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Sodom and gomorrah not destroyed because of homosexuality

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These five cities, also known as the "cities of the plain" from Genesis in the Authorized Versionwere situated on the Jordan River plain in the southern region of the land of Canaan. The plain, which corresponds to the area just north of the modern-day Dead Sea[5] was compared to the garden of Eden [Gen.

Divine judgment by God was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighboring cities, which were completely consumed by fire and brimstone.

Neighboring Zoar Bela was the only city to be spared.

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In Abrahamic religionsSodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of divine retribution. The story has therefore given rise to words in several languages. These include the English word sodomywhich is used in sodomy laws to describe sexual "crimes against nature", namely anal or oral sex particularly homosexualor bestiality.

The etymology of both names is uncertain, and scholars disagree about them. There are other stories and historical names which bear a resemblance to the biblical stories of Sodom and Gomorrah. Some possible natural explanations for the events described have been proposed, but no widely accepted or strongly verified sites for the cities have been found.

Of the five "cities of the plain", only Bela, modern-day Zoarais securely identified, and it remained a settlement long after the biblical period. The ancient Greek historiographer Strabo states Sodom and gomorrah not destroyed because of homosexuality locals living near Moasada as opposed to Masada say that "there were once thirteen inhabited cities in that region of which Sodom was the metropolis".