Posted by: the warrioress | September 25, 2014

Christian Discipline?

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. –Proverbs 23:13-14

Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. –Proverbs 20:30

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. — Proverbs 13:24

Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock! –Psalm 137:9

Backward people who are not psychologically sound can misinterpret and misunderstand scripture. For example, would Jesus Christ dash one of your kids against a rock? Can you picture Him beating one of your young children or switching them until they bleed? There are Christians today who swear by this kind of brutality, who believe this is the will of God. They cite scripture to back themselves up. “Spare the rod, spoil the child.”

Well, how do we tell them firmly, “no, no thanks?” And why should we not beat our children in the name of the Lord? Some claim this is biblical. They swear it’s what God expects us to do. The bible doesn’t promote child abuse, however; the bible promotes law-abiding behavior. Child abuse is against the law. We are to honor our government leaders and law-makers and obey the laws of this land.

Gotquestions.org tells us:

“Some people believe in discipline, but not in physical discipline such as spanking. However, the Bible is the final word on what is truth; it is not mere opinion or theory. The word “rod” indicates a thin stick or switch that can be used to give a small amount of physical pain with no lasting physical injury. A child should never be bruised, injured, or cut by a physical correction. The Bible warns that parents should never abuse the power and authority they have over their children while they are young because it provokes the children to righteous anger (Ephesians 6:4;Colossians 3:21). Physical discipline is always done in love, never as a vent to the parent’s frustration. It is also just one part of discipline and should be used when the child shows defiance to a clear limit, not in the heat of the moment.

Read more:   http://www.gotquestions.org/spare-rod-spoil-child.html#ixzz3EIk3B5Zw

http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-spanking.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/why-jesus-wants-you-to-stop-spanking-your-kids/

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Responses

  1. I agree 100% and do not believe children should be beaten at all. There are so many ways to get thru to small children, like talking to them or if they are too young to understand u can remove them from the danger or situation u feel they may be repeating. (if they are trying to stick a fork in a socket or taking pots out of the cabinets or running into the street. ect.) I think parents who beat children only do it to feel better or have not learned how to be creative enough in figuring out what can be done in most cases to disipline their little ones. But there is always a solution. Scripture tells us to be tender with our children….

    …fathers (parents) do not irritate or provoke your children to anger (do not exasperate them to resentment/ don’t be hard on your children)

    but rear them (tenderly) in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord (raise them properly). Ephesians 6:4

    I recently posted about that show “Super Nanny” and how much I love that show because Jo Frost really helps families find solutions to their situations and show them how to handle children without hurting them. See at my blog: http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com, dated 09/17/14. Titled I love Super Nanny. I put links on there to a couple of her episodes. So yes I tell people who are having problems with their kids to watch a few episodes so they could pick up some tips and find real solutions.

    So thanks for such a lovely post.

  2. You wrote: “Backward people who are not psychologically sound can misinterpret and misunderstand scripture. For example, would Jesus Christ dash one of your kids against a rock? Can you picture Him beating one of your young children or switching them until they bleed? There are Christians today who swear by this kind of brutality, who believe this is the will of God. They cite scripture to back themselves up. “Spare the rod, spoil the child.””

    You seem very inconsistent in your beliefs. If you think that people who don’t believe exactly as you do are going to end up tortured for eternity in Hell, then why should you care one bit if they are beaten and abused in the physical realm.

    Your theology is inchoate, weak, and unconvincing. And it makes you sound like an unthinking, heartless monster. Perhaps you should re-evaluate your theology and the illogical nonsense it is causing you to spread.


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