The Bible is Wrong About The Tower of Babel

The story of the Tower of Babel, in just 10 verses presents the Christian with 8 inconvenient truths, each one of which shows, once again, just how totally wrong the Wholly Holey Holy Bible is.

First, a look at the most relevant of the 10 verses:

And the beginning of his (Nimrod’s) kingdom was Babel, Gen 10:10

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.Gen 11:1

let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven;  Gen 11:4

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded Gen 11:5

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Gen 11:6

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. Gen 11:7

and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.Gen 11:9

Now For The Inconvenient, Unpleasant Truths

  1. “…whole earth was of one language”.
    No it was not.The Babel story contradicts earlier bible stories

    • in Genesis 10:5,  we learn that “the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” This verse is referring to the descendants of Japheth. One of the three sons of Noah. Thus we have the Gentiles already in their lands, each with their own tongue.
    • in Genesis 10.20  we learn that “These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.”
    • in Genesis 10:31  we learn that “These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.”

    So, it turns out that “And the whole earth was NOT of one language, and of one speech as Genesis 11:1 says it was.

  2. “…beginning of his kingdom was Babel”
    The Babel story is set three generations after Noah. Noah begat Ham who begat Cush who begat Nimrod, the “mighty hunter” and the beginning of his (Nimrod’s)  kingdom was Babel. How large was the “city” of Babel at the beginning?  We can’t say, but there is not much time elapsed between Nimrod founding Babel (Genesis 10:10) and the Tower of Babel story (Genesis 11:1). There is no indication that anyone went to Babel with Nimrod. Other sons of Cush went together to form other cities in the land of Shinar.

    And the beginning of his (Nimrod’s) kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Genesis 10:10

    There is no reason to believe that there was anything resembling a “city” of Babel; maybe Nimrod and a couple of others. There could not have been anything like a kingdom of Babel.
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  3. and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
    God is afraid??? There is no evidence of a loving, merciful, just, omnipotent God in this verse.
    * Not omnipotent he seems to think that he doesn’t have the power to prevent them from “dong that which they have imagined to do“: God does not know that he is omnipotent.
    * The loving, merciful, just God doesn’t want his creations to live their dreams?The Lord, your God wants to suppress his creations’ imagination and their ability to carry out their dreams. He doesn’t really want us to be godlike.
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  4. .. came down to see the city
    Came down to see the city? Why did He have to “come down”. This means that the lord is not omniscient. He has to personally experience an event in order to know about it. That sure puts the lie to an omniscient God.
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  5. let us go down,
    Let US go down” Who is “US”?
    The use of the word “us” implies plural; more than one. Who is God talking to?
    This is prima facia evidence that there is more than one God.
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  6. and there confound their language,
    Confounding language does not cause dispersion. To confound the language of a group of people would not cause them to disperse. It would draw them closer together. No one would leave a group of friends to venture into the unknown just because they can’t understand them.

    People who have different languages communicate quite well with gestures, pantomime, smiles, etc. It wouldn’t be long before they would have evolved another common language.An omniscient God would know this and would not have even bothered to “go down and there, confound their language”.
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  7. let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven;
    Really? God actually thought the good citizens of Babel could really build a tower so high it would reach Him in heaven. An omniscient God would know that there was no way to build a tower high enough to reach into the heavens. Thus, God is not omniscient.
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  8. scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth
    The inhabitants were each individually scattered abroad upon the face of ALL the earth. OK – so the ten, twenty inhabitants of the city of Babel are scattered abroad upon the face of ALL the earth. (By the way, that would include the continents of Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America).

    How is it then that there are many more languages today then there were dispersed inhabitants of Babel? if the only way new languages form is when God comes down and confounds language, and the Bible tells us of only one time that he did so, then there should be only a handful of languages.  The most extensive catalog of the world’s languages, generally taken to be as authoritative as any, is that of Ethnologue (published by SIL International), whose detailed classified list as of 2009 included 6,909 distinct languages.

