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Welcome to the FAQ for module 6—confusion. The following questions include video and/or written answers and are also included in the guide for your leader. You may like to raise these questions during your group time, and we also place them here for you to explore and re-explore at your leisure.
questions leading up to babel
Q 1. What was wrong with Cain’s sacrifice?
The problem with Cain’s sacrifice is that it was not a blood sacrifice.
Q 2. Where did Cain find his wife?
From all the other people that existed at that time.
Q 3. Who are the ‘sons of God’ in Genesis 6:1–4, and what is their great sin?
We can’t be sure who the sons of God were. All we know is that what happened was something particularly evil that earned it a place among the many tragic evil stories of Genesis 4–10.
Q 4. Why did God judge the earth so drastically at the time of the flood?
Because humankind’s sin was so extreme and had spread across the whole world.
Q 5. Why did God allow things to get so bad before he sent the flood?
There are two reasons for God’s delay in sending the flood. The first has to do with God’s patience. The second has to do with God’s righteousness.
Q 6. Why did innocent animals have to die in the flood?
Because God was cleansing the whole of the corrupt earth, not just humans.
Q 7. Was the flood worldwide?
Biblical scholars are divided in their views on this question but there is evidence to suggest the flood was a worldwide phenomenon.
questions about babel
Q 8. Why is Babel important?
Babel is important because it is a major point of departure. Up until this time, humanity was moving in a single group. Everything was fairly standard. One world, one people, one God. But, at Babel, things changed. As people groups were forced to spread out across the earth, new languages diversified, ethnic features developed, nations were formed and various religions began. The world changed shape after Babel. While Babel was the beginning of new languages, new nations and new ethnic groups, the major issue was that, after Babel, each group within the human family developed their own religions.
Q 9. Why did God want people to live all across the earth?
When God made humans, he made them in his own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). As God’s image-bearers, humanity was appointed ruler over the whole earth (Genesis 1:26, 28; 9:1–2). God wanted the human race to manage and develop his creation across the planet. To enable this to happen, humans needed to live throughout the earth.
Q 10. Why did God impose different languages on the human family at Babel?
Originally the whole world had only one language (Genesis 11:1). Then, at Babel, God “came down” and confused their language. It was God’s way of making the human race obey his original command to spread out across the earth (Genesis 1:28; 9:1).
Q 11. How did the different languages develop after Babel?
Language is quite a fluid thing—it’s constantly changing. We only need to enjoy hearing those who speak the same language but have a different accent to know this!
Q 12. Where did our cultural and physical diversity come from?
Our one human family contains great cultural diversity. This variety developed gradually after God confused the language of the people at Babel.
Physical diversity also developed after Babel. As the new people groups formed, the gene pool in each group was reduced. With a smaller gene pool, different physical characteristics developed, including skin colour. Put simply, the reduced gene pool created genetic peculiarities within each group.
Q 13a. Does Genesis teach that there is only one Creator God?
Before we dive into the answer, it’s helpful to remind ourselves of the purpose of Long Story Short. We’re simply trying to understand the Bible’s own message—we’re not seeking agreement on a certain point! Rather Long Story Short is about answering this one question: How does the Bible tell its own story? With this in mind, no matter what cultural and religious background we may have, let’s see how the Bible answers this question.
Q 13b. When and how did alternative religions and the worship of other gods begin?
At Babel, the people left the Creator God (Yahweh) and, from that moment on, began creating their own religions and worshipping other gods.
Q 14. Did God actually create the different nations and determine the exact places they would live? Or did he just let it happen?
The Bible says that God created the nations. Firstly, God himself sent the confusion of language that caused the separation of the earth’s population into separate people groups (Genesis 11:6–7, 9). Secondly, God scattered the people groups across the earth (Genesis 11:8–9). Thirdly, the New Testament says, “From one man he [God] made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us” (Acts 17:26–27).