God curse people for the sins of others? "
son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the
father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity..."
I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers
on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who
first passage clearly states God does not curse people for the guilt of
others while the latter appears God does. So which is it? The correct
answer is he does not.
such as those in Exodus which state God "visits the iniquity" of
the fathers on the children to the third or fourth generation is referring
to the consequences of the fathers' sins. Sin (iniquity) not only hurts
sinners, but can also hurt those around them; especially family, and not
just confined to the generation at hand. The effects of sin can be lasting.
Few think about this when they sin, so God's warning is in good order.
not like if your father murdered someone, God then says you're a murderer,
too. It's more like your father's act results in you grow up being teased,
harassed, and developing an inferiority complex, and God points to the situation
to say, "Here's yet more reasons why I don't want any of you murdering each
other." He's not jumping the guilt from one person to the next, he's just
allowing the effects. These effects can be both bad and multi-generational,
but that is all part of why we should not sin in the first place. We're
all in this together.
effects of the sins are also seen in a family that moves out of a sales-tax-free
state to a state where there is sales tax. As children in that family, we'd
start having to pay sales tax - not as a penalty for our parents'
relocation, but as a consequence. If we continued living there and
had our own children, they'd pay sales tax, too, unless or until circumstances
changed. No partiality on God's part here.
example: if a parent or expectant mother becomes an alcoholic or drug addict,
their children are going to suffer. They will pass on the devastation in
some form to their own children. The effects of such addictions are thus
'visited upon the generations'. Realistically, if you get drunk and beat
your children, are you sure it's God's fault they cry when their classmates
tease them about their black eye?
might picture the effects of sin proceeding out from us like ripples on
a lake. At this point in history, so many ripples have gone out and for
so long, societal problems are about as choppy as we'd expect them to be;
mesh upon mesh of wave interference obfuscating their origin(s) and making
their solutions difficult if not impossible to isolate.
it fair that God allows the consequences of person A's sin to affect person
is, because God warned Adam & Eve before either had sinned that specific
actions have specific consequences. God instructed them and many others
to pass on his warnings, and they have been - both verbally and in print.
A&E sinned anyway and now you and I are dealing with it. We are not discreet
entities that have no influence or effect on one another. They, and we,
can't say we weren't warned.
What is the Gospel?