1) Background passages:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me (Ex. 20:5)
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation (Ex. 34:7)
The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation( Num 14:18)
Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third
and fourth generation of them that hate me (Deut. 5:9)
Old Testament: the family of Saul
New Testament: Lk 20:27-38
According to Webster: “a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon one”
4) How does a curse manifest itself Deuteronomy 28: 14-68
A) Bankruptcy/ Joblessness (16-17, 37, 44)
B) Sterility/ barrenness, impotence (18)
C) Accidents and premature deaths
D) Madness (20, 28)
E) Incurable sickness (21, 27, 34-35, 61)
F) Constant trouble (23-25)
G) Matrimonial failure; cuckold, divorce, hellish marriages, singleness (30)
H) Lost kids (32, 41)
NB it must have been from at least two generations for you to think it is accurse.
5) Who can curse?
I) the serpent, Eve and Adam (Gen 3:14; 17)
II) Cain (4:11)
III) Disobedient to God (Deut 11:26; 30:1)
IV) Non Tithes payers (Mal 2:2)
B) Other people on you:
I) Balak hires Balaam to curse Israel (Num 22:6)
II) Paul and James tell Christians not to curse (Rom 12:14; Jam.3:9)
C) Yourself: Gen 27:12; Act 23:12-14;
6) Who can be cursed?
Disobedient to the Law of God: Deut 11:26, 28; Prov. 3:33 Mal 2:2 Mal 3:9
A) Ancestral involvement in occult
B) Personal involvement in occult
C) Transferred affliction
D) Occult or demonic practices
E) Practical sorcery
G) Visiting a witchcraft shop
H) Allowing somebody to display their occult powers in your presence like holy water aspersion and many others.
I) Practicing ouija, automatic writing, visiting fortune tellers, libation and oblation, levitation, horoscope reading, Tarot cards, chiromancists, pyromancists, cartomancists, masochist, sexual exploitation of men and women, pornographic industry
J) Engagements in false religious systems; Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, transcendal meditation, yoga, martial arts, Christian science, Jehovah’s witnesses.
K) Storing things that have been dedicated to gods. These include magical charms, amulets, fetishes, decorations of idolatry nature, certain Indian dolls, paintings of books of magical practices, books of false religions, religious masks, gemstone figures and war spears.
7) Who cannot be cursed?
A Christian in right standing (Num 23:8; Prov 26; 2)
The word condemnation in Greek ( katakrima) meaning an adverse sentence or verdict . Curse katara (verb) imprecation and execration b) cursed (epikataratos: adjective. Rom 8:1; Gal. 3:13-14; Numbers 23: 8
B) The coming of the Lord in a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 22:3)
8) How can we cure a curse?
Believe in Christ (Acts 4:12 Rom 10:9-10, 13, 1 Tim 2:5-6).
9) Difference between a curse and demonic possession
When someone is possessed, their thoughts and actions are controlled by demons (Mt 9:32; 12:22; Lk 11:14). That individual will lack internal peace and be very depressed (ISam16: 14-23). Demons cannot be cast out by anyone who is possessed. Usually, for the demonic spirit to torment or oppress you, it means the Spirit of God has left you because the two cannot stay or live in the same house (body). Meanwhile, a curse is an adverse sentence that goes beyond the third generation. While an adverse condition needs to go from the third generation and above, possession may affect every individual in poor standing with the Lord.
10) Difference between a curse and affliction
Job's case was a trial, which is different from a curse. Afflictions (adversities) are different from curses (sufferings that go through generations). A curse is something that will go down your generation. Job had many more children and wealth than before (Job 42:12) because of the hedge of protection theory (Job1:10; IS. 5:5, Ezek 13:5). As for the cut off point, a clear example is the family of Saul. Jonathan escaped because he lived right. Another example is the woman whose 7 brother-husbands always died (Lk 20:28-31). It is written no where that the child or children of Stephen were stoned too, Paul’s daughter was beaten, shipwrecked and thrown in jail too, that the children of John the Baptist were beheaded too? Absolutely not! The reason is because it was not a curse. Theirs were mere afflictions whose difference I have shown from a curse below. If a father divorced, the daughter divorced and the grand daughter divorced that is a curse. It warrants prayers to break that curse. If the father, son and grand son were mentally ill its a curse.
