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Gen. 19:31-36 Lot’s Daughters & Sodom and Gomorrah

by Dr. D ~

Q: Gen. 19:31-36 -It seems that God just punished Sodom and Gomorrah for their evil ways and bingo. Yet why did not God strike these girls down for this deed? -Dave

A: God turned their mother into a ‘pillar of salt’ for looking back, and these two get a pass? Dave–I don’t know where the line is drawn. Though the Sodom folk were extremely evil in their treatment and exploitation of visitors.

The Bible doesn’t give us a full understanding of extent of the evil in these two cities. Was homosexuality so dominant, pervasive, and aggressive there, that God did not want that type of aggressive attitude and behavior to spread to other cities and cultures?

Back to the two girls. Their behavior was obviously evil, but it really affected only their own family (Though one could argue, that it did result in the beginning of two nations -Moabites & Ammonites- that ultimately became bitter enemies of Israel, and that their descendents are probably among the Arabs still opposing Israel today). There was undoubtedly greater sins than incest, and far more and greater evil perpetrated in Sodom and Gomorrah (or even in the other cites in the area for that matter). It should be noted that God did not immediately judge murderers (except for Cain) which is a far greater evil than the incest of Lot’s daughters.

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