Even atheists are familiar with the basics of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The common thought is that it was destroyed by fire and brimstone by God because of the homosexuality in the land. What if we were wrong and the answer of why Sodom was destroyed was hidden in plain sight all along? Bellow I reveal 4 truths that will change your perspective on this story forever. The only reason we even believe Sodom was destroyed due to homosexuality is because of our biased minds. We are reading the question thinking we already know the answer.
Before I get to my point, I must also note that the word “sodomy” is a modern word from the assumption that the city of Sodom was connected with males engaged in gay sex. Lets pretend for a moment that this word does not have this meaning yet.
First we must look at the verses in question that describe the story of Sodom. Read them however you want, but know that what follows will question your previous perspective.
Two angels came to Sodom in the evening; and Lot was sitting in the gateway of Sodom… “We will spend the night in the square,” they said. But he (Lot) urged them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house….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; and they called to Lot “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, so that we may know them.” … “I beg of you my brothers, do not act so wickedly….Do nothing to these men, as they have come under the shelter of my roof.” But they replied, “Stand back! This fellow came here as an alien (Lot was not a born native of Sodom), and he would play the judge! Now we will deal worse with you then with them.” -Genesis 19:1-11
So, what do you see in these passages? A man who lets 2 men stay at his house, followed by a whole city of homosexuals trying to have sex with them.
Let me reveal to you four truths hidden in plain sight that changes the story of Sodom completely:
- These were not human men, but angels.
- They were not trying to have “friendly gay sex” with the angels, but gang rape them.
- This was written in the book of Genesis two books BEFORE the written code of Biblical laws that appear to condemn homosexuality as a sin.
- The story of the men of Sodom happened AFTER God already had the idea to destroy the city.
Okay… Lets refocus. First is to re-read the passage and realize that we are not talking about men of Sodom wanting to form a committed relationship or even engage in “friendly gay sex”with these visitors. Also note, these visitors are not even human men, but angels. Does this sound like anything similar to modern day committed same-sex relationships? Hmmm. Lets keep digging.
1) Angels, not men
Genesis 19:1 Clearly states, “Two angels came to Sodom in the evening.” This changes the story. How can we be talking about homosexuality if these were not even human men, but angels. Even if they appeared as men, would not you consider that humans having sex with Heavenly beings to be unnatural? When we see later verses this becomes more clear. Jude 1:7 speaks of those in Sodom going after “strange flesh” (Greek words: sarkos heteras) which is equated to “going after one not of the same nature or class.” It is obvious that two people of identical gender would be of the same nature or class even more than a male and female. Humans are in a different nature and class to angels just as we are in a different class to animals. Therefore, “strange flesh” is referring to angel and human relations and/or inner-species sex, not gay/lesbian sex.
Some of you may be thinking that men wanting to have intercourse with angels is far fetched. Although seldom discussed among theologians, it was recorded in the Bible that their were fallen angels that had sex with humans before (and possibly after) the great flood. Genesis 6:1-5 records “When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God (fallen angels) saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose…The Nephilim (human/angel hybrids, also translated “the giants”) were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God (fallen angels) went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown (worshiped by humans). And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” This indicated that there was a race of fallen angel/human hybrids on the earth who corrupted the human bloodline into being amerced into evil. This explains why the practice of having sex with angels is especially forbidden in the eyes of God because of what went wrong in the past. Also in this chapter is the statement that God was going to limit human’s lifespan to 120 years, perhaps taking away their prolonged vitality that they may have received from the fallen angels. Following this verse is the account of the great flood in which only the pure human Noah and his pure human family were spared. It could be possible that having sex with these higher beings would bring about some type of supernatural power which gives a whole other spin to the reason in which the Sodomites attempted sexual acts upon these angels.
2) Attempted gang rape, not sex
Genesis 19:5 states “…the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house; and they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, so that we may know them.” First we have a menacing demand from an entire city of men for non-consensual sex. This does not seem comparative to modern day same-sex relationships. Just as in English, the Hebrew language has multiple meanings for words. The word “to know” (Yada’) means a number of things depending on its context. In this verse, we just assume that Yada’ means “to have sex” and ignore the context which obviously shows it means “to rape.” Refocus your lenses for a moment and look at the big picture of the story. You have 2 “men” in a building, and every man in the entire city surrounds them because they are so overly attracted to them that they all want to engage in anal intercourse with them? There has to be something more here that we are missing.
