God & two angels visited Abraham, God's hand-picked founder of his chosen nation, Israel. They came disguised as men, travelers along the road. The angels went down to Sodom & Gomorrah, to observe firsthand the wickedness in those cities, because parties in heaven were so dull. The other visitor, who was God, stayed behind. He told Abraham that He was going to destroy the cities & off the people because of their evil ways.
Abe, a special friend of the Lord, began to bargain with God to spare the cities if there were righteous people in them. First Abe asked the Lord if He would spare the cities if fifty righteous people lived there. The Lord said, “Yes.” “How about forty?” “OK.” “Thirty?” “I guess so.” “Twenty?” “You’re pushing it, but all right.” “Ten?” God agreed not to destroy Sodom & Gomorrah if even ten righteous people lived there, but that was as far down as He would go. God told Abe, “I’m going to go home & lie down--you’ve given Me a headache.”
When the two angels arrived at Sodom that evening, Abe's nephew Lot met them at the city gate. Lot & his family lived in Sodom (a suburb of Gomorrah) in a small 3 bedroom, 1 bath house. It was a fixer-upper, but it was all that he could afford. He took the two men to his home & fed them.
All of the people of the city surrounded Lot's house & said, "Where are the cute guys who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can party hearty." By ancient custom, the visitors were under Lot's protection. Lot knew he was obligated to protect his guests so, as any good host would do, he offered the rioters his two virgin daughters instead. Furious, the mob yelled that his daughters were pigs & rushed up to break down the door.
The angels struck the rioters blind!! The angels told their hosts, “No peeking!!” & led Lot, his wife & two daughters by the hand out of the city. The Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom & Gomorrah, destroying the buildings, the people, & all the vegetation in the plain. Lot's wife disobeyed the angels when she said "I think I left the oven on," looked back, & turned into a pillar of salt. Whether or not she was iodized is not known.
An atheist would rather not believe in God & be pleasantly surprised when he dies than the other way around----fishducky