Saturday, January 5, 2008

A fate worse than Sodom and Gomorrah's

In the previous blog entry I discussed why Sodom and Gomorrah was overthrown, but like any area of inquiry, answering one question often raises a multitude of new questions. In this case, while Sodom suffered it's well-known fate, Capernaum's eventual fate would be worse. Why? Because God had personally came to the city in the person of Jesus Christ, and performed many mighty works in their presence, which would've brought even wicked Sodom to repentance. But, they still rejected Him. Christ discusses the reason why Capernaum's eventual fate would be worse than Sodom's here:
"And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating." (Lk 12:47-48)
Sodom may've gravely sinned against God, but done it without knowledge and in accordance with their human nature. The residents of Capernaum would not have that excuse though, which is why their fate would be worse than that of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Capernaum would not be the only city to suffer this fate - elsewhere in His ministry, Jesus sent 72 of His disciples out ahead of Him to work in His harvest field. If a city accepted the disciples in their ministry, the peace Christ gave the disciples would rest on the household. But if a town rejected them, the peace that God had given them would return to them. Christ said about such towns:
"I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town ."
(Lk 10:12)
All citations The Holy Bible : English standard version. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


Anonymous said...

Sodom did not know its sin? Of course it did. Like us, they had God's Law written upon their hearts and however well they were able to excuse their wrong-doing or pretend that it was acceptable behaviour, at some level they knew that it was wrong.

Anonymous said...

i dont think sodom had the law of god written on their hearts...

Wasn't that why jesus died?

and then the holy spirit?

drSmock said...

God's laws written on our hearts? Are there faeries that kiss you and make birthmarks as well? what kind of bullshit is that? Different towns, different peoples, different customs. Fact of life.

Anonymous said...

At the time of Abrahams arrival to Canaan the Pagans in the area worshiped the goddess of fertility Ashtoreth. Male temple priests were called sodomites. There are 12 references in the bible of towns named Ashtoreth signifying a temple town. Sodom would also indicate a religious center. Worship involved anal sex as an offering to the goddess. It was assumed when a stranger came to town that they came to worship. Hence all the men of the town young and old would present themselves to assist in a temple offering. The abominable sin of Sodom was idolatry.