From a cultural perspective we can learn a lot about the mindset of Sodom. In these early human times, men were much more primitive and used to engage in sexual activity for many purposes aside from pleasure. Among other reasons which I will get into later, men would rape other men as a sign of power which is similar to prison rape today. But why would the Sodomites want to rape these men? They just seem like innocent men passing through the city, right? Wrong! Sodom had made rules out of greed not to take in strangers because they felt that they would compromise their wealth. They saw strangers who came into the land to lodge as freeloaders and a threat to their success. The punishment for such a crime of allowing strangers into your home and taking your resources was that of violence as a sign of power, and in this case gang rape. Gang rape was often performed to foreigners who entered their land, not only in Sodom, but in other cities that used this barbaric form of punishment. When Lot tried defending the angels, the Sodomites replied “Now we will deal with you (Lot) worse than them (the angels)!” Clearly, “dealing worse” with Lot meant a stricter punishment of violence (not friendly gay sex), which may not only have been gang rape, but death. Lot was struck with a dilemma, let the angels be raped or be possibly raped and killed himself. He offered his virgin daughters as an alternative, but thankfully the angels struck the Sodomites blind and this did not occur.
How can we know that these men intended to rape the angels? We can know this by looking at other cultural examples of later times. Most Christians do not know the story of Gibeah unless they have read the whole Bible. This gives almost an identical story to Sodom, but with a different outcome. In a similar story in Judges 19, strangers come under the shelter of a residents roof in the inhospitable land of Gibeah. These men also wanted to rape the male visitor, but his concubine was offered instead and was taken as an alternative punishment. (Note that if the men of the city were gay and just wanted to have a good time because they found the visitors attractive, they would not have taken a woman instead.) After gang raping her all night, she was found dead the next morning. (For mor on this, click here.) What this story reveals is the intentions of these cities residents to show power and punishment through sexual violence. This does not describe anything close to modern-day loving committed same-sex relationships.
3) Before Homosexuality appeared to be listed as a sin
So what was known in the time of Genesis that could not be known due to the lack of the Levitical code of rules against homosexuality? God made a covenant with Abraham because He found favor in him due to His faith in God. Simply put, Sodom had a lack of faith in God and went after other gods and engaged in idol worship. This is stated in Ezekiel 16:49 along with other sins that God saw as sinful: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
Notice that this verse makes no mention of homosexuality. Secondly, many in the time of Genesis were nomads and relied on the hospitality of city residents to lodge. Hospitality was incredibly important to spread God’s word because many were like our common day missionaries and needed a place to sleep. We can see that Sodom had a lack of hospitality. Sodom was a proud rich land, yet it made laws against taking in strangers who were often poor and needed food and lodging. In the above verse of Ezekiel 16:49 we can see this aspect as the Lord spoke: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
As promised earlier, I will describe another way in which sexual practice was used in Biblical times which was done for a purpose other than mutual pleasure. When we think of ancient men worshiping idols, we can imagine people bowing to a large statue, and maybe even giving it human sacrifices. Although this is true, we miss an important aspect. Much of idol worship entailed sexual practices, many times with male shrine prostitutes. These men would give their sperm as a sacrifice to the shrine prostitutes that acted as intercessors to the gods. This means that along with heterosexual practice, there was homosexual sex occurring for the sake of idol worship. These were not gay males, but heterosexual males worshiping their gods in the form of sex. Likewise, there were women who served as a vessel for sperm sacrifice, but this was done anally rather than traditionally. Without the possibility of procreation, the sperm was seen as sacrificial to the gods. Additionally, masturbation was used as a sacrifice for the idols. Some male shrine prostitutes would even dress as women to mimic their gods and also appeal to the worshipers who found it difficult to “give their seed” to another male. More on this in my next post which makes Leviticus clear that it is not speaking about homosexuality as a whole, but homosexual sex connected to religious practices in idol worship to the false god, Molech. If you would like a sneak peek, go to http://turn.to/gaychristians and read “Leviticus Abominations.”
