Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, June 16

“Iniquities of Fathers Passed on to Children?” by grego

Iniquities of Fathers Passed on to Children?

grego
(c) 2010

Doing energy work healing, I was wondering about problems that we seem to inherit from our ancestors. For example, my maternal grandfather was bald, and my young brother is balding.

In the Book of Mormon, we read:
Mosiah 13:13 And again: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate me;
14 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

In the Bible we read:
Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Exodus 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Numbers 14:18 The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

Deuteronomy 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,

Jeremiah 32:18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name,

Yet, there is also this verses:
Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

So, are these verses saying that while each person is responsible for their own sins, the results of sins pass down three to four generations?

Is there a need for us to become clean not only from ourselves and our sins, but from our ancestors, too? But aren’t we clean from those sins/ curses through the Atonement?

But similarly do *emotional* traits also pass down?

My grandmother has one leg longer than the other, my dad does, and two of his children do, too! That seems genetic, right? But, might it be something else? Especially if which leg is longer/ shorter, is different? Muscle testing on mine said the cause was emotional; perhaps it has to do with a parent-child relationship?

Many children with ADD have a parent with ADD.

It’s clear we pass on physical traits to our children; and, our children pick up things from being around us; but what about when they act like grandparents and great-grandparents they have never met? Does that lend credence to the passing on of emotional “traits”, too?

2 Comments »

  1. The gospel of Jesus Christ is very exicit in that we do NOT receive the sins of our fathers. This is one of the reasons we do not baptize or believe that babies are in need of baptism. Any philosophy that teaches that children inherit sins from their ancestors is not in line with gospel teachings.

    Comment by Anonymous — 2015, September 8 @ 6:39 am

  2. And yet, we inherit spiritual death from our parents, correct? We are not RESPONSIBLE nor will we be punished for others’ sins, but we can still inherit them. Just like a child whose mom is an alcoholic will “inherit” her sins, or at least the results of her sins.

    Best,
    grego

    Comment by grego — 2015, September 9 @ 2:12 pm


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