I have heard the subject of ‘generational curses’ spoken about many times, by many people in many places. More often then not, the conversation or teaching goes along the lines that you have curses on your life because of the things your forbears got up to.
Cautiously we can say there is some truth in that. Scripture does tell us to bring our children up in the knowledge of the Lord. And if we fail to do that, then our children will most likely not know the Lord. And being outside of relationship with the Lord has to be the worst thing imaginable.
However I digress, for this isn’t the ways its normally spoken off. I have to say I have much difficulty with this kind of teaching. It goes against the teaching of Scripture. Ezekial says,
Eze 18:1 This message came to me from the LORD:
Eze 18:2 “Why do you cite this proverb when you talk about Israel’s land: ‘The fathers eat sour grapes but it’s their children’s teeth that have become numb.’
Eze 18:3 As long as I live,” declares the LORD, “you won’t use this proverb about Israel anymore.
The Lord continues to speak to Ezekiel, saying
Eze 18:20 The soul who sins dies. The son won’t bear the punishment of his father’s sin and the father won’t bear the punishment of his son’s sin. The righteous deeds of that righteous person will be attributed to him, while the wicked deeds of the wicked person will be charged against him.
Again Ezekiel cries out the prophetic cry of Gods heart for his people. Saying this is what God wants from you.
That is, suppose he doesn’t eat at the mountain shrines, doesn’t look to the idols of Israel’s house, doesn’t defile his neighbour’s wife, doesn’t oppress anyone, doesn’t take possession of a debtor’s pledge, or doesn’t steal, but instead shares his food with the hungry, gives clothes to those who are naked, doesn’t refuse to help the afflicted, or refuses to loan with usury or exact interest…
The Apostle James says…Jas 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with actions, is dead.
So we are faced with a sombre question to ask of ourselves. Do we have a dead faith?