Re-citing Question (22):
" Fire and brimstone destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah--and Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt ? Eidence ?
" Twin sin cities Sodom and Gomorrah got themselves scorched off the planet, as the Bible tells it."
" The Lord made burning sulfur and fire rain out of heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah. He destroyed those cities, the whole plain, all who lived in the cities.... Lot's wife looked back and turned into a column of salt " ( Genesis 19:24--26 ). "
At this point, Stephen Miller raised the question: " What kind of rain could do that ? "
And he answered his own question: " Not acid rain. " And he goes on to add that " no one would describe acid rain as " sulfur and fire. " And acid rain doesn't wipe out entire cities. At least not yet. "
Stephen Miller discusses the following theories
(A) Snap, crackle and pop theory.
(B) Surfing turf theory.
(C) Fire and flood theory.
(D) It was a miracle Theory.
The following quotations are taken from the theories listed above, in the order they are listed.
Quotation Four, From Theory (A)
" An earthquake snapped open pockets of natural gas, according to this theory, Add flames from crackling campfires or village lamps and you get a big pop.
Quotation Five, From Theory (B):
" Ditto the snap, apcrackle, pop--but add a slide into the sea.
If the villages were built on sand beside the sea, an earthquake could have loosened the ground just long enough for gravity to pull the villages down the beachside slop and into the water.
That's a theory suggested by geologist Graham H. Harris and reported in the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, November 199. "
Quotation Six, From Theory (C):
" Again ditto snap, crackle, pop. But add a flash flood afterward, erasing the villages.
This theory puts the villages on a plain inside what is now the southern Dead Sea shallows. As this theory goes, the earthquake dropped the populated plain enough to allow the Dead Sea water to rush in from the north--almost doubling the size of the sea.
Quotation Seven, From Theory (D);
" Many Christians have never heard of any of these theory.
And some would not like them if they heard them.
For many believers, if not most, God did a supernatural miracle when he seared Sodom and Gomorrah off his planet. No natural explanation would do."