The End of Sodom, A Heartwarming Tale Where a Righteous Man Tries to Rescue Angels by Having a Mob Rape His Daughters.
Please read Sodom and Gomorrah, Countdown to a Massacre first. It is integral to understanding this post.
If you have already read it then let us continue. The two angels who visited Abraham finally make it to Sodom. At the city gate they meet Lot, Abraham’s favorite nephew. Lot, nearly as sycophantic as Abraham, knows who they are and bows very low, face to the ground. He begs them to come and stay at his house for the evening. They refuse wanting to sleep in the town square, but Lot is quite persistent, so finally, they consent to be his guests.
Just before turning in for the night, they all mob at the door. It seems that every townsman, every single person in Sodom has turned out for an angelic gang bang. ”They call to Lot and say to him, ‘Where are the men who came to your house tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have intimacies with them.’” This must have been a hot pair of Angels.
So Lot goes out to talk with them. He says “I beg you, my brothers, not to do this wicked thing. I have two daughters who have never had intercourse with men. Let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you please. But don’t do anything to these men, for you know they have come under the shelter of my roof.” To paraphrase, he is perfectly willing to give up his virgin daughters to be raped repeatedly just to protect his very powerful guests. You will note that he fails to offer his own body to the crowd, but those of his girls are fair game. Quite the humanitarian!
When the deeply evangelical christian try to point out how bad the world has gotten, how we are presently so terrible and so sinful that God is nearly ready to return, I like to think of righteous men like Lot who would throw his own girls to the wolves to protect his god, but less willing to give of himself. If this event were to happen today, how would our “fallen” morality judge Lot? How would this terrible and sinful age view him? Would he be a righteous man, bright in the eyes of the Lord? If he were to run for president today, what would America make of this action. Do you really think he would stand a chance if the public knew he offered his virtuous girls to rapists to protect his male guests. I think not. He who would not protect his family to the bitter end is no man, divine guests or no.
Offering your daughters to the gang bang, has to be the worst possible moral answer in this admittedly difficult question. But Lot is a righteous man of his age. This is one of God’s chosen on Earth. This.. , this “man” is the contemptible creature who God chose to rescue from Sodom’s destruction. Lot was selfish and a coward. His behavior reminds me greatly of how the worst elements of Islam treat their women,as property, as chattel, as conveniences. I see nothing redeeming in Lot’s character what-so-ever. His vileness is only matched by the god he protects.
More questions arise. Why would angels need protecting? These are beings with the power to destroy the entire countryside, yet Lot thinks they need saving? Why? Does he just want to make an impression with the angels, a “Hey! Look at what I’m willing to give up for you!!” kind of thing. The reality is they should be saving him, which they did, but not before that horrible offer Lot made. For that offer alone Lot should have been shackled to his doorpost to witness the destruction of Sodom first hand.
So Lot is warned to flee with his family and off he goes. Some minor bargaining ensues as to where he should flee, as he reaches the minimum safe distance, sulfurous fire begins to rain onto Sodom. Lot’s wife turns to look and is transformed into a pillar of salt. Lot and the ‘nearly given to rapists’ daughters escape.
Whew! It’s been quite a ride!
So Lot’s wife is turned into a pillar of salt for the grand and great crime of looking at the destruction God wrought. Why? Is the crime of looking at what is likely the greatest show in the world such a terrible one? Is merely witnessing the sacred genocide worthy of destruction? This is absurd! This is another of those arbitrary rules that God just makes up as he goes along. He simply throws out a minefield to destroy a few people. What other possibility is there? He couldn’t control his own death ray? That smacks of impotence. Didn’t he know that she would turn? That smacks of a lack of prescience. If he is truly all-powerful he could have topped her destruction. He didn’t. If he is all-seeing, he should have known she was going to turn to look. He didn’t do this either.
Either he lost control and therefore isn’t perfect, or he wanted it to happen for such a paltry crime and therefore he isn’t merciful. I can see no other direction for the needle to point. You can’t have it both ways. It takes a vast amount of spin doctoring to weasel your way from under both of these possibilities. By a reading of only this section, anyone can see that either he is potentially kind but inept or he reigns supreme but is cruel.
Have you ever wondered if, perhaps, the wrong one was thrown out of heaven?