Where did all the nations and cultures begin? Who or what is the true founder of all cultures and nations? Many think it is the tower of babel, which is understandable but have you ever truly thought about where all the different cultures come from?
The story of babel
After the flood, everyone spoke one language and as they were traveling, they found a huge plain area and there they decided to build a city with a great tower that reached into the heavens (Genesis 11:4). They wanted to make themselves a name and be a powerful city. But of course, God was watching the whole time and decided to come down to see the city. He was ashamed that they had not obeyed a simple command that’s been passed down from generation to generation. Be fruitful and multiply. God wanted them to spread across the earth, He did not want them to stay together in one place. So what did the Lord do? He confounded their language so no one could understand each other and He scattered them across all the face of the earth. He spread them out to every country and continent and gave them all different languages.
It’s easy to believe that the tower of babel is the founder of all diverse cultures but it’s not.
Noah was told to build an ark. He was told a great flood was coming and him and his family would be the only survivors. Noah built the ark, got inside with all the animals, and drifted on open water for 40+ days. When the waters went down, Noah, his family, and all the animals were able to walk out on dry ground. This was the beginning of all the nations and cultures to come.
Two verses that help conclude:
And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
It was not the tower of babel that founded all the diverse cultures. It was Noah, and his family.