Why were Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed?. The Bible tells us the story of two cities destroyed by God with fire and brimstone. Sodoma and Gomorra. This Genesis account shows two cities where sin and iniquity took possession of its inhabitants. Thus, God had to destroy them as an example of what happens when sin becomes too great.
However, it is necessary to understand exactly what happened.
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Why were Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed ?: the story
Abraham and Lot
At one point in their lives, Abraham and his nephew Lot went their separate ways. Lot settled in the city of Sodom because the region was very fertile. But the people of the region were very wicked.
“Abraham stayed to live in the land of Canaan, while Lot went to live among the cities of the valley, establishing his camp near the city of Sodom. The inhabitants of Sodom were wicked and committed very grave sins against the Lord.
Genesis 13: 12-13
Defeat of Sodom and Gomorrah
After some time, the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were defeated in battle. Lot and all the other residents were taken captive. When he found out what had happened, Abraham gathered a troop and saved Lotalong with the other inhabitants of Sodom. The King of Sodom offered Abraham riches in gratitude, but rejected all reward, since Abraham did not want to defile himself with the riches of Sodom.
The king of Sodom said to Abram:
"Give me the people and keep the goods."
But Abram replied:
"I have sworn by the Lord, the Most High God, creator of heaven and earth, that I will not take anything that is yours, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal." So you can never say, "I made Abram rich."
Genesis 14: 21-23
On another occasion, the angel of the Lord visited Abraham and told him that he would investigate the crimes of Sodom and Gomorrah and I would punish the people. Abraham then he asked for mercy for the righteous people who lived in the region. Therefore, God said that if he found alone 10 righteous men, he would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.
Then he approached the Lord and said:
"Are you really going to exterminate the righteous along with the wicked?" Maybe there are fifty righteous in the city. Will you exterminate them all, and will you not forgive that place for the love of the fifty righteous there? Far be it from you to do such a thing! Kill the righteous along with the wicked, and have both treated in the same way? Never do such a thing! You, who are the Judge of all the earth, will you not do justice?
Genesis 18: 23-25
The punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah
However, did not find 10 righteous men. But, for the love of Abraham, God sent two angels to bring Lot and his family out of Sodom before the destruction, because he was the only righteous person in that place. Lot invited the angels (who looked like men) to spend the night at his house.
When night came, all Sodom's men surrounded Lot's house and they demanded that he bring his two guests so that were raped. They had not yet gone to bed when the men from the city of Sodom surrounded the house. All the people without exception, both young and old, were there present. They called Lot and said:
"Where are the men who came to spend the night at your house?" Throw them out! We want to sleep with them!
Genesis 19: 4-5
Lot tried to stop them, but the men turned violent. Then angels wounded men with blindness and expelled Lot and his family from the city. They fled and God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
It rained fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, destroying everything. The next morning, Abraham looked around his tent and saw only thick smoke rising from the ground.
Lot came to Zoar when it was dawn. Then the Lord caused a rain of fire and brimstone to fall from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah. Thus he destroyed those cities and all their inhabitants, along with all the plains and vegetation on the ground.
Genesis 19: 23-25
Now that you know
What were the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah?
The people of Sodom and Gomorrah committed many sins that led to their destruction. They didn't just die for a sin. They died because they completely abandoned goodness and Justice, dedicating himself completely to sin.
Some of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah mentioned in the Bible are:
- Violence and sexual immorality.
So also Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities are put as a lesson, suffering the punishment of an eternal fire, for having practiced, like those, sexual immorality and vices against nature. Jude 1:7
- Shamelessness: they did not feel the need to hide their sin.
Their own impudence accuses them and, like Sodom, they boast of their sin; they do not even conceal it! Woe to them, for they cause their own misfortune! Isaiah 3: 9
- Arrogance and contempt for the needy.
Your sister Sodom and her villages sinned from pride, gluttony, apathy, and indifference towards the poor and destitute. They believed themselves superior to others, and in my presence they indulged in disgusting practices. That is why, as you have seen it, I have destroyed them. Ezekiel 16: 49-50
What can we learn from Sodom and Gomorrah?
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah also served as an example. Just as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, one day God will punish all people. God will do justice.
In addition, he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and reduced them to ashes, putting them as a lesson to the wicked. 2 Peter 2: 6
The wicked will get what they deserve, But God also has the power to protect the righteous. God forgave Lot and also forgives those who love him, rejecting the sin that surrounds them.
On the other hand, he freed the righteous Lot, who was overwhelmed by the unbridled life of these wicked, because this righteous, who lived with them and loved what was good, day after day felt his soul being torn to pieces by the wicked works he saw and heard. All this shows that the Lord knows how to deliver those who live as God wants from trial, and reserve the wicked to punish them on the day of judgment.
2 Peter 2: 7-9
We hope you understand now why Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed Oh my God. Always remember that sin will take you away from HIM.