PM3113: The Bible is evil: Lot

Lot is a character from the Bible - Abraham's nephew. According to the story, his family are the only survivors of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; Lot and his family had settled in Sodom.

The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah has it that the men of the city of Sodom wanted to rape Lot's male guests. Being the kind and loving father that he was, he offered his daughters for the mob to rape instead (Genesis 19:8). Thankfully for the daughters, the mob weren't interested.

The angels warned Lot's family to flee Sodom, and not to turn back as they fled. As they fled, the cities were destroyed behind them; however, Lot's wife disobeyed, looked back, and was turned into a pillar of salt.

However, although his daughters escaped this time, later they were to be not so lucky. In Genesis 19:30-38, after escaping from Sodom, Lot has sex with them, and gets them both pregnant. Of course, it's all the daughters fault! Poor old Lot, he never wanted to have sex with his daughters — they decided to get him so drunk, he couldn't control himself any more. How many fathers who rape their daughters have said the same things? "It's her fault!" "I was drunk!". If there is any truth to these stories at all, it seems almost certain that Lot raped his daughters (possibly while under the influence of alcohol), and in true blame the victim style, the Bible lies and says they wanted it. Isn't Biblical morality wonderful?

And in verses 37-38, the elder daughter has a son Moab, after whom the Moabites are named; and the younger daughter has a son Ammon, after whom the Ammonites are named. This is just petty xenophobia on the part of the Biblical authors — accusing other nations around you of being the product of incest. Once more, the Bible teaches racists how it's done.

According to the apostle Peter, Lot was a righteous man (2 Peter 2:8). Does that mean that he should be an example to Christian fathers everywhere as to how they should treat their daughters? We hope not.