Sodom and Gomorrah



2. Why were the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed?



The answer to this question is found in the epistle of Jude and in the book of the prophet Ezekiel.

For in the epistle written by Jude we read: “As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 7 – NKJV), and in the book of Ezekiel we read: “Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fulness of food, and abundance of idleness, 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 fit” (Ezekiel 16:49-50 – NKJV).

Therefore when we speak of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (and the cities around them), we have to say that they were destroyed not only because their inhabitants gave themselves over to fornication and sodomy (homosexuality), but also because they were haughty, proud, idle and merciless toward the poor.