All these fundalmentalist Bible beaters are always bringin’ up stuff from the past that harps on the sins of Sodom and Gemorrah and all. I mean, for reals? That was sooooo long ago, man. We’s all evolved since them times ya’ll. Everbody knows that. Even the President of these here United States. I mean look how effectively we treat others, and how we all live to take care of the poor and the downtrodden, etc. It’s almost second nature to us nowadays, ain’t it? As for Sodom and Gemorrah, did you know that some fellars actually think that Jesus was one of the angels that destroyed them there cities? I’m serious.
This guy named St. Justin Martyr, he was one of them Church Fathers, see, and why he goes so far as to say that the Angel of the Lord was a pre-incarnate Jesus or something like that.
Talkin’ like that kin get you kilt quicker than you can say “do you know Jesus, friend?,” which is probably why Justin got that nifty last name. Lookee here at what he said in this here letter he wrote to a dude named Trypho:
But if you knew, Trypho, who He is that is called at one time the Angel of great counsel, and a Man by Ezekiel, and like the Son of man by Daniel, and a Child by Isaiah, and Christ and God to be worshipped by David, and Christ and a Stone by many, and Wisdom by Solomon, and Joseph and Judah and a Star by Moses, and the East by Zechariah, and the Suffering One and Jacob and Israel by Isaiah again, and a Rod, and Flower, and Corner-Stone, and Son of God, you would not have blasphemed Him who has now come, and been born, and suffered, and ascended to heaven; who shall also come again, and then your twelve tribes shall mourn.
For if you had understood what has been written by the prophets, you would not have denied that He was God, Son of the only, unbegotten, unutterable God. For Moses says somewhere in Exodus the following: ‘The Lord spoke to Moses, and said to him, I am the Lord, and I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, being their God; and my name I revealed not to them, and I established my covenant with them.’
And thus again he says, ‘A man wrestled with Jacob,’ and asserts it was God; narrating that Jacob said, ‘I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.’ And it is recorded that he called the place where He wrestled with him, appeared to and blessed him, the Face of God (Peniel).
And Moses says that God appeared also to Abraham near the oak in Mamre, when he was sitting at the door of his tent at mid-day. Then he goes on to say: ‘And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, three men stood before him; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them.’ Genesis 18:2 After a little, one of them promises a son to Abraham: ‘Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, and I am old? Is anything impossible with God? At the time appointed I will return, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. And they went away from Abraham.’
Again he speaks of them thus: ‘And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom.’ Genesis 18:16 Then to Abraham He who was and is again speaks: ‘I will not hide from Abraham, my servant, what I intend to do.’ Genesis 18:17
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