bible said in Gen. 11:6 That the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
And the Bible said, God came down and scattered the plans of man by introducing different languages in their midst this caused a division among them and caused them to disperse each to his own people
Why did God caused such scattering of the people?
The Bible stated that they were building a tower that will reach heaven- the abode of God as reported in Gen. 11: 1-9
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babe—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
What was their reason for such a project?
The reason being that they want to make a name for themselves and also so that they will not be scattered over all the earth. And since they understood each other(one language), they easily agreed to commence the project. I ask this question, Does speaking one language or understanding a particular language unite us. I said Yes with some culture yet among such people, hatred and killing still exist. Rather than allow these varieties in culture and languages to unite and plant us to achieve greater love for one another; we choose the way that bring displeasure to God and which separates us from the love of God.
When man proposes God disposes but if you are in tune with God’s purpose and plans, I tell you there’s nothing you put your heart to do that you will not be able to achieve.
Let’s put away those things that divide us for example we can see that the moment God introduced different languages in their midst, there was chaos and division and everything was discontinued and dispersion took central position. So many other things exist that divide us. Let’s identify them and bring a lasting solution to them all.
No matter our differences, let our diversity unite us to build our nations, world so that we can have a better place to live in.
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