My understanding is that murder is a sin because I don't have rights on another person's life in the same way that another person doesn't have rights over my life. Likewise stealing would be a sin because I don't have rights over another person's property nor would I like anybody else to take what is mine. On the other hand smiling would not be a sin because I don't encroach on another person's right when smiling and they may actually like being smiled upon.
In the Old Testament David (considered a prophet) did not sin when he engaged with concubines and slave girls who were not legally wives. If adultery is defined as having sex with …show more content…
First note that they talk about a minor “approaching adulthood.” What does that mean? How young exactly, 17? 16? 15? Since an 18-year-old adult would then be a “few years older,” it’s certainly possible.
This may seem like a petty point, but it’s vitally important that non-JWs and rank-and-file members consider its importance. Since the governing body didn’t state specific ages or what was meant by a minor “approaching adulthood,” this gives local bodies of elders great leeway in determining this for themselves. They are then free to decide on their own that a 15-year-old or someone even younger had “consensual” sex with an adult, and a charge of pedophilia or child rape is dismissed in their minds. To them, a 19- or 20-year-old having sex with a 15-year-old is just sex between two consenting parties, not statutory rape. Lest you think I’m exaggerating this point, note this post, where the situation of a man going into the bedroom of his stepdaughter and fondling