Ancestry: Divine and Human

It is evident that the attribution of one's good or undesirable physical conditions and mental traits to immediate or remote human ancestry is an ancient fiction in the history of the human race. From certain words uttered by the prophet Ezekiel, some centuries before the Christian era, it may be seen that the oppressive belief that a person's life could be overshadowed by sins committed or diseases experienced by an ancestor, is without basic spiritual foundation.

In the picturesque symbolism of the Orient, Ezekiel tells us that the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, "What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?" With the query came the divine answer, "As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel."

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