Why was Lot “let off the hook” for offering his daughters to be raped?
I was interested in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, cause I remembered at it as I heard it in my youth.
There is a part where Lot said that the people who wanted to have the strangers could have his two virgin daughters instead.
8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. [KJV]
What is the reason behind this behavior? He protects two strangers (he doesn’t know at this moment that they are angels) before protecting his own daughters?
As I'm an atheist and a reasonable person, I would preferring protecting my own daughters before some strangers, if I had just one choice. So I can’t answer my question by myself.