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Genesis 19 tells the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, Abraham's nephew, lived in Sodom with his family. His daughters were engaged to local men. Lot was sitting at the gate of S...
The short answer is "as a symbol for us". We need to see, for example, the need to flee from sin and resist the temptations the enemy set before us to return to the lifestyle that led to sin before. We need to realize that the commands God give us are for our own good and protect us as well as teach us and should be obeyed. We need to acknowledge the Power of God. We need to know that God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. JESUS said (sorry I did not look up the exact wording) "whoever tries to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life will save it". (One other thing and this is just a personal opinion I have never heard anyone else pose-- to me this is the first example in the Bible that illustrates the fallacy of the teaching "Once saved always saved". Lots family was "saved" from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but through the temptations of the world was seduced and again overcome. Whether she was never saved to start with or was saved and gave up her salvation by her turning away is not important. There is a danger in the teaching of that concept because if she thought she was safe enough to ignore the warning against looking back (sin) then she is now still lost. Today if someone thinks they are safe because they "got saved as a child", and therefore sin has no consequence to them and end up rejecting Jesus because they chose the sinful lifestyle in his stead, they too are still lost. To me, it does not matter if the theology of "once saved always saved" is sound or not, it should never be taught.)
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