One of the many ridiculous stories in the bible that always manages to get a hell of a hearty laugh out of me is that of 'The tower of Babel'. Before I begin taking this story apart at the seams I would like to take a moment to define the word babel; according to the Columbia encyclopedia: Babel (bā'bəl) [Heb.,=confused. The definition is a little more extensive but it's all relative to the tale of the tower of babel as described in the bible. This story can be found in the book of Genesis chapter 11 and right from the outset we have our very first inconsistency with current knowledge.
Chapter 11:1 reads as follows; 'And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.' According to this story it is the origin of how different languages and cultures began. Considering that this story is supposed to have taken place less than six thousand years ago, we all know how stupid and ridiculous this claim is. According to an article on wikipedia basing themselves on the chronology of the scriptures from the beginning of creation to the building of the tower it was believed to have been built between 2247 BC and 952 BC. If you are interested in researching this even further the article can be found at http://wiki.answers.com/Q/When_was_the_tower_of_Babel_built
You don't have to search far to dispute this first claim but according to http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/oldest.cfm 'In 3200 BC, there were many, many languages spoken besides Sumerian and Egyptian, but they weren't fortunate enough to have a writing system.' Right away as you can see it refutes the claim that the origins of language and culture began at some fictional tower as described in the bible narrative. Once again the biblical authors get caught in yet one of many lies and forged history to try to put their culture and religion at the forefront of modern society.
This narrative is very short; basically man came together and decided that they wanted to build a tower that would reach unto the heavens, with the intent to make a name for themselves so that if they were scattered throughout the earth, at least there would be a monument to them and they would not be forgotten. That is the story in a nutshell and the thought of building a tower that would reach unto the heavens is beyond insane so we wont dwell on that part of the story.
There is one more problem I found in it that actually brings the idea of God being omnipresent (everywhere at the same time) to question. Lets look at two verses from the narrative: Genesis 11:5,7: '5.And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 7.Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.' When the Lord found out about what man was planning to do he decided to go down and have a look for himself, and then after having done that, apparently he went back up and decided to conspire with whoever "us" was to confuse their languages with the ultimate goal being that they would stop building the tower. If God is present everywhere at all times then why o' why dear theologian would he have to get off of his precious throne to come verify what was going on?
As a result of mans arrogance God decided to scatter them all over the Earth 9.Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. Before writing this I read an apologetics article trying to say that this story was not about the origin of languages and that when it said "all the earth" it was not referring to the entire world. They go back to Genesis 10:5 ' From these the coastlands of the nations were separated into their lands, every one according to its language, according to their families, by their nations.' Not knowing that all they are doing is showing an obvious instance when the bible once again contradicts itself. You can read this bullshit article here: http://bibleapologetics.wordpress.com/the-tower-of-babel-13/ there is nothing like a good dose of bible apologetics for getting your mood up and giving you a good hearty laugh from time to time.