Hello all, what a week! Although a newcomer to this community, I have been graciously welcomed by everyone. We are a family and it disheartens me to see the results of some media types who are at best overzealous, and at worst intentionally misrepresenting TTWD. What gets me upset the most is the implication that TTWD and CDD are synonymous.
I’ve had prior personal experience with our beloved media and I can say after my experience, I have almost zero confidence in what they report. However, it is not always the fault of the reporter, as their editor has the final authority and decides how the information is slanted.I am sure that some couples practice CDD. They quote bible verses to justify their behavior. The problem with that is you cannot pick bible verses that justify your position and then disavow others that you do not agree with, such as cutting off your foot or gouging out an eye if they cause you to sin. Ironically, it is just as easy to use individual bible verses to condemn CDD as it is to justify the practice!
The Bible is a fantastic collection of individual books that teach us how we should live and how to treat others. It is not an encyclopedia we can use to look up ways to justify our individual point of view. In Bill Hybels book “The Power of a Whisper” he suggests to know when you are hearing from God, ask five questions:
1. Is the prompting truly from God?
2. Is it scriptural?
3. Is it wise?
4. Is it in tune with your own character?
5. What do the people you most trust think about it?
I do not consider either CDD or TTWD to be scripturally inspired. What I do believe is TTWD is not for everyone, and for those in this community, it is most unequivocally not abuse. Abuse of any kind is horrid and universally condemned by all of us. TTWD, quite the contrary facilitates improved communication, caring attitudes, respect for each other and above all else genuine love.
Christians and Christianity today often are portrayed as fanatical, out of touch with reality, well intentioned folks who are clueless about the “real world”. The hype we have read lately with tantalizing titles such as "Spanking for Jesus" only serve to reinforce that perception and I believe this is all just another attack by Satan. The good news is Satan will not win the battle and this too shall come to pass!
Blessings to all…