Well, now, Panda says I'm lying that we recognize it as the Revelation beast so you are in disagreement with him. And "whether you like it or not" includes your opinion that it doesn't look enough like the beast of Revelation to satisfy YOUR judgment. That's fine, but WE do find it very interestingly suggestive "whether you think so or not." Why do you all insist on making us think like you do? Leave it alone already.
Now if you want to argue that God doesn't want people who speak different languages to work together, I guess you'd have a case, but I very much doubt that any of the traditions you favour interpret the Bible that way.
God wanted the people to disperse, He did not want them to "work together" at the specific project of "making a name for themselves" with attempts to reach the heights of God, and that's why He confounded their tongues. It did succeed in getting them to disperse.
I should also mention finally that we consider that God began to repair the curse of the confounding of tongues at Pentecost.
You are right about that being the best evidence for this particular claim. I'm going by the commentaries because I haven't studied or meditated on the incident myself, and until I do that I'm not going to find fault with the commentators who have a good reputation. When a number of them agree it's a pretty good sign they have a good understanding of the passage.
"General vicinity" means the Middle East basically, probably you have a smaller area in mind than I did. Nobody knows for sure where the ark landed but one likely area is in Asia Minor or what is now Turkey, and Babel was founded southeast from there, maybe about a thousand miles, but hardly as far as God commanded them to disperse. India, China, Africa, Europe would have been more like "replenishing the earth."
Yes you can tick off all those differences and to your mind that makes us wrong. Again, this is all a subjective judgment, we CAN'T be wrong. This argument is really ridiculous. We're perfectly capable of toting up the differences ourselves. Obviously to us that's all unnecessary, but since you think it's necessary you actually think that makes you RIGHT?
Somehow "we can't be wrong" because there is no absolute certainty possible in such a subjective case translates in your mind to absolute certainty? The point is nobody could be right OR wrong on such a judgment call. What is the point in even trying to talk to people who think like you?
No desperation involved. A bunch of us IMMEDIATELY saw the Europa statue in terms of the woman on the beast in Revelation. Straightforward recognition. All the "objective" stuff is absolutely irrelevant.
Like I said we immediately see the connection. Woman riding beast. We don't "determine" anything. Why is so much being made out of this very simple thing? There is no way there COULD be an exact match, all we COULD have is a hint at a similarity. Beast, woman riding. Very basic. But alone it probably wouldn't mean much. The shape of the building that reminds us of the Tower of Babel, the flag with the twelve stars in a circle that its designer saw as related to the Catholic interpretation of the woman in Revelation 12, the supposedly empty 666 seat which somebody said isn't empty but others say is. This is not some kind of hard and fast correspondence here, this is a collection of suggestions that some Christians find intriguing and in keeping with our understanding of how the last days are to play out. I don't hold any of it with an iron grip, it's all simply interestingly suggestive, nothing to deserve all this argument.