The christian god punishes children for the sins of their parents. Is this so?

Asked by: steffon66
  • Exodus 20:5 says so along with other stories in the bible

    Exodus 20:5 says do not bow down to them or worship them for i the lord god am a jealous god punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me. This tells me that god hates sinners so much that he would punish innocent children for to get them back for disobeying him. So he does something wrong because we did something wrong. And christians say two wrongs dont make a right while god punishes a wrong with a wrong. The story of adam and eve is consistent with this. In the story of adam and eve god punishes all of mankind with evil and other things just because the first two people screwed up. We all have to suffer for the sins of adam and eve according to the bible. Also the story of noah says god drowned almost every child in the world because of the sins of their parents. Its undeniable. The christian god punishes children for the sins of their parents. This shows that people clearly dont know right from wrong as this was once believed to be a perfect act and still is by many

  • Yes, but... Well...

    The problem of evil and divine punishment are something the bible tries to tackle numerous times, but it can't seem to consistently answer it. In one portion an evil will be punishable on the next generation (children) and a few generations more after that. In another point bad things happen (like being born blind) happen so that when God corrects it everyone can see how awesome he is. Then in another point two people do something explicitly condemned by God so God punishes them and the rest of their entire race (e.I. All humans) for the single wrong doing by the first couple. Then in another point God hates what a guy did so he strikes the guy's child with a disease, makes the kid suffer for days, and finally has the disease kill the child. Then in yet another portion God wants to get back at the leader of Egypt (even though God made the leader not do what God wanted him to do) so he decides to kill every first-born in the whole kingdom.

    Of course this is all really silly because there is not any proof God exists, and even less proof the biblical stories are true.

  • Not at all. But in a way.

    Romans 3:23
    "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
    -This states that ALL people, even children have sinned, no now we can assume that no one is innocent.
    Romans 6:23
    "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
    -Now we see it declare that all who are guilty deserve death. Death being a form of punishment. So both children and their parents are guilty of their own sin and deserve punishment.
    John 9:2-3
    And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
    This shows that we are not punished by our immediate parents sin.
    However all people have sinned because sin has passed through Adam's line.
    Romans 5:12
    "When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned."

  • There is no easy answer

    This is a complicated question. Yes, God says that children suffer for the sins of their parents. When we look at the world around us we see that this is true. In the God-ordained design of the world we live in we often see children suffering for the mistakes of their parents. Even those who deny that there is a God still see children suffering because of what their parents have done. So, empirically speaking, the Bible is correct.
    However, in the Bible God also says, “Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge” (Jeremiah 31:30). God recognizes that the acts of our parents have a direct effect on our lives, but we are ultimately responsible for our own actions.

  • God Punishes NO ONE

    God does not punish anyone. We are all a Literal part of the massive collective energy field we call God. God created the universe and everything in it, seen, and unseen within his mind. So, IF God were to punish anyone, he would be punishing HIMSELF. God is all-knowing because he is the only entity in the universe. God is all-loving. Also, an All Loving God, is NOT compatible with a "satan" OR "hell". Early primitive Church Leaders created the idea of satan and hell in order to control their followers. God did not command any one person, OR group of people to write a book on How To Live. (the bible). The bible is a collection of manuscripts, written by unknown primitive HUMANS, and was edited and RE-edited over thousands of years. Usually by Scribes. 95% of the population in primitive times could not read OR write. The Greek manuscripts were written with no capital letters, no spaces between words, and no paragraphs. This made it hard for SCRIBES to copy and many times the scribes had to "guess" what the manuscripts said, OR they would add their OWN BELIEFS to the manuscripts.
    As far as if jesus ever existed....He might have been a wisdom teacher, but he was not the messiah. Christians did not consider jesus to be the messiah until hundreds of years AFTER his death. Jesus wrote NOTHING, and NO ONE ELSE wrote anything about jesus WHILE HE WAS ALIVE. Virgin births were common practice in 1-4 centuries. There were many people named "jesus". The four Gospels of the new testament were written 70-100 years AFTER the death of the man called Jesus. No one that ever wrote about "jesus" ever KNEW HIM.

  • The soul that sinneth shall surely die


    Since you want to quote the Bible, please consider the following:

    Ezekiel 18:20:
    Ezekiel 18: 20 -

    The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.

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