Eliminating fatherlessness


The  Holy Bible & Child Discipline

10 Exodus 20:12--For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother,' and, `Anyone who curses his father or mother must be  put to death.' 
Leviticus 20:9 (English-NIV)--"`If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother, and his blood will be on his own head. 
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (English-NIV)--If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of
his town. They shall say to the elders, "This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard."  Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid. 
Matthew 15:4 (English-NIV)--For God said, `Honor your father and mother'  and `Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'
Mark 7:10 (English-NIV)--For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother,' and, `Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'
Proverbs 13:24 -- "He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly."
Proverbs 19:18 -- Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don't you are helping them destroy themselves.
Proverbs 21:15 -- Children will naturally do silly, careless things, but a good spanking will teach them how to behave.
Proverbs 23:13 -- Don't hesitate to discipline children. A good spanking won't kill them. As a matter of fact it may save their lives.
Proverbs 23:22 -- Listen to your father. Without him you would not exist. When your mother is old, show her your appreciation.
Proverbs 29:15 -- Correction and discipline are good for children ...
Ephesians 5:24 -- Wives must submit themselves completely to their husbands just as the church submits itself to Christ.
Daniel 13:62 -- As the law of Moses prescribes, they were given the same punishment as they had schemed to inflict on their neighbor. They were put to death.

Jesus condemned the Pharisees [read: jews] for failure to uphold God's law and adhering to their own "traditions of the elders" by refusing to "put to death" children who cursed their parents.


Matthew 15
1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!" 3 Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, `Honor your father and mother' and `Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'  5 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, `Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,' 6 he is not to `honor his father' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 8 "`These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'

This scripture says a LOT. Jesus is condemning the jews for failing to uphold God's law, which requires that children who curse "their father or mother must be put to death". This is not merely a requirement for children to "honor their parents and take care of their needs". This is a precise description of the punishment which God says must be meted out to unruly children. He's not just passing on an off-hand suggestion that children like their parents--He's condemning the jews for not putting children to death who curse their parents.

This is Jesus Christ Himself reminding the jews, and US, that child discipline is so important that children who can't be disciplined "must be put to death". He's saying that children can't use the excuse that however they help their parents "is a gift devoted to God" [read: that their parents should consider it a favor if ever children do something for their parents].

It is "the tradition of the elders" [read: man's law] which interfered in the family relationship when Jesus came, and it is man's law [read: family law] which interferes with it today, and both were modeled after exactly the same "tradition of the elders".

It was not sufficient for Jesus to just preach to the jews that they were ignoring God's law. It was necessary for him to remind them what punishment is specified by God. To leave the discipline and punishment out misrepresents what Jesus said, and what his intentions were.

Consider how different our society would be today if we heeded this simple Commandment from God, which was repeated by Jesus Christ. Consider how different your "interpretation" is from the original Words of God.