Are sons punished for their father’s sins?

This is the question an atheist asks and then goes on to say that the Bible contradicts Itself, using verses out of context as his proof. I would like to address this subject in this post. I have been writing a series of posts on claims by atheists that the Bible contradicts Itself. Upon the slightest bit of intellectual integrity one will find that the atheists are trying to latch on to the wind for their ridiculous claims, trying to disprove a God whom they claim does not exist. That very act proves that they do not have full proof that there is no God, just their desires (but that is for a different post).

Here is the “evidence” for this ridiculous claim.

5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, (Exodus 20)

20 “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity ; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. (Ezekiel 18)

In fact, these two verses help explain one another. God has not changed. What He says, stands. He does not punish one for the sins of another. Let’s take the quote from Exodus and examine it in the light of logic.

I. Sin is a vicious cycle usually being passed on from parents to children. Worshiping and serving false gods in Israel was a big no no (like today). When children grew up watching their parents live in the cycle of sin, they would develop the same habits. Like today, many children who grow up in a family of alcoholics usually become alcoholics themselves. The cycle of sin is passed on from generation to generation. In a small town, you can usually find generations of immoral people in families or generations of drug abusers, or generations of alcoholics. When children of drug addicts get busted for being drug addicts themselves, they are not being directly punished for the actions of their parents. They are being punished because of their own actions, even though they learned those actions from their parents. So God is not punishing to the 4th generation because of the sin of the fathers. God punishes sin in each generation because of each individual’s actions. Those negative actions were passed on from one generation to the next. This is a case of simple logic (which atheists do not possess).

II. Obedience is also a cycle that is taught from one generation to the next bringing positive consequences. Those who are disobedient leave a legacy of disobedience for their children and grandchildren (possibly even for their great grandchildren) while those who are obedient leave a much a legacy that has a much more lasting impact as well as much more positive. Verse 6 in Exodus 20 reads,

6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Obedience extends way past disobedience. Which category are you in? What kind of legacy are you leaving for the future generations? What kind of name will you leave behind you?

As you can clearly see here, the atheist is very superficial in his study of this subject, showing a tremendous lack of intellectual integrity. I pray that he will come to his senses and see the error of his ways. If you are a person who claims that the Bible is full of errors, maybe you should actually study these so called errors for yourself. I think you may be surprised at what you find.


2 comments on “Are sons punished for their father’s sins?

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