Another question from a skeptic about the Bible.
Question: Why did God allow Lot and his daughters to escape from Sodom and Gomorrah” He destroyed those cities only to later have Lot and his daughters engage in incestuous fornication. (Genesis 19:30-36)
Response: In Genesis, Lot willingly takes his family near the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, even though the people in those cities were immoral. God eventually judged the cities by burning them, but allowed Lot and his family to leave. The passage tells us Lot’s daughters instigated the sin and tricked their father into incest, but Lot should not be left blameless. All three were guilty of sin.
Other than what God actually did, the only alternatives to the situation would be to either force Lot and his daughters to act morally, not judged the cities, or judged Lot and his family also. Those alternatives exhaust the possibilities.
If God were to force Lot and his daughters to only act morally, God would have been guilty of preventing the good of freedom. God created mankind in His own image, which includes the ability to freely choose love or disobedience. A person that can only choose one alternative does not truly have a choice. Lot’s family would be prevented from truly loving, since they would not have a choice in the matter. Skeptics already criticize God for only having one way to heaven; God cannot both have multiple alternatives and force one alternative at the same time. God cannot allow people to do as they wish and force them to act a certain way at the same time.
God could have not judged Sodom and Gomorrah or left Lot and his family in the cities to die. Either option was certainly possible for God, but then God would have been in another paradox. If God did not judge Sodom, the skeptic could have accused God of allowing immorality, a popular accusation of today’s atheists as evidenced by the current question. If God judged the daughter’s future sin by destroying them, the skeptic could accuse God of not offering a chance for mercy.
As to why God did what He did, we do not know why God does most things. We can know that God sovereignly gives life, therefore He can sovereignly take it up again.
Further, God tells us that Lot was an example to us. In 2 Peter 2:5-9, God tells us that Lot was an example to people today. The ungodly will ultimately be destroyed. Lot is described as righteous (v.7), presumably because he repented and asked God for mercy. So part of the reason God destroyed Sodom but saved Lot and his family was as an example to us: those who seek forgiveness and seek to obey God will have God’s blessings, including blessings to family members and loved ones. Those who despise God and refuse to ask forgiveness will be destroyed.