Friday, December 16, 2011

A Brief Diversion

This will be a very short post (famous last words, I hear you say); I have a few hours and I have to get my Christmas shopping started - almost nothing done.  My Christmas cards are half done, none posted - so friends, I have not forgotten you.   I had better get out and do some shopping or I will be ostracised for my empty hands (my Therese excuse, "I come with empty hands" tends not to work at Christmas).

Anyway, the subject of my post is Biblical.  Having offered Mass, I was tucking in to my breakfast of bread and coffee just a few moments ago (the world seems so different, so much nicer after coffee!) and I was catching up on the news on the Internet.  Fr Z has drawn my attention to a most interesting article: archaeologists seem to have found the ruins of the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Read the post here

The author details a talk given by the archaeologist at a conference, and he was fascinated by what was revealed.  As he listened, one question popped into his head - as indeed pops into many heads: what happened the cities - why were they abandoned, or were they destroyed?  He notes that the academics in the room were very careful about the "elephant in the room".  Well, the question was asked, and the answer, given by an embarrassed archaeologist, was that the cities were destroyed by what seemed to be a "heat event".

You have to love that!  A "heat event", or in other words, fire and brimstone, hail and damnation, falling from heaven to wipe out the cities of sin because they refused to repent!  Ah yes, that will warm the blood this cold morning.   Notice that, so far, all archaeological investigations and excavations have confirmed what Scripture relates.  We need to take note of that.  We all need to take note: the God of love is not as much of a push over as some modern Christians think. 

I wonder if there is any sign of the pillar of salt?  I'm sure the radical feminists would love to see that.

1 comment:

  1. Click through to the Sacred Page blog from Fr Z's for some even more interesting discussion; I wonder what will happen when the full scholarly article appears?