You're obsessed with caning. You do know that we are talking about spanking here, right?
No. You quoted verses about "beating" with a "rod" and "scourging." We must find how to interpret these words in a way consistent with Christ's teaching "Be merciful as your Father is merciful to you."I really don't see the connection.
The connection is that the Old Testament, including Proverbs, has verses about stoning people and caning children. It's wrong to use these verses as Christian justifications to hit children, because Christ stopped it Himself: when someone was going to follow the old Testament rule about stoning people.
Jesus' reason for stopping the stoning was because No one is without sin.
This is one of Christ's main ideas: to forgive people like God our Father removes punishment from us. That's why we pray it in the Lord's prayer.
Besides, I was raised by a military father and only recently I found out I have ADD. If my dad didn't go all-"Proverbs" on me, I can guarantee you I'd be jobless and in prison right now.
I am glad things turned out well for you. But you can't guarantee they wouldn't have otherwise, since you did not ascend the other path. Someone can also go through a tough boot camp experience like some children do without painful bottom smackings being allowed.
So you can throw then entire Bible in my face, I can guarantee you that spanking does work and if all parents do it (in the right way) then there will be less problems in the world today.
No. Sweden and Greece do not have spanking and they are OK.