Yesterday afternoon my wife and I rode around Mackinac Island on bicycles. The island lies in the Straits connecting Lakes Michigan and Huron between the Lower and Upper peninsulas of Michigan.
The island has way too many gift shops and fudge shops (19 of the latter, far more of the former), but the 8.2 mile bike ride around the island was spectacular. The day was clear with mid-60’s temperatures, and we enjoyed superb views of the Straits and Lake Huron.
On the southwest side of the island we passed the rock formation in the above photo. The historical marker identified it as “Devil’s Kitchen.” The plaque raised several questions in my mind.
First, why do we honor the devil by naming things after him? It is true that the formation looked vaguely like an outdoor fireplace. But why not honor a godly man from the Bible instead of the enemy of God?
Abraham prepared a meal for the Lord and two angels who visited him (Genesis 18:1-22). No more imagination is required to envision the formation as representative of what Abraham might have used. Moreover, naming it Abraham’s Kitchen would recall an important Biblical incident to people’s minds as they passed.
I wondered the same thing when we visited Devil’s Tower in northeastern Wyoming last month. Instead of honoring Satan, why not call it the Tower of Babel to remind people of an event with repercussions cascading throughout human history down to our own time? (Genesis 11:1-9) (See the Tower of Babel series.)
At the Grand Canyon, many of the rock features are named for various Hindu gods and pagan deities.
Question for the Reader:
What scenic sites have you encountered that should be renamed to honor Biblical personages or events?
Use the comments below to identify them and suggest new names.
For the other question I wondered about at Abraham’s Kitchen, read the sequel:
Abraham’s Kitchen and Arch Rock
Soli Deo Gloria.
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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Mon Oct 22, 2007 A.D.
Read my October 2007 Bible-Science column:
Noah’s Flood—A Global Event.
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. (Genesis 11:9)