Answering “Questions Christians Can’t Answer” #14 Lot’s Wife?

In 2009, R.E. Pucket challenged an entire worldview by publishing his list of “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer“, presumably the most challenging of the infinite number of questions Christians have no answers for. Says Pucket:

“Don’t get me wrong, they will have an answer for them. You will find, however, that their answers have no basis in verifiable fact or evidence whatsoever, and will be largely based in their blind faith forsaking all reason.”

This series of articles takes Pucket’s challenge, one question at a time.

It’s worth noting that Pucket’s view of Christian doctrine is somewhat narrow, and does not take into account the much broader world of theology, most of which disagrees with his general assumptions about Christian views to begin with. Many of his questions wouldn’t even be a challenge to most Christians because, for instance, they really don’t believe that the world is 6,000 years old or some such.

Pucket’s questions tend to be phrased in an aggressive and sarcastic manner – a manner which will not be returned in kind in these answers. The questions, however, will be direct quotes from the man himself. Here is number 14 of 50:

The Destruction of Sodom


14 – In the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, why would God kill Lot’s wife, Sarah, by turning her into a pillar of salt for simply looking in the wrong direction? *Warning of impending sarcasm.* God is a merciful God……….. right. 

One point of Bible literacy before the question is addressed: Lot’s wife was not named in scripture. Jewish tradition holds that her name was “Ado” or Ildith or “Edith.” Sarah was the name of Abraham’s wife.
God’s mercy is abundantly clear throughout this story. Firstly, when Abraham pleaded for God to stay his destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, God agreed that if he could find as little as ten righteous people, he would save the entire city for their sake. These are some extraordinarily low standards, all things considered. Secondly, the angels came to the city in order to warn of the impending judgment, giving the people opportunity to repent. Instead, the people attempted to gang rape the angels. Finally, rather than leaving Lot and his family – who were far from perfect themselves – to be destroyed along with the city, God warned them to flee the destruction to come and not look back.
Lot was not a native to the city, however his wife was. It was her free choice to ignore God’s warning. By choosing to look back rather than heed God’s warning, Lot’s wife forfeited the salvation God offered – an act of mercy she did not deserve in the first place. Instead she chose to take part in the destruction of the city she loved more than God.

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