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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Inheriting Sin

I think that inheriting sin is a pretty good concept. Have you ever noticed when someone says they don’t want to drink because alcoholism runs in their family? They didn’t just grab that idea out of thin air and run with it, they say a pattern in their family going from generation to generation. This idea of inheriting sin can be backed up biblically and secularly. The bible speaks of generational curses in the books of Exodus and Numbers, saying that God will revisit the iniquities of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Him. This is clearly stating that if you don’t deal with the sin that has a hold on you, your children will have that same struggle one day. This idea is also in the secular world, they say that this is the reason that alcoholism is such a problem in the Native American culture today. They may not use the word sin, but it is the same idea, they are just calling it by a different name. So I do believe that there are generational curses and that a child can inherit the sins of the father. I do not believe that every child will sin in the same way as their father, but they will struggle with the battles that their father did if their father did not break those theoretical chains before their child became of age to truly sin.


  1. While I don't know many particulars of the bible or its definition for curses being passed through generations, I think the concept of passing sin through offspring is more of a metaphor.
    From what I understand, a sin (in religous context) is defined as an offense towards God. If the offspring have not yet sinned, it doesn't make sense for them to be born with the burden of sins they haven't committed. Instead, I think it is more accurate to say the child will be more inclined to follow its parents' sins. Whether they follow it to execution or follow it far enough to know how to avoid it is a huge difference. I think the capacity is there for either path, but a parent's decisions shouldn't start the child already at its destination. (H3)

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