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Sins Of My Father

Is my diffucult life due to the sins of my father?

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No. You are responsible for what you do with the thoughts that attempt to engage your mind and entrap you in those things which are behind. If you are saved, your father is God. He has no sin. Start with that in the renewing of your mind.
---Linda on 3/17/08

Sometimes I do wonder about that. I am sure there is a scripture that borders on this. Where God does forgive His people David comes to mind when he got into sin. God forgave him, but there was always war in his house.What can I say? God is a HOLY GOD. My friend. We certainly, when we get saved, need to get close to God. We do not need more useless trouble.
---catherine on 3/6/08

The Bible mentions generational curses in several places (Exodus 20:5, 34:7, Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9). When a father has a sinful lifestyle, his children are likely to have the same sinful lifestyle as well. They are being punished for their own sins, not the sins of their ancestors. The Bible specifically tells us that God does not hold children accountable for the sins of their parents (Deuteronomy 24:16).
---Court7646 on 2/27/08


Jeremiah 31:

29 "In those days people will no longer say,
'The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
and the children's teeth are set on edge.'

30 Instead, everyone will die for his own sin, whoever eats sour grapeshis own teeth will be set on edge.
---Jack on 2/21/08

God visits the sins of the fathers only on those who hate Him. He shows mercy unto thousands of generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.
---RitaH on 2/9/08
Pardon me RitaH but I just had to put that in again. We so often neglect to finish what God wrote. Also as Kraus noted from Jeremiah is very important. I beg that we pray and study God's word over this "generational curse" curse. It has become a movement to blame and is breaking up families.
---mikefl on 2/20/08

Rebecca thanks. I'd like to add though that much of what people do today is peer pressure and bad company. My friend's two children (one male one female) are both alcoholics even though neither parent has ever touched alcohol and nor did their grandparents. Both youngsters stopped church and Sunday school in their teens and the influence of ungodly people took the place of church and parental influence. Their new found sinful activity was certainly not generational though.
---RitaH on 2/12/08

Rita: I can agree with what you said. But chances are what the person sees is what the person does. That is why I try my best to lead by example. I know my kids are watching me and how I live my life. I want them to say about me that I was a God fearing woman who tried to please the Lord and her family.
---Rebecca_D on 2/11/08

Rebecca, sometimes exactly the opposite can be true. Children sometimes observe how their parents do things and think "I'll never do that" and they don't. They've learned how NOT to operate. My father used to swear terribly and, to this day, I hate hearing swear words. It has nothing to do with generational curses.
---RitaH on 2/11/08

We can either curse our children or bless them. If a husband beats on his wife all the time and the children see it, then they will grow up thinking that is how it works. So the child's father cursed him. And they only way to break the curse is the blood of Jesus. Take an alocholic, or a druggy, if that is all the child sees, that is what they will become later on in life unless God interviens.
---Rebecca_D on 2/11/08

I have no way of knowing why your life is difficult. I know why mine is difficult. I made bad choices that I learned in a difficult childhood. Problem is, my father has been dead for 30 years, so blaming him is useless.

Examine your life and your behavior and pray for God to show you why your life is difficult. God could be allowing trials to refine you into His image.
---Trish9863 on 2/10/08

Jer. 31:29 "In those days they shall say no more: The fathers have eaten sour grapes,And the childrens teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity, every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge."
That scripture is fulfilled now in our time. when your faith is weak quote that verse.
---Kraus on 2/9/08

If you're good to go, you're on your way to heaven, then your father's sins have no bearing on your life. They cannot, through Jesus Christ, you put that old man away and you are a new creation in Christ Jesus.
You buried that old man and he can't come back and torment you unless you allow that old sin nature to creep back upon you.
Repent for where you've failed, dust yourself back off and keep going.
---Cindy on 2/9/08

If you're busy looking back to the leeks and onions, or looking for a scapegoat to blame all of your troubles on, it's possible that you have not repented for your own sins.
Have you done that and do you know if you are really born again, saved?
---Cindy on 2/9/08

How would we know?
A curse without cause shall not alight.
If you're a Christian, not practicing bits and pieces, picking and choosing from the OT law, you are no longer under a curse.
Jesus Christ sets you free from the curse.
If your father was a sinful man and you're not, your father's sins cannot taint your life. That's why Jesus died, to set you free from the curse of sin and death.
---Cindy on 2/9/08

In the trendy churches, they're busy breaking generational curses off of everyone...

SO unless you're demon possessed and need the demons cast out of you, the curses were broken off of your life when you repented and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
---Cindy on 2/9/08

Thomas . . . well, I don't think God holds you responsible for what your father did, plus He won't punish you for what you haven't done. But if you picked up ways of your father's personality . . . with your mother's ways . . . their ways could mix in you, to produce your own selfish personality which gets you into difficulty and emotional trouble. But Jesus makes us new creatures with God's ways of love which have us living in Jesus Christ's "rest for your souls." (in Matthew 11:29)
---Bill_bila5659 on 2/9/08

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God visits the sins of the fathers only on those who hate Him. He shows mercy unto thousands of generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.
---RitaH on 2/9/08

Yes, problems in your life could be due to the sins of your father. Exodus 20:5.

Problems in your life could also be the result of your own, personal sins.

National sins, like abortion and the consequences from the sins of leaders, can also be a source or problems.

Sin is sin. We need to pray for deliverance from them all.

---Gregory on 2/9/08

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