Sodom and Gomorrah

Gay marriage is wildly one of the most controversial subjects among religious persons today. It’s a constant battle between the progressive side, which believes traditional Christians have gotten wrong, and the traditional side–whom are firm against it being a sin.

One of the major problems is that to many, being a homosexual is not a choice. Therefore, many believe that if you are homosexual you are doomed. Many drop out of the church and avoid Christianity.

But, where does the truth lie? What is the right thing to do? These questions leave many ministers with their head in their hands wondering what they should do.

There are approximately six scriptures in the Bible about homosexuality.

The first is the infamous Sodom and in Genesis 19. In the story, two angels come to Sodom, and had some interesting conversations.

Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

Lot proceeds to tell them not to do this, but he offers up his daughters.

Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

Granted, women were essentially property at the time of this incident. But these verses are used so often to demean homosexuality, and less about rape.

The men insisted on carrying out their acts, and the warnings proceed that God is going to destroy the city.

But why? They were having orgies, not just sleeping with each other. Was rape involved? The immorality runs much deeper than just men sleeping with men.123

Lot and his daughters continued to leave the city.

30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave.31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. 32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”

So, we have a new subject: Incest. And rape.

So both daughters proceed to get their father drunk and sleep with him without his awareness. They become pregnant.

But why are these parts of the story left out? Did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality, or because of orgies, rape and various types of immortality? What science can back this up?

For one, gay marriage wasn’t involved. In fact, the term gay marriage is very new. Homosexuals were not understood to have a monogamous relationship until the 19th century–long after the Bible was written. This doesn’t discredit the Bible, but defines what it describes as much different than what we know today.

 

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