Is minor attraction a sin in the Christian faith?

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This journal entry is the opinion of the author, and not an official position of MEDAL.

This piece was originally published on Aug 7, 2023.

Just wanna address a post directed at me about Christianity and minor attraction.

Bowsac Noodle You can be okay with it from a personal standpoint, but don't pretend they're Christian. I realize you're making a funny, but it's literally a false flag by that person. Do I wish for them to repent? Absolutely! Heaven would rejoice at such a thing. But my point stands in that we don't have any obligation to accept people as Christians when they don't live up to the most basic expectations. Sin will happen, but unapologetically glorifying sin and making it a lifestyle badge of honor is vehemently unchristian. Aug 05, 2023, 10:57 PM

Dear Bowsac Noodle,

First: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Jesus hung out with the sinners: the prostitutes, the drunks, the corrupt tax collectors, etc. He didn’t hang out with the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

Please quote me the scripture in The Bible that says that love has age limits. As a matter of fact, hebephilia was common in Biblical times. In traditional Jewish custom, the age of responsibility is 12 years old. Many boys and girls married at that age. Many Biblical scholars believe Mother Mary to be 14 when she gave birth to Jesus.

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 7:36 (KJV) reads:

“But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.”

“Flower of her age” comes from the Greek “Huperakmos,” meaning “past the bloom.” Puberty is often called blooming.

I’ve often had Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42, and Luke 17:1-2 quoted at me as a passage against minor attraction. This is a misinterpretation, as “little ones” isn’t referring to literal children, but those little in faith.

“Little Ones” comes from the Greek word “mikros.” If you look up every instance of the word “mikros” in The Bible, you’ll find it is not referring to children, but just the word “less,” or “least,” and is often used in the context of those little in faith.

blueletterbible.org/lexicon/g3

I’ve also written more about the intersectionality of my love for children and my Christian faith on my blog.

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All the best,
❤️ Katie

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