Even if you’ve not read the Bible, you have likely heard about Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities God destroyed for their extreme wickedness.
The account of this is found in Genesis, chapters 18 and 19. In this text, the sexual depravity of the men of Sodom is portrayed. Despite that, it does not explicitly say that their sexual predilections were the reason for their annihilation. Even so, most readers make that assumption.
However, the prophet Ezekiel does explain the reason that the people of Sodom were punished so severely. It’s not what you think. Are you ready for the real reason? Sodom was destroyed because they “they did not help the poor and needy.”
That puts the idea of “wickedness” in a completely different perspective — God’s.
[See Ezekiel 16:49.]
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.