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The Reason GOD Destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah

Updated on September 20, 2014

GOD Rescues Lot

I remember growing up, I heard the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was explained to me that due to the wickedness of humankind it was destroyed. I believe; it was a way to use scare tactics so we can do the "right things" and live according to the bible.

When I was sixteen years old, I was going to church, but I struggled with same sex attraction. A man came up to me and asked, "Do you know the reason GOD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah?" I replied, "yes, there were wicked people in those cities". He looked at me and said, "There were homosexuals in those cities".

I became afraid and increased my prayer time. I read the bible as often as I could. I did not want to read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. I was struggling with something and was fearful of GOD. I did not know how to overcome my struggle at the time. I did not want HIM to destroy me. After fighting with the flesh for so long; I drifted away and stopped going to church and communication with GOD.

Finally years later, after I have lived a gay lifestyle and decided not to live that way anymore I took courage and read Genesis 13 through 19. I found some things very interesting and different than what a lot of people teach today. This article is not to say that homosexuality is right or wrong.

There are a lot of preachers and teachers, but few are those who actually pick up the bible to study for themselves. Many people live according to what a lot of these preachers and teachers are saying to us. There are some good men and women of GOD that knows Scriptures, but even so we should still test every spirit.

Here is the biblical story of Abram and Lot:

Abram and Lot had to separate, because there ware strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock. Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. He decided to live in Sodom. Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley and journeyed east. In Genesis 13:13 says, Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.

The sins of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim, and Zoar became great. The Lord decided to destroy these cities, but Zoar (Bela) was spared at the last moment. Two angels went to Sodom to warn Lot and his family, and tell them that GOD was going to destroy the cities.

In Genesis 19:4 says, But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house.

If you read carefully it says "all the people to the last man", that indicates that there were males and females there. If you noticed also in the genealogy in the bible, it only mentions men not females. Most of the time, the bible speaks of the head counts of men not women even if there are women there. When Jesus did the miracles with the fish and bread, in Matthew 14:21 says, "And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children". They counted 5,000 men and did not count the women and children. I believe that females were also at the door of Lot.

Genesis 19:5 And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”

In the verse above the word "know" can also mean to have sexual relations. Many churches teach that only men were at the door. That is the reason why many people believe that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of homosexuality. I will tell you later on through the Holy Bible why Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.

Lot and his two daughters were able to escape from Sodom and go to Zoar. Zoar was spared because Lot decided to runaway there instead of staying at the mountain. His wife looked back after they commanded her and the family not to. She turned into a pillar of salt. (Sorry I had to finish the story.)

It Was Destroyed With Sulfur and Fire

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Is Homosexuality The Real Cause Of Sodom and Gomorrah Destruction?

  • In Genesis 14 before the angels went to Sodom, we see that four kings made war against five kings and Sodom was one of the five. The four kings defeated the five. Lot and his family were taken prisoner since they lived in Sodom.
  • Genesis 14:11-12, So the enemy took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. They also took Lot, the son of Abram's brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.
  • Genesis 14:14-16 When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.

Once again there were men and women who Abram rescued. Lot stayed in Sodom with his wife and two daughters. The wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah became great after Abram rescued his nephew.

In chapter 14 Abram rescued Lot and in Genesis 19 GOD rescued Lot because Abram interceded for Lot's life.

Many people preach and teach that Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed because of homosexuality. What was really going on in these cities? The Holy Bible gives us the reason why these cities were destroyed.

What Was The Sin Of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Judgement from GOD was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two other cities. Many people try to explain the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah claim that it was because of homosexual behavior.

Let's take a look at Ezekiel 16:49-50, Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.

These cities were too prideful they were arrogant. They did not help the poor and the people who were in need. They were selfish.

Abomination means detestable or something that is morally disgusting. GOD did not approve with the way the people have become. There were all types of sin, but homosexuality was not the only thing that was going on in those cities. Homosexuality was not the main reason that Sodom and Gomorrah ware destroyed.

Proverbs 6:16-19 says, The are six things that the Lord hates,seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

GOD is a righteous GOD. He does not destroy a city for no reason. It would take more than just homosexual behavior for GOD to destroy four cities. I am sure that these cities were committing what was hateful to GOD.

Jude 1:7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

Just because it says sexual immorality does not mean that it was only homosexual behavior. There were all kinds of things going on in those cities. It can be prostitution, humans having sex with animals, fornication, adultery, etc.

The area where Sodom and Gomorrah were located remains a desolate wasteland, to this day. They serve as a powerful example of how God feels about sin in general.

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      Brian Gray 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Jonny,

      A hearty Amen!

      Brian

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      Alan 2 years ago from Tasmania

      And how silent they are, Hanavee. Not one of the ignorant has come back saying, "I have read that book and considered every bit of it carefully and deeply? "

      It's excusable for anyone to give a false understanding when they are in ignorance of the facts. But anyone who turns away from the facts as presented and then continues to preach/teach falsehoods, then he/she must be guilty of a serious sin.

