Atheists and Lot’s daughters

Atheists love to question and criticise the Bible.  For example, in Genesis 19:1-29 the men of Sodom came clamouring at Lot’s door to have sex with the two angels who stayed in his house for the night.  Lot refused, but offered them his two virgin daughters.  Our immediate thought is,  ‘What a terrible thing for a father to do!’

Atheists think the same.  They are appalled that the God of the Bible sanctioned Lot’s inhumane sacrifice of his virgin daughters.  Therefore they reject God as righteous.  Since the Bible is an integrated unit of 66 books, let’s look further for an answer.  2 Peter 2:7 says, ‘…He [God] rescued Lot, a righteous man…).’ 

Why is Lot described as ‘righteous if he offered his daughters?’

  • Lot must have suspected that his two visitors were not ordinary men, because he insisted strenuously that they do not spend the night in the public square. 1 Initially they resisted, they most probably knew what would ensue at Lot’s house.
  • When the Lord and the two angels visited Abraham earlier that day, Sarah baked bread for them from fine flour. 2  At Lot’s house, he (not his wife) baked bread without yeast.  Bread without yeast signifies that he realised they were holy men (angels).
  • When the Sodomites demanded to have the two men to rape them, Lot had to make a very difficult decision: the two holy men, or his daughters? It seemed to him like a lesser danger to offer his two daughters to men interested only in sex with men.  They ignored the girls, and threatened Lot with dire consequences.  Lot’s guests struck them with blindness, proving they were not ordinary men.  They most probably would have prevented the men from violating the girls.

We believe that Lot is called righteous because he recognised the men as supernatural and did his utmost to protect them.  Instead of leaving them in the square, he endangered himself and his family to bring them to his house.

What is the moral of the story?

The Bible says that atheists cannot understand Scripture,  ‘The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.’  3  Atheists generally only scrutinise the Bible to find episodes that they can use to heap scorn on God.

The moral of the story is that sin will be judged.   It is a message some don’t like to hear.


  1. Genesis 19:2
  2. Genesis 18:6
  3. 1 Corinthians 2:14
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