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Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Future Is in Our Own Hands, Isn't It?

As was the case with Katrina, experts say the federal government hasn't done enough to prepare. "L.A. Quake Damage Would Dwarf Hurricane Katrina."

WASHINGTON -- As many as 18,000 people dead. More than $250 billion in damages. Hundreds of thousands of people left homeless. That's not the latest estimate of Hurricane Katrina's toll on the Gulf Coast. That's a worst-case scenario if a major earthquake were to hit Los Angeles.

As was the case with Katrina, experts say the federal government hasn't done enough to prepare. "

Ge 11:4 "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."

It was very sensible, you know:

There may be another flood, they said to each other at Babel. We have to build a tower big enough so that we can escape. By our collective action we can escape the ravages of nature that we refuse to believe are under the control of the Creator. This is the only solution. We will be scattered and destroyed by the forces of impersonal nature. We are in this on our own. There is no God and there is no power except our collective power.

The alternative that some old fogies talk about is stupid. They talk about repentance and faith and trust in God. How dumb is that? We make our own heaven and earth. Hence, the tower. People in the future will praise us for our foresight.

God, as usual, writes the final chapter on human endeavors:

"Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." Gen. 11:7-9

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