What is Sodom and Gomorrah?
Almost all Christians know and understand the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Sodom and Gomorrah were cities that were full of splendor, wealth and sin. It was a place where anything goes and was acceptable. It is a lot like America is today.
Even though the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah were happy with the current state of the city, God was not. The Lord sent in two angels to destroy these cities with fire. Let’s go back to Sodom and Gomorrah and see what lead up to the city being destroyed.
The history begins in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament. These two cities are also mentioned in the New Testament, Hebrew Bible and the Quran. There are other books in which this story is mentioned also. This is one of the most recognized stories because of its horror. It is often mentioned as much as the story of Moses.
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is most familiar with God’s punishment towards homosexuality. Said Arabia and Iran are two countries that still punish homosexuality by death. In the Old Testament, homosexuality was a sin and punishable by death (Leviticus 20:13).
The story goes on to tell us in Genesis 18-19 that God sent two of his angels into Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels were there to investigate the sin in these two cities. Abraham and his nephew Lot convinced the two angels to stay with them. The angels ate with Lot and Abraham.
Before the two angels went to sleep, the men of Sodom and Gomorrah surrounded the house and began to yell out to Lot. They told him that they wanted to have sexual relations with the two me that were inside of his home. Lot didn’t want his guests to be harmed. He therefore offered his two daughters that were both virgins to the men instead. He even told them that they could do whatever they wanted to them.
The men grew angry with Lot and refused his plea. They even told him that he was wrong for telling them that they couldn’t sleep with his guests. These men were so inflamed with lust that they were pressing against the door because they wanted to break it down. They really wanted to have sexual relations with the two men.
Before they could break down the door, the angels went to the door and struck these men with blindness. The angels then told lot that they were given orders to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The angels told Lot to gather his family and get out of the city immediately. The angels also warned them to not look back. The story goes on to say that God destroyed the city with fire and brimstone. Lots wife did not listen to the angels and decided to look back anyways. She was turned into a pillar of salt because of her disobedience.
The sin of homosexuality is discussed throughout the old and new testament. When two people of the same sex sleep together, it causes God to be angry. Not only was the sin of homosexuality displeasing to the Lord, but the idea of them wanting to rape the two men inside was detestable as well.
In the Torah, homosexuality is a forbidden act in Leviticus 18 and 20. The Old Testament calls it an abomination. The fact that Sodom and Gomorrah were committing an abomination, it tells us that they had no regard for God or his laws. They simply wanted to do whatever they felt like. Their lustful pleasures and desires meant more to them then pleasing God.
It is hard to say exactly why God detests homosexuality so much. However, it is written more than once in the Holy Bible. In the New Testament, Paul the apostle called homosexuality an unnatural way of living.
One might argue that the female body is made for penises and the pennies is meant to go into a vagina and not into an anus. Naturally, a couple can only reproduce children through heterosexual sex. Without scientific intervention, two men or two women cannot produce offspring to serve God.
In the New Testament, the book of 1 Timothy 1:8-10 tells that the laws of the Bible are made for people that practice homosexuality. It means that the law will keep them away from doing sin.
In every human being, there are temptations and lustful desires. Sometimes, we cannot even see our own sins because naturally, we want to sin and do what is not right in God’s eyes. The Holy Bible is a tool in which sinful people can use to do what is right. If you follow the law, you will know that you are pleasing God.
If you have a natural desire to follow the sins of the flesh, the book of Timothy reminds us that its better to follow the laws in the Bible so that you don’t live in sin.
The Sodom and Gomorrah story should be a reminder that sin can destroy an entire community. When sin begins to take over a population, God can destroy it. The New Testament tells us that in the last days, the world will become full of sin and man becoming lovers of self. The New Testament goes on to tell us that God will destroy the earth eventually because of man’s sin.
The Problem with Homosexuality in the 21st Century
When Christians mix their faith in with the general population that are not Christian, they begin to confuse what’s right in God’s eyes. The world will teach you that it doesn’t matter if you are gay, straight, bi-sexual, transgendered and so forth. However, this is not what the Bible teaches.
In order to abstain from immorality, you must stick close to the Holy Bible and read it daily. Let the Holy Bible be a rock to your walk with Christ each day.
If you find that you are living a homosexual lifestyle, recognize the scriptures and choose which one you want to follow. Either choose your own fleshly desires or God’s ways. When you accept Jesus as your savior, it means that you are choosing to repent of your sins.
Homosexuality is on the hardest sins to repent of because you must turn away from an attraction that comes natural to you. Most men and women that are gay say that they have felt same sex attraction from as early as 5 years of age.
