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Nothing in that scripture says we should beat our kids, only to punish them if they do things that are not acceptable.
as you develop your mental web of knowledge, and begin to make connections, and begin to see the world in a clearer light, the Bible begins to make more sense. I used to be full-blown atheist, but my pursuit of knowledge brought me back to Christianity.
Ancient Japanese saying: "There are many paths up the Mountain, but the view of the moon from the top is the same."
There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.
Did yo listen to the Jesuit's Oath ?