Punishment of beating.

Punishment of beating.

1. Before continuing in this article or any article in this blog, I recommend that you read the article entitled, Lakewoodites for McCartney: (which was originally written when I was running for a seat on the city’s council,) otherwise the paragraphs that are numbered 2 – 5 and 77 – 78 of that article. But persons ought to know that they (and you) are responsible, (although some act recklessly,) and ought to act responsibly.

2. In Deuteronomy 25:1-3 in the King James Version it is written, IF there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.

And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.

Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

3. Some sins or crimes are so bad by God’s standard that men are to put those capital criminals to death. Others can be taken care of by restitution. But some are in between: those which commit such intermediate sins are worthy to be beaten.

4. Witting that some bad persons beat, or smite, punch, hit, or assault others, such are worthy of a beating. There can be other froward acts which merit a beating. Beatings are effective. In 1992 a riot began in Los Angeles, California, because a negro (black) was beaten by the police.

5. The scriptures teach that disobedient children are to be beaten, whether it is called a spanking or otherwise, according to Proverbs 22:15 and 23:13-14. That teaches the child that there is an unpleasant consequence for acting badly. Parents (a man and a woman that are married to each other) have a divine right to corporally punish their children. That right is protected by the free exercise clause of the American constitution, regardless of what the Supreme Court of the United States thinks about that. Physical punishment supports a parent’s word. Any government that unconstitutionally, or more importantly unscripturally, takes away that right is acting in an ungodly way, and ought to be corrected. That is one reason why a theocracy is superior. A theocracy is about living and governing according to the word of the Creator, which some shamelessly oppose. See II Kings 17:7-9,13-15.

6. If a child is not taught the valuable lesson of unpleasant consequences for disobedience, or does not learn that lesson, he can grow up to be a criminal that is worthy of a more severe beating. Loving parents discipline their children.

7. Romans 3:23 and 6:23 teach that we have all sinned, and are therefore worthy of death. That which Jesus Christ went through was for us. He was punished for our sins. He (the just) suffered for us (the unjust) according to I Peter 3:18. According to John 19:1 he was scourged. Therefore regarding punishment, we deserve what Christ went through.

8. Based on that, and Proverbs 26:3 pertaining to being beaten with a rod, a criminal that is worthy of a beating may get a beating that is so severe that the skin is allowed to be broken so that bleeding occurs.

9. I have seen a lack of fear among some of the youth to day. Some of them are disobedient, and are careless. A lack of severity of punishment is not helping them, or us. We ought to appropriately punish bad persons by beatings when they are worthy of that. We, through the governments, have the God given authority to do so.

10. The United States’ Supreme Court has been lenient toward some criminals concerning its thinking of the eighth (8th) constitutional amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments. Misthinking produces misjudgments, which produce frustration in the hearts of the righteous, which could move the people to lynch, which has been banned, which produces more frustration, which could lead to another revolution. (One unrectified problem could lead to others.) If you would like to read a further comment about that amendment, you may read the article, Lakewoodites for McCartney, or paragraph 36 of that article. The Supreme Court is not always right.

11. Although this article is about beating, to read about a state death penalty statute that that high court struck down, based on what it thinks the eighth (8th) amendment to the American constitution means, you may read that court’s judgment of the case of Kennedy v. Louisiana, 554 U. S. (2008). It was about a pederast (child molester) that was sentenced to death by the state of Louisiana; but saved from the least that he deserves by your Supreme Court. The majority of those judges apparently don’t feel a need to heed the words of the Lord (Consider Philippians 2:9-11 and Revelation 11:15.) Jesus Christ in Matthew 18:6, or a principle thereof. Perhaps their attitude is summarised in Luke 19:14. If that is their attitude, that improper attitude probably came from that court’s misunderstanding (See Romans 1:31.) of the first amendment’s religious clauses. (See the article, Lakewoodites for McCartney.) Misunderstandings can lead to misjudgments, which can produce an inferior society.

12. The people need to fear God, then elect godly rulers that also fear God. We ought to produce a godly society based on the Bible. A republic without God and his word and his Spirit (See I John 5:7.) is like a tire without air. Then that society ought to put the fear of God in the people that don’t have that fear, either to obey God’s law or godly laws, or by punishing them when they disobey those righteous laws. When and if we get godly governments, (at various levels) we shall have righteous governments under God that criminals ought to fear. See Romans 13:4.

13. That should produce a country that the people can love with a clear conscience. Until then the city of Lakewood, the county of Cuyahoga, the state of Ohio, and the constitutional republic of the United States of America, are ripe for well deserved criticism.

14. If you don’t like the last part of the thirteenth (13th) paragraph, you can go your own way: otherwise you can receive correction, and do your part to help the society that we all live in. See James 1:19-25. Proper criticism is to identify problems, expose errors, and provide solutions for improvement. (It’s okay to curse the darkness: but light a candle.)

15. If you look at yourself in a mirror, and aren’t quite as presentable as you would be, (and can do something about it,) that mirror and time were wasted. So it is with the scriptures. They were given to guide us rightly. If you don’t apply the scriptures, of what value are they?

16. Regarding the Bible, it’s not only for the church.

Edward M. McCartney

Lakewood, Ohio

Posted on September 10 anno Domini 2009.

This third (3rd) edition was revised on December 8 A. D. 2009.



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