4) Story of Sodom happened after God already had the idea to destroy the city
When you read Genesis you will notice that the story about the attempted rape of angels comes after God had already contemplated to destroy the city of Sodom. This means that the city had already been found to be evil in the eyes of God before the incident with the angels occurred. Therefore, the city could not have possibly been destroyed solely due to the actions presented in the story of Sodom. In Genesis 18, Abraham pleaded with God to save the city if 50 were found to be righteous men. He then asked for 40, 30, 20 and then his final offer of 10. God promised that He would not destroy the city if there were 10 righteous men in the city of Sodom. The only righteous man found in the city was Lot, so the two angels were sent to warn Lot and His family to leave the city before its destruction. The definition of righteousness in the time of Lot was not that of following the 10 commandments or the Levitical code, as it did not exist. As mentioned earlier, what was known to be righteous would be a man who had faith in God. This means that the city of Sodom had no faith in God.
So what we have learned is that Sodom was not even speaking about homosexuality, but the attempted gang rape of angels which is NOT descriptive of modern-day gay and lesbian relationships. I don’t know about you, but I have yet to hear a story of a group of gay men in San Fransisco surrounding a visitors’ house to gang rape them. Clearly this is not talking specifically about all gay and lesbian people, but the attempted gang rape of heavenly beings.
Scientists confirm Sodom was destroyed by fireball
Here is an extra bit for those who believe that the story of Sodom is just that, a story or folklore or myth. Here is a clip from an article about an ancient disk that was found that gave exact trajectories of an asteroid that hit 5,000 years ago that rained fire debris “from heaven” onto the cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Zeboim, and Admah.
A clay tablet that has baffled scientists for more than a century has been identified as a witness’s account of an asteroid that destroyed the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah 5,000 years ago. Researchers believe that the tablet’s symbols give a detailed account of how a mile-long asteroid hit the region, causing thousands of deaths and devastating more than one million sq km (386,000 sq miles). The impact, equivalent to more than 1,000 tons of TNT exploding, would have created one of the world’s biggest-ever landslides. Ancient record: Scientists claim the tablet, thought to be a 700BC copy from an even earlier civilisation, describes how a mile-long asteroid hit the Earth. The theory is the work of two rocket scientists – Alan Bond and Mark Hempsell – who have spent the past eight years piecing together the archaeological puzzle. Using computers to recreate the night sky thousands of years ago, they have pinpointed the sighting described on the tablet – a 700BC copy of notes of the night sky as seen by a Sumerian astrologer in one of the world’s earliest-known civilisations – to shortly before dawn on June 29 in the year 3123BC. Half the tablet records planet positions and clouds, while the other half describes the movement of an object looking like a ‘stone bowl’ travelling quickly across the sky. The description matches a type of asteroid known as an Aten type, which orbits the Sun close to the Earth. Its trajectory would have put it on a collision course with the Otz Valley. ‘It came in at a very low angle – around six degrees – and then clipped a mountain called Gaskogel around 11km from Köfels,’ said Mr Hempsell. ‘This caused it to explode – and as it travelled down the valley it became a fireball. ‘When it hit Köfels it created enormous pressures which pulverised the rock and caused the landslide. But because it wasn’t solid, there was no crater.’ The explosion would have created a mushroom cloud, while a plume of smoke would have been seen for hundreds of miles. Mr Hempsell said another part of the tablet, which is 18cm across and shaped like a bowl, describes a plume of smoke around dawn the following morning. ‘You need to know the context before you can translate it,’ said Mr Hempsell, of Bristol University. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-551010/Decoded-The-clay-tablet-tells-asteroid-destroyed-Sodom-5-000-years-ago.html#ixzz1Lv2z2d72
“Let love be your only debt! If you love others, you have done all that the law demands. In the law there are many commandments such as ‘be faithful in marriage,’ ‘do not murder,’ ‘do not steal,’ ‘do not want what belongs to others.’ But all these are summed up in the commandment that says ‘love others as much as you love yourself.’ no one who loves others will harm them. So love is all that the law demands.” – Romans 13:8-12
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