Christians, read here about the Bible and Spanking
Christians Need to Read This About the Bible and Spanking
The Spanking Controversy for Christians
Many Christian parents are torn. They don’t want to inflict pain on their child, but are being told the Bible tells them to spank.
The quickest way of reading this material is through Samuel Martin. We link to his book, Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy, and we give parts of it below.
Five important items here:
1. How come Israel has banned all hitting of children while the US does not when the Biblical texts are the same? (Read more)
2. Samuel Martin's biblical Studies "The Bible Does Not Tell You to Spank or Smack Your Child." (Below)
3. Rev. Dr. Anne Cameron, Christian Minister and mother, speaks about her change of parenting: Faithful Discipline
4. Specific Faith-Based Support for Prohibition of All Hitting of Children: Faith-Based Support for Prohibition
5. Open letter to Pope Francis about CP by Mady Gomez: letter to pope
1. RELIGIOUS TRADITION AND THE CORPORAL PUNI SHMENT OF CHILDREN: A COMPARISON OF THE AMERICAN AND ISRAELI LEGAL SYSTEMS
2. Samuel Martin
"The Bible Does Not Tell You to Spank or Smack Your Child"
Careful scholarship of the bible's original language and comments from both Jewish and Christian authorities allow Samuel Martin to deny that the Bible teaches us to spank or hit our children. Rather it is one of compassion for children and special regard for their needs, with clear insight into children learning more from patient teaching, than from lashes. The Bible does exhort parent to pay attention to their children as they grow and counsel them.
Samuel Martinhas graciously allowed his book to be hosted: Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy.
This is a FREE ebook which you can download at any time and share with your friends. All applicable copyright laws apply.
Careful research into the original language, plus borrowing from well know biblical scholars, Samuel Martin shows that:
- The Bible does not teach spanking your child will save him from hell.
- The Bible does not teach smacking a child should bring tears.
- The Hebrew words and culture in the famous Proverbs quotes about the rod could not refer to children under ten years of age.
- Eminent Biblical scholars, both Jewish and Christian, reject hitting children.
- The main Christian advocates for smacking children today are not usually trained Christian theologians teaching in universities but most often are conservative fundamentalist Christian pastors, Christian politicians, Christian psychologists, many church members, and Christian school leaders.
"The greatest benefit ... was to see how a movement towards an anti-spanking position can be developed through Jewish sources and readings of Scripture (as well as Christian ones). [Mr. Martin] comes to similar conclusions that I do regarding the spanking controversy but his path through the biblical material is quite different–a fascinating read." Read whole review here:
Willain J. Webb,Top evangelical theologian
“I’ve! had a chance to read through your manuscript and find it very interesting! I think you’ve made an important contribution especially to contextualizing biblical ideas about child-rearing.”
Dr. Dawn Devries, professor of systematic theology Union theological seminary
This is not an easy read, but it is one any Christian who desires to be true to the Bible in the first instance should take time to read. ... In my view this study is a definitive reading of the biblical texts for Christians and non-Christians alike."
Rev. Alistair McBride, Scots Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, New Zealand
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