If the Old Testament of The Bible was written 6,000 years ago, then people who take it literally may be taking the word of God out of context. The meaning of words and concepts have changed drastically over the past 60 centuries, which leaves lots of room for misinterpretation.
Shoot the Ball!
For instance, take the example of a cowboy, a gunslinger from the Wild West. Put him on a basketball court, hand him a ball and tell him, “shoot the ball, shoot the ball!” What’s he going to do? He’s going to take the ball, drop it, and shoot it with his gun.
What you’re trying to tell him is to shoot the ball at the basket.
“The what?” He says.
“The hoop,” you tell him as you point to it.
“The who?” He replies.
Obviously his interpretation of your words is very different from what you meant. As the ball deflates you wonder, will anybody notice the bullet hole in the parquet floor?
When the Bible says not to spare the rod on a child, maybe it just means, “make certain you discipline your kids.”
Or, maybe hitting was the only form of discipline they had 6,000 years ago. If this was the case, then God might have simply been speaking to his people in terms they understood at the time.
For Another Theory…
…on why the rod is such a prevalent form of discipline in Proverbs, let’s take a look at the scribe who wrote down God’s word. Maybe his only form of known discipline was hitting. If he had the CRAP beat out of him as a kid, he’s going to filter the Word of God through his own life experience. What else is he going to say? “Give your kids a time out and use positive and negative consequences as an effective tool of discipline?”
NO! He had the crap beat out of him! He’s going to tell you to beat the crap out of your kids.
More to come on this subject soon. Until then, don’t hit!
And remember, you are not alone…
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– Spare The Rod: Don’t Hit (Part 1)
– Spare the Rod, Don’t Hit (Part 3)
– Never Hit a Child
– Equal Rights for Kids: Don’t Hit (Part 1)
– Equal Rights for Kids: Don’t Hit (Part 2)
– Equal Rights for Kids: Let Your Kids Decide
2 Replies to “Spare The Rod: Don’t Hit! (Part 2)”
I love how you’re processing through all of this!!
@ Rindy Walton: Thanks, Rindy. Glad you are enjoying.