Why is the Bible Silent about Pedophiles?
You would think with all the sexual hangups and bugaboos about sex that the Christian community gets upset over, that pedophilia would have a whole chapter in the Bible dedicated to it. If you hate homosexuality, you can find plenty of scriptures to support your view. Premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality get a few pages, along with prescriptions on when and where sex could and could not take place. Yet the Bible is deafeningly silent on the subject of pedophilia. I suppose the mandate against all homosexuality could be applied here in the case of homophile child molestation, and the mandates against premarital sex could cover heterosexual pedophilia, but what about places where the age of consent is around 12? If a 50 year old pedophile can find a legal way to marry his 12 year old bride, is this hunky dorey with god?
If you look at the Bible and read about the people the Bible speaks of, marrying children and giving children to be married off was common. The average age of a bride probably was around 12 to 14 back in biblical times, so it would stand to reason pedophilia wouldn't be mentioned as it would disqualify most of the marriage pool. That said, does god have an age of consent in mind for marriage? Are the Mormons really sinning when they take plural, young wives if such practices were common among ancient, religious people, many of whom were God's favoured people?
My question is, if there's no explicit mandate against pedophilia, what do Christians use as a moral criteria dealing with pedophilia?
"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."