Summary

The Tower of Babel fable presents your God as not omniscient but stupid, not as loving, but selfish and cruel; it contradicts earlier biblical stories about the origin of multiple languages, it presents a scenario opposite of what people would do,  and it contradicts what everyone knows about languages; i.e. they evolve and are still evolving.

This nonsense story is simply an attempt by bronze age man to explain the different languages – which would have been a real mystery to the ignorant people of the time. It shows that, if there is a God, he isn’t very powerful or very smart.

The Truth Is

The earth was never of one speech. The history of language is as full and complex as the history of mankind. See History of Language. It is patently obvious to anyone with a working brain that this story was an attempt of either J, E, D, or P (See documentary hypothesis) to explain how different languages came to be. Of course the author of this “explanation” was unaware of the other author’s (J, E, D or P) “explanation” because the various writings weren’t combined until after all had been written.

22 comments on “The Bible is Wrong About The Tower of Babel

  1. paranova9 says:

    “LORD” ≠ “GOD”
    landLORD
    house of LORDS

  2. Ash says:

    I disagree and here’s why. The earth may have been split into tongues and nations before the flood, but not after. Nimrod building the tower of Babel came after the flood. God knows He is omnipotent, that’s not the point, the word Babel actually translates to gate of heaven. Nimrod was the son of Cush and Cushs wife was of nephilim blood which made him of nephilim blood. He had technology far beyond our comprehension at that time and that being said he was trying to build a stargate Into Heaven. His goal was to kill God for destroying his ancestors with the flood. God saw that anything imagined unto them was possible because of them being In one language, with one goal and yes if he hadn’t stopped them they would have been able to finish the stargate. The instructions or blueprints no longer made sense to all those working on it. Scholars say that nimrod is also Gilgamesh the one and the same and was believed to have been buried with the instructions to the stargate but communicating simple mime things like food drink, bathroom, that may have been easy but try getting a group of people to understand and build something that they can’t read the instructions to. Ever bought something and the instructions only came in Chinese or Japanese? God confounded their language to keep them from entering into heaven. He knew they could not destroy him but he also didn’t want them to get close to him either. He didn’t kill them, he still spared their lives. I have learned so much by reading and researching this very event. The Bible IS Holy and Sacred and 100 percent True. Even other religions speak of the events that happen in the bible just from different points of views. PS. Gilgameshs tomb has been found, but why is it so top secret?

  3. Joy Handy says:

    There are also 2 stories of creation in Genesis. And the 3 wise men didn’t see Jesus as a baby. In Matthew it says they saw a young child, so he was probably a toddler. And how come if the Bible is God’s word, and his word says he knows absolutely everything, and that we can only accept him because he accepted us first, then where is there room to not say God doesn’t hate gays. Also with the garden, why would God care if we have knowledge. Perhaps it’s the church not wanting us to be so smart so we can be dominated by those with agenda. If Adam and Eve are the first people, then who did Cain marry, since no one else was supposed to exist. I’ve also prayed for the last 30 years to be healed from my screwed up back, no healing has come. It’s only gotten worse, and I now have the gift of migraines to go with it the last 4-5 yrs. And if we are not to remove words from what God said, then how come Jehovah’s whiteness, as well as those that make the NIV version are still doing well. They both have removed some of God’s word. If only one way is the right way to God, then why do other faiths that pray get same results of each other. Many questions that lead to one conclusion. Religion is a lie.

  4. This without a doubt was written by a demon. God has his plans for man and was not afraid. He knew that such a move would bring forth something that Satan was trying to make to stop the Messiah from coming when the LORD had plans for his people and Moses, David, and so many others and the emergence of Jesus Christ who would come to redeem man. It is believed they were dealing with incredible technology in those days and if you read the Book Of Jasher which the Bible references you would see the full story of the Tower Of Babel. They had the time to bring everyone of one language. Genesis 10 comes before Genesis 11. Solomon said what has been will be again and there is no new thing under the sun. So they were dealing with supernatural forces to even come up with the technology to build such a tower and be of one speech.

