Generational Predispositions

There is a lot of controversy and disagreement over what are commonly calledGenerational Curses’

This topic refers to the inheritance of certain traits from a person’s bloodline

Science has already shown that people inherit genetic predispositions such as high blood pressure, alcoholism, depression, and many other characteristics

A predisposition causes someone to likely behave in a particular way or to be affected by a particular condition (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

If you inherit a genetic predisposition (e.g. alcoholism), it doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed to have that condition or have to give in to it, although it may be a struggle to resist

The Bible identified this genetic phenomenon thousands of years ago, albeit in nonscientific terms as part of the Second Commandment (which is typically left out when the Ten Commandments are listed)

You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:4-6, also repeated in Exodus 34:7 and Deuteronomy 5:9)

The key part with regard to soulful healing is, “visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations

All too often, people refer to this as the ‘sins of the fathers’ but that is missing an important distinction between sin, transgression and iniquity 

A sin is a one-time violation of God’s commandments

A transgression is when the sin is repeated in full knowledge that it is wrong

An iniquity is when the sin is repeated so often that it perverts a person’s nature (i.e. it changes their DNA)

Science has confirmed that our DNA can be changed by our life experiences

For example, the DNA of holocaust survivors was changed by their inhumane treatment

Then, the altered DNA can be passed down to succeeding generations

Some Biblical scholars claim that this principle was erased be two Scriptures;

Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin. (Deuteronomy 24:16)

The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. (Ezekiel 18:20)

However, this only refers to someone dying or being put to death for their father’s sins – i.e. sinful actions not inherited iniquities

The iniquities passed down to succeeding generations are not death sentences, but rather genetic predispositions

Even more significantly, God has not repealed any part of His Ten Commandments

Others argue that Colossians 2:13-15 has done away with such generational predispositions

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-15)

However, this refers to all the thousands of  handwritten laws’ the Hebrew priests wrote by their own hands

The Ten Commandments were written by the finger of God on stone tablets and are still in force today

And when He had made an end of speaking with him [Moses] on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18)

Click on Page 2 below to see how to get rid of such generational ‘curses’