If you’re a Catholic slash Christian, you must be familiar with the story of Prophet Lot and his wife who turned into a pillar of salt—by God. I heard this story many times in my Catholic high school and even appeared in our Christian Living class quiz. Yes, Christian Living.
But, for those who aren’t familiar with this story from the bestseller, The Bible, let me summarize that for you: Prophet Lot was a rich man who lived in Sodom, one of the two cities that religious extremists would love to cite about the homosexual sin. Sodom and Gomorrah are two cities where people were wicked and sinful. One night, two angels appeared at Lot’s house and told him to run away because God is going to destroy his city. Before dawn, Lot, his wife and their two daughters fled Sodom with the help of the angels. While fleeing, the angels warned them not to look back, no matter what.
It rained fire and sulfur as they escaped the city that looked like hell. But Lot’s wife looked back—and she was turned into a pillar of salt!
THE PILLAR OF SALT
On our way to the Dead Sea from Aqaba, our tour guide, Mo, told and pointed to us the places where Sodom and Gomorrah were possibly located. He said that archeologists and experts are still digging and that in recent years, they found interesting ruins and other stuff which could, perhaps, prove the existence of these two cities. Also around this area is a palace claimed to be owned by King Herod who ordered to behead John the Baptist on the request of Salome, the dancer, who asked for poor John’s head.
Our bus stopped at the lookout overlooking the vastness of the lowest point on earth. After Mo told us interesting facts about the Dead Sea, he directed everyone’s attention to look up the mountain behind us. On top of it, we saw a pillar which he said as Prophet Lot’s wife whose name wasn’t even mentioned in the Bible. Or maybe, she had a name but I don’t know. Back in high school, we didn’t have google then. LOL…
And so, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, here she is.
And when I asked if this pillar was made of salt, our tour guide said, “I don’t know, but that’s a good question.”
But, I reckon, it must be salty since it’s right next to the Dead Sea.
Oh, how I love Bible stories!