In my list of things that I have begun to question, something earlier in this past week caused me to think about the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11.
Although it is a very recent problem I encountered, I decided to write about it first because it will be short.
The story goes that God saw the people building this city and tower to reach the heavens, so God confused the languages to put a stop to it. He says that if He didn’t there would be nothing the people couldn’t do. He couldn’t have that so He confused the language, made they speak different languages so that they would leave off building this tower and separate themselves.
Now, besides the obvious question- did God not foresee this all?, you have the issues of 'reaching the heavens'.
Did God actually believe they would reach heaven? The story certainly implies that.
I did a little research on oxygen, building heights, etc.
Could they have really reached 'the heavens'? How far away was heaven?
They would have run out of oxygen at about 21,000 feet. Would they have reached heaven before then?
We know now that you can shoot a rocket straight up and unless you hit an asteroid or a planet, it could go indefinitely into the huge expanse of space.
Wouldn’t the creator of all this known this? Just what did He think they could reach?
The tallest building to date in these modern times is the 829.8-metre-tall (2,722 ft) Burj Khalifa in Dubai (of the United Arab Emirates). (Wikipedia) There is talk of taller ones, it is theoretically possible with today's technology to build one about 4,000 feet tall. The issue on these tall buildings is that the base has to be so wide it becomes impractical to go high, real estate prices being what they are.
Was God really afraid they could do anything approaching tall enough to reach heaven?
I think not.