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.“