Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah
This question is frequently raised, and atheists and agnostics widely use it to dismiss the presence of the God of the Bible. Such people believe that an all-loving God wouldn’t do something like that.
A town, city, group of cities or nation in which every man, woman, and the kid is reprobate referred to as societal reprobation. Historically, societal reprobation has been uncommon. In truth, it has been nonexistent since the Days of Pentecost (as reported in Acts 2, 8, and 10) onward.
The detailed portrayal of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah’s behavior and morals revealed in Genesis proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sodom and Gomorrah are examples of social reprobation. Reprobation is a biblical phrase that refers to someone who is irreversibly wrong.
It refers to a person whose every thought and behavior is always wrong. Such people think that what most people regard as wicked deeds are good and that most consider good acts inappropriate. Such people are always concentrated on doing evil.
They try relentlessly to morally corrupt others to persuade and, if necessary, force others to share their lousy thinking and conduct.
Why Not Now?
The Holy Spirit permanently indwelt first the Jewish followers of Jesus Christ, then the Samaritan followers of Jesus Christ, and ultimately the gentile followers of Jesus Christ on the Days of Pentecost. Because of this constant indwelling, disciples of Jesus Christ are known as the “salt of the earth.” Spiritual salt functions as a preservative, preventing social wrath from breaking out.
Many skeptics argue that the God of the Old Testament contradicts the God of the New Testament because of the potential of social reprobation throughout Old Testament times and its impossibility after the Days of Pentecost. Such doubters are mistaken. God has remained the same. People are the ones who have changed.
Evidence of Societal Reprobation in Sodom and Gomorrah
According to three different Bible scriptures, Sodom and Gomorrah are instances of social reprobation. Two of God’s virtuous angels put themselves to the test, described in Genesis 19:1–9. These angels went to Sodom to see if the people there were as bad as they had heard in tales. They chose to camp out in the city square for the night to witness the Sodomites.
According to Lot, the angels were not to spend the night in the city square, the sole male in the city who had not yet fallen to reprobation. He must have realized how difficult it would be for them. He pleaded with them to remain in the safety of his home. Lot’s house was soon encircled by every man in Sodom, young and old, from every city corner.
The word “young and old” suggests that the men who surrounded Lot’s house were both young and old. The guys asked that Lot bring his two visitors outdoors so that they may all engage in sexual activity with them.
There was no stopping the rabble that had gathered. Lot, desperate to safeguard his two visitors, promised to send his two vir*in daughters out to the mob to do whatever they wanted with them if they would only leave his guests alone.
The crowd declined the offer and proceeded to smash down the door of Lot’s house, threatening to do far more to Lot than they intended to do to his two visitors.
Lot’s offer demonstrates the decree of reprobation in Sodom. Lot, a good man, was at dire risk of succumbing to the spiritual disease that enveloped him because of the reprobation. Lot was disturbed and tortured by the Sodomites, according to 2 Peter 2:7–8.
Second biblical narrative
The second Bible narrative, Genesis 18:16–33, depicts a discussion between God and Abraham in which Abraham asks God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah on behalf of his nephew Lot. First, Abraham asks God if, if fifty persons in Sodom are discovered to be righteous, would God not save all of Sodom’s residents on their behalf?
God promised that he would. Abraham deals with God until there are just ten virtuous people in the city. “Yes,” replies God every time. At that time, Abraham learns that Lot and his family are the only righteous people left in Sodom.
Abraham stops asking because he knows God has promised to save Lot and his family before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. Except for Lot and his family, he now knows that all the residents of the Sodomite plain are reprobates.
Why Not Isolation?
One unanswered question is why God does not just isolate repulsive cultures and allow them to perish naturally. The answer is to safeguard those societies’ future generations and the residents of their adjacent communities.
There is no chance for the children born in a city after all of its residents have grown fully reprobate. Reprobation, as Paul reminds us in Romans 1:32, is cancerous.
Reprobation’s deadly spiritual disease will envelop children born in a city where everyone is a reprobate. There is no way out for them. They will be infected and entirely overwhelmed, just like metastasized stage 4 cancer. To avoid this, God destroys a reprobate civilization surgically as soon as its reprobation becomes widespread.
Another reason God intervenes surgically is to stop the spiritual disease from spreading to communities around the reprobate civilization. Societies do not and cannot function in a vacuum.
Cities must rely on commerce with neighboring villages to stay afloat. Spiritual cancer in Sodom and Gomorrah would have spread inevitably if God had not interfered in his way.
Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction was a grand gesture of kindness and love on God’s part.
From the perspective of eternity, it was also a significant act of kindness and devotion to the reprobates themselves, for these reprobates would be judged according to all the evil they had perpetrated on Earth (Revelation 20:12). God intervened to keep them from accumulating further wickedness.
This topic is challenging to cover because it is entirely based on history and religion, and you can have a different opinion than me. I hope you find it helpful.