Elders and ancestral sin
“I had serious sins, I repented of them and repent sincerely. But do they transfer to children? If my children are born, they will still be responsible for my sins? Maybe I shouldn’t think about my family, as the elders say? "
Do not think about the family? We have such "old men" - rogues who year after year, they are engaged in hellish craft - the enslavement of people (mostly attractive girls) under the guise of confession:
- You need a monastery ... Stay with us. Do not think about the family!
- A lot of sins on you. Children will be addicts. Or worse.
Some people manage to be intimidated at once - and an obedient, silent slave is ready (one hope in life: "The Old Man Wanted"). Others leave, marry, give birth to children ... But at the first family hardship and confusion (who does not have them?), They remember the "shrewd old man" in horror, rush back to him, throw themselves in tears at his feet ... The result most.
Where is Christ in this terrible picture? Anyone able to find?
Now a few words about the "children's responsibility for parental sins." We must not lose the Christian soil: we do not enter into legal or commercial relations with God.The Lord Jesus Christ frees us with His Blood, His sacrifice of love from the sinful heritage of our nature, Heaven reveals to us: to enter there or not to enter is everyone’s choice. Cm.
However, the clan sin can not be discounted; we are responsible to our children and grandchildren — but not at all because God will punish them for our sins. To understand this, consider the possible sources of sin. One of them -personal evil willperson Another is the damage to our common human nature (the so-calledoriginal sin). But there is, obviously, an intermediate source of sin, peculiar only to some of us (unlike the firstborn), but not dependent on our personal will. It is rooted in the lives of parents and more distant ancestors, which leaves its mark on a given person. This trace may be of a material nature (then we call itheredity) and spiritual (then it makes sense to talk aboutgeneric sin). Often hereditary diseases and ancestral sins are difficult to distinguish from each other.
It is impossible to say about each particular sinful act committed by a man, “personal” is a sin, or “original” or “generic”: all three reasons, obviously, connecting together, affect our behavior.The memory of the sins of our ancestors helps us to consciously pray for them and, of course, to avoid repeating these sins. The memory of our own sins allows us to bear the worthy fruits of repentance in the further Christian life, in the feat of marriage, motherhood, and fatherhood.
So, not forgetting the impact of clan sins on our lives, in no case should we fall into depression, give vent to a sense of hopelessness, but, on the contrary, strengthen our prayer, good deeds and striving for the Christian way of life, for our Savior Christ. This leads us along with our offspring to deliverance from sin.
Hieromonk Makarii, Ivanovo