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Corporal punishment is a gift from God

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I wish to correct the corporal punishment fallacy espoused by Orville Taylor in his Sunday Gleaner column of October 8, 2017.

He derided the supporters of corporal punishment for children, describing what he terms "their silly anecdotal statements about how beatings kept them from turning bad, using a perverse version of the Bible's 'spare the rod and spoil the child'.

Corporal punishment, though very unpleasant, is one of God's prescriptions for human repentance and behaviour modification.

The human being is made predominantly evil, which is one of the hidden secrets of God, and this evil is diabolically reinforced by indwelling satanic spirits that can only be controlled by harsh carnal punishment, curtailment of privileges, dispossession of valuable resources, and prayer and fasting.

Our increasingly aspiritual teaching of the present humanistic world desperately seeks to abandon the sufferings of life.

No corporal punishment can reform those Jesus calls the goats, destined for eternal destruction in hell.

My final word on the virtues of corporal punishment at home, school and in penal institutions is that it is God's recipe to maintain order in a fallen world.

So, Dr Taylor, what fire is to wholesome flour in making bread , corporal punishment is to the perfection of the human soul.