When I was growing, some relatives kept on telling me that I and my sister must’ve paid for our father’s sin. This at my young age worried me a lot! I admit that I used to believe that old norms/beliefs, but God save me from worrying too much. He freed me by the thought when He let me read His word in Ezekiel 18: 1; 19-24
1. The Lord spoke to me and said, “What is this proverb people keep on repeating in the land of Israel?
“THE PARENTS ATE THE SOUR GRAPES, BUT THE CHILDREN GOT THE SOUR TASTE.”
19-24 But you asked, “Why shouldn’t the son suffer because of his father’s sins?” The answer is that the son did what was right and good. He kept my laws and followed them carefully, and so he will certainly live. It is the one who sins who will die. A son is not to suffer because of his father’s sins, nor a father because of the sins of his son. Good people will be rewarded for doing good, and evil people will suffer for the evil they do. If someone evil stops sinning and keeps my laws, if he does what is right and good, he will not die; he will certainly live. All his sins will be forgiven, and he will live, because he did what is right. “Do you think I enjoy seeing evil people die?”, asks the Sovereign Lord. “No, I would rather see them repent and live. But if a righteous person stops doing good and starts doing all the evil, disgusting things that evil people do, will he go on living? No! None of the good he did will be remembered. He will die because of his unfaithfulness and his sins.
All glory to God for this word.