Sodom and Gomorrah

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Sodom and Gomorrah were cities in the valley of Siddim (Gen. 13.10; 14.1-16). God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18.16-33. 19.1-29) because of the wickedness of their citizens. Their judgment is alluded to many times in Scripture (Deut. 29.23; 32.32; Isa. 1.9, 10; 3.9; 13.19; Jer. 23.14; Ezek. 16.46-56; Zeph. 2.9; Matt. 10.15; Rom. 9.29; 2 Pet. 2.6, etc.). There is no trace of these cities or of the other cities in the region. On the Southwest coast of the Dead Sea, there is a range of small hills which form a mass of mineral salt and are often called Jebel Usdum (the hill of Sodom). The conclusion often followed from this information is that these cities stood at the southern end of the Dead Sea. On the other hand, others believe they stood at the northern end of the Dead Sea. Only God knows!


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Jesus Followers


There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.


(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)