The recent report issued by a Pennsylvania Grand Jury detailing the alleged sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests over the past 70 years is horrifying and emotionally devastating. It is hard to conceive that over men charged with the spiritual nurture of the members of their parishes could use their sacred office to abuse over 1, children over seven decades. Equally frightening and disgusting is the accusation that the leadership of the Catholic Church in the Pittsburg Diocese knew about the abuse and kept the shameful activity secret to protect the Church and in some cases, protect the perpetrators with little regard for those who had been victimized by the criminal acts of those in ministry.
Do the sons bear the sins of the fathers or not? The Ten Commandments are arranged in covenant form. The Suzerain-Vassal treaty pattern of the ancient near east is followed in the Ten Commandments. This arrangement included an introduction of who was making the covenant Exodus Covenantally, when a father misleads his family, the effects of that misleading are often felt for generations.
This is because the father is being covenantally unfaithful, and God has stipulated that there are punishments to breaking the covenant with God. That is the case with these verses that deal with the sins visited upon the children.
If a father rejects the covenant of God and takes his family into sin and rejects God, the children will suffer the consequences--often for several generations. Whether or not this is fair is not the issue.
Sin is in the world; consequences of sin affected many generations. On the other hand, Deuteronomy Therefore, the context of the second set of verses is dealing with the legality aspect within the Jewish court system.
As a further note on this issue, there is a concept in the Bible called Federal Headship. This means that the male, the father, represents the family. We see this in the garden of Adam and Eve. She was the first one to eat of the fruit; she was the first one to sin.
However, the Bible states that sin entered the world through Adam Rom. This is because Adam was the Federal Head of all mankind. Furthermore we see in the Hebrews 7: In other words, Abraham, the father, represented his descendants. As Abraham paid tithes, so also did Levi. We can conclude that God will visit the iniquities of the fathers upon the descendants because the fathers have failed to be covenantally faithful.
Yet, we see in the other verses a declaration of legality in dealing with people. There is no contradiction. This article is also available in:Because you are white you are supposedly guilty of having ‘privilege’ and thus you must atone, not for your sins, but for the unproven and undocumented sins of your fathers.
17 thoughts on “ The sins of the fathers. ” Mr Black. Each of us is responsible for our own sins. Ezekiel tells us, “The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son.” This verse clearly shows that punishment for one’s sins is borne by that person.
“Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live.
The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of .
When it comes to slavery, we must take responsibility for the sins of our fathers. The Sins of the Father Shall Not Be Visited on the Son he related to the intense feelings of separation and anxiety he knew the children must have been experiencing. After all, Meeropol, whose.
The trope of sons suffering the consequences of their fathers' sins is recurrent in the narrative of The Count of Monte Cristo as Edmund Dantes, who considers himself an instrument of Providence.