A Tower to Reach Heaven
People in Babel, as is discussed in Genesis 11:1-9 were a wicked people who wanted to reach heaven. So they decided to build a tower for the purpose of reaching heaven. In Genesis 11: 4 it says:
“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.”
This angered the Lord because His people, whom He created, turned away from Him and His teachings. They reverted to their own wisdom and their own means to do those things that they wanted. They tried to reach heaven through purely carnal means. They relied upon the arm of flesh to reach Heaven, when in actuality this cannot be done. Not only that, they also deceived others by talking about making themselves a ‘name’ so that they would be known. When really we must take upon ourselves a name: the name of Jesus Christ.
As a result of this, the Lord scattered the people of Babel by confounding their languages, meaning He mixed their languages. This made it so people could no longer understand each other. Those who could understand each other would soon band together with the few other people they could comprehend.
During this time, there were a group of people named the Jaredites, who we read about in the Book of Mormon. They were a righteous people living in the wicked city of Babel. They did not want to be scattered as the Lord was scattering the people, so they prayed to Him and asked that He would spare them from having their language confounded and being scattered. He blessed them with that desire. Sometimes all we need to do in life is pray and faith in God that He will answer our prayers. He does love us and as we follow Him, He truly waits to bless us.
One of Satan’s tactics in ensnaring each of us is to mimic the things of the Lord. He makes something counterfeit seem as real as he can. He tries to make people believe that they can make a name for themselves and that by doing so they can reach heaven. But this is not the way that Lord has revealed to us. He has told us in scripture in Mosiah 3:17 in the Book of Mormon:
“And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ the Lord Omnipotent.”
So some may wonder how we can take upon ourselves the name of Christ. This is most commonly done at baptism and through making sacred covenants with the Lord. A few chapters later in the book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon this is explained to us in Mosiah 5:5-7 which reads:
“And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God: to do his will, and to be obedient to His commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days, that we may not bring upon ourselves a never-ending torment, as has been spoken by the angel, that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God.
And now, these are the words which king Benjamin desired of them; and therefore he said unto them: Ye have spoken the words that I desired; and the covenant which ye have made is a righteous covenant.
And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.”
While the people of the Babel tried to create a name for themselves by building the tower in order to reach heaven, we as followers of Christ choose to take upon us His name: the name of Jesus Christ. We know that this is the only way that any may gain salvation.
The Lord has prepared a way for each of us to reach heaven. He has prepared a name for us. As we follow Him and His son, we take upon His name and truly become His sons and His daughters.