It’s true that we must not take the Bible too literally, especially the books found in the Old Testament. It was once said that the Scriptures are not science texts, but a collection of deep theological guides to morality. Hence it must not be treated as such, for good reasons. For one thing, beliefs, cultures, customs and traditions were different in the time period when the Bible was written. This must be taken into considerations, as there are stuffs back then that modern society might frown upon. Then, then are also the translations that might be misinterpreted, plus much more. In fact, taking the Book of Genesis as an example, one must dig deep into the real meaning of the story of the fall of man. On the consequences of two adults not taking responsibilities of their actions, and not focusing too much on talking snakes. That’s why major Christian religions have an army of Biblical scholars and theologians to help the flocks understand the scriptures, and Sunday service attendance is recommendable to study the Word of God. As wrong interpretations could lead to serious repercussions.
But digging into the rationality of the Scriptures actually made it more real than ever. The Bible is not a collection of myths, but is rooted in real history. The writers of the Bible never invented those stories. It could contain eyewitness reports of certain events that got passed from generations to generations.
And one story, the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah might be based from a frightening natural disaster that literally came from heaven.
The Tragedy of Sodom and Gomorrah
Depiction of John Martin of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Firstly, let’s revisit the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. According to the Scriptures, they are two cities destroyed by God for their evil. They were described in Genesis 13:12 and 19:29, and it was in Sodom where Abraham’s nephew Lot lived with his households. But the excess of the cities prompted God to send two angels to destroy it, but n