comment t1_ekn5hcy re: Why did Noah curse Canaan, Ham’s son and not Ham?
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{ posted: Thursday, 11 April, 2019 at 12:44pm // views: 26 // words: 192 }

When people did good in the Bible, God's greatest blessings were usually aimed at their posterity.

"I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants."

"Your children will be blessed, as well as your crops; your herds will be blessed with calves and your flocks with lambs."

So if we reap the rewards of our ancestors' goodness, it seems logical that we would suffer the consequences of their evil as well. We can certainly see that this is the way things tend to operate in the natural world.

I think one of the most important things for us to appreciate about sin, is that it never stays neatly in the box we put it in. A lot of times, we might choose to do something we know is bad, saying that we're willing to accept the consequences, and that might be well and good, but the fact is that our sins will often be paid for most by those who love us. Would we pursue things we know to be wrong if we thought that our children would have to pay the price?

[context: PMcCullough @ reddit]