Now that we’ve gotten one of the most blatant additions to the Bible out of the way, let’s take a look at a story that appears to be quite authentic to the earliest, most original versions of scripture.
“Jesus obviously isn’t telling people to kill their children! He’s being sarcastic to show the Pharisees
their hypocrisy for focusing on one particular law but not another… He was just kidding!” – Cassie J.
While the idea of a sarcastic jokester Jesus is quite entertaining, I can’t find any other instances where He exhibits this particular personality trait. Not to mention – being sarcastic about His own laws that He cast down through the prophets? This seems quite improbable, especially after going out of His way back in Matthew 5:18 to reiterate that “not one letter, not one iota of the law shall pass away.”
This story continues as Jesus tells his disciples that the Pharisees are “blind” for worrying about washing their hands while they eat, but they should be pure of heart, to fend off evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. But, do we really think Jesus suspected that the Pharisees, the ultra-strict religious leaders of the Jews would actually condone such things? Of course not! This leads us back to Jesus’ reminder of His own law’s penalty for disobedient children.
So, what would Jesus do? How would He want us to raise our kids? According to Proverbs 22:6 which led to Michael and Debi Pearl’s bestselling Christian parenting book, To Train Up A Child, it might involve rubber tubing to invoke horrible pain while evading visible detection by authorities. (That is, of course, if the child lives to tell anyone…)
But, what if Cassie was right? What if Jesus was just being sarcastic? Try telling that to 13 year-old Hana Williams who died in her own back yard on May 11, 2011. Her head shaved, her malnourished naked body face-down in the cold mud, no longer shaking from hypothermia – all as her mother watched from inside the home, following the book’s advice to not reward any of her “attention seeking behavior.” According to court records, her mother eventually called 911 to report, “I think my daughter just killed herself. She’s really rebellious.”
Tragically, Hana was not the first, nor will she be the last. The authors of To Train Up A Child report over 600,000 copies of the parenting manual have been sold, bringing their “ministry” millions of dollars in… blood money. It is important to note, Hana’s parents were only caught once there was a body to dispose of.
“If any child says anything bad to their father or mother, they must be put to death!”
– Jesus Christ, Matthew 15:4
Some quotes from To Train Up A Child:
- “Use whatever force is necessary to bring him to bay. If you have to sit on him to spank him then do not hesitate. And hold him there until he is surrendered. Prove that you are bigger, tougher, more patiently enduring and are unmoved by his wailing. Defeat him totally. Accept no conditions for surrender. No compromise. You are to rule over him as a benevolent sovereign. Your word is final.” – Page 46
- “On the bare legs or bottom, switch him eight or ten licks; then, while waiting for the pain to subside, speak calm words of rebuke. If the crying turns to a true, wounded, submissive whimper, you have conquered; he has submitted his will. If the crying is still defiant, protesting and other than a response to pain, spank him again.” – Page 80
- “A seven-month-old boy had, upon failing to get his way, stiffened clenched his fists, bared his toothless gums and called down damnation on the whole place. At a time like that, the angry expression on a baby’s face can resemble that of one instigating a riot. The young mother, wanting to do the right thing, stood there in helpless consternation, apologetically shrugged her shoulders and said, “What can I do?” My incredulous nine-year-old whipped back, “Switch him.” The mother responded, “I can’t, he’s too little.” With the wisdom of a veteran who had been on the little end of the switch, my daughter answered, “If he is old enough to pitch a fit, he is old enough to be spanked.”- Page 79
- “If a father is attempting to make a child eat his oats, and the child cries for his mother, then the mother should respond by spanking him for whining for her and for not eating his oats. He will then be glad to be dealing only with the father.” – Page 55
- More quotes can be found here without having to buy the book…
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Remember: Don’t blame us, it’s in the Bible!
We didn’t pull any punches by adding this illustration and commentary to:
Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible – Vol #2.