Sodom and Gomorrah: The Gay Marriage and Same-Sex Controversy
The Issues of gender identity, sexual preference and defining marriage; have become extremely important subjects to many people today.
Who has the right to determine the rules for social behavior in the world? If we leave this decision to individuals we find that people tend to do what is right in their own eyes, regardless of how it affects other people. When governments make the decisions for how its citizens shall conduct themselves; in democratic societies, leaders tend to grant equal rights to all persons. In this matter, the question arises: are acts between persons that are considered “unnatural,” protected under the constitution of the United States and other countries with similar forms of government?
If a person determines to link their self with another person in a same-sex relationship and live in the manner that they choose; according to the current laws of the United States, they have every right. The question that we might ask is whether or not the laws of men, invalidate the laws of God. Although society has changed and people are more open and tolerant of same-sex relationships, has God changed His view of what is acceptable?
WHAT WAS THE REASON THAT GOD DESTROYED SODOM AND GOMORRAH?
When we examine all of the scriptures of the Bible regarding these two cites, we see a picture that helps us understand why so many people lost their lives. Genesis 18 and 19 describes the sins of those who inhabited these cities as “very grave,” necessitating fire and brimstone from heaven. Jude wrote that the sin that is described in Genesis 18 was “sexual immorality,” and a people who had “gone after strange flesh.” Peter described the destruction of these cities as an example of the judgment that God will inflict upon those who live sexually immoral lives.
When we read the story of Nineveh, this city had also reached a similar place of evil that required the judgment of God. When Jonah walked through the city and informed the inhabitants that God would destroy their city in forty days, all of the people ceased from their sins and turned to God in repentance. No destruction came to Nineveh.
What we learn from these two examples is that God does not want to destroy the lives of human beings, He wants to save us from ourselves. It is not the will of God that evil should overtake our cities and destroy the beauty and serenity that is possible when people live together in peace.
As we examine who it was that determined that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah should be destroyed, we find that it was the pre incarnate Jesus in one of his many appearance in the Old Testament, who issued the order.
Many of those in the LGBT community have made the claim that there is no place in the New Testament where Jesus openly condemned same-sex relationships. This view is maintained due to a lack of knowledge of the Biblical text. As we read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, with the knowledge that this judgement came directly by the pre-incarnate Jesus, there is no doubt regarding His view on homosexual or lesbian relationships.
The issues of same-sex relationships and gay marriage is not limited to the rights of one group of people who are being denied their civil liberties. These issues concerns the rights of the entire population of the earth, not just those who define themselves by an alternative sexual identity. This book examines the scientific, social, political, and Biblical facts that concern same-sex relationships and how the acceptance of these persons affects society, people, and nations.