  5. Christine says:

    Until you except that the Father,Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one God you will never understand the Word of God.

    ~Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27 NASB)

    According to the Bible, mankind is distinct from all the rest of creation, including the animals, in that he is made in the image of God. As God is a tripartite — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — so man is three parts — body, soul and spirit. In the most explicit example from Scripture of these divisions, the Apostle Paul writes:

    Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NASB).

    Man is made up of physical material, the body, that can be seen and touched. But he is also made up of immaterial aspects, which are intangible — this includes the soul, spirit, intellect, will, emotions, conscience, and so forth. These immaterial characteristics exist beyond the physical lifespan of the human body and are therefore eternal.

    These immaterial aspects — the spirit, soul, heart, conscience, mind and emotions — make up the whole personality. The Bible makes it clear that the soul and spirit are the primary immaterial aspects of humanity, while the body is the physical container that holds them on this earth.

    The Body (Greek, “soma”)

    This is the entire material or physical structure of a human being — it is the physical part of a person.

    The Apostle Paul, writing to the Romans again connects the body, the mind (soul) and the spirit.

    Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:1-2 NASB).

    For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body (1 Cor. 6:20).

    The Soul (Greek, “psyche”)

    Genesis 2:7 states that Man was created as a “living soul.” The soul consists of the mind (which includes the conscience), the will and the emotions. The soul and the spirit are mysteriously tied together and make up what the Scriptures call the “heart.”

    The writer of Proverbs declares, ” Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Prov. 4:23 NASB). We see here that the “heart” is central to our emotions and will.

    But a natural (psuchikos — soulish) man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Cor. 2:14 NASB).

    Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day” (Acts 23:1 NASB).

    The Spirit (Greek ” Pneuma”)

    In Numbers 16:22, Moses and Aaron, “…fell upon their faces and said, ‘O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will you be angry with the entire congregation?'” This verse names God as the God of the spirits that are possessed by all humanity. Notice also that it mentions the flesh (body) of all mankind, connecting it with the spirit.

    Another key verse that describes the separation between soul and spirit is Hebrews 4:12:

    For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12 NASB).

    We see in this passage of Scripture that the soul and spirit can be divided — and that it is the Word of God that pierces our heart to bring the division of soul and spirit, something that only God can do.

    As human beings, we live eternally as a spirit, we have a soul, and we dwell in a body. We can rejoice with the Psalmist and declare,

    For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well (Ps. 139:13-14 NASB).

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  6. Dennis Hoppe says:

    Many of the statements made by writers of the Bible are just opinions not based on facts or reality.

  7. Just saying says:

    Wat if language did not mean Wat dialect they spoke to each other Wat if lost n the confusion language meant knowledge so if u draw attention to language being in what we currently think language are we are not all still confused

  8. Mr W Davis says:

    When It Come To God Answer Every Prayer!
    It’ S Good Thing That God Don’t Because It Whould Be Like The Movie Bruse all mighty
    Nothing But Complete Chaos !
    And Another Reason God Don’t Anwser Every Prayer because This Verse
    Rom 8:26
    We Know Not What We Pray For !
    So This Why We Need God Holy Spirit To Intercedes For Us!
    James 4:3
    We Don’t Get What We Pray For Because We Pray And Ask For The Wrong Motived!
    James 1:5,6,7,8
    Let Us NoWe Pray Must Belived!
    We Can Not Pray Some thing Pray For Some else Dicission A Choice God Direction ,
    And Thing Change It Later. Because We Or Unstable !
    See There Is A Reasin ForEvery Thing God Do Or Don’t Do !
    It’s Always For Our Good ! Thank You And God bless

