How Did Language Start

When we were in Davao a few weeks ago, we picked up a book called The Atlas of Language. We have read the Introduction only so far but there is one quote on page 10 that is important to use here.

How & when did this remarkable communication system develop? No complete answer can be given to this question, indeed perhaps no complete answer will ever be forthcoming–no linguists were around to observe human origins.

We will disagree with that statement. There is a complete answer that can be given but since the authors are staunch evolutionists, they will not accept it. Linguists do not have to be around for the following answer to be true.

They are not an authority on language and most of the time, they, like other scientific fields, are merely guessing. We get the answer to the development of language from Genesis 1 verse 26:

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;

Man was given certain qualities that the Trinity already has. As you can see by that portion of the verse, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit can communicate. Then since nothing is impossible for God, they can speak to each other. They have a language.

Human language was given by God to Adam at the same time as he created him. Adam spoke one language that he and Eve passed down to their descendants. It would do God no good if the man he created could not communicate with him.

How could God teach his creation what he wanted them to know and do if they had no communicative power? We see throughout the first few chapters of Genesis that language was already present, with a good vocabulary, comprehension, and so on.

In other words, language is part of ‘in our image.’ God could communicate thus he made sure his creation could communicate with him and each other. There were no millions or thousands of years of development.

Language has been in existence from the beginning of time. As with everything else. God gave man some leeway and freedom to develop the languages he gave everyone. This is why people of the same nation have difficulty understanding other people from the same nation.

Their language develops according to their customs, culture, separation from others, and so on. This is proven true in South Korea. The Koreans who live in Seoul have a very hard time understanding the Koreans who live on Jeju-do.

Then when we go to Genesis 11 we read the following words:

Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. (11:9)

Original languages come from God, not monkeys, or any other animal life form. After the original languages were given, they developed through the means we have already described.

There is a complete answer to this mystery or problem. But those who do not believe in God will not accept it. They will do their best to excise the answer and fill the new void with nothing but more questions and no answers.

Take God out of the picture and you have zero answers.