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Look Back at Sodom

Neal A. Maxwell

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SUPPOSE someone had kept his impressions of Sodom on several scrolls which were later found. They might well contain such things as are on the pages to follow.SELDOM does a whole city or society disappear without a trace. Yet this is what happenedMoreSUPPOSE someone had kept his impressions of Sodom on several scrolls which were later found.  They might well contain such things as are on the pages to follow.SELDOM does a whole city or society disappear without a trace. Yet this is what happened to four towns or cities (Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim) on the plains of Siddim around 1900-2000 B.C. The best-known of these sister cities was Sodom. We have some information in the scriptures about what happened, but even less information in secular records. Significantly, Jesus Christ confirmed both the existence and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah during his earthly ministry.One can imagine the tremendous curiosity and excitement, therefore, that any additional information about the reasons for the destruction of this cluster of sister cities would create. There are, of course, no Sodom Scrolls to supply such information. But...Suppose someone like Eliezer, Abrahams steward, had kept his cumulative impressions of Sodom on several scrolls. Suppose Elieser finally gave his scrolls to Lot for review, since Lot was, after all, the one whose experience was so firsthand. Suppose the scrolls were left in Lots cave in the mountains near Zoar (the one little town of the five that God spared), for Lot dwelt in a cave in the mountains up out of Zoar.No doubt, if such scrolls were later found, they would be known as The Sodom Scrolls, and they might well contain such things as are on the speculative pages in the fictional revisitation to follow.These fictitious scrolls and their content do take advantage of what we know about Sodom from the scriptures and from secular sources, modest as the amount of that information is. Efforts have been made in the style to blend in relevant quotations from scriptures that obviously emerged after Eliesers time- the scriptures so used either pertain to Sodom or involve timeless truths about human nature that are descriptive of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come. (Both scriptural and secular sources in the scrolls are noted sequentially at the end of each scroll. Quotation marks and numbers are omitted to ease the passage of the eye. Those scriptural quotations with which Eliezer would have a personal familiarity are in quotation marks, however.)Most importantly, the style of writing used assumes that Eliezer was a tutored steward and no ordinary helping hand around Abrahams household, for the brilliant and spiritual Abraham would need a fairly sophisticated steward. Any steward of Abraham with any kind of tenure would have had a most unusual life with many chances to see and observe many things.The readers understanding and patience are especially needed, however, as Elieser becomes the eyes, ears, and voice of this fictional revisitation of Sodom using scriptures and supposings.The Savior has warned that his second coming will occur (1) just as did the flood in Noahs time and also (2) as the raining of fire and brimstone on Sodom-as a surprise (except to the very faithful). We would do well, therefore, to ponder the lessons of the past as well as the possible parallels between our own society and the society of Sodom, for Sodom was not just a place, but a way of life.Many today are as indecisive about the evils emerging around us-are as reluctant to renounce fully a wrong way of life-as was Lots wife. Perhaps in this respect, as well as in the indicators of corruption of which sexual immorality is but one indicator, our present parallels are most poignant and disturbing. It was Jesus himself who said, Remember Lots wife. Indeed we should-and remember too all that the Savior implied with those three powerful words.