In this interview, Samuel Martin discusses the following important issues that we can better understand about Christian parenting:
- There are many non-Christians, and for that matter, Christians, who view God as a God of punishment and wrath. Is this valid?
- If that is not the true nature of God, then what is – and how do we know?
- There’s a very common misconception that the Bible urges us to use corporal punishment with our children when they misbehave. Where does this idea come from?
- Some parents justify corporal punishment by doing different “versions” of it; varying levels of force, having the non-angry parent do the spanking/swatting/"tapping," etc. Why does this still not make it okay from a Biblical standpoint?
- What does the Bible actually say about how we’re to guide our children? Your book series is “Thy Rod and Thy Staff; They Comfort Me” – please explain where this comes from.
- What, then, would you consider to be true Biblical parenting?
- How does parental intuition relate to guiding our children?
- From what we know about Jesus from the Bible, is He the model to whom we should turn for our parenting guidance (even though He had no children, Himself)?