Sunday, February 28, 2010
You CAN NOT justify hitting a child or otherwise harming a child, to me, as God's command because frankly, You are WRONG.

As was pointed out to me by a recent visitor, the Rod of Correction is a redirection tool used for sheep. This tool was used in herding sheep and was never used as a tool of violence.

As stated on Religious Tolerence:

At first glance, these passages seem to instruct parents to discipline their children using violent means -- by physically hitting them with a rod, paddle, belt, or other implement. Many of the leading Fundamentalist Christian advocacy groups use this interpretation. Proverbs 22:15 says "The rod and rebuke give wisdom..." it is referring to the "rod of correction," meaning non-violent methods of correction and teaching a child. As proof of her interpretation, she quotes Proverbs 23:13: "...if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die." Over 1,000 children die each year in the U.S. as a result of corporal punishment. If "beatest him with the rod" really means to beat a child with a rod, then the Bible would be lying. But the Bible is the Word of God and does not lie. Thus, the passage must be referring to a non physical correction with a figurative rod.

So, a FIGURATIVE rod, being translated into "Beat the shit out of your children until they obey"...
Shocking how mankind turns something so innocent and in some ways, full of wisdom, into something violent and scary!
I would say take your rod, or your belt and put it in your.... (ok I will behave!)
If you choose to believe that the rod was for beating a child, you need to know this. These passages came from a VERY violent period of time! So what? You want to return to that time?
I doubt that VERY much!
Susan Lawrence of Arlington, MA, a homeschooling Lutheran mother, was distressed to see an advertisement for a child discipline tool called "The Rod" in a Christian homeschooling magazine. It is pictured above. Interviewed on Beliefnet, she said:

"There are about five verses in Proverbs that do speak of beating your son with a rod, and also in Proverbs they speak of beating fools on the back, and that kind of thing. There’s a lot of punishment in the Old Testament. If you read the whole thing, there are floggings and stonings and all kinds of harsh punishments."

When asked about Proverbs 23:13's statement: "...if you beat him with a rod he will not die. Beat him with a rod and you will save him from the grave," Lawrence said:

"It’s a lie, because children who are beaten with a rod sometimes do die. Between one and two thousand children die every year in this country from corporal punishment. One hundred forty-two thousand are seriously injured from corporal punishment every year in America, according to the Dept. of Health and Human Services and the New England Journal of Medicine. So it can’t be taken literally."
Yeah, a LOT of kids die from abuse, but because it's "God's Command" it's ok?  Here's a thought for ya!
The commandment "thou shall not kill" (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17), is better understood to mean "you shall not murder." Most modern translations of the Bible rendered it this way. According to the Bible not all killing, the taking of a life, is murder. Murder is the unlawfully taking of human life. The command not to murder applies to human beings, not to killing animals or plant life for food. God gave animals to mankind for his use (Genesis 1:26-30; 9:1-4). But, this does not mean that humans have the right mistreat animals and the environment (Genesis 2:15; Deuteronomy 22:6-7; 25:4; Proverbs 12:10).
Ok, so just beat 'em a little, not kill em. (Frustration growing)
When a person is abused, or beaten or raped, it has been described as if a part of them died. So, my conclusion is this...

If you hit a child or beat a child, regardless of the extent of physical damage, the emotional damage is truly irreparable. You are, in a sense, killing your child, no matter how righteous you feel, you have NO right to do that!

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