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Generational curses: are children punished for their parents’ sins?

If you’ve been in the church for any length of time, you’ve probably heard generational curses discussed. There are two conflicting opinions:

  • God punishes children for the sins of their parents.
  • God doesn’t punish children for the sins of their parents.

Why the confusion?

Verses seem to support and argue against generational curses…

Exodus 20:5, 34:7, Numbers 14:18, and Deuteronomy 5:9 indicate God punishes children for the sins of their parents:

You shall not bow down to [idols] nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.

Other such as Deuteronomy 24:16 and Ezekiel 18:2-4, 20 indicate God doesn’t punish children for the sins of their parents:

Ezekiel 18:2-4, 20 The LORD says, “What do you mean by this proverb, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? This proverb shall no more be used. Behold, the soul who sins shall die…The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father…the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

The people said they were punished (their teeth were bad: “set on edge”), because of their parents’ sins (the “sour grapes” they ate). God said, “Don’t say this anymore. You’ll be punished for your own sins!”

So which is it? Continue reading Generational curses: are children punished for their parents’ sins?

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Are all sins the same?

You’ve probably heard, “All sins are the same!”

While people might mean well when they make this statement, the problem is it’s not true. While sins are the same in some ways, they’re radically different in other ways. This means…they aren’t the same!

How are sins different?

First, there are three different kinds of sin:

  1. We received a passed-on depravity from Adam, which we commonly call our “sin nature.” This is an inherited sin.Are all sins the same?
  2. There’s also “imputed sin.” Even though men were sinners because of their sin natures, before the Mosaic Law was given, sin wasn’t imputed: Romans 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. After the Law was given, sins committed in violation of the Law are accounted.
  3. The most common type of sin is personal sin. This is the sin committed every day by every human being as a result of our sin natures.

Second, there are differences between the various sins committed:

Continue reading Are all sins the same?

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8 Reasons to Choose Burial Over Cremation (5-8)

Reasons to choose burial over cremation
Reasons to choose burial over cremation

If you haven’t read reasons 1 through 4 to choose burial over cremation, please do so before reading 5 through 8!

Reason 5: Lack of burial was a common punishment in the Old Testament.

Ecclesiastes 6:3 If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he.

A poor burial (or worse no burial) was a common punishment for evil people:

  • Psalm 79:3 Their blood they have shed like water all around Jerusalem,
    And there was no one to bury 
  • Isaiah 5:25 Therefore the anger of the Lord is aroused against His people;
    He has stretched out His hand against them
    And stricken them,
    And the hills trembled.
    Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets.
  • 2 Kings 9:10 The dogs shall eat Jezebel on the plot of ground at Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury ’” Continue reading 8 Reasons to Choose Burial Over Cremation (5-8)