Yet another offline question: The primary danger in child molestation is not the sex, but the open door to demonic influence. Since demon influence is somewhat communicable, this is a threat to shalom.
Consider the biblical logic. Whence comes pedophilia? It’s built into Western Civilization, based on the blended pagan mythology of Germanic tribes and Greco-Roman Civilization. It arises from the inherent materialism, which invokes petty hedonistic desires. It worships staying alive in this fallen state, seeking every possible pleasure because there is nothing after this life. Thus, it seeks to retain youth and worships childhood and invests it with all kinds of hedonistic desire, which is why adults desire sex with children. It’s a rare adult in the West who does not harbor such fantasies somewhere in their psychic makeup.
This is not to say there is no pedophilia in other cultures, but that it arises most prominently and most forcefully in the West. In other words, it’s never been this bad.
From a biblical perspective, the danger is how this idolizes anything that isn’t God. If you worship anything or anyone other than our Creator, you are involved in worshiping demons. There is no neutral ground on this — see Deuteronomy 32:16–17 and 1 Corinthians 10:19-21. An adult brings their demonic idolatry to bear on a child, using the inherent authority of adulthood to offer that child as a sacrifice to their demon god. In other words, it’s not all that different from the worship of Moloch. But instead of burning the child to death in the heated arms of the idol built on top of an oven, it’s condemning the child to a life of slavery to the demon god. This means the child carries that demonic presence everywhere they go, and it touches everyone they encounter until they are delivered.
It also perverts every sexual desire of that child. It cripples his/her soul. It adds to the many woes our fallen nature already brings upon us. Truly we know that Christ can heal anything, but it stains our human existence and creates a major hindrance that the child will carry into their adult life. It’s one more temptation they wouldn’t otherwise face, as we know factually from clinical studies that victims of child molestation grow up to be child molesters in the vast majority of cases. It spreads and grows like cancer.
This is why Satan loves pedophilia. It makes his Kingdom of Darkness larger and more prosperous. And just to make all of this even more perverted, he likes the way our society goes into a self-righteous hysterical panic about pedophilia, as if we could all purge our own evil natures by burying it more deeply in denial.
In the Radix Fidem covenant, there is no greater threat to faith and religion than hidden or unconscious idolatry. That is what brings demonic presence into the mix.