Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today's Interesting Study: Discipline

"Regardless of governmental laws, God's law states that spanking is necessary for the proper development of a child." La Vista Church of Christ, Omaha NE

If corporal punishment advocates are correct, then the abandonment of spanking will significantly increase violence and criminal activity among the next generation of adults. Society will become more violent. More people will be victimized. We will have to build additional jails to hold all of the criminals.

If corporal punishment opponents are correct, then the abandonment of spanking will greatly decrease youth rage and criminal activity among both teens and adults. Over the longer term, levels of clinical depression, clinical anxiety, alcohol and other drug addiction among adults will also decrease.
So I've recently stepped over the line on spanking, and we are using it less... my husband still backs it 100% because it was how he was disciplined and it worked... he says his sister turned out the way she did because she wasn't spanked, but I am seeing it more as lack of discipline in general. It was much more than just not getting a whack on the butt. And the same goes for my upbringing.

One, God's law does NOT state that spanking is necessary for the proper development of a child - what a bunch of hog wash. If you are going to spank your child, and that is what works for you (general you), that's fine, but do not use "God's law" to say not spanking a child is a problem and that children who are not spanked end up in more trouble. 

What God's law states is that DISCIPLINE is necessary for the proper development of a child (123 Magic for Christian Parents). Children who are not disciplined properly or at all are the ones who end up in trouble. Discipline does not translate to only spanking... I have almost finished reading the book 123 Magic for Christian Parents, and while we do still sometimes revert to spanking, I have found that the methods in this book are actually more effective, and do not have to involve popping my child. 

The scriptures referencing discipline are listed below...  the main words are are discipline, correction, and chasten (which means restraining or moderating; punish or discipline). This does not translate directly to spanking, it means what it means. There is much more to discipline than busting a child's behind.

The following quotations  come from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible:

bulletProv 13:24: "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (diligently)."
bulletProv 19:18: "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."
bulletProv 22:15: "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."
bulletProv 23:13: "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die."
bulletProv 23:14: "Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (Shoel)."
bulletProv 29:15: "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
An additional verse from the New Testament is occasionally cited as justification for physical punishment of children:

bulletHebrews 12:6-7: "...the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?"

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