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Is Spanking Biblical?

Posted by Bible Knowledge Online Revelation Theology and Bible Study on September 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Do you believe it is ok to spank your children?  Post your opinion.

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[1Mazzaroth]
I agree with you. I have three sons that are grown. I did spank them as a child. When I think about sparing the rod I think of the rod used to correct sheep. The rod was not meant to beat or punish the sheep that had gone astray but was meant to correct. I light tap to encourage movement in the right direction. I believe that this is how we should discipline our children. Problem most of the time is the time spent teaching a child and the actual training of a child in the way they should go. Praying together, reading the bible together, and time for life lessons get lost in this society. These are the things that really mold a child and especially when they are young and impressionable as you point out.
By the way everything is back up on the blogs. I have also changed the site somewhat. Let me know what you think. God bless and talk to you again soon. I also will have other blogs posted soon on the other topics we have discussed. I wanted to be sure the blogs were stable. GB
Reply 1Mazzaroth
7:16 AM on September 19, 2011 
Hello my Brother and members,

Hmmmm? Is spanking Biblical? Let me see ??? scratching my head

Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
ROD (Hebrew) Strongs: 1) rod, staff, branch, offshoot, club, sceptre, tribe
1a) rod, staff
1b) shaft (of spear, dart)
1c) club (of shepherd's implement)
1d) truncheon, sceptre (mark of authority)
1e) clan, tribe
I cant spank my child using a tribe or clan, unless they are willing to try all together. AAh! In Africa it takes a village to raise a child they say!...lol

You know looking at the options above I would say, "No." Because if you look at a rod, staff (1) support (of every kind), staff) according to Psalms 23 it is to comfort, guide and support a child as a lamb in the right direction away from harm.

I can honestly say this though, correct me if I'm wrong. If I remember correctly a child develops their character starting from the womb with sounds of his or hers environment and once born by what they see and hears, their character fully develops at the age of 5. I believe it is in these stages a child is to be corrected.

At the age of two (those terrible twos), I had spanked my children, using my hand, to spank their hand or bottom at times with a disapprove look, and firm voice, just enough where they know that's wrong. First time it may be a tap and they stop. Sometimes they continued and I would spank a bit harder just enough to know I do not approve of that and they realize this is not the way. If you spank the child to hard, give them hard looks, yelling at them, you instill fear and later it turns into rebellion.

After the terrible twos were coming to an end it was around those times I saw I was able to more explain and they become more inquisitive. It was when they became teenagers I wanted to find a rod and staff off a tree!!!...lol

God Bless my Brother and Members