Sodom and Gomorrah and it’s parallels with modern day Western Society
Sodom and Gomorrah, those words whether you are Religious or not, read the Bible or not, or are a Christian or follow another Religion, those words or even just Sodom alone conjures up images in the mind. It’s a historical place and event that most people are aware of. People are also aware of what Sodom and Gomorrah represents and why it was ultimately destroyed in quite spectacular and undeniable fashion by God. The question is, has the lesson been learnt, OR, is our world heading into a similar Sodom and Gomorrah scenario but with a modern day twist and what lessons can be learnt from it?
In these modern times, our Western societies are walking down the same road as the infamous times of S&G . This same trend of flaunting sin openly and publicly just like back in those Biblical days without a care is becoming increasingly prevalent in our times to the extent it’s almost becoming acceptable or even “Cool”.. A lot of parallels are being drawn with Western Society with America leading the way into a Sodom and Gomorrah style judgement. Not only in numerous religious circles is it a shared view that a “Judgement” is coming and that quite visible warnings as we speak are being given but just like in the Bible they are being ignored. Even in Politics, Russia the promoter of traditional society values that refuses to adopt Western Society ethics and morals has pointed the finger at America and said they are heading down the S&G road in spectacular fashion as demonstrated in the Moscow Times in 2013
Sodom and Gomorrah is referenced 47 times in the Bible not just in the actual event that is mentioned in the Book of Genesis and mentioned many times also in The New Testament. It was an extremely important event. This article is an offshoot from the previous “The Breakdown of Modern Day Society and what is causing it” article and also is very relevant and connected to The US Transgender Toilet Guidelines. Another step closer to chaos?
The History of Sodom and Gomorrah
Sodom and Gomorrah is mentioned not just in Christianity but also in Islam and Judaism. The cities were located in the same region as 3 other cities Admah, Zeboim and Bela. These five cities, also known as the “cities of the plain”, were situated on the Jordan River plain in the southern region of the land of Canaan. The plain or region surrounded the dead sea and was of magnificent beauty and a land of super abundance and fertility, being a land well-watered, lush and green. (Genesis 14:2) and was compared to the garden of Eden[Gen.13:10]
In spite of this beautiful land and what appears to be blessings of abundance of good things in all those cities, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were also renowned for their wickedness and sinfulness and the total rejection of God in every shape and form. Rather than living by God’s instructions, “the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD” (Genesis 13:13).
What happened prior to the Judgement?
A straight lift from GotQuestions.org that explains in simple terms the Biblical Account of Sodom and Gomorrah that led to the judgement and the all important Bible Quotes that shed further light on what actually happened.
The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah is recorded in Genesis chapters 18-19. Genesis chapter 18 records the Lord and two angels coming to speak with Abraham. The Lord informed Abraham that “the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous.” Verses 22-33 record Abraham pleading with the Lord to have mercy on Sodom and Gomorrah because Abraham’s nephew, Lot, and his family lived in Sodom.
Genesis chapter 19 records the two angels, disguised as human men, visiting Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot met the angels in the city square and urged them to stay at his house. The angels agreed. A mob then arrived outside Lot’s house. The Bible then informs us:
Gen 19:5-8: “and they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.’ But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, and said, ‘Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly. KJV
Lot in order to direct the mobs attention away from the Angels offers his two virgin daughters as detailed in this Bible quote below
“Now behold, I have two daughters who have not had relations with man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever you like; only do nothing to these men, in as much as they have come under the shelter of my roof,” (Gen. 19:8).
The angels then proceed to blind all the men of Sodom and Gomorrah and urge Lot and his family to flee from the cities to escape the wrath that God was about to deliver. Lot and his family flee the city, and then “the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah — from the LORD out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities..nothing survived.”
Full article at GotQuestions
To this day nothing exists or has survived in that area since, it is a desolate area where nothing grows…………nothing! Further details in the video below called “Sodom and Gomorrah- proof of the supernatural”
Why did God punish or judge Sodom and Gomorrah?
God decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because their sin was “very grave”
And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
They went in the face of God’s statutes and commandments. It was in God’s perfect judgment that he destroyed these cities with fire and brimstone (sulfur) dumped from above.. It was done for good reason, letting them serve as sobering examples for all mankind to learn from. It was done as an example for those at the time and also burned into history for all future generations to be made aware of the danger of ignoring God’s Statutes and Commandments
The five main reasons that God poured judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah
Because the people of Sodom had done the following:
1. Sodom’s society was steeped in widespread sexual immorality, including homosexual acts and vicious rapes. The residents of Sodom had become so evil that God could not find even 10 righteous people among them (Genesis 18:32).
2. The inhabitants were uncharitable and abusive to strangers, the poor, sick, and disadvantaged. In that society, a person had a very strong obligation to protect any guests in their home.
3. They wanted to humiliate their visitors by engaging in “an act of sexual degradation and male rape…These are acts of violence that are committed by parties seeking to show their hatred for those they are degrading. It is not an act of love or of caring”
4. Wanted to engage in bestiality — having sex with members of another species such as Angels. The mob mentioned outside Lot’s home where the Angels stayed may have wanted to rape the angels. Angels are not human beings; they are of a different species and in their minds was the going after of “other flesh” or “strange flesh.”
5. Wanted to adsorb the power of the angels: In ancient times, sacred sex was very common. If the people of Sodom realized that angels sent by God were present in their city, the men of Sodom may have concluded that raping the angels might give them supernatural powers?
