It is interesting to observe the responses of some people about "advancements" that are made. There are some who get so excited and fired up about the perception of scientific, technological, social, and/or political advancements as if human beings are make improvements as a race. When one's information is limited, it might appear that the things one sees on TV or reads in some commentaries that humanity is improving in quality and superiority. However, if one were to compare the decision-making of mankind to the Bible, and compare the ways that people choose to live next to scripture, one will find that humanity is still making the same foolish mistakes that have historically caused strife, grief, misery and destruction. In other words, if one looks at the world today and compares it to the world described in scripture, there isn't much that has changed. This does not bode well for humanity.
In Genesis 19:1-11 the scriptures explain that the two angels who accompanied Jesus to meet with Abraham and Sarah then went on their own to the city of Sodom. After the Lord and His angels spoke with Abraham, they understood that their primary purpose in their earthly visit was to handle business. The Bible explains that the Lord looked upon Sodom and Gomorrah and saw that their sin had reached its measure, which means that it was time for God to judge. The Lord is not lack concerning His judgment. The Bible teaches that God does not desire for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance. However, the Bible also shows that God provides a fair amount of time for people to acknowledge their sin against God, and repent from it; but if they choose not to, God will judge after a fair period of time since the people won't accept God's mercy and grace. For example, when God judged the earth by the flood, He gave mankind 120 years to confess their sin, stop doing those thing, and turn to Him to follow Him. The world didn't do so and so they were all destroyed. Global evidence of the flood proves this to be so, and many people refute the idea of the flood simply for the reason that they don't like the idea of God's judgment against sin.
Genesis 19:1-11 explains how God was justified in His position to judge Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible explains that when the angels got into town, they originally desired to stay in the town square. However, scripture shows that Lot (Abraham's nephew) was sitting by the entrance of the gate and invited the angels into his home. Though Lot had grown attached to the city and was as a city official, he still had a heart to help and invited the angels into his home, and like his uncle, Lot served the angels and took care of them. The Bible goes on to explain that while the angels were in Lot's house eating, that all of the men and older boys surrounded the house of Lot. They violently began to shout and bang on the door of Lot, demanding that the two angels to turned over to the mob. Scripture is candid to show that the men and older boys of the city desired to rape the angles that were in Lot's house. It is a sad reality that the city was so depraved and controlled by their fleshly lusts that they desired to do this horrible thing.
The Bible reveals that Lot pleaded with the men outside of his home and in his attempt to reason with unreasonable men, he offered an unreasonable solution. Genesis 19:1-11 explains that as Lot tried to compromise with the men who wanted to rape the angels, he actually offered up his two virgin daughters to the men to do whatever they wanted to them. Many would criticize the Bible for having this kind of content in it, and seek to criticize God for allowing this type of testimony to be placed in holy text. However, one must understand that God is simply revealing the nature of mankind. God is simply revealing the true nature and depravity of the hearts of people. While it might seem sick that this stuff is in the Bible, one must consider that there are millions of people that are entertained by content dealing with homosexual behavior, rape, fornication, and other sins that are candidly exposed in the testimony of Genesis 19:1-11.
The truth of the matter is, nothing much has changed. The Bible explains that there was a group of men who were out of their minds and sought to commit sexually violent acts against innocent people for no reason. Those things still happen. The Bible explains that in order to try and solve a problem, a man offered up an equally miserable solution to give up his own daughters in place of the two angels. Today there are still people who rely on the foolishness of their own minds to try and compromise with sin. Today we have millions of people lobbying and trying to convince the world that sin of various kinds is a mental disorder that people are born with so that the world can be accepting of these types of things. As Lot was against one type of sexual sin, his sinful nature apart from the Lord caused him to think that the better solution was sexual sin of another kind. He never realized that one sexual sin is not better than another. He never saw the error in his thinking. He had become entrenched in the ways of sinful living and was so distant from the Lord that he simply couldn't make righteous decisions on his own.
God was certainly just to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, as people today, we must really consider the parallels between life back then and life today. Is there that great of a difference? If God judged those cities and destroyed them then, He must do the same soon since God does not change. The only reason that He hasn't judged yet is not because God is slack concerning His judgment. He is patient to allow people a fair opportunity to repent - to turn from sin and the natural sinful habits of one's own flawed wisdom, and turn to Him for forgiveness. Its a hard sell to examine the world we live in and honestly assess our current condition as an improvement. It is difficult to examine the reality of our world and its condition and genuinely say that we as people are advancing. If one is honest in one's assessment, one must confess that there is a severe amount of digression, and the habits of mankind are starting to mirror the wickedness in the Bible more and more, showing that God is close to judgment. Sodom and Gomorrah are no longer cities today. Those places were destroyed because God must deal with sin. Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.