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Breaking Curses, Including Breaking Generational Curses (book by Eric Gondwe)
Part 8 of Chapter 10: Nature (genetics) Vs nurture (environment), and the Christian
Here is another one on our topic of generational curses - undesirable genetic or inherited attributes: there is no consensus in the secular academic world on the power of our genes over our lives –health-wise physically, mentally or socially. The debate continues on what predominantly effects us between our genetic or inherited attributes verses our environmental attributes (type of parental upbringing, types of friends, education, religious beliefs, life experiences, etc).
The genetic attributes constitute the nature factors while the environmental attributes constitute the nurture factors. Advocates of genetic attributes argue that our genetic or nature makeup is so dominant that we’ve little control over our makeup.
On the other hand advocates of environmental attributes argue that our environmental or nurture makeup is the one that is dominant. They argue that our environmental makeup is so powerful it is able to make our genetic makeup to change or evolve over time. They maintain that no genetic makeup stays the same. Our genes evolve and the main driver or stimulus for this genetic evolution is the environmental factors. Our genes evolve through series of mutations adapting to variants best-suited for their environment of interaction. And so on, with Charles Darwin being one of the key architects in such studies.
In the secular academic world both extreme camps are considered right as long as their work is scientific and academically sound. What about for us Christians? Who do we take sides with?
The answer is none. We appreciate their immense contributions to understanding genes, genetics and genealogical maters. Once we’ve learnt from their contributions we sit down and ask what the bible says on such matters? Here’s what it says:
“Command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies,” 1 Timothy 1:3-4.
This is not to discredit or ridicule Christians and sincere people pursuing to help humanity through these noble careers. It is to ensure believers do not lose their focus on the bible and it’s principles. The bible says we ought not to be preoccupied with endless genealogies.
It’s okay to study and learn more about genetics and related fields but it’s unscriptural to use them to control our lives. If we’re preoccupied with it and assume it’s the solution to our lives we’ve lost track of the One who’s the solution to our lives. We’re considered to be as good as star gazers, palm readers, tarot card readers and so on. They look to the seen things for solutions in life. We’re expected not to look at the seen things as our ultimate but to look to God, the unseen God. That is why we’re to live by faith.
When we bring in these seen matters whether generational issues, environmental issues, or whatever, as our focus we loose our focus on God. We begin to walk by sight. Walking by sight is loosing faith in God and putting faith in the seen things. Without faith in God we cannot please him, no matter our good works.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him,” Hebrews 11:6.
God will reward us for earnestly seeking him. He will overcome all the maters that negatively affect our lives whether based on generational issues, environmental issues, or whatever. He’ll bring victory or deliverance in our lives whether through the traditional way or through the non-traditional way.
So fellow believer fear not concerning any generational issues in your life. Fear not over your children. If you’re not married be not concerned about the genetics of your future spouse. The bible does not require us to do eugenics before selecting our spouses. Eugenics is walking by faith – at its innocent level. It is a sin at its highest or most corrupted level. Only Christian and other worthwhile compatibilities ought to be the key determinants for the right spouse.
Above all, know that whatever may appear like generational curses in your life are merely products of our fallen nature from the Original Sin. God does allow our flesh makeup to appear in the nature of our parents and ancestors. That is why we physically look like at least one or more of them. Any undesirable area is not a generational curse. It’s just his way of his marvelous creation, setting up each producing its likeness.
Unfortunately his marvelous creation has been corrupted by sin. And that is why we naturally take up this sinful nature as well – physically, mentally and in social behavior. As Christians we have victory over it - whether through God’s traditional way or through his non-traditional way of deliverance. For as long as you’re God’s child you’re not under the curse of the law, under any condemnation, nor under any curse in your life.
God controls our lives and destinies, not our generational issues or our environmental issues. Our role is to fulfill our areas of responsibility and he does the rest. Even over negative generational characteristics and environmental attributes we’ve a role to play that enables God to fulfill the rest.
On our expected part in spiritual areas my other book, Breaking Spiritual Strongholds and Healing the Wounded Spirit: Dealing with Root Causes, focuses primarily on Christian deliverance and healing in spiritual areas.
On our expected part in physical health areas there is more detailed info in my book Major Christian Deliverance Principles: Keys for Self-deliverance and Ministry. See Chapter 8 “Christian Deliverance and Healing in Physical Health Areas.” You’ll learn how taking care of our physical bodies helps us stay healthy and able to fulfill God’s work. In relation to generational issues this helps to even alter our genetic makeup in positive ways.
As covered in the secular section on genetics our genes do evolve through series of mutations adapting to variants best-suited for their environment of interaction. Eating well, exercising adequately, including mental exercises of reading, thinking, etc helps in this positive transformation. And a positive transformation is never too late at any age.
This transformation info is not an endorsement of Charles Darwin in this book (Charles Darwin is regarded as the “father” of evolutionary biology and is best known for diminishing the creation story in the bible through his book, Origin of Species. Funny enough Darwin never denied the existence of God as some assume he did. It is later scholars who took Darwin to extremes and made his theories anti-Christian).
It seems worth being clear about this issue because some may misunderstand the information being shared. I am selecting scientific facts that are well documented and do not undermine or contradict the scriptures. As said many times there is nothing wrong or sinful about the secular academic world in its non-infiltrated context. It’s matters that contradict or undermine the bible that are no, no for us.
If disciplines from the secular academic world were evil then all of us Christians need to go back to the Stone Age type of living. The only thing worth returning to in the Stone Age era is our diet and eating habits. Their diet consisted of whole natural foods, free from genetic modifications, unhealthy preservatives, unhealthy flavor or taste enhancers (like monosodium glutamate (MSG)), other food additives (like coloring and sweeteners), commercial production chemicals (like pesticides), you name it.
It is sincerely hoped that this area on dealing with generational curses has been dealt with comprehensively in this book. There is much misinformation and false teachings out there that it’s been a calling to clear all the misconceptions, concerns and fears on generational issue.
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Chapter 10. Breaking Generational Curses: God’s Traditional & Non-Traditional Ways:
Part 1. What are generational curses?
Who's the source of generational curses, i.e. who causes generational curses?
Part 2. Who merits generational curses, i.e. who deserves generational curses?
Part 3. The secular academic world on generational issues (genetics)
Part 4. The importance of understanding generational issues (genetics)
Part 5. God’s deliverance: God’s traditional & his non-traditional ways
Part 6. Dead to sin: no room for sinful generational characteristics
Part 7. Having the truth to overcome Satan’s lies on generational issues
Part 8. Nature (genetics) Vs nurture (environment), and the Christian
Breaking Curses, Including Breaking Generational Curses (book by Eric Gondwe)
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