We declare publicly that in our family we follow a policy of using smacking as a method of discipline of our children; we do it systematically and regularly and in a disciplined fashion; and we use it on those occasions when our children engage wilfully in repeated acts of disobedience, dishonesty, or disrespect.It's not working then, is it? If you have to do the punishment thing systematically and regularly, then it clearly is not a very effective way of dealing with the problem.
Anyway, how can Athens and Jerusalem be in conflict? The very notion of the immortal soul comes from the Greeks (Plato: awful prig but had a way with words) and the New Testament is Hellenised through and through. Anyone who says otherwise deserves a good thrashing; because that is how problems are solved, with violence.