What was the real reason that God passed judgement on Sodom and Gomorrah?
The above five points are the main reasons touted that spring to mind which center around the question of immorality especially Homosexuality. Delve deeper and beyond Genesis and one of the Seven Deadly Sins, one that is not so obvious but still “grievous” none the less. (Ezek. 16:49-50) highlights the fact that God found Pride among the inhabitants of Sodom, one of the “Seven Deadly Sins and “sloth” mentioned as idleness as the other, which many cite as the real and one of the chief reasons for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and judgement by God.
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. (Ezekiel 16:49-50)
What did Jesus and the The New Testament of the Bible have to say about Sodom and Gomorrah
Jesus Christ said that societies at the end of the age would parallel those in the days of Noah and Lot (Luke 17:26-30). Regarding the time of Lot, Jesus said, “They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all” (verses 28-29).
Paul called the period just before Christ’s return “perilous times.” He said they would be filled with pleasure-seeking, materialism, immorality, violence, idleness and rejection of the things of God (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Sound familiar.
(Romans 1:20-25). As mankind went astray, men and women began to exchange the wholesome, God-ordained use of sex for vile and shameful passions (verses 26-27). Paul also listed a number of other sinful behaviors that humans began practicing as they turned from God (verses 28-31).
God spoke about moral decline in Romans 1:18-32. here’s some sample verses from the middle of that Chapter
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Are Western World Leaders Responsible for the Modern Day Moral Decline?
Modern Day Western Society has democratically elected leaders. They lead and society follows. A Gay Marriage law is passed by a Government it sends out a signal that in these modern times Homesexuality is now not a sin and all the Bible quotes that state otherwise have been overidden by man……….. all in the name of modernity.
Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths. (Isaiah 3:12)
For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed (Isaiah 9:16).
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)
Is America the Modern Day Sodom?
America is a nation that had it all, you could say was blessed by God because of it’s initial adopting of God’s statutes and it’s embracing of Israel and it’s people into it’s country and also the nation Israel itself and it became a Superpower that controlled the world. The rot started to set in when corruption started to enter the White house and the Abortion Law became reality allowing the mass murder of millions of lives. Things have progressively gone down hill ever since and 9/11 was the wake up call for the nation. The nation has carried on regardless slipping further away from God and now in these modern times seemingly turning it’s back on God and embracing the darker side. Warnings have come in many forms since but the Nation carries on regardless.
These quotes from the Bible I personally think sum up the situation not only in America but in the Western World today. We are living in times where evil is considered good or hip and cool, sin is to be encouraged and enjoyed and who cares about the consequences. Those that are seen to be doing right or good are “upsetting the new status quo” and are “party poopers”. Christian symbols are being torn down with “The Cross” and “The Ten Commandments” and the words “In God We Trust” being particular victims in these S&G times. With churches closing or being attacked and burnt down, Materialism and Promiscuity rampant, and with an openly encouraged embracing of the Seven Deadly sins, we are in the times mentioned in Romans 1:28-32 above.
We are seeing mass shootings, rampant pornography addiction and the rise of narcism and Selfie Culture and a society obsessed more with Celebrity than with God. Rampant Government debt and spending and financial markets that bear no semblance to economic reality with “market intervention” being the buzzword in financial circles but a bubble that is waiting to pop in spectacular fashion.
The current bizarre obsession over the LGBT community and their toilet rights?? above everything else by the current US administration speaks volumes in itself. Why they are not concentrating on more pressing issues that are affecting the broader population is a head scratching mystery? We are seeing the rapid erosion of moral values and privacy and civil liberties. Mothers killing new born babies with their own hands becoming a common headline, the breakdown of the family unit, Americas back turning on Israel, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We are living in times where “what is wrong is right and what is right is wrong” with the attitude “what’s wrong with that”.
Is there a Sodom and Gomorrah style judgement coming. I think it’s overdue, but the problem in these modern times is that unlike Sodom and Gomorrah the problem is not local in nature and contained within two cities, it is now rampant across much of the globe with the US leading the way merrily heading it’s way into oblivion. We live in an interconnected world, but if a judgement is coming it will be interesting in what shape or form it will come…………..and more to the point….. who will be affected and what the final outcome will be?
Some Bible quotes to ponder over
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
“‘Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down,’ says the LORD” (Jeremiah 6:15).
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evil doers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Statements and Comments from Religious Events and Conferences on the Sodom and Gomorrah effect in our modern Times
We live in a season when fierce men do terrible and despicable things. We live in a season of war. We live in a season of arrogance. We live in a season of wickedness, pornography, immorality. All of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah haunt our society. Our young people have never faced a greater challenge. We have never seen more clearly the lecherous face of evil. (Ensign, Nov 2001, 4)
Boyd K. Packer (Quorum of the Twelve)
Nothing happened in Sodom and Gomorrah which exceeds in wickedness and depravity that which surrounds us now.
Words of profanity, vulgarity, and blasphemy are heard everywhere. Unspeakable wickedness and perversion were once hidden in dark places; now they are in the open, even accorded legal protection.
At Sodom and Gomorrah these things were localized. Now they are spread across the world, and they are among us. (Address to CES religious educators, Feb. 6, 2004, 4)
Spencer W. Kimball (President)
Because of this widespread tolerance toward promiscuity, this world is in grave danger. When evil is decried and forbidden and punished, the world still has a chance. But when toleration for sin increases, the outlook is bleak and Sodom and Gomorrah days are certain to return. (Faith Precedes the Miracle, 154)