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The Destruction Of Sodom
by Wayne Blank
Whether or not it was a nuclear explosion, as some people now believe, or another sort of natural or supernatural force, one thing is certain - the destruction of Sodom came with great power. Its devastation was so complete that, unlike so many other ancient cities, no trace of it has yet to be found.
The location of Sodom, along with Gomorrah and the other "cities of the plain" is subject to speculation. What is known for certain is that it was somewhere east or southeast of Jerusalem, in the area of the Dead Sea, also known as the The Salt Sea. Some believe that it was at the northern end of the Dead Sea, while others say it was at the southern end. We do know that Abraham was able to see it from the great trees of Mamre, near Hebron (Genesis 18:1, 19:27). Hebron is located about 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of the Dead Sea, at a latitude about half-way between its north and south ends.
Why did God destroy Sodom? There seems to be a number of different opinions in our changing world, so perhaps it's best (as of course it always is) to let The Word of God in The Holy Bible account speak for itself. The entire story of Sodom and Gomorrah is found in Genesis chapters 18 and 19, along with numerous other references throughout the Bible. Here are a few excerpts -
Fact Finder: Did the apostle Peter say that what happened to Sodom is an example of what is going to happen to the wicked and ungodly?