Generational Curses – 恨

Posted on November 7, 2007. Filed under: Philosophical Crap, Spiritual Musings, Theological Crap |

Generational Curses     

“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me…” Exodus 20:5

“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,  maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”  Exodus 34:6,7

“The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” Numbers 14:18

Often times, the topic of generational curses is deemed as confusing.  I’ve heard everything from YHWH just being an angry and unforgiving God to demons attaching themselves to families, tormenting them from generation to generation.  I on the other hand am of a different opinion.  I once again do not claim to be an expert these are just my own personal gleanings.

The best way for me to tell you how generational curses work (in my understanding at least) is to illustrate for you using examples.  But first I’d like to start with a metaphor:  You’re standing next to a pool of calm water.  There is no wind disturbing the surface, no bugs flitting about, nothing tainting the peace of the water, everything is quiet.  You bend down to pick up a small pebble and decide, even though you are enjoying the tranquility of the moment, you’re going to throw it in.  You watch as the pebble pierces the top of the water and disappears from sight.  Even though the stone is gone, its effect still remains.  The ripples created by the stone emanate out from the middle in perfect concentric circles.  The waves bounce back and forth until the entire pool has been disturbed.  Your one action has wreaked havoc on pool’s once serene existence.  It will take time for things to settle again.

I believe generational curses work in much the same way.  Here is my first illustration.  I don’t mean to pick on the British Empire but I think it provides an easy example.  In many places the British had gone in and set up their own rule and put the occupied countries under their thumb for their own personal gain.  They tapped into the local natural resources, cared nothing about old territorial and cultural rivalries and chose to remain oblivious to the delicate balance that had been holding whichever region they were in together.  When they left, the country was often left in shambles, having to fend for itself with a foreign type of rule in which the populace had only a very limited understanding. 

Now, generations later, they are paying for their transgressions.  The scars that were left behind never truly healed and national animosity tends to run long and deep.  The grandparents tell their children about the “evil West”, the parents tell their children about the “evil West” and finally the children come to the understanding that the years of torment that their family had to go through was originally from the hands of another.  And, to make matters worse, the same foreigners are still trying to leach what they can from them now.

The children that are alive today did not have anything to do with what happened one hundred years ago.  Their own participation in whatever is happening now is most often due to complete ignorance over what their own actions are doing to others.  They’re just following the path that was laid out for them from earlier generations.  Yet, those who are currently suffering have not forgotten, and they will make the children of their “oppressors” pay for what their fathers have done.

A second illustration is this:  A child was sexually abused by her father as she was growing up.  Scarred for life, this poor young woman has a skewed sense of sexuality and what it means.  As she gets older, she begins to sleep around (now please understand I’m not saying ALL who go through this end up this way, this is merely an illustration).  She ends up getting pregnant not once, not twice but multiple times with multiple fathers.  As a matter of fact, she is not even sure who the father of some of her children are.  This young lady gives birth to a daughter.  This daughter watches as the days go by and different men come and go.  Some seem to treat her mother very well but they never stick around for very long and the abusive ones only seem to stay forever.  But growing up with it, the daughter has learned that this is normal behavior.

As the daughter gets older she too begins to live a life of promiscuity, finding love in any way she can.  She expects the occasional black eye and bruised ego.   She expects the good men to leave quickly, therefore, to protect herself she makes sure that she’s the first to go.  Two things she didn’t expect were to become pregnant and the other was to catch HIV.  Now the daughter has a little bundle of joy who has already been handed a death sentence because the baby was born HIV positive. 

This is the way I see generational curses happening.  In both illustrations it was one act that started a domino effect all the way down the familial or national lines and in each step down the ladder an innocent party is left with the mess.  Eventually someone has to break that line.  Things need to be set back into order to make things right again.  The warning from God is essentially Him saying, “I’m forgiving, make amends for your wrongs now.  Stop what you are doing and reset the balance NOW.  If you do not, your children are going to pay for it.  Your evil doesn’t just effect you, it effects all of creation.”  Our best bet is to stop the cycle, right was has been wronged, heal and live knowing that our actions send ripple the surface of the waters.



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