It is always interesting when Christian fundamentalists respond to the problem of evil by essentially doubling down: any act of evil in the universe is merely reconceptualized as an act of good. This is a two-page worksheet from materials published by the Institute in Basic Life Principles, which provides 12 reasons why God would let a 4-year-old boy be molested by a 15-year-old neighbor.
This worksheet was originally posted at the Homeschoolers Anonymous site, which has a four-part series (Part I, II, III, IV) looking at this particularly vile piece of filth in-depth. At the bottom of this post are CC-licensed photographs of the worksheet.
Why Did God Let A Four Year Old Boy Be Molested By A Fifteen Year Old Neighbor?
1. To teach Him his responsibility to cry out to God for help.
In our fallen world with all its evil men and women, there will be attacks by a stronger upon a weaker. When this happens, the law of God is very clear that the weaker must cry out for help or he will be equally guilty. This principle is found in Deuteronomy 21:23, 24. When a “victim” does not cry out or immediately tell his authority he will carry around a sense of guilt which Satan will then use for condemnation and further defeat. It would therefore be important for your son to confess his failure to do this and ask God to forgive him.
2. To motivate him to dedicate his body to God.
Romans 12:2 explains the importance of every believer presenting his body as a living sacrifice to God. Once this is done, our body no longer belongs to us, it belongs to God. This concept is important in order to avoid bitterness. Your son is able to then say, “That neighbor did not molest my body, he molested God’s body and God’s judgement is upon him for doing that”.
3. To give him a “moral vaccination” against future temptations.
God will severely judge the fifteen year old boy for the evil that he did. However, your son can turn what was meant for evil into good. The vaccinations we receive for various diseases contains a small amount of the actual disease. Our immune system builds up a reaction to it so that if our body is exposed to the disease, it is prepared to fight it off. A similar result can occur in the life of your son if this matter handled in a Scriptural way.
4. To transform aroused desires to Spiritual power.
When molestation takes place, sexual desires are often awakened. Sexual energy however can be transformed into spiritual power as we yield up the members of our body to the Lord on a daily basis and hide God’s Word in our heart. Scripture refers to sexual drives as coming from our innermost being and the apostle John states “Out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water”.
5. To motivate him to write God’s word on his heart.
In order to transform this event into spiritual power, your son must begin to memorize large portions of Scripture and meditate on them day and night. As he keeps the Law of God before his spiritual eyes, he will fulfill the requirement of John 14:21. “He that hath my commandments and keepeth them [before his eyes] he it is that loveth me, and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father and I will love him and manifest myself unto him”. See also James 1: 21
6. To concentrate on God’s hatred of sodomy.
Since this offense would be in the area of sodomy, it would be very important for your son to memorize the law and testimonies which speak of this abomination. He should study the account in Genesis about Sodom and Gomorrah and he should memorize Romans 1 and all the other passages that directly refer to the sin of sodomy.
7. To confirm the importance of avoiding evil companions.
The book of Proverbs is filled with warnings to avoid evil companions, “Be not deceived, evil companions corrupt good manners”. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed”. God wants us to have contempt for the wicked as explained in such passages as Psalm 15, “In whose eyes a vile person is contemned, but he honoreth them that fear the Lord”.
8. To learn how to discern evil companions.
When a person is molested, he develops a new sensitivity to people with wrong motives. This awareness is for future protection and must be developed into the quality of discernment instead of fear. Your son should now have a natural resistance to any person who has impure motives.
9. To work out justice and mercy.
It is important that justice be carried out in this situation. This means proper punishment should be administered to the offending neighbor. As a preparation for this, it is vital to make diligent inquiry with each boy to find out all the facts. Any hidden aspects of this molestation will give the enemy authority and will be used by him in the further defeat of both boys. Once the full facts are known and repented of, mercy may be extended.
10. To help the parents understand the basis of “genius”.
In a study by the Smithsonian Institute, 40 men considered geniuses were studied in order to find common denominators. The three common denominators were 1. Parents protected them from contact with other children. 2. They were continually around caring adults who taught them what they knew. 3. The were taught how to creatively solve problems. Based on this, your son should not have been with the other boy but rather with the adults so that he could learn from them.
11. To see the need for a daily schedule for the best use of time.
“Free time” is a dangerous and unwise commodity. The phrase “Idle hands are the devils workshop.” is true. The wise parent will schedule productive activities throughout the day so that a child does not have time to get into trouble.
12. To remind the father to pray a daily hedge of protection.
Each day it is important for the father to pray a hedge of protection around each member of the family and to ask God to rebuke the principality over the family in the name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.