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The Two Biblical Cities by Aonon The Two Biblical Cities by Aonon
Too many people who don't want gays to get married will yell something like: "Gays are ebil cuz o sodom n gomorrah thats why god destroyed them cuz they were gay'.

No. The book of Genesis never specifically says for what reason they were destroyed. The reason is not specified until Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 16:49-50:

"Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good."

In those days, 'abomination' was defined as 'any action that offended God', not 'being gay.' Back then, abomination included eating shellfish, having a disobedient child, and having sex with your wife while she was on her period.

In short, Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed for being gay. They were destroyed for being complete assholes.
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cas20 Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Writer
That's exactly right, but Fundies also back it up with Jude 1:7. Which they misunderstood.
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Pencilartguy Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
it says in the New Testament they were destroyed not only for arrogance, pride and rape, but they also did indeed intend homosexual acts.

Jude 1:7 New International Version (NIV) "7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire."
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yep, I had heard of that too.
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silversongwriter Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Homosexuality was one of those things.

Just cause they were prideful and arrogant, that means that the prohibition against homosexuality doesn't apply?

That's stupid
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Aonon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
No. That's not what I'm saying. What I'm saying is that the cities were not destroyed explicitly because the citizens were gay. There were a myriad of other things that were far worse. But some people like to use the cities destruction as an argument against gay people and ignore the other, more prominent evils. That's all.

And on a side note, even if that WAS the only thing they did wrong (being gay) that is no reason to destroy them.
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Paulthored Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
fair enough.

part of the reason most Christian denominations are against Gays in general & Gay Marriage in particular, is because they can only see two men having sex in one way--- Sodomy --- which is even legally considered to be generally wrong/illegal in this day an age. it doesn't help that for a gay couple to have kids they're going to have to go to another person, outside the marriage,  to have them.
but the main point in this comment is the fact that 'Sodomy' comes from Sodom & Gomorrah at least in name if nothing else.
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Aonon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
But sodomy isn't illegal (at least in free countries). And gay people are not the only people who do it. Lots of straight people 'commit' sodomy, and when it's definition is expanded to include ALL sex without procreational ability or intent, then EVERYONE does it. Soo, aside from the origin of the word, the point is moot.
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Darkton93 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I'm going to share this to some of my friends/people who criticize my religion. See what they think of it.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Writer
They tried to rape angels.
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Young-stoaty-chap Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then the message of the story is that rape is wrong, not homosexuality. 
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