Did Lot’s wife “deserve” to be turned to a pillar of salt because she showed compassion for “sinners”?

Did Lot’s wife “deserve” to be turned to a pillar of salt because she showed compassion for “sinners”?

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Answer by A is for Atheist
Nope, and the world didn’t deserve to suffer because someone ate a “forbidden” apple either…..Bronze Age justice sucks.

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17 Responses to “Did Lot’s wife “deserve” to be turned to a pillar of salt because she showed compassion for “sinners”?”

  • Magpie says:

    Do you know how much a wife-sized pillar of salt was worth in Lot’s time?

    He was set for life!

    If I were him I would have told the kids to look back and see what was keeping their mother, too.

  • numbnuts222 says:

    She won’t do that again

  • Muldah says:

    She did not show compassion. She disobeyed God’s clear command so yes she deserved her fate.

    She was looking back with – not with regret – but rather trying to hold onto the past.

    Gen 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

    Gen 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

  • Evil Penguin says:

    God doesn’t like it when women get out of the kitchen.

  • I'm right you're wrong says:

    If what happened to Lot’s wife was about compassion than I would have sympathy. Lot’s wife directly disobeyed, sinned and therefore was quickly punished. It would have been better is she would have obeyed.

  • Spark says:

    I thought it was because she wanted to live in that city.

  • aaronmsl says:

    The OT version of God clearly lays out the moral principles on which He bases his regime – what God says goes, and if you don’t like it you’ll suffer.

    In that sense, God, at least according to the morality of the OT was perfectly right to turn Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt. God said not to look, she looked. What other justification is required?

  • Granny Annie says:

    A. While the archaeology shows that Sodom and Gomorrah existed, the reliability of the tale of Lot and his family is much less certain.

    B. In the story she looks back NOT out of compassion for the sinners, but out of longing for the good life she’s having to leave. Remember Lot was a judge in that city and presumably that provided a good standard of living. She was headed out to the wastes around the Dead Sea. NOT a tourist paradise at that time!

  • FordLTD says:

    It wasn’t because she wanted to show compassion for sinners, it was because she wanted to return and be a part of a sinful society.

  • Rebecca Laurie says:

    Of course not. No one deserves death for looking over their shoulder at what had to be an impressive fireworks display. I’m sure she was afraid.

    The funny thing is that LOT is seen as the good guy in the story, even though he offers his virgin daughters to be raped by an angry mob and later gets drunk and has sex with both of them in a cave.

    But yet he’s called “righteous” three times in two verses by Peter.

    The theists will justify anything. All of this “she looked back because she wanted to go back to her sinful society” and she looked back “because she wanted her old life back” blah blah. ALL it says in the Bible is that she looked back. Period. You are subscribing your OWN prejudice to it.

    Gen: 19:
    25Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

    That’s it…all it says about Lot’s wife.

  • Catholic Truth !! says:

    Why do people like you make a fool of your self by asking a question you obviously know little or nothing about. She was told not to look back and she did so she was punished for disobedience to GOD. If you truly had read the story a more sensible question would have been what was in her vision by looking back that turned her into salt. The fact is i do not take that incidence as fact.

  • the_answer says:

    Genesis 19:26: “And his wife began to look around from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

    Luke 17:32: “REMEMBER the wife of Lot.”

    Lot’s wife had fled with her husband. However, was she in full agreement with what he was doing? There is nothing to indicate that she in any way approved of the immorality of Sodom. But was her love for God stronger than her attachment to her home and the material things she had there? (Compare Luke 17:31, 32.) Under pressure, what was in her heart became manifest. Evidently they were already near Zoar, perhaps at the point of entering the city, when she disobediently turned and looked back. And as the Bible record says, “she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:26)

    Emphasizing the importance of responding quickly to the evidence of his future presence in Kingdom power, Jesus adds: “On that day let the person that is on the housetop but whose movable things are in the house not come down to pick these up, and the person out in the field, let him likewise not return to the things behind. Remember the wife of Lot.”

    When the evidence of Christ’s presence appears, people cannot let attachment to their material possessions hinder them from taking prompt action. On her way out of Sodom, Lot’s wife apparently looked back longingly for the things left behind, and she became a pillar of salt.

    Therefore, Lot did not turn into a pillar of salt because of showing compassion for sinners. Sodom and Gomorrah was being destroyed. Jehovah God had had enough of the homosexuality and other depravitites that were taking place there. So, Jehovah God cast destruction upon that land and it was up to Lot, his wife and rest of the family to flee from that land. However, where Lot’s wife went wrong was that, she looked back with longing, as if she was longing perhaps the life she had while in that city. Whatever the case, what was in Lot’s heart was manifest and cost her dearly. When we are told to flee a certain land, that is not the time to look back with longing at the material possessions that we had, nor is it time to go back and retrieve those material things. Rather, it is better that we just flee, let Jehovah God take care of us and go from there.

    Showing a longing of the former things shows a division of where one’s heart was at and that was what cost Lot’s wife……well,…..her life.

  • Adam's Rib says:

    No, she had no compassion for sinners. Because she disobeyed God. She was longing for her stuff that she left behind too. That is why she died. When God tells you to run, you better run.

  • Grant M says:

    For a Christian, yes. She disobeyed God and so death and eternal torture is what she deserves.

    With a belief like that, you can see why Christians have helped out their god by torturing and killing so many who didn’t share their beliefs,

    Now watch for the thumbs down – every single one of them a Christian who can’t face the truth or refute the argument.

  • Straight Talker says:

    Oh boy. Here we go again. Lot’s wife, if she existed, she wasn’t in reality turned into the pillar of salt for that reason as is stated in the Bible. Science has found out that at that time, there was a massive earthquake in that region. The dead sea is near there. The eruption, plus the winds drove the salt up onto land.
    Now, if she was covered in salt, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Simple as that. No miracle, nature.They have even found sculls & the like under the sea from that time.A natural disaster.

  • star says:

    Ge 19:17 And it came to pass, when they (angels) had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

    we see in the above verse an … instruction, command … however you put it.

    as usual, did Lot’s wife obey ?
    in eden, did Eve obey when instructed / commanded not to eat the forbidden fruit ?

    clearly, the way to God’s heart is … to obey Him.

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