Generational Curses

…I have heard the term generational curse bandied about like it is just an accepted and theologically sound ‘thing’.  Well, according to the Bible I read it is not a thing.

What is a curse? It’s kind of a complicated notion that, actually, can cover a somewhat broad spectrum of misfortune, and Scary forestcan mean many things to many people. Biblically, we generally understand a curse to be a prayer or pronouncement for evil or ill fortune to befall another person. It is the removal of the favor and blessing of God and even the purposeful distress of a supernaturally imposed affliction purveyed by the enemy, or by God himself.

So a generational curse as we understand it, is the handing down of a fate over which we apparently have no control, a predetermined destiny of hurt, designed to leave us without hope.  Anyone a little uncomfortable with this yet?  In a word—fatalism

Ill Fated

Let me illustrate. A young woman—I don’t have any particular person in mind but truth is, I have known several people who could fit into this scenario—a young woman, raised by a single mother with a troubled past, finds herself living with a young man she met at a party. They were both wasted when they met so they have a hard time even remembering why they got together, other than they shared an affinity for good weed, a little meth to get them through the night, and a lot of time spent together just looking for the next high.

She doesn’t feel too bad about it really, in fact, she feels kind of invigorated by the rebelliousness. Her mother is always bugging her to straighten up but she remembers her mother living on the wild side, coming home blasted at all hours of the night, leaving her to care for her baby brother, neither her or her brother even know where their fathers are anymore, maybe dead or in prison -or, no doubt, just hiding out to avoid having to pay for child support.

The young lady had found the Lord at a church camp and got all excited about Jesus for a while, but then, well, she found out she could be cool and accepted by doing all the things she was told by her Christian friends and leaders she should not do. One day she finds herself pregnant, her boyfriend—or whatever he is—is suddenly not interested in her much anymore and even accuses her of sleeping around—“this isn’t my kid!” he shouts one night, and then he’s gone.

Desperate now, she gets cleaned up, mostly avoiding the drugs, staying with her mom until the baby is born. Soon she meets another man who claims he loves her and her baby girl, they move in together, make another baby and after a couple of tumultuous years of passion and drama, he is found cheating on her with her best friend.

Fast forward

Next thing she knows, she comes home after another bender, having turned to the bottle when the weed didn’t dull her anguish like it used to, to discover that her now 15 year old daughter is pregnant, and hooked on meth. Something the daughter had kept hidden, which wasn’t hard since her mother was seldom home.

The story just gets worse from there.

The young woman looks at her life, the generations before and the ones ahead and thinks, ‘that’s just the way it is, like mother like daughter, I can’t change it’—as the pagans used to say “Fate is inexorable.”


‘Stupid pagans, what do they know?’ Yet some in the church would look at her and say; she is subjected to a generational curse. Which to me is pretty much the same thing, an inescapable fate, and a cursed life. Ironically, the Christian version sounds even more cynical.

The fate is inexorable saying comes from the Norse mythology belief that there are three sisters, the norns, spinning people’s destinies on their golden spinning wheels in the nether world at the roots of Yggdrasil, the world tree.

In our enlightened “scriptural” version, it is God determining aforetime that the women in this family are doomed to a life of misery, or at best, he has decided ahead of time that they are not worth the effort to pull from the clutches of the devil. “You made your bed, you lie in it, or your mother made your bed, or your grandmother… either way, you are doomed.”

Uncomfortable with this notion yet?

Over the course of my walk with the Lord and having heard many, many speakers, teachers and preachers I have heard the term generational curse bandied about like it is just an accepted an

d theologically sound “thing.” Well, according to the Bible I read it is not a thing. But by throwing it out there over and over we have made it a thing, a thing that has discouraged and defeated many who love the Lord, who want to overcome the flesh, to put to death the hurts, hang-ups and bondages of the past and move on in our relationship with the Lord. ‘Well, a lot of smart people talk about it so it must be in there somewhere.’ The sad fact is, that is how most people, pastors included, build there theologies.

In my humble opinion, it is all hog wash. Certainly, at least, as we have come to understand it.

And I would venture to guess that your understanding of the generational curse thing is vague, and hard to explain. That’s because no one really can explain it, not without making stuff up, and heresies always get complicated real fast.

Let’s cut to the chase here—

We have to choose to live as the blessed, to learn from the mistakes of the past, and of others. Because even if there are no generational curses, just like in the rest of life, we are still affected by the choices our parents made that affect our environment of influence. Bad choices always affect more than just ourselves. This is a natural consequence, not a spiritual curse.

Yes, ultimately, we are all potengenerationstially heirs of the curse brought on by Adam and Eve, that when they eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they shall surely die, make their living by the sweat of their brow and suffer pain in child birth. The ground shall be cursed and produce thorns, etc.. But we are redeemed from the curse by the new Adam—the curse being death, Jesus being life.

 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

1 Cor 15:21-22

We who are in Christ are no longer heirs of the curse Adam and Eve brought on themselves and the land, we are no longer heirs of the flesh which inevitably leads us into sin and condemns us. We are now heirs of Christ, we are now Spirit. As Jesus would tell Nicodemus, “that which is born of the flesh is flesh, but that which is born of the spirit is spirit, that is why I told you, you must be born again.” If you have been born again, you are not cursed, in any way shape or form, period.

It is just not possible.

You are not cursed, quite the contrary, you are loved!

If you not born again, just say this simple prayer: Lord Jesus I believe in you, forgive me for my failures, come into my heart and give me new life. Amen

Welcome to the family! The curses are gone…

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