Episode 29 – Sodom and Gomorrah

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Lecture 11 in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series.

Often interpreted as an injunction against homosexuality (particularly by those simultaneously claiming identity as Christians and opposed to that orientation), the stories of the angels who visit Abraham, bless him, and then rain destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah are more truly a warning against mistreatment of the stranger and impulsive, dysregulated, sybaritic conduct.

Abraham opens his heart and hearth to the stranger. The denizens of Lot’s soon-to-be lost cities threaten them with violent rape. God exacts a terrible retribution. The warning is clear.


  • T James Freedman

    How come nobody ever says they got Gomorrized? That’s when your CO treats you like a chump in front of others…

    JP, yer debunking my backward lucky misery in good ways, keep on rockin’ the soul of things…


  • Robertt1

    The destruction of Sodom was not JUST because homosexuality. Homosexuality was not their only sin, but homosexuality was part of the reason. Active homosexuality isn’t an isolated sin, it is a flaw of mind and character that will be accompanied by other sins. Homosexuality and rape was the pinnacle of their moral decay. But don’t be confused. The Bible says that homosexuality is an abomination which degrades the human being and it was punishable by death. If practiced long enough, my guess is that it leads to degradation even at genetic level and there’s no way back. The Sodomites reached that point of no return, so God destroyed them, to protect the other people against the spread of such evil practices and genetic mutations.

    Behavior towards strangers was never called an abomination. Remember that God didn’t destroy people and cities guilty of more grave sins than “inhospitality”.