From where the languages diverged

언어의 분화는 이성의 한계를 말한다. 바로 거기서 부터 이성으로는 설명안되는 우리를 향한 그리스도의 구원이 시작된다.

성경 본문: 창세기 11:1-9

Today is Trinity Sunday. Triune God be with you. Trinity is too difficult to explain. Many theologian and ministers try to interpret this doctrine but they failed to grasp it. There are two attitudes to understand Trinity. At the one hand, some delve the doctrine itself. At the other hand others neglect the doctrine saying doctrine is made by human being. That’s right. But all doctrine is developed from Bible, Church History, the context of member of early church, their suffering and their effort to keep Christianity. We can oppose a doctrine. To do so, we have to experience more deeply than every context of early church.

Today is Trinity Sunday. Triune God be with you. Trinity is too difficult to explain. Many theologian and ministers try to interpret this doctrine but they failed to grasp it. There are two attitudes to understand Trinity. At the one hand, some delve the doctrine itself. At the other hand others neglect the doctrine saying doctrine is made by human being. That’s right. But all doctrine is developed from Bible, Church History, the context of member of early church, their suffering and their effort to keep Christianity. We can oppose a doctrine. To do so, we have to experience more deeply than every context of early church.

How should we understand “doctrine”? This is the starting point of our faith not a goal. God or truth is greater than sum of all doctrine. We don’t need to say that we must believe, understand and grasp. We have to turn our eyes toward the thinking of God that want us what to do with Trinity. Never use your ability to understand it. Never show your arrogance to neglect it. Let’s see the world with our thanks for Triune God who taught the doctrine.

Why does God explain the fact so difficulty? It would be better if He talk for us enough to understand with our reason and thought. Let’s find the cause from Bebel story. Some scholars said Babel story and Trinity are related each other. That ‘s why verse 7 use plural “us” for one God. It is the assertion that “us” shows Trinity.

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men 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 and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men 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 Babel-because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

According to a different version, Babel is written as Babylon. It means the most prosperous place. What is the last curiosity that is given to the people who have everything. That is about God. The method to know is to see and meet Him. They built Tower. They thought if they see God, they have an ability to stand against God. Even though God use the transcendental power, they shall not be weak and not scattered.

What is the result? They were not only scattered but also used a scattered languages. They tried to know God better, to confine Him in our thought, they rather lost their ability.

Why does God scatter languages? He teaches languages and reason have the boundary.

Another question occurs. Why doesn’t God give the wisdom to understand the complicated theory. He has the intention is threaten us?

God told us the promise of redemption through a limit of language. If the language explains everything, the first obstacle is not an imagination of God but the redemption. Jesus died for us, the statement that we received the redemption by the cross could not be described by language. Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. ” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”5 ○Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

A famous philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said “Never discuss about what can be said.” It means the realm not described with language exists.

From the place where the language fails and the place not plausible, the love of God begins. At that place God want relationship with us. As God exists in relation of trinity, He persists the relation with us in Trinity.

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