The tower of Babel is essentially a ladder to heaven built by human hands. Rules, regulations, ‘should’s and ‘should-not’s form the same type of structure attempting to reach heaven by human means.
Have you seen Christians — oh, and non-Christians, too — building that ladder? I have. I’ve even discovered myself building that ladder occasionally, especially at the insistence of one of my brothers or sisters in Christ who claim that without my ladder, I’ll never reach heaven.
Since heaven is already within me, I’m not sure how I fall for that argument.
The sad part is their ladders aren’t built on the right foundation, the cornerstone who is Jesus Christ. The ladder they want to build is situated on their own shoulders, and it’s toppling all the time. Constantly, I see them rebuilding it or adding a new rung to it — a new “don’t do this or else you can’t be His” rule.
Here’s a trusty saying right from the Apostle Paul:
“Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belong to it, do you submit to its rules: ‘Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!’? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.” (Colossians 2:20-23, NIV)
Thank You, Heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of our salvation who was born of the virgin Mary and of the Holy Spirit so as to be the propitiation for our sins, so that we might live with You in paradise forever. In Jesus’ Name, amen.