  9. Mr W Davis says:

    First the Word God Say That Let Every Man Be Counted As A Lie , But Every Word God Be Counted As Truth
    Roman 3:4
    Word of God Say In Revelataion 22:18,19
    That No One Should Ad Or Take Away From The Word Of God If They Do There Is A Consenqunce For Thier Action!
    In Matthew 24:35
    It Let Us Know That Heaven And Earthwill Pass Away Before God Word Will !
    Jhon 17:17 Say God Word Is True !
    Proveb 4:7
    Speak wisdom And Getting Understading !
    2 Corinthians 3:6
    Let Us Know The Letter Kill But The Spirit Of God. ( The Holy Spirit ) Give Life !
    The Bible Speack
    God The Father
    Jesus Yeshua The Son The Word Made Flush !
    And The Holy Spirit !
    The Power, Anoiting Of God the 3Th Person In The Trinty !
    Refer to let us Go Down! Remark .
    See To Know God Word Is Truth You , First Have To Pray , To A God That You Belive In ,
    See Christain Live By Faith Not By Sight !
    We Live By The Verse In Proveb 3,5,6
    We Trust In The Lord ,
    We Lead Not By Our Own Understanding ,
    We Adknowledge. God In All Our Ways !
    Acordding ToThis Verse St Jhon 14:26
    The Holy Spirit Will Teach Us All Things , whom The Father Will Send Us , (The Belivers )
    And Bring Every thing We Need To Our Remenberance !
    When It Come To The Tower Of Babel Or The City Of Nimrod Or Anything Else In The Bible !
    You Have To Pray First , You Have ToDo Away With Man philosophy And Thanking And Trust God That He Will Give You , Wisdom Acordding To James 1:5 This show Us That Hod Will Give Us What We Need !
    The Bible Dont contradict Itself , it’s How Read The Bible !
    It’s How We Interpret The Bible !
    It’ s Because We Take Verse Scripture Out Of Context !
    It’s Because Most Have Try to Disproved The Bible Sent adam Days , Yet The Bible Still proven Itself To Be Truth !
    If You Be Real And Truthful The BibleHave Predicted And Toll Every thing ThatHave Happen To Us , And Going To HappenTo Us!
    BeTruthful With You , Worry About Tower Of Bail Is Fiction Or True, Is Not My Mine Concern
    Knowing Weather Hell Or Heaven Life After Death , is My Concern And Sholud Be Every One Ealse ! God Bless!

    • Marvin says:

      Well said thank you my brother in Christ

    • Just saying says:

      Actually the bible has lots of contradictory statements such as when Cain killed able he was sent to another city nd marked so no one else who sees him will kill him how would their b other people if Adam and eve was the only people on earth and only had 2 sons nd 1 was killed by the other so wouldn’t that put the population at 3 ppl furthermore isn’t envy a deadly sin so in the ten commandments first thing said Is for god is a jealous god and there should have no other god b4 me clarifying that their r multiple gods or deities nd if god is without sin he harbors one of the 7 deadly sin which is envy cause jealousy and envy is the same just saying and is nothing is supposed to b added or taken away from the bible y did the monks who wrote the translation of the bible decided to leave out other scrolls and manuscripts and constructed the bible into Wat it was and Wat it has became any biblical scholar would attest to Wat I said

  10. Paul says:

    Hey E. B. William, I may be a Christian but I don’t believe blindly. Your type- Christian or not has always been the bane of this world… Look around you..There is nothing holy or benevolent about the bible or any other religion for that matter. Read the Bible- You will find a blood thirsty, ego centric, meat loving, narcissist, highly faulty, ignorant and rampart creature that goes about manipulating a small group of folk and mercilessly killing people down to infants. A highly imperfect voracious character who has nothing- I repeat nothing that passes muster in terms of divinity.

    Moses, Christ etc were great people leaders in a way who played pivotal role in etching out a course for oppressed folk. Well, people won’t listen or follow you until there’s something fancy.

    Truthsayer is absolutely correct. THis portal is absolutely correct- unbiased logic.

    Well, most so called believers need something to believe in- no matter what it is. The truth hurts them and thus they defer from it.

