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The "Sins of the Fathers" doctrine says that a sin will affect the innocent descendants for up to 4 generations.

That's getting off lightly in Biblical terms.

Take the case of Gahazi, servant of Elisha who had just cured Naaman "Captain of the host of the King of Syria" of a particularly persistent case of leprosy. Elisha had refused any payment for his services but unbeknown to him his enterprising servant Gahazi later chased after the departed Naaman and spun a story about two sons of the prophet requiring a talent of silver and two changes of clothing. The grateful Naaman was only too happy to oblige and provided two talents and two changes of clothing which Gahazi kept for himself.

When Elisha found about this he dispensed a most appropriate and proportionate punishment saying to Gahazi:

II Kings 5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

Thus Gahazi and all subsequent generations of his descendants were condemned to be afflicted by leprosy in perpetuity. No Statute of Limitations there!

Elisha was similarly compassionate and proportionate in his dispensing of justice to little children:

II Kings: 2:23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

Seems like the Lord obliged by sending two bears to tear up 42 children for calling Elisha a baldy head. A most appropriate punishment don't you think.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:47:04 UTC | #920226