These days it is commonly alleged that Sodom was destroyed for homosexuality, but the Bible in the original languages, as well as other literature of the times, states that the reason was the sexual union of disobedient angels (referred to as “The Watchers”) with humans.
Jude states that certain angels rebelled against God’s ordinances by “whoring after” human women, and as a consequence God sent down other angels with specific instructions to punish “The Watchers.” Jude states, “just like these,” Sodom and Gomorrah went after strange flesh (the union of angels with human women). The Testament of Naphtali 3.3.4-5 also states that the women of Sodom had sex with angels.
2 Enoch states that the people of Sodom committed abominable acts, child-corruption, magic-making, enchantments and devilish witchcraft. The Church Father Irenaeus stated, “And wickedness very long-continued and widespread pervaded all the races of men, until very little seed of justice was in them. For unlawful unions came about on earth, as angels linked themselves with offspring of the daughters of men, who bore to them sons, who on account of their exceeding great were called Giants. The angels, then, brought to their wives as gifts teachings of evil, for they taught them the virtues of roots and herbs, and dyeing and cosmetics and discoveries of precious materials, love-philtes, hatreds, amours, passions, constraints of love, the bonds of witchcraft, every sorcery and idolatry, hateful to God; and when this was come into the world, the affairs of wickedness were propagated to overflowing, and those of justice dwindled to very little.”
The 2nd c. theologian Tatian, 2 Apology 5, stated, “God committed the care of people and of everything under heaven to angels whom he appointed over them. But the angels disobeyed this appointment, and were captivated by the love of women, and produced children who are those who are called demons; and not only that, they later subdued the human race for themselves, partly by magical writings, and partly by fears and the punishments they induced, and partly by teaching them to offer sacrifices, incense, and libations, as it was these things they stood in need after they were enslaved by lustful passions. And among humanity they sowed murders, wars, adulteries, immoderate deeds, and all wickedness.”
Clement of Alexandria, Miscellanies 5.1.10 stated, “To this also we shall add, that the angels who had obtained the superior rank, having sunk into pleasures, told the women the secrets which had come to their knowledge.”
Jude mentions “going after a different flesh”, and punishment of angels. Jude quotes 1 Enoch 1:9 in verses 14-15. 1 Enoch 6-10 states that 200 angels (The Watchers) came to earth, lusted after human women causing “defilement” and producing progeny. 1 Enoch states that the Watchers taught to humans, among other things, sorceries, enchantments, and the binding of enchantments. Tertullian, Women, 1.2 stated that angels fell through lust for women and referred to their progeny as a “more wicked demon-brood”.
The Testament of Naphtali 3.3.4-5 states that the women of Sodom had sex with angels. It states, “In like manner also the Watchers changed the order of their nature, whom also the Lord cursed at the flood, and for their sakes made desolate the earth, that it should be uninhabited and fruitless.” Note the term “changed the order of their nature” which is similar to Jude’s term, “went after different flesh” and to Paul’s statement, “for the females exchanged natural sex for what is other than nature. And the same goes for males too,” in Romans 1:26. These days this is generally wrongly assumed to be referring to homosexuality, but was in fact referring to the union of angels with humans, for which precisely Sodom was destroyed.