Sodom and Gomorrah

Due to the recent vote in North Carolina there have been many discussions as to Biblical principals behind it (from Christians). One of the popular ones is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. There are a few pieces that people miss about this Biblical account.

First, Sodom and Gomorrah were guilty of a miriad of sins not JUST homosexuality.

Next, Abraham pleaded with God to not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. He started with “if there are 50 righteous will you spare the city?” and eventually got God to agree that if there were just TEN righteous he would not destroy it. Now why is this significant? First of all it showed compassion. Abraham could have said “yeah I agree they are awful take them down!” But instead he asked for them to be spared. The biggest reason this is significant though, is that they could have EASILY been spared. If Lot had been the head of the household he should have been, his wife, two daughters and sons in law would have accounted for five of the righteous. Had each of those witnessed to just ONE PERSON that would have been ten people and the cities would have remained standing.

Why do I bring this up? Well, obviously they would have never been in a position to be destroyed if they hadn’t been so wicked, BUT it was also within the power of the righteous to save the city but because they chose not to be in the will of God the city was destroyed.

Therfore before we get too prideful throwing Sodom and Gomorrah around, let’s be sure we tell the whole story because there is a lesson in it for everyone!

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7 thoughts on “Sodom and Gomorrah

  1. Okay Miss Aliya,

    I definitely agree with you that we should not be prideful, and there definitely find a lesson in it for all of us. The Bible clearly teaches that a lying tongue is an abomination to the Lord (Prov. 6), just as equally as homosexuality would be an abomination. (Lev 18:22). I am wholeheartedly in favor of ‘loving the sinner and hating the sin’. Just because someone’s sin is distasteful to me, or to many others does not mean it is any more grievous in God’s eyes. Sin is sin.

    But if we are being realistic, I think it’s safe to say that the primary reason that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed with fire and brimstone was due to the rampant sexual debauchery that was a stronghold in the cities. I mean, there is a reason they call it ‘sodomy’, and that was the overwhelming reputation for that area. So, while they were undoubtedly guilty of a myriad of sins (as are we all), their flagrantly immoral behavior was ultimately their demise.

    Jude 7 says “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” That verse pretty clearly summarizes why the cities were punished, and also says that we should steer clear of that path by learning from their example.

    And yes, the righteous do need to be busy reaching the lost and praying for revival and begging God to spare His judgement on our land; But, I think the people who are clamoring against gay marriage are saying ‘Hey, since we’re actually going to take a vote on this, let’s not make it that much easier for us to head down that same road that Sodom and Gomorrah were on.’

    • Ahhh! This is the third time I have tried to reply so if this seems a little “curt” please don’t take it that way I’m trying to paraphrase 😦

      “Sodomy” is what English speakers call it. We (not us personally) chose to make that derivitive when the language evolved , HOWEVER this derivitive is NOT seen in all languages. So yes there is a reason why WE call it sodomy, but that’s more a language deal because it’s not so worldwide.
      I hesitate to say that the main reason it was destroyed was for homosexuality. Yes God explicity speaks against homosexuality but he dosent explicitly say that was the main reason they were destoryed. God said he destroyed them for the abundence of their sin. I can only go by what he explicitly said. I have heard others say it is the main reason, but I PERSONALLY will not go that far, if God had a MAIN reason I think he would have made that explicitly clear. (Just for me I am all about what is there in black red and white I worry about the sometimes shaky ground of adding our own beliefs in there)
      Now clearly the Bible speaks against homosexuality. I am not by any means debating that. When I wrote this I was thinking about a conversation I had with someone who was adament about the fact that the ONLY reason S&G was destroyed was for homosexuality. And YIKES! Because that is clearly not so. It was definately a factor but my goal in the blog was to point out there is more to it than that. I don’t know if people really don’t know the whole bit or the chose to ignore parts but neither is good because a “half truth is a whole lie”. There are several verses speaking about homosexuality, but my goal was to show that there’s way more to this account than that 🙂

      • And yes for sure part of the reason they were destroyes was for homosexuality so I am not by any means saying it wasnt …just trying to give “the rest of the story” 🙂

      • Your response did not seem curt at all 🙂

        According to this link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodomy, ‘sodomy’ is not at all original to the English language, it was passed down from the Latin and Greek. So the ‘English speakers’ were just making use a term that was already widely used. Also interesting to point out that it’s particular use now is as a legal term. And to say it’s not in all languages is a given. Not all peoples of the world acknowledge Biblical history. But there is a term similar to sodomy in Spanish, German, French, Arabian, and Persian mentioned in the article. So it is by no means exclusive to English speaking people.

        And I think that Jude 7 pretty clearly explains that the main reason the cities were destroyed was due to their sexual sins. There’s really no way around it.

  2. Nearly every person who acknowledges an aversion to homosexuality does so on the basis of what he or she believes the Bible has to say. In their mind, there is no doubt whatsoever about what the Bible says and what the Bible means. Their general argument goes something like this: Homosexuality is an abomination and the homosexual is a sinner. Homosexuality is condemned in both the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, if we are to be faithful to the clear teachings of Scripture we too must condemn homosexuality. Needless to say, this premise is being widely debated among evangelicals today and seriously challenged by biblical scholars, theologians and religious leaders everywhere.

    It rarely occurs to any of us that our reading of Scripture is profoundly colored by our own cultural context and worldview. In light of the post above and since I happen to speak and write on this topic, I thought you might find some of these posts of particular interest and relevance. I would particularly recommend the following:

    “Genesis 19: What Were the Real Sins of Sodom?
    “Leviticus 18: What Was the Abomination?”
    “Romans 1: What Was Paul Ranting About?”
    “Romans 2: Paul’s Bait and Switch”
    “Genesis 1: Turning the Creation Story into an Anti-Gay Treatise”
    “Why No One in the Biblical World Had a Word for Homosexuality”
    “Exegesis: Not For the Faint in Heart”

    (Links to these and more may be found by simply clicking the link below and then selecting the “Archives” page.)

    -Alex Haiken
    http://JewishChristianGay.wordpress.com

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