What does the bible say about spanking?

Many people think that the bible says to spank your children, phrases such as “spare the rod and spoil the child” have people believing that the bible says to spank.  I do not have children and was not spanked as a child but i do think that many religious people do believe that disciplining your children means to spank them. In fact in many catholic schools they do use a rod to hit or “discipline” the children.  Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes”. I am not a religious person by any means, but have respect for all faiths, i do think people take things a bit to literlally though. Old bible sayings such as these are very outdated and i think that you don’t need to spank your shild to discipline your child. Many studies show that time outs or restricting certain things like play time for a bit can be just as effective. However there are many many references about disciplining your child.When looking up information for this article many parents have claimed that if you don’t spank your children they will not know the differences between right and wrong. Many pastors give sermons based on discipline and love. How can you love if you don’t discipline? I think that is very extreme.

In many cases where the child is being spanked, the child is too young to even understand why they are being punished.  What good can come of this? I always feel very sad when i am in the store and see a cute little kid being happy and maybe they pick something up they should not and they get spanked. The child has this look of confusion on their face, that makes me feel so bad for that poor kid. They are too young to really understand that you  are only spanking them because you love them and want them to learn between right and wrong.

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~ by abenincosa on October 22, 2009.

3 Responses to “What does the bible say about spanking?”

  1. Wow! I like the creativity in choosing your topic. Interesting post!

  2. I definitley think it’s a fine line between when the child starts to learn what they are doing. Also, I think some parents understand spanking and the difference between that and abuse. I think the parents that don’t understand the difference are the ones that are more likely to abuse their child.

  3. I never thought that the bible had a thing to do with spanking.. I agree with the comment before mine though, parents who do use spanking as a form of discipline and not abuse, are a lot more ok to use spanking than the abusive parent. Spanking may not be particularly helpful, but when used in a non angry way I don’t think it’s particularly hurtful either. I was spanked as a child and I’m not haunted with the memories, I think I turned out just fine.
    Rebekah Pinegar

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