Sodom and Gomorrah are neighboring cities that were located on the shores of the Dead Sea at the time of the patriarch Abraham and were part of the biblical Pentapolis, whose biblical story is told in the Old Testament and it is an example that shows the punishment that will occur if we do not repent of our sins and seek the God's forgiveness.
The word sin which comes from the Latin peccatum, and means the violation of moral norms and is for the Christian the separation of man from the will of God and his precepts, which brings as a consequence punishment and condemnation to turn away from our Lord.
When we sin we must recognize our error or fault and ask for forgiveness with deep sincerity through the sacrament of confession in order to be once again in grace and mercy with God.
There are different types of sin according to the seriousness of the error committed. The original sin, which was committed by Adam and EveWhen seduced by the serpent, they ate fruit from the forbidden tree. Human beings, according to the Catholic Church, are born with original sin, which is purified by the sacrament of baptism.
On the other hand, there are the mortal sins that are committed by transgressing and violating the commandments of the Lord with knowledge and awareness of the act and there are also the venial sins that do not break the relationship with God but weaken it, distancing us from him. In addition, we find the capital sins which are: the lustgluttony, greed, avarice, sloth, envy, anger and pride.
A brief history of what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah
The biblical account of what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah demonstrates that sin and disobedience to God and His commandments result in punishment and turning away from the Lord.
The description of what happened can be found in the book of the Genesis where the destruction of these two cities with fire and brimstone by God is related; showing the Lord as an implacable judge. Traditionally, this biblical account has been understood as God's punishment of homosexuality, but other interpretations reveal that it condemns violence, lack of empathy, gluttony, disobedience and pride.
The inhabitants of these cities were proud and lived for their own desires without caring about the needs of others, for all this God punishes them, for he did not get them to repent of their sins nor righteous men among the inhabitants of these cities (Ezekiel 16:48-50).
The Holy Scriptures narrate that LotAbraham's nephew, Abraham's nephew, lived in the city of Sodom with his familyhis wife and two daughters. Lot's mission was to help convert this city along with Gomorrah, since both cities had a reputation for being sinful and indecent.
Shortly before they are destroyed, God sends three angels to Abraham's tent who reveal God's decision to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham asks God for mercy and intercedes for the righteous and for Lot and his family. The angels tell him that they will be merciful if there are at least ten righteous men in the city. With this commitment they go to Sodom to visit Lot, who hosts them in his house.
When the sodomites learn of these visits, they gather around Lot's house and demand that he hand over the men who visit him in order to sexually abuse them. Lot protects the angels and tries to dissuade them and offers them his daughters who were virgins; but they do not accept.
With this, the angels realize that there are no righteous men in that city and carry out the announced plan, but first they allowed Lot and his family to flee because they were the only righteous people in that town. When they are fleeing, the angels warn them not to look back for any reason as a rain of brimstone fell on both cities. During the flight path of the family Lot's wife turns and is transformed into a statue of salt.
The story about Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot's familyteaches us that God hates sin and his desire for us to live in goodness and love The punishment to the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah was not a sudden thing and He listened to Abraham in order to bring him to repentance and conversion to the values and commandments that He has given us. The punishment of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah was not a sudden thing and He listened to Abraham for forgiveness of them if he could get ten righteous within their walls, but the inhabitants of these cities were so far from God and so immersed in sin that it was impossible to get righteous in these cities. At the bible verses are found that show the great decadence in which the inhabitants of these cities were immersed:
"And the LORD said unto him, Because the cry against Sodom and Gomorrah waxeth louder and louder, and their sin is waxed exceeding grievous, I will go down now, and see whether they have accomplished their work according to the cry that is come unto me; and if not, I will know it."
God is always ready to sorry His love is infinite, but we must accept our mistakes and sins, repent from the heart and start again to be received by God, for he is just and faithful, he will forgive us and give us life in abundance.
His greatest wish as a Father is that we all repent of our sins and come to Him repentant and with a clean heart for the rejoicing of our Lord.