Modernists are famously inconsistent in their approach to Bible texts. For example, they accept (and are dependent upon) the biblical record that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, but they deny the Source of that destruction as revealed in the same narrative! Why so? Simply because they are determined to strain the Bible through their personal ideas as to what happened in those ancient days (and that necessarily, for them, involves a rejection of miraculous divine activity!). Serious Bible students recognize, of course, that God has, at various times in history, brought judgments by the employment of His own natural laws (this is called “providence”). So, whatever the immediate cause of Sodom and Gomorrah’s devastation, the Bible makes it clear (Gen. 18-19; Lk. 17:28,29; 2 Pet. 2:6; Jude 7) that as to timing and cause, the destruction of those cities was an act of God.
“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly” ~ 2 Pet. 2:6