It’s pretty clear from archaeology it was “napalm”. There was a huge deposit of petroleum under the cities. An earthquake partially collapsed the shelf turning the natural tar pits into geysers of flammable liquid and vapor shooting into the air. (The tar pits are also described in an earlier chapter.) Cooking fires ignited the spray. The petroleum residue on the earthenware and other surviving artifacts confirms this. Each city had about 1000 people – pretty small by today’s standards.
Extra credit: what sin does God describe as the root cause of the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah? (Hint: not the sexual sin)
My parents told me I was a little commando as a toddler.
St. Paul says https://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/7-8.htm
I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried and widows I say this: It is good for them to remain unmarried, as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.…
It sure sounds like the author of half the New Testament is himself asexual. It is a gift from God:
I want you to be free from concern. The unmarried man is concerned about the work of the Lord, how he can please the Lord. But the married man is concerned about the affairs of this world, how he can please his wife, and his interests are divided. The unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the work of the Lord, how she can be holy in both body and spirit. But the married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world, how she can please her husband.
As to all the perversions, they are certainly acknowledged – and condemned. Not the temptation and the brokenness that leads to it, but the yielding to temptation.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.
After Tracy arrests her, she accuses him of harassment. The Mayor takes her side, and puts Tracy on disciplinary probation. Doc takes the opportunity to disappear. Wendy makes a killing with weeks of scandalous stories.
Hopefully, she lands on a soft sand patch in this story.
In stories from the 19th century, the girl would injure her spine in the fall, there would be no medevac, and she would end up paralyzed. It is not always a horse. In one story by Martha Finley, the girl’s mother makes her wear high heels (a new fashion) which the girl hates, to attract a society husband. One day, her spike heel catches at the top of the stair, and after a fall to the bottom, she is paralyzed from the waist down. And now, of course, no society man wants anything to do with her. Fortunately, there is …
I just love how women have known high heels are a really bad idea for 150 years, but they still wear them. I know a modern girl who cannot walk in bare feet or flats – only on tip toe, because the muscles on one side have been so shortened. Kind of like how a cat walks. (Yes the problem could be fixed by a gradual stretching regimen – but there is no interest.)
There are sci-fi stories featuring cats in military use, cat genes spliced into humans, “uplifted” cats, cats with telepathic links to human handlers – sci-fi is imaginative that way.
A friend was a big cat tamer. He and his fiance often played with his favorite leopard – who kept his claws carefully sheathed.
One day, the grass they were playing on was wet, and the leopards foot slipped. Out went the claws automatically, and they accidentally grazed the girl’s arm – severing muscle, tendons, and nerves down to the bone.
The guy knew how to use a tourniquet, and modern micro-surgery can do wonders in such cases – the girl was ok with a few scars. The law required the favorite leopard to be “put to sleep” – despite his being totally sorry, and it not being his fault.
Moral of the story – there is a reason why only small cats make good pets. The big ones are dangerous without trying. (And getting attacked by a small cat is no joke either.)
Oxymorons sell! Fat free cream cheese, for instance. Hard to find the real thing anymore.