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      Brian Gray 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Please read the book, "Homosexuality, The Bible, The Truth - The Bible Does NOT Condemn Homosexuality." This book represents forty years of intense scholarly research, and it proves with irrefutable and verifiable fact what the title states.

      It may be too easy to hold on to bigotries and prejudices that have been handed down to us by ignorant people, but the fact is that the Bible does NOT condemn homosexuality, and we as people who say we want to follow Jesus need to be first in studying and applying the truth, not in spreading ignorance and hate-filled bigotry. Before you spout off with the same old tired rhetoric, read the book. EVERY passage that you can think of quoting is in the book, thoroughly researched, translated and verified with proofs.

      Brian

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      Pieter 2 years ago

      If homosexuality was such a huge issue to God. Then why isn't it an 11th commandment?

      If God sent Moses up to the mountain for 40 days, writing laws, then wouldn't you think, he would say, "oh wait, I forgot one thing, put, no sleeping with the same sex in there." He didn't.

      Men were sleeping with men just to be sleeping with men. I'm going to say this again, back then, men were sleeping with men, just to be sleeping with men, cause they could.

      Does that sound like a gay man? Or gay woman? Do you even know a gay man? Or gay woman? Do you even have a gay friend? If you did, you would know they are not like that.

      Straight men do not wake up in the morning and decide to be gay for the rest of their life. It's not in them. If a straight man has sex with a man because they lust after it. Then that's an unnatural lust. Now imagine if the entire city of Los Angeles has straight men raping straight men. You mean to tell me the city of Sodom had ALL gay men. They sounds crazy.

      God destroyed those cities because it got too bad. And trying to rape one of his own people just blew over the straws for God. If a stranger was trying to rape your sons or daughters, wouldn't you want to raise hell? Gay or not gay. It wouldn't matter.

      Stop fearing your preacher. And ask questions. Don't be afraid to dig deeper. That's want God wanted us to do all along.

      Thank you

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      Joseph O Polanco 2 years ago

      Jesus taught, "For from inside, out of the heart of men, come injurious reasonings, sexual immorality [πορνεῖαι.] All these wicked things come from within and defile a man."-Mark 7:21,23 (Bracket mine.)

      Further along in the Christian Greek Scriptures we find, “Φεύγετε τὴν πορνείαν. πᾶν ἁμάρτημα ὁ ἐὰν ποιήσῃ ἄνθρωπος ἐκτὸς τοῦ σώματος ἐστιν· ὁ δὲ πορνεύων εἰς τὸ ἴδιον σῶμα ἁμαρτάνει.” -1 Corinthians 6:18

      "Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin that a man may commit is outside his body, but whoever practices sexual immorality is sinning against his own body."

      “ἢ οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι ἄδικοι θεοῦ βασιλείαν οὐ κληρονομήσουσιν; Μὴ πλανᾶσθε· οὔτε πόρνοι οὔτε εἰδωλολάτραι οὔτε μοιχοὶ οὔτε μαλακοὶ οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται οὔτε κλέπται οὔτε πλεονέκται, οὐ μέθυσοι, οὐ λοίδοροι, οὐχ ἅρπαγες βασιλείαν Θεοῦ κληρονομήσουσιν.” - 1 Corinthians 6:9,10

      “Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.”

      "Their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature; likewise also the males left the natural use of the female and became violently inflamed in their lust toward one another, males with males, working what is obscene and receiving in themselves the full penalty, which was due for their error." -Romans 1:26,27

      Notice that those passages utilize conjugations of the key phrase πορνεία. Precisely what is πορνεία?

      The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

      πορνεία

      Strong's Number: 4202

      Transliterated Word - Porneia - Phonetic Spelling - por-ni'-ah

      Definition:

      Illicit sexual intercourse -

      1.1 adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.

      As is readily apparent, with just a rudimentary comprehension of the Koine Greek concept of πορνεία , it's clear what exactly is and is not normal human sexual conduct in our Creator's sight.

      Does this mean that those with homosexual or bisexual inclinations must forever be a slave to their lust? Not at all! Unalike irrational beasts, human beings are more than capable of adapting their sexual behavior and limiting it to its proper place. (Even those struggling with sexual deviations have benefited greatly from medical advances designed to help them regain their good health.)

      Withal, there are many loyal to God who refuse to engage in any kind of porneia. They happily prefer to remain celibate until such time as they find a fitting heterosexual partner to marry and build a natural family with, as our loving Creator originally purposed. Such ones not only enjoy the benefits of having a clean conscience but the wonderful blessings reserved for those who persist in maintaining a close, personal relationship with the Sovereign of the Universe, Jehovah God. (Psalms 83:18; Psalm 97:10; Psalm 145:20; 2 Samuel 22:26; 1 Samuel 2:9)

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      Rod Martin Jr 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      @standontherock, bravo!

