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Sins of the Fathers?

I can remember the preacher of the Eleventh Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, preaching a sermon on this subject when I was just a child. What he had to say about it is the common thing that is still said today. Most people are taught, and then unhappily believe, that the sins of the fathers are still visited on their children to the third and fourth generation, as stated in the second commandment. Of course this same preacher ignored the rest of the commandments such as the ones about adultery, lying, and keeping the shabbath, just as do the preachers in the mainstream "churches" of today.

The verses below are for your convenience in finding all mentions of "sins of the fathers" in the Scriptures. Read and study the scripture surrounding these verses for the full and true context of the subject matter.

This principle applies to all quoted references, on any scriptural subject, and should be adhered to rigorously. Always check what you are told, or what you read, against the source to make sure that you are getting the true and correct information. We have been lied to previously, and before it's over, we will be lied to again.

Remember that satan is called a "liar and a murderer from the beginning."

The section of verses immediately below show some of the places in the Old Covenant (Law of Mosheh) where our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah, promised that the sins of the fathers, under certain conditions, would be handed down to the children for several generations, and also how He would show mercy under other circumstances.

The passage below from the Greek text is one that many people do not understand at all. They seem to get the part about this man being blind so that Yahushua can heal him to demonstrate the power of Yahuwah, but they miss the part about him being BORN blind. How could this man have sinned BEFORE he was born? Note that Yahushua did NOT comment on the question, except to explain the reason why the man was BORN blind. Some have said this was evidence of the sins of the fathers, and the question does have that inquiry in it. Yahushua, however, said that was NOT the reason.

The precepts of the Ten Words (Commandments), as modified by Yahuwah, are the law of Yahuwah for all time. This law of Yahuwah is in effect today as the Law of Grace, just as it was in effect BEFORE the Law of Mosheh was given. The Law of Mosheh contained the sacrifices, blood atonement, etc., that was done away with when Yahushua shed His blood. (See Ibriym [Hebrews] chapter 9) The Law of Mosheh was comprised of a multitude of laws and absolute obedience without faith was required in that law. The ten were the foundation of that law, just as they are the foundation of the Law of Grace. The difference in manner of obedience is that now we must be obedient because we want to be, out of love for Yahuwah, whereas the people of Yisra'el were expected to be obedient out of fear of the consequences. The Law of Grace can be summed up in the two commandments that Yahushua stated when asked which of the commandments was the greatest. (See MattithYahuw (Matthew) 22:35-40, Markos (Mark) 12:28-31, Rhomaios (Romans) 13:9-10)

Since Yahuwah is the One who made the law, He is also the ONLY One that has the authority to change the law. This He has done. One of the changes is quite obvious. He put the old covenant aside in favor of a new and better covenant through our Savior, Yahushua. Another change was to the foundation of those covenants. When He established the new contract (testament or covenant) through the blood of Yahushua, He also put aside the part of the second commandment dealing with visiting the sins of the fathers on their children.

Below are some of the Scripture passages that show under the promises of the New Covenant that each individual will be responsible for only his own sin.

That is the gist of the new contract, and the verses below are some of the references in the Greek language portion of the Scriptures that show when the contract became of force.

The new contract (covenant) that Yahuwah promised us is now a reality and was placed in full force when the death of the Testator occurred. The Testator was and is Yahushua the Anointed and of course the new covenant is the New Testament. When He died, the old was put aside while the new was put in place. For details on how and why He put it aside, see Ibriym (Hebrews) chapters 7 through 10. This section of the Scriptures is just about the clearest and easiest understood statements concerning the business of our Sovereign that can be found. It is strongly recommended that you read and study it at your very first opportunity. For details on how to partake of that contract, see Markos 16:16 or Acts 2:38, or read the entire book of Acts, and you'll be shown many examples of how to enter the Kingdom of Yahuwah.

Something else to think about.
If these people mentioned in the beginning of this treatise are so adamant about obeying the ten words (ten commandments), and especially about taking literally what was said by Yahuwah in the second commandment, why do they ignore the fourth? Do they really think the "pope" of the Roman Catholic Church had the authority to modify that commandment of Yahuwah? Think about it.

C.F. Castleberry