Whoah...I was expecting disagreement.... LOL!
I believe the Bible indicates that curses come via disobedience to God which God calls sin....which as we know is us missing the 'mark' ie God's holiness.
Here is a great intro to curses vs blessings:
When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lordyour God disperses you among the nations, 2and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3then the Lord your God will restore your fortunesa and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. 4Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. Deut 30: 1-4
Notice the 'when', not 'if'...I think it is safe to conclude (still remembering this is the OT) that one way or another both blessing and curses will be incurred
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 14No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
15See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lordyour God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
17But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Seems simple enough...if we obey the Lords words we are blessed and if not, we bring curses upon ourselves
This is basically the state of the world...choose God and live or rebel and die
Yes I know about various teachings on this subject and understand your question.
I believe scripture indicates that every single negative thing that could ever be upon our person or that we are living in or allowing room for in our lives or our families, has been dealt with by Jesus
upon the cross and He has already secured our freedom and we must believe that and rather than focus on the negative, demonic or curses, we should walk in obedience and that would even
include recognizing who the Bibles SAYS we are and believing that we are THAT person that God says we are.
We believe God has accomplished a complete work for us through His Son. We believe that we are a new creation and old things have passed away. We believe that the devil is defeated and
that we have the victory in the name of Christ.
Having said all of that, I believe we must continue to walk in obedience as God instructed the Israelites. It's no secret that many many Christians suffer all kinds of things in their lives and admittedly
things they are not first person responsible for. For example, if a Christian is attacked by a knife wielding thug, and injured, it is the sin of the attacker that the Christian suffers. Even so, children
are born into families wherein they suffer BECAUSE of the sins of their parents.
Jesus came to break that cycle. We find evidence for that in the OT.
The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will plant the kingdoms of Israel and Judah with the offspring of people and of animals. 28Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” declares the Lord. 29“In those days people will no longer say,
‘The parents have eaten sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’
30Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge. Jeremiah 31
We know that Jesus was out of communion with His Father as He cried "My God why have you forsaken me?"
There really is alot to the concept of blessing and curses and it is a great study. Understanding these things (as much as I do at the moment) has been somewhat of a breakthrough for me
and some of my family and it has nothing to do with superstition or the like, but simply a study based on what Scripture has to say on the subject and how to release our self from the
consequences of both our sins and our ancestors sins.
And yes I know Jesus has removed from us our sins, but the laws God has set into motion have not changed and neither have the consequences for breaking them. By laws here, I mean
as described in Deuteronomy.
Not everyone agrees with what I have outlined here and I'm not here to argue. I say simply check it out in the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you (anyone) what is true
I guess you'll let me know what you think.......
To answer the last of yr post above...yes I do believe that sinners are reaping what has been sown by ancestors, parents and themself