Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Hereditary Guilt

John 9.1-3:
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
We see a denial of the notion that guilt is inherited also in:But the very question of Jesus' disciples indicates that the concept of hereditary guilt was common. In Exodus 20.5 we read:
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.
In the first book of Herodotus (tr. George Rawlinson) there is a punishment deferred unto the fifth generation:The same idea occurs elsewhere in Greek literature, e.g.

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