Amazon challenges God?

Some say it looks like a poop emoji. There are dozens of conjectures about what it looks like, but I’ll tell you this, unbelievably not even one description that I saw mentioned the famed tower of babel. Most were ziggurats back in the day were stepped pyramids, as in Jacob’s ladder, upon which the Babylonian gods were to descend and ascend, with a meeting of the twain at the top. There is a somewhat anomalous if much more famous twisted version to be seen in Iraq, but it is tiny, mostly destroyed, just pitiful, nothing like the more famous painting.

We recall the account in Genesis 11:3-9:

  • They said to one another, “Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.” They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth.” The LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men had built. Then the LORD said: “If now, while they are one people, all speaking the same language, they have started to do this, nothing will later stop them from doing whatever they presume to do. Let us then go down and there confuse their language, so that one will not understand what another says.” Thus the LORD scattered them from there all over the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the speech of all the world. It was from that place that he scattered them all over the earth.

There is plenty of vocabulary and literary devices going on in there which recall Genesis 2:4a–3:24, wherein we read about original sin and the disarray in the spirit of man, his dumbed down communication because of being so narcissistically concerned with himself as cut off from others.

There’s a lesson to be had here. Unless there is a recognition of the fallen state of man and the need for redemption wrought in God’s justice, that is, the Son of the Mother of the Redeemer in Genesis 3:15 who will stand in our place, the Innocent for the guilty… unless there is honesty about and repentance from our specious motives, any attempt on our part to control the world through manipulation will only end in further division, further chaos, further misery, until we are brought so low that we will call out no longer to the Tower of Babel narcissists, but to God.

But we are putting God to death. God speaks eloquently from the silence of the tomb. And then He rises from the dead and is present to His little flock, God who is Love, Living Truth.

We are not united by draconian censorship and identity politics (making a name for ourselves). We are not united by being in fear of a totalitarian Police State. We are united by Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, all with the freedom of the children of God.

But to say that God loved the world so much as to send His Son to redeem us is now considered hate speech and subversion, sedition, treason. To say that our identity is to be found in God is makes one liable to be attacked by marauding bands of anarchists who insist that only their lives matter.

C’mon Amazon.

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3 responses to “Amazon challenges God?

  1. elizdelphi

    Not just that, it’s like an interpretation of the Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon as just one thing. I agree it looks like the famous, albeit probably fanciful, painting.

  2. Aussie Mum

    I’m afraid I’m pondering again … hence another long comment. :-/
    When I am reminded of the powerful Nimrod and of Babylon (in what is now Iraq) and its Tower of Babel, one-world government comes to mind. God’s confusion of languages sent mankind to the four corners of the world and subsequent attempts to reunite all mankind under a powerful leader failed (Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin being recent examples) because there wasn’t a single global culture (a world-wide language, religion/beliefs, behaviours etc) nor the “tools” that could bring every part of the globe under the political control of a single entity. Now, though, we have those tools because of advances in technology – the world-wide web (communication and surveillance) and weaponry that can disrupt and even annihilate whole nations in minutes. A single global culture is well underway too – English is now the world’s lingua franca and communist ideas (the belief that traditional Christianity and the traditional family are archaic and insupportable in an advanced/well educated society, and that man can and will create a utopia on this earth) have infiltrated every influential institution on earth (the Church, academia, media, politics and large corporations). Amazon is a large corporation and yes, its planned helix office tower, complete with “Hanging Garden”, does indeed bring the Tower of Babel to mind.

    Re the Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens
    ‘ “Rawlinson … places the tower on the ruins of Tell-Amram, regarded by Oppert as the remnants of the hanging gardens.’ https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15005b.htm
    Interestingly, Amazon advises: “The Helix at our Arlington headquarters will offer … lush gardens and flourishing trees” https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/headquarters-helix-amazon-reveals-eye-catching-office-tower-75636411
    The Hanging Gardens incorporated trees too: “The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World listed by Hellenic culture. They were described as a remarkable feat of engineering with an ascending series of tiered gardens containing a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and vines, resembling a large green mountain constructed of mud bricks. It was said to have been built in the ancient city of Babylon, near present-day Hillah, Babil province, in Iraq. The Hanging Gardens’ name is derived from the Greek word kremastós (κρεμαστός, lit. ‘overhanging’), which has a broader meaning than the modern English word “hanging” and refers to trees being planted on a raised structure such as a terrace.”

    So not only is Amazon’s planned “Helix” shaped like the Tower of Babel, it will also have the kind of gardens that some researchers believe the Tower of Babel had. Hmmmm.

  3. Aussie Mum

    Forgot to reference the last quote in my comment above. It was taken from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging_Gardens_of_Babylon

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