In a message dated 2/27/06 9:29:23 A.M. Central Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
But the Hebrew Scriptures are full of tales of such
punishments of one unpleasant, violent sort or another.

Jesus chose the destruction of Sodom because it worked
in three respects: a punishment meted out to a *town*,
the comparative severity of the punishment, *and* the
specific sin for which it was punished.

If you want to insist that Sodom was punished for the
the sin of homosexuality, the force of the analogy is
greatly weakened because the sins wouldn't be similar.

Jesus was nothing if not precise in his analogies and
metaphors.  That's why they're so powerful.
Judy  can you find something specific that I said regarding this whole thread that  Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed *only*  for homosexuality. The Story of Lot specifically says the Lord told Abraham, "I have heard that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are extremely evil and everything they do is wicked. I am going down to see whether or not these reports are true then will know."  Now couple this with Leviticus 18:22 "Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin". Surely the act of raping or wanting to molest the strangers is an act of homosexuality whether it is for pleasure or exhorting power. Either way, it is an abominable act and considered sinful. The actions of homosexuality are forbidden  by God. And I believe the whole purpose of this thread was somebody had asked if there was anything in scripture that forbid homosexuality and if so what and where. I have mentioned several places in the Bible where homosexuality is considered a sin and should not be practiced.

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