Many Christians believe that 'training up a child in the way he should go' involves not 'sparing the rod' in order to prevent 'spoiling the child.'
What is a 'rod' and what was a rod used for in the shepherd's daily life? When trying to understand the Biblical meaning, context must not be isolated from culture or we will arrive at a distorted conclusion.
This article endeavours to prove whether the common assumption that discipling children involves the 'remedy' of striking/hitting them and if this strategy is in fact taught in the Bible.
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