The Reason GOD Destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah
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
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.