This was a hard Torah portion to comprehend, wasn't it? So many things happening; so many questions.
To begin with, we see the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah being so vile and wicked that the occupants were determined to have their way with the "men" (messengers/angels) who came to visit Lot:
Genesis 19: 4 But before they could go to bed, the men of the city surrounded the house - young and old, everyone from every neighborhood of S'dom. 5 They called Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to stay with you tonight? Bring them out to us! We want to have sex with them!" (CJB)
"We want to have sex with them." WOW! Perverted people have been around since the beginning! And this type of behavior is still with us today! The Bible tells us that Yeshua would return when the world was once again as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-27)....
Atheists love to use these particular passages to show that we have a "mean" God and that believers can be "perverts" and "hypocrites" because in Genesis 19:6-8 we see Lot offering his virgin daughters to the throng who demanded to have sex with the angels. "What kind of a man would offer his virgin daughters to a gang of sex-crazed men?" one atheist asked of us via our website, The Refiner's Fire.
The kind who feared God! This man, Lot, knew that the angels were holy beings, and that Lot and his entire household would be doomed forever if he allowed the angels to be sexually molested while under his roof. (Of course, the angels would never have allowed these perverts to get near them, in the first place; but be that as it may, Lot knew he HAD to try to prevent harm to them, at ANY cost!) Even though it would have killed him to see his daughters defiled, maimed or even murdered, Lot's fear of, and respect for, YHWH overrode everything in this particular situation!
This is a perfect example where "Fear of God" must override everything else because, in the end, HE is ALL that matters....