      You have explored a touchy topic with depth and care. Well done!

      If you look at all of the individual sins listed in your article, all of them continue unto this day. So, why hasn't God destroyed one city after another?

      In fact, why don't we have one Flood after another?

      The heart of the reason for both Sodom and Gomorrah, and Noah's Flood has got to be something which threatens God's purpose. If murder, rape, homosexuality, war and the like do not threaten God's purpose, then what does?

      In my own research, I found a biblical timeline compatible with those mainstream science (the reality that God created), and through science the identity of the Flood's target -- a species which went extinct at the same time. That species was described in Genesis 6 as the "daughters of men."

      Think about that for a moment. A species which looked enough like men to be called "daughters of men" by the Bible and "men" by today's scientists. Why would God target them? If the Homo sapiens gene pool were thoroughly destroyed by mating with an animal (non-human or near-human) species, then God's plan of rescue would be thwarted. Imagine Jesus coming to a flock of men who could not speak or understand his words.

      The very special kind of wickedness and violence cured by the Flood was "unthinking" wickedness and violence, incapable of negotiation or forgiveness -- the attitudes of "apes" not "men."

      After discovering this, I began to wonder about Sodom and Gomorrah. God's intervention is rare and drastic. Total annihilation (worldwide in Noah's Flood and locally with the 2 towns). Why? Could the real threat have been bestiality (sex with animals)? If the practice had become so institutionalized that viable offspring had been made (half-human, half-goat?), then God's purpose would again have been threatened. A planet full of half-human, half-goat would no longer be able to write thought-provoking articles like yours. They would not understand the words of Christ.

      God's action was compatible to the level of threat to his rescue mission. No more. Homosexuality was likely only a small and impermanent part of the threat. Once all humans had been "spoiled" by foreign genes, the threat would be permanent and irreversible, except by drastic, divine intervention. Destroying the towns nipped the problem in the bud.

      Rod Martin, Jr.

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      judi woolwoth donahue 3 years ago

      Soddom + Gomorrah WAS Venus...warming destroyed it...it REVERTED to its natural state volcanic..Earth is doing the same.the reason no one listened or they acted as though Lots warning was a "HOAX" was the co2 levels..CO2 is also why the people were acting wrong*sin*..high co2 levels cause impaired thinking, inability to make sound decisions...The people who got to space LOOKED BACK as S+G erupted + reverted to volcanism...They had tried to geoengineer but used the most likely combination of SRM+CDR...the WRONG combination thus too late they realised as their world ended...The pain of knowing too late caused them to write the ONLY CORRECT geoengineering answer across earth...the giant stone megaliths are visual communication geoengineering to cool earth instructions....their code is also woven through everything we now know including the bible...PROOF? its long but here is one easy to SEE...The pyramid was originally mirrored, restore the mirrors + you SEE what appears a large volcanic mirrored looking visual....there is a phenomena of nature that occurs with super volcanoes ...it creates acid raindrops in stratosphere to surround earth + act like mirror...the mist reflects incoming sun heat + radiation away thus shielding earth + dropping temperatures as long as the volcanic mist mirror stays up...2 years or thousands...descriptively it is referred to as VOLCANIC MIRROR a mirrorlike mist created by volcanoes....it only does ONE thing...+ only reason to send that message would be to battle warming....the ONE disaster they KNEW above all others man could not survive...with an 100% mortality rate...unless you have the right way to win against it...IF you SEE an super volcanic looking mirror when you add back the mirror casing stone then you know this story is true,,,You should also understand the danger earth is in of becoming the next soddom + gomorrah

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      standontherock 3 years ago from Allentown, PA

      Amen Donald, thank you for your comment. May GOD continue to bless you and giving you strength. You have a great testimony brother.

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      donald 3 years ago

      Yes there was so much more than homosexuality going on I agree and it us a sin. I was responding to those who see themselves so righteous as to point out the splinter in their brothers yet disregarding the plank in thiers. Jesus greatest commandment was to love your neighbor as you would yourself. The good news isn't your going to hell yousinner. Remember not just christians read this blog, non christians do to and in a sense all of us who post here are preaching not only to one another but to non believers and that makes us accountable to God as such. Im a sinner, a recoverying alocholic, drug addict, recovering God hater, victim, etc. GOD so loved and so shall I and with his strenght ill keep on keeping on. God bless

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      standontherock 3 years ago from Allentown, PA

      I know that homosexuality is wrong and is a sin. The point of this article is to point out that homosexuality was not the only cause of the destruction. There was so much more going on.

