The topic of blindness reminded me of the story of the tower of Babel. For what it's worth, I believe there really was a tower of Babel, that God really did confuse our languages, and that this is not allegory. First, was God unaware of the fact that if they built a tower to reach the heavens that they wouldn't be able to breathe up there? Was it true that if God had not confused man's language that there would be nothing we could not accomplish? Was God feeling threatened by what man might accomplish? From the thread on blindness... I have a different question than the one posed in that thread, and I apologize if it was already covered there (I didn't read the whole thing). I'm curious as to how free-willers square this verse with the belief that God is not willing that any should perish. If God is not willing that any should perish, and man is able to hear and understand of his own free will, then why would God step in and prevent some people from hearing and understanding so that they can't be converted? As an aside: For those who interpret the above to mean that the tower would reach God's heaven, did God relocate heaven since this story? Man has made it to the moon, and the space shuttle routinely flies where nobody can breathe without life support, but I don't recall anyone ever mentioning seeing heaven while they were up there. Okay, I'm just kidding around, but I couldn't resist.