Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sodom And Gomorrah

Genesis 19: 1-25 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.
14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:
19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

So in the easiest terms I know here's me explaining this: 
God sent 2 angels to Sodom. Lot took in the men (angels) in for the night so they could get cleaned up, eat, and rest and then leave early in the morning. Before they could go to bed the men of the city came to Lot's house and told Lot to send out the men (angels) "so they might know them" (or in the blunt way, have sex with them) Lot went outside and closed the door behind him and basically begged them to "know" his virgin daughters and leave the men alone. The men of the city wanted nothing to do with his daughters they only wanted the men (angels) and they tried to force their way into the house to get to them and the threatened Lot. The men (angels) pulled Lot into the house and shut the door then they made the men of the city blind so they wouldn't be able to find the door and would wear themselves out trying. Then they told Lot to gather his family and leave because God sent them to destroy the city because of it's wickedness. Once Lot and his family left and were at a safe place God made it rain brimstone and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Let me break down one certain word here. Sodom. Sodom= was a place. A Sodomite= was someone who dwelled in Sodom OR a person who engages in Sodomy. Sodomy= anal or oral sexual intercourse with a member of (in this case) the same sex (can also be towards a member of the opposite sex). 

With me so far? Okay, so Sodom was wicked in God's eyes I'm sure for many reasons, but the one that is pointed out is for Sodomy. So obviously God thought sodomy was wicked and therefore he destroyed Sodom (and Gomorrah). 

Now please tell me.. how am I to ignore what the Bible so plainly explains in black and white just because it might offend someone? 

Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." So if He's the same (never changing) as the Scripture says and He thought sodomy was wrong back then, once again He never changes, then He must think that sodomy is still wrong today. 

Please don't take me wrong I don't hate gays and I don't think they're evil people, but I have people who have unfriended me because of my beliefs (some aren't even gay). And I wasn't even bashing the gays. I have gay friends and family members, I'm not going to treat them badly. I hope they have a happy life, but I am worried for their souls and I think they're missing out on something much greater than they'd ever imagine possible.
 I didn't post this for an argument or a debate or to make anyone upset or angry so I would ask that you not leave any bashing comments/remarks. This is how I feel and what I believe and you have the right to disagree. If you feel like leaving a rude comment I do ask you to think back and remember when you've posted something supporting gays and ask yourself  "Has she ever bashed my post on being gay?" No, I haven't (at least not to my knowledge). Please do the same kindness for me. Thank you. 

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