Why did God judge the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and what can we learn from this, according to Genesis 18:16-33 and 19:1-29?

The biblical account of the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, found in Genesis 18:16-33 and 19:1-29, is a story that raises many questions and discussions among scholars and laypeople alike. Cities were destroyed by God with fire and brimstone, because of the great wickedness and wickedness of their inhabitants.

Before the destruction of the cities, God met with Abraham and told him that He had heard that the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah was great, and that He was going to come down to see if what He had heard was true. Abraham, knowing that his nephew Lot lived in Sodom, interceded before God asking that the city be saved, if there were fifty righteous people there. God replied that if there were fifty righteous, he would spare the city for their sake. Abraham then reduced the number until he reached ten righteous people, and God promised to spare the city because of these ten righteous people.

However, when the two angels sent by God arrived in Sodom to warn Lot of impending destruction, they were met with hostility and violence by the townspeople. Lot, his wife, and their two daughters were the only ones spared from destruction, and yet, his wife was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back during their flight.

The story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah teaches us several important lessons. First, it shows that God is just and does not tolerate wickedness. The sin and wickedness of the people in these cities was so great that God decided to punish them. Second, history teaches us that God is merciful and willing to forgive if there is justice. Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah, and God promised to spare the city for the sake of the righteous.

Finally, history teaches us that we must choose the path of justice and not follow evil and perversity. As Jesus said in Luke 17:32, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Lot and his family were warned of impending doom, but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. We must follow the example of Lot and his family, who chose righteousness and followed God’s path to avoid the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.

In summary, the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah teaches us that God is just and merciful, but does not tolerate evil and wickedness. We must choose the path of righteousness and follow God to avoid the fate of these cities.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

51. What is the importance of affirming “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)?

400. What are structures of sin?

191. How do they participate in the kingly office?

58. Why does God permit evil?

286. What kind of worship is due to the sacrament of the Eucharist?

367. What are the sources of the morality of human acts?

580. Why is it called the “Lord’s Prayer”?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What does it mean to submit to God’s discipline, according to Hebrews 12:5-11?

Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Lessons from the Meeting of Jacob and Esau (Genesis 33:1-20)

What does it mean to be a new creature in Christ, as described in 2 Corinthians 5:17?

What is the unchanging nature of God, according to Malachi 3:6?

Moses’ Intercession: How does Moses’ intercession for his people teach us about prayer and God’s mercy? (Exodus 32-34)

What is the divine nature of Jesus Christ, as described in Mark 1:1?

How does the story of Judith, in particular, the episode of her cunning in Judith 11:1-16, teach us survival strategies in difficult times, according to the Bible?

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