  11. Edebatu Favour William says:

    Please don’t insult My God, the Bible is never wrong, Everything In it Is correct

    • hillz says:

      No. The bible is wrong.

    • The Bible is never wrong? What planet are you living on? How do you explain the two different stories about how different languages began? One of them has to be wrong.

      How did I “insult” your God? I merely pointed out the ridiculousness of the story.

      And please don’t insult me by saying that I am wrong about what appears in this website. Everything in it is correct.

    • E. B. William,

      Thank you for providing a falsifiable assertion. If I can find just one thing in the bible that is incorrect, then you have to give up your believe in the Bible since it has been shown to be incorrect – right?

      OK… here it is:
      And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. .Matthew 21:22

      That’s pretty clear. Unequivocal. No wiggle room WHATSOEVER ye shall ask in prayer, believing, YE SHALL RECEIVE.

      Now, you know that does not happen. People do not receive whatsoever they pray for every time they pray.

      There’s your incorrect bible verse. Prove me wrong.

    • Jon says:

      If any god exists he/it/she is not yours. No god belongs to you. There are no gods. Even if there was a god and it was the god described in the Old Testament any decent, moral human being would want to insult him, he is not worthy of praise. If you claim every single word in the Bible is true you must be uneducated, have a neurological disease or have a psychological illness. Every word in the Bible cannot be true. Even if you ignore where the laws of the universe are apparently broken or suspended you are left with the contradictions. I have yet to hear/read a sensible explanation from any Christian that can properly account for a contradiction. One only has to read other comments here to see people clutching at straws by claiming that comments like mine have to be the work of another non-existent, supernatural being – the devil. If it was not so dangerous it would be funny.

  12. Tyrone says:

    Genesis 6:4
    The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown
    Genesis 11:8
    So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. Then you would have know who Nimrod was ands what does Babel mean in Hebrew. Then you would understand the story.

  13. I AM says:

    What about the “free will” implications? Isn’t God thwarting the “free will” of man? Why didn’t he thwart Eve’s free will when the serpent was convincing her to eat the fruit?

    Why did this cause him to act and that did not? Which ultimately was worse?

    This is one of the most confounding stories in the Bible.

  14. Drew says:

    I agree with all you written about on the story of babel. The bible is a great read. But has to many contradictions and mis read interpretations. Basically it not a bad fiction meets philosophy book. But in most of its stories it can’t be taking to seriously. Constatine the true gatherer of the bible only used it to bring his empire together. That’s how it all started organize religion and their impending downfall.

  15. rapturesite says:

    I must say though that by what I was taught in Bible study years ago, that God knew they couldn’t build a tower up to Heaven, but it was that Nimrod started a uprising of disbelief& not needing God& to be like God’s without one& God was stopping their ignorance& prideful boasting. Thing is back then they though heaven was up, probably pass what the eye can see but God would reside maybe in another dimension. Spiritual realm or something. When I was a child, I used to say what If God just doesn’t look at us the way we would hope for& made earth, us, universe & continued on into other universes, galaxies. Maybe we are as important as ants are as we don’t watch where we step. Maybe a God concept would be beyond human comprehension. The thing is many say how can the universe be in such order like the sun& moon are perfectly away from us without over heating or freezing us. Although they talk about global warming, heat waves, solar flares & Possibly new ice age etc…lol so many scientists are in debates like Different religious sects are.

    • What you were taught in bible study years ago is not what the bible says. How can you ignore all the problems with the story that I point out? If, all of the sudden, you were unable to understand what your friends were saying, would you run off and start a new city? Or would you use pointing, gestures, grunts, facial grimaces, etc to communicate? The last thing you would do is go off to be alone.

      Same with the four or five people (the story is set 3 generations after Noah!) who were allegedly building the tower of babble. They would have stuck together, not dispersed.

      Re: “… universe in such order ….? Learn something about astrophysics and you will have your answer to how the universe has such order. It has nothing to do with a god.

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