However, you still can’t change what the Holy Bible teaches and says about homosexuality. Instead, you need to not worry about why you were born gay. You only need to worry about staying on the path that God wants you to be on.
What Should I do When I am Lonely?
When you are lonely, all kinds of thoughts will come into your mind. You will feel tempted strongly. The devil might tempt you to masturbate or to look at pornography on the internet. He may tell you that its okay to go on dating websites in order to flirt with the same sex. When it comes to loneliness, it will often drive you to sin.
However, there is hope. God says that he will never allow Satan to tempt you beyond what you can handle. This means that God will always provide you a way out. Praise God for his grace and his love (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Walking with God and repenting of sin can be lonely. Even Jesus Christ himself had to deal with feeling alone and loneliness. When he hung on the cross dying for our sins, he felt abandoned by God. This can often happen at times. It’s important to look at the cross and see that God has something better planned for you.
God wants your heart. Becoming a born-again Christian is a decision that you make when you want to get saved by Jesus. It’s a time in your life when you must cut the old off in your life and tell God that you wish to follow him.
When you begin to learn things God’s way, he begins to meet you where you are at. Even if you have lived your life as a Christian believer and stayed in the homosexual lifestyle for years, there is still hope for you. You can repent today and see that Jesus will begin working in your life.
In Christ, nobody must die in their sins anymore. We simply only must ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness and repent.
Could the Men of Sodom and Gomorrah Repent?
The men of Sodom and Gomorrah could have repented, but they chose not to. They decided to live for their sinful lusts and pleasures and not for God. This angered God and he ultimately destroyed them
The Holy Bible tell us in the 2 Timothy, that in the last days, men will become lovers of self (2 timothy 3:2). This means that we are living in a period that you can see all around you men and women living for themselves.
One of the countries that is leading the way of this type of sinful living is the United States of America. America has more freedom than any other country on earth. However, most people that you talk to will tell you that they can do whatever they want to with their body. This is not God’s way.
What if I Am Not Attracted to Someone of the Opposite Sex?
You must ask God to put the attraction inside of you towards the opposite sex. After repentance of your sin, its time to be born again. Start over again. At first, you may not feel any attraction towards the opposite sex. However, you need to have faith that with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
You non-Christian friends will tell you that you should not let Christianity tell you that you cannot be gay. They will try to cause you to leave Christianity and live your life as the men did in Sodom and Gomorrah. However, you should know now what happened in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and understand that this sin can no longer be practiced.
The Apostle Paul Tells us in 1 Corinthians that he met homosexuals that did change? Praise God!
In 1 Corinthians 6:11, the New Testament, Paul tell us that this is what some of you were. He was referring to homosexuals changing and then being washed and sanctified by the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you turn away from your sins, you begin to feel clean inside of your soul. You begin to feel and sense Jesus washing you and showing you a better way to live your life. When you live your life for him, your mind begins to be wrapped around serving Jesus and not yourself. You begin living for God and not for you. This is a big commitment and necessary change when you repent and come to Jesus.
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah teaches us that homosexuality is a sin that drives you to do the unthinkable. Before someone acts out on homosexuality, they often feel wrong about it. They often feel that its wrong to act out on their lusts and desires.
A small inner voice tells them not to do it. However, their lustful temptations will often overtake them and cause them to be driven out to commit homosexual acts. The power of homosexuality is strong. Most people that feel an attraction towards the same sex find it hard to not act out on it.
Unfortunately, when you follow the sinful desires of your heart, they often feel wrong.
Millions of gay Christians in the world today can’t seem to find the strength to repent of homosexuality. This sin is one of the hardest to overcome because it is intertwined with your desire for a companion and not to be lonely.
It is confusing because it often comes out of your naturally. The lust and physical attraction for the same sex will be there. It’s hard to resist acting out on what you know to be so desirable.
The secret that a lot of gay Christians know in their heart is that they feel that God is not happy with their desire to act out on homosexuality. Every Christian practicing homosexual will tell you that they don’t know for sure if God is happy with their decision to act out on their homosexuality. It becomes confusing for them. They may not admit this to your face, but in their heart, they know that Jesus is not happy with their homosexual lifestyle.
When you accept Jesus, you fully repent of all sin and choose him over your sins. It won’t be an easy decision to make. However, know that you cannot serve your own lustful desires and Jesus at the same time. You must choose Jesus or yourself. Which one will you follow? Hopefully, you will choose Jesus.
Many Christians are not doing Bible study or following the word of God. Instead, they are following their own desires of the flesh.