What About Other Punishments?

Question:

 

There is clear reference in the Bible to the fact that God punishes.
Because we as parents are supposed to be teaching our children who God is,
is there not justification for us to employ punishment as we present for
them the full and complete nature of God? Even if one abandons spanking, wouldn’t it be wise to use other forms of punishment?

Answer:

From the dictionary:

Punishment:

  • 1. The act or an instance of punishing.
  • 2. The condition of being punished.
  • 3. A penalty imposed for wrongdoing: The severity of the punishment must… be in keeping with the kind of obligation which has been violated (Simone Weil).
  • 4. Rough handling; mistreatment: These old skis have taken a lot of punishment over the years.

From the Thesaurus:

  • abuse
  • amercement
  • beating
  • castigation
  • chastening
  • chastisement
  • comeuppance
  • confiscation
  • correction
  • deprivation
  • disciplinary action
  • discipline
  • forfeit
  • forfeiture
  • galleys
  • hard work
  • infliction
  • just deserts
  • lumps
  • maltreatment
  • manhandling
  • mortification
  • mulct
  • ostracism
  • pain
  • penance
  • proof
  • punitive measures
  • purgatory
  • reparation
  • retribution
  • rod
  • rough treatment
  • sanction
  • sequestration
  • short shrift
  • slave labor
  • suffering
  • torture
  • trial
  • unhappiness
  • victimization
  • what for

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