11) Does falling in sin invite a curse?
Yes, perpetual sin is usually the cause of a curse (Gen 28:15-68). The first curse was made by God on man about the ground he had to till when man fell form grace (Gen 3: 17). After the havoc of the Flood God promised not to curse the ground again with a flood (Gen 8: 21). Trying to curse a child of God will invite a curse (Gen 12:3). Disobedience will also invite accurse (Gen 27:12). Also refusal to pay tithes will invite a curse (Mal 3: 9).
12) If only the father and son are going through the same problem is that a curse? Yes, The Federal Head Theory applies here. In Ex 20: 5; Num 14:18; Deut 5:9 God introduces the Federal Head Theory which endorses a generational curse for the covenant breakers by the consequences of their sins being visited to the third to fourth generations if they lack the covering. But then in Ezekiel (Deut 24:16; Ezk 18:20) God reveals that in the Books of the Law, it was for generational curses and not just mere punishment because the father like the son will bear the brunt of their own sins: sins they actively committed. This is so because Isaiah had prophesied in IS 53: 11 that Jesus was going to bear the iniquities of the world and so from that time the Federal Head Theory becomes active with God’s Son: Jesus taking the blame and imputing the righteousness on the rest of humanity that all we need is to believe in Him and be saved. After his death he will now reward every man according his works (Mt 16:27; Rom 2:6-9).
Only those who disobey God can suffer a curse. Christians who live right with God even when cursed they shall not suffer from it because they are covered by the Blood of Jesus. Those who are in a cursed lineage will not be attacked because they are considered “…crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Certainly, there are some calamities which are mere trials and temptations but there are others that are as a result of a curse. The difference is that those that are a curse destroy or kill you meanwhile those that are mere trials will not; just like Job’s case (Job 42:5, 12-17) and supported by Paul (I Cor 10:13).
The destruction of a curse is a promise to be inherited by believing in Christ. By mere acknowledgement it is insufficient. Jesus promised salvation to all. Is everybody just saved by virtue of the promise? No, they must activate that salvation by calling on his name to be saved (Rom 10:13).
A myth has no foundation and could be disproved but it is not unsubstantiated that curses exist. Indeed all those things like oppression, greed, dictatorship and many others could be curses by virtue of the fact that they are adverse conditions meant to hurt an individual. Nonetheless, they can only be termed a curse if the third or fourth generation was suffering from it too. The first and second generations are regarded as bad manners transferred from parents to kids.
I do agree with you that, curses exist, that they can only be overcomed by believing in Jesus who was cursed so no one would be cursed (Gal 3:13). If not it will be like just because Christ said he came that we may have life everyone has life now. I instead think that it is like having a bankcard; one needs to activate it and in Christianity to activate one’s salvation one has to believe in Christ by confessing with his or her mouth the Lord Jesus, and believing in his or her heart that God hath raised him from the dead to be saved before benefiting from that promise. I do believe too that innocent people do not suffer from a curse. That is; no one can curse you if you did not do anything wrong to them. That curse can only be turned on if they could disobey their parents willfully (Ex 20:12). Many adults today suffer from curses they picked from their parents while they were growing up (Lev 19:3; Deut 5:16; Mt 15:4; Eph 6:2-3). Here are things that would naturally invite a curse into your life in Deut 27:15-26.
Definitely by establishing a good relationship with your parents you obtain a longer life. That is the more reason why I am against elopements. The mother did not curse him but somehow the devil hears the wishes that people have for you and tries to implement them so that those people could be held responsible thereby setting confusion and destroying families.
Indeed without it being a curse, strained relationships may cause heart attacks and other physiological and psychological damages leading to premature death. That is why the Bible encourages kids to listen to their parents so that they days may be long.
Until then, I thank you for the questions and answers you provided and may God keep and guide you.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk