Sodom and Gomorrah

by Josh D. McDowell

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was thought to be spurious until evidence revealed that all five of the cities mentioned in the Bible were in fact centers of commerce in the area and were geographically situated as the Scriptures describe.  The biblical description of their demise seems to be not less accurate. 

Evidence points to earthquake activity, and that the various layers of the earth were disrupted and hurled high into the air.  Bitumen is plentiful there, and an accurate description would be that brimstone (bituminous pitch) was hurled down on those cities that had rejected God. 

There is evidence that the layers of sedimentary rock have been molded together by intense heat.  Evidence of such burning has been found on the top of Jebel Usdum (Mount Sodom).  This is permanent evidence of the great conflagration that took place in the long-distant past, possibly when an oil basin beneath the Dead Sea ignited and erupted.  Such an explanation in no way subtracts from the miraculous quality of the event,  for God controls natural forces.  The timing of the event, in the context of warnings and visitation by angels, reveals its overall miraculous nature.  (Geisler, BECA, 50-51)

Used with permission
Article taken from the book "The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict" written by Josh D. McDowell.
Thomas Nelson Publishers.  Copyright 1999