Christian morals



25. Is it right, in the light of the Scripture, to beat one’s children in order to correct them?



Yes, it is right, for it is written: “Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction” (Proverbs 19:18 – NKJV), and also: “Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs 23:13-14 – NKJV).

Obviously, one’s children should not be beaten for every disobedience, for sometimes a scolding is enough to make oneself obeyed.

Are beatings useful? Yes, they are. My personal experience confirms this. For the blows with a belt my father gave me when I was a teenager because of the stubbornness of my heart (I refused to obey him) kept me from going round with bad company and from committing certain sins. Therefore, now I thank God for those blows with a belt my father gave me when he was compelled to give them to me in order to make me understand that certain things are sins and thus they must not be done. If my father had just scolded me, I would have committed those sins; I really did need to receive those blows with a belt.

Furthermore, I say that a father has the right (as well as the duty) to beat his own children with a rod (or with a belt), but he has not this right toward the children of other people.