A recent study was released on how to train up your child in the way he should go. As I was going through the Guardian newspaper this evening (see reference below, January 13, 2016) I came across this amazing new research result. The research was carried out by Dr. Murry Straus, Professor emeritus of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, United States (U.S). His research made a “definitive case against spanking, including how it slows cognitive development and increases antisocial and criminal behavior.” Immediately when I came across the title of the article, which reads: DOES SPANKING CHILDREN SLOW COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT, INCREASE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR? I was immediately directed to the popular text in the word God which says:
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov 22:6.
This popular counsel has never failed. The word train up in the original language means to inaugurate, dedicate, narrow the child’s way. It can figuratively mean to initiate or discipline the child in the way he should go and the corresponding result to that, “he will not depart from it.” If you want your child to be a thief, then train him up in that way and he will not depart from it. If you want him to be a man of God, who eschews evil, I tell you, he will not depart from it. The word of God can never fail. “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar.” Romans 3:4.
So called intelligent men will pileup all kinds of research to deceive souls and lead them to damnation. For example, an article was published on September 26, 2014 on CCN.com (see reference below) which says, “Beer may be good for your brain.” The article went on to say, “Scientists discovered that xanthohumol, a type of flavonoid found in beer, seems to help cognitive function, at least in young mice . . . The research does suggest that this flavonoid and others should be studied closer. The researchers believe it and others, like the ones found in red wine, blueberries and dark chocolate, may play a role in helping you form memories.” The result of the research advised to “drink moderately.”
This is just one of the many misleading result of research. These results are contrary to the teachings of the Bible, the mind of God for all who wants to have peace of mind in this evil world.
It is imperative to note that some of what Dr. Straus wrote were true, in fact he admit that spanking corrects bad behavior but he also wants us to believe that its negative effect of spanking is greater than its intended positive result. He wrote the following:
“Moreover, the research clearly shows that the gains from spanking come at a big cost. These include weakening the tie between children and parents and increasing the probability that the child will hit other children and their parents, and as adults, hit a dating or marital partner. Spanking also slows down mental development and lowers the probability of a child doing well in school.” (quoting from the guardian)
It is true that after spanking our children without telling them the consequences of whatever bad actions they might have done could lead to a bad result. But the Bible never admonish us to cease from spanking. In fact the wise man, Solomon wrote this:
“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” Prov 22:15.
Foolishness is in the heart of all born of Adam. All that is born of the will of Man or the flesh has foolishness abiding in their heart but only the rod of correction can drive it far from them. Even when the child is crying, the Bible admonishes us not to spare him.
It says, “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” Prov 19:18.
Again the Scripture has the following to say:
“Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” Prov 23:13-14.
If you seek to deliver his soul from hell and destruction, then you must be prepared to use the rod.
“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. . . Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul” Prov. 29:15, 17.
Many homes are in turbulence because of their son or daughter who has grown evil wings which the parent refused to trim or cut off at an early stage. Many children had killed their parents because they had refused to train them up in God’s way. They have also refused to use the rod of correction and love to bring them back to their right senses. Prayer, love, counsel and rod will save every child from the foolishness that dwells within the heart.
The following counsel can help us:
“The mother may ask, “Shall I never punish my child?” Whipping may be necessary when other resorts fail, yet she should not use the rod if it is possible to avoid doing so. But if milder measures prove insufficient, punishment that will bring the child to its senses should in love be administered. Frequently one such correction will be enough for a lifetime, to show the child that he does not hold the lines of control.
And when this step becomes necessary, the child should be seriously impressed with the thought that this is not done for the gratification of the parent, or to indulge arbitrary authority, but for the child’s own good. He should be taught that every fault uncorrected will bring unhappiness to himself and will displease God. Under such discipline children will find their greatest happiness in submitting their wills to the will of the heavenly Father.”— Child Guidance, p. 250.
“Disobedience must be punished. Wrongdoing must be corrected. The iniquity that is bound up in the heart of a child must be met and overcome by parents and teachers. Wrong must be dealt with promptly and wisely, with firmness and decision. Hatred of restraint, love of self-indulgence, indifference to things of eternity, must be carefully dealt with. Unless evil is eradicated, the soul will be lost. And more than this: he who gives himself up to follow in Satan’s lead seeks constantly to entice others. From our children’s earliest years we should seek to subdue in them the spirit of the world.”—Child Guidance, p. 249-250.