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      Donald 3 years ago

      A sin is a sin is a sin is a sin, we all sin and fall short, just because your not gay doesn't make you anyless of a sinner. Pointing out someone else's and disregarding your own makes you more of a sinner. Hope, that we will do, be, act, better, kinder, than the day before not of our own strength but with the strength of the lord. Remember we all stand alone before GOD. Just try to imagine that?

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      Jen 3 years ago

      can someone explain Corinthians 6:9–10 it speaks so directly about homosexuals

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      standontherock 3 years ago from Allentown, PA

      John, there was no doubt that there were some homosexuality act going on at Sodom and Gomorrah. I have made a complete research on what the bible has to say about it. In no way GOD wanted to emphasize in the sin of Fornication and homosexuality. GOD wanted to emphasize on how wicked the people were. Ezekiel 16 tells us why GOD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and it does not say that it was because of homosexuality. I am not defending the behavior of homosexuality. We emphasize on homosexuality and dismiss the rest of the what the bible says about Sodom and Gomorrah.

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      John 3 years ago

      Please read Jude 7. God could have given us a list of all the things that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were guilty of, but God wanted to emphasize the sin of fornication and homosexuality. They were guilty of many other sins, but fornication and homosexuality is what sealed their fate. They did not hide their perversion and practice it with no shame. As long as man hides his sin and shows shame, he is acknowledging that he is wrong. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah though nothing wrong with their behavior. Much like we are seeng today in the world. Homosexuals demanding respect for their filthy lifestyle and practicing homosexuality out in the open. Calling good evil and evil good. The cup of iniquity is dangerously close to being full, if it isn't already. Now we have gay churches and a gay bible called the queen james bible. Wow! That says it all.

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      John B. 3 years ago

      God loves you, everyone. Sin is rejecting Jesus and his shed blood for our sin, all sin. I am not your Judge. God looks at your heart, and not at mankinds outside. I believe in Jesus. My Sin is covered by his blood. God is love. He is merciful. Judge yourselves. Love Christ and love one another, your neighbor, in Godly love. Forgive. My Prayer - Father, Lord Jesus, I believe You died for me, for my sin, come into my heart (mind), I give me heart to you. Amen Forgive yourself, today is a new day. Jesus forgave, and will receive me when he returns.

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      standontherock 3 years ago from Allentown, PA

      Marilyn thank you for your comment. I understand and know what the Holy Bible says about homosexuality. That is one of the reason why I changed my life around. My point in this article is to let people know that homosexuality is not the only thing going on in Sodom and Gomorrah. Thank you so much Marilyn for comment once again. Not a lot of people who live a gay lifestyle understand and know the bible. We need to approach the people who don't know Scripture with Love, but with Truth. We don't have any power to send people to hell. I'm trying to build an audience so they can read my other hubs to guide them to truth. It takes time, but with GOD's help it is possible.

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      marilynbell34@yahoo.com 3 years ago

      I think that it is clear whether there were other things going on that was wrong I think that it is clear that homosexual was definitely going on and it was not permitted by God then and it is not permitted today. The bottom line a female and a female has no right in the scripture when it comes to be becoming one flesh. There is no scripture to support that and its just isn't even moral. It was wrong for many years and many centuries but now all of a sudden society says okay and we think its okay. God has told us that his ways are not ours neither or his thoughts ours. People, Pastors, Preachers we are living in the last days. People do not want to endure sound doctrine. They want to make the scripture say what they want it to say. Well guest what I want to go on record all over the world in say HOMOSEXUAL IS AN ABOMINATON UNTO GOD AND IF YOU DON'T CHANGE IN HELL ALL OF YOU THAT PARTICIPITATE IN SUCH ACTS WILL LIFE UP YOUR EYES. Now there is scripture for that. Go back to when God made man then woman, why then if its so right didn't he just create two men. I tell you why; Two men cannot reproduced and multiply as God instructed man and woman to do. It is just a trick of the devil that we have allowed this disgraceful sin to take over our society. And it really sadden me when I hear preachers going along with this and marry these people Preachers you are going to be charged too. You know its wrong and read your Bible about the last days and you will see why something society have frown on and didn't allow for years to be accepted as good morals have now changed their stand. Wake you America, recognize the enemy and know his tatics, which is to kill, steal, and destroy. What better way to do it? I hope I raise some eyebrows and make someone realize what really is going on and know that homosexuality is of the DEVIL; NOT GOD!!

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      standontherock 3 years ago from Allentown, PA

      I believe what the bible says. Whole thing about Sodom and Gomorrah was not only homosexuality, there were so much more going on in those cities. People blame only homosexuals, but that was not the only reason. They were not hospitable. Those cities were destroyed because of all kinds of sinful things that were going on.

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      Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US

      It said unnatural desire. God made a natural desire for married men and women and anything out of that is sin. He turned Lot's wife to stone for even looking back on this city. Because they were stingy? Do you really believe that?