nationalities come from

By Monty Spencer

Where did the different nationalities come from? To explain this to a Christian is pretty easy, but to the rest of the world, not so much. I am going to try. Let’s pretend that some of the Bible is true. In the book of Genesis, it says that God created the world and everything in it and on it. Adam was the first man created, then Eve. They sinned and God threw them out of the Garden of Eden. God told them to have children and multiply, which they did until Genesis 6, where the sons of God (His angels) married the daughters of men and they had children. Some Bible translations call these children Giants and some call them Nephilim. However, God did not like that His angels married the daughters of men. He said He was sorry he had made man. As a result, God destroyed the earth with a worldwide flood and wiped out all the people on the face of the earth except for eight – Noah and his family. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and he was perfect in his generations. In other words, his genealogy did not have any angel in him or his children. Noah and his wife had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth and they each had a wife. God spared this family through the Ark.
When the waters receded, the Ark landed on the mountains of Ararat in Turkey. (People have been looking for the remains of the Ark for years, but I know they will never find it until the Lord wants it found. He wants you to believe in Him by faith. If you saw Noah’s Ark that would take faith out of it.) Now Noah’s children began to multiply and repopulate the earth. Genesis 11:1-9, it says, “Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. It happened, as they journeyed from the east that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. In addition, they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” (I wonder who told them they would get scattered over the earth.) The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. The Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”
Most scholars think the Babel incident took place about 2,200 BC or about 4,200 years ago, give or take a few hundred years. Babel was a ziggurat, which is a pyramid shaped, stepped configuration. Interestingly, Mexico has similar structures. While I was traveling, I visited the Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza. It is estimated the Mayans used these temples between 3,500 years and 4,000 years ago. They are beautiful structures. I actually climbed one. Going up was not too bad, but coming down was a bit of a challenge. With only a chain to hold on to, I slowly worked my way down. Once down, I read the theory on the how the Mayan people came to be in that area. The theory is these people traveled from France on homemade boats. I do not believe that! God put them there when He “scattered the people abroad from there over the face of all the earth”. Many areas on the earth have structures such as pyramids and ziggurats. You can do a search on the Net and find evidence of them around the world. The thought occurred to me that if I were in Babel when the Lord scattered the people living there at that time, would I pick up what I was doing when I left Babel. Of course. God’s word tells us how the different nationalities of the world came to be. He put them there and they continued to build the pyramid shaped structures. Archaeologists and scholars do not even consider this. I have noticed, after talking with many inmates, that the higher the I.Q., the less they believe the Bible is God’s word. I have a sign in my office that reads, Knowing Jesus and helping others is the rent that we pay on earth for our room in heaven. It’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know; Jesus Christ.

Monty Spencer Assistant Chaplain Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office