God Didn’t Punish Sodom and Gomorrah for Homosexuality?

What Would You Say?


Joseph Backholm

You’re in a conversation about the Bible and homosexuality and someone says to you:

God didn’t punish Sodom and Gomorrah for homosexuality, he punished them for inhospitality, promiscuity, and sexual violence.

What would you say?

In the book of Genesis, God sent angels in the form of men to visit the town of Sodom in the home of a man named Lot. When the men in the town learned about the visitors, they descended on Lot’s house and attempted to rape the visitors.

Soon after, Sodom was destroyed. For millennia, this story has been understood as a story about God’s punishment of sin, including the sin of homosexuality. In fact, the word “Sodomy” comes from the town of Sodom.

But some now argue that this story has been misunderstood. They claim that God’s punishment of Sodom had nothing to do with homosexuality. But was instead punishment for inhospitality or promiscuity.

If you hear this argument here are a couple of things to remember.

1. The context of Genesis makes the meaning of the Sodom story clear.

2. Other scripture confirms the connection between Sodom and homosexuality.

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Image: The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, John Martin, 1852, Google Images


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