Where in the Bible does it say child molestation is wrong?

Posted on June 9, 2010

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The Bible nowhere speaks specifically of child molestation. Instead both the Law of Moses and the New Testament deal with sexuality in broader terms. The law of the Jews condemns various incestuous relationships, which would include child molestation by a parent. (Leviticus 18) It also deals with rape (Deuteronomy 22), homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22), adultery (Leviticus 18:20), and sexual relations outside marriage (Deuteronomy 22). All those topics could include improper sexual relations with a child or adult.

In the New Testament we find similar passages. Romans 1, talks against sexual sin as ‘against nature’. He also talks about adultery, and an implied condemnation of other sins including child molestation. The writer of Hebrews says the marriage bed should be undefiled (Hebrews 13:4), which would include this as well as adultery and fornication. In Ephesians (6:4) and Colossians (3:21) Paul addresses parent-child relationships, which would also rule out incest.

The Bible is not a book of rules for each possible situation, but is a guideline for living in general. The summation of the Law and prophets, according to the rabbis including Jesus, is “love God with all your heart, and soul, and mind” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” If we constantly think of the best for God and others we won’t be involved in such harmful acts as child molestation.

The Bible may not specifically mention molestation, yet here are scriptures that would comply with the sexual deviancy of molestation.

1 Corinthians 5: 1,2 – It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife(or molested his wife’s daughter.) And you are proud!  Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? 

The Bible is also clear the implications of offense to a child

Matt. 18:6 (NIV) – 6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

(KJV6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones, which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.)

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