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The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.
These are the words of the Lord through the prophet Ezekiel. He said to the people of Israel that if a parent was evil, and the child was righteous, the child would not be responsible for the parent’s sin. This is also conversely true. In other words, everyone is direct to God. You must have your sins cleansed at the hands of Jesus or suffer separation at the hands of the Lord for unrighteousness. Your parent’s sin can’t keep you out of heaven if you decide to live for Jesus.
Some people believe that if you’re born into a Christian family, you’re automatically Christian. I believe this to be true until a child reaches the age of accountability. By that, I mean until the child reaches the age where they understand the eternal consequences of poor choices (and the Jews said that was 13) they will not be held accountable for their actions. At the same time, you can’t have eternal life just because your parents do, because “God Has No Grandchildren.” All of us must one day decide what we will do with Jesus. Will we follow Christ or not? Until a person makes that decision, they can’t blame their parents for the reason they are the way they are. Jesus died for all, He wants to forgive all who come to Him, and He wants to lead them on the paths of righteousness. St. Paul said, “I tell you now is the day of God’s favor, now is the day of Salvation!” (2 Cor. 6:2b). In the end, it’s on each one of us.
Thank You that I have eternal life, not because of my parents but because I asked You to forgive me of my sin and give me real life. I did, and You did. I can never thank You enough for that gift. Amen