God’s Corporal Punishment


Everyone knows what Corporal Punishment is. Well, if you don’t, go and learn. I am not gonna tell you.

People have been protesting against the ‘Corporal Punishment’ for quite some time now.

Corporal Punishment is illegal in schools in most of the countries except Australia and a few states in the US.

People have been asking for complete ban against Corporal Punishment.

Research has shown that corporal punishment in the classroom is not an effective practice, and can cause more harm than good. Research has also shown that more students of color and students with disabilities experience instances of corporal punishment more than their peers.

I feel Corporal Punishment should be allowed in every setting. The infants, the children, the adults; everyone should be subject to ‘Corporal Punishment’.

Recently, it was brought to my notice that whenever God does something bad, he is testing us. The accidents, deaths, etc. Those are all tests.

One might see it as a form of Corporal Punishment.

So, if God is allowed to punish his Children to teach them important lessons and test them, why aren’t the teachers?

As far as I know, Kabir considered a teacher and god as equals. He said:

‘Guru Govind Dou Khade, Kaake Laagun Paaye. Balihari Guru Aapne, Govind Dio Bataye.

Translation:

“If both, Teacher and God were to appear at the door, whose feet will I touch first?” He answers, “It has to be the Teacher’s feet, because without him, how would I have recognized
(known) God?”

Now, if you believe in god and all that stuff, you gotta protest against the ban on Corporal Punishment.

Or you have to start protesting against god to stop his corporal punishment.

Book of Genesis 2:17 

God tells Adam “But of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat of it, for on the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die.”

The guy is handing out death penalties for eating fruits.

Quran – Surah al-‘Araf Verse 96

“And if the people of the towns had believed and kept from evil, We would have certainly opened up for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied; so We seized them for what they used to earn.”

This is basically saying, if you don’t do as you are told in class, you’ll be made to run 20 rounds of the field. Just a bit more extreme.

Bhagwad Gita

“If you become conscious of Me, you will pass over all the obstacles of conditioned life by My grace. If, however, you do not work in such consciousness but act through false ego, not hearing Me, you will be lost.”

That sounds like a condition. Like the ones schools have. If you don’t behave in a certain way, you will be punished and stuff. No?

Stop the Hypocrisy.

Teachers and God are equal. I mean, Kabir said that. You got to agree with that guy at least.

Either let the Corporal Punishment continue or just go and start protesting against your dearest god. Please!

P.S. People! It’s high time now. You have to take a stand.

Categories: religion, World

28 replies

  1. I like your perceptive about corporal punishment, relating it to religion give more insight to the write up! Learnt something 😘

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  2. If we consider the notion that God is actually there and that religious teachings about him are true. So, considering him present, I do not feel we have are potent enough to equate him with humans. What Kabir said was in terms of a teacher and not a human. He respects his tecaher more because he wouldn’t have known about God if it hadn’t been for his teacher. In this saying, he is keeping teacher in a pure light whereby he is free from the humans errs. However, we know a teacher is a human being and human beings have flaws. So it isn’t so logical to compare a flawed being with the creator of that being and bring the creator down to the level of his creation. Just like artists, their creation is a part of them but not whole of them. God has made humans with both the characteristics good as well as bad and Kabir’s teaching and saying has a limited scope. When you separate the human from the teacher, only then the teacher can be considered divine and he was talking about that one separated aspect of the teacher. Also, times change and so do the cultures. This is ‘Kalyug’ and human darkness has been overshadowing his virtues in most of the world today.
    A teacher at the end of the day is a human being and he can never be unbiased and totally fair amongst all his students. Favouritism is a basic human characteristic and during the times when even teaching profession has started to be valued in monetary terms (which is fair because even teachers need to earn money to survive), the human instinct of survival, control and power also come in picture. In such a case such punishments will just expose students whereby some may get traumas that they will have to carry for the rest of their lives. Racism, gender bias, partiality, an innocent student mind will be introduced to these concepts at an early age and in a very traumatic manner.
    Considering various verses of holy books, God has to be strict to keep humans in order, but God is not to be feared rather loved. We follow what someone says more willingly when we love them rather than being scared of them. Also it is his creation, the entire Universe, so who are we humans to comment upon what is right or wrong? If the Universe is his rules will be his as well, and God is not unjust neither does he take pleasure in punishment. Our parents do not feel enjoyment in punishing us but sometimes it is necessary for us to learn. Yet those punishments hurt them equally as well. Also the same verses say that God is merciful. He will never punish in an unfair manner, he will not be partial or biased, he will never hold personal grudges or vendettas, he will never use traumatizing ways of punishment, rather always show a positive side of everything bad so that we learn. He does not mean to punish but to teach.
    Comparing humans to Gods because of words said by another human and interpreted again by humans does not make God equal to humans. Human beings need to know when to control their demons, anger, frustrations. Teacher’s personal life shouldn’t be a reason for his anger on the student as well.
    Verses of Holy Books (which you may argue might be tampered by humans as well, yet some essence of God’s teachings still remain in them), cannot be compared or equated with the words of a human.
    Secondly if you are an atheist and believe God doesn’t exist, entire debate goes out of question. If everything is humans then we humans need to decide what is wrong and right (which is again something that has been taught to us since ancient times, good and bad, black and white, right and wrong, the concept of duality, and we have been told that pain is wrong and joy is right, otherwise we could also have believed vice versa if that had been taught). Using our limited understanding we need to decide that using such punishments is not healthy. Also we need to realise that not everything can be understood by us humans. We are very limited in our knowledge and understanding. What best we can do is eliminate the practices that hurt innocent people and even if children make mistakes those are not sins and caising them pain will just invoke fear in their hearts, like humans have invoked fear of God. Try love, compliance becomes easier and happier!
    It is just my point of view and I apologize if I unintentionally offended you in any manner. 🤗

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    • If a teacher, a person you can see and observe, cannot be unbiased according to you, then how can you be sure that someone no one has ever seen can be unbiased towards billions of Universes with trillions of planets and possibly quadrillions of living beings?

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      • See at the end of the day it all boils down to what we believe and what we’ve been taught. Also I feel that God is a phenomenon that everyone has different beliefs about. I may say according to my belief and you might think according to yours and that’s healthy.
        However, in case of teachers if such punishments are followed it is evidently visible for all of us and atleast there we can stand up for change in practices thay we consider as painful or unjust.
        In case of God on the other hand it is all intangible beliefs and teachings so no one knows what is the real truth.
        However, using name of God and tormenting practices in name of religion are again human doings. How can we be sure that God also wanted the same what these humans are preaching everytime.
        That is why I feel that this matter should be considered in an independent light because this is what we know and see and that is what we believe and have been taught.

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  3. I’m not fond of corporal punishment for anyone. I appreciate your including grown-ups in the issue, because if punishment’s deserved, then it’s deserved. No one should be excused, unless everyone is excused.

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  4. God gives you free will, he doesn’t force you to love him. Father loves his child at heart whether he is good or bad. But he may reciprocates with the child differently. Yes father has to punish a bad child and he rewards a good child. Both are good for them. So, what is wrong when God says if you love me I will reciprocate?

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  5. I love your view on corporal punishment. I’m from Africa and so I never noted racial discrimination as pertains corporal punishment in school. That was eye-opening. I believe corporate punishment has made it into the culture of our education and it will be hard to get rid of it, intention notwithstanding. I once blogged about my recollection of corporal punishment during my primary school life. Feel free to check it out at https://manenoz.com/2020/07/30/hatma/

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