You're quite right. One's genetic make-up and certain external factors such as dietary habits play a part in things like depression.Originally Posted by kastelic4444
I'll quote myself from earlier on in this thread to better explain myself. "In other words our addictions and dependencies, our modern idols, effect those around us, especially our own kin. The pastor in our college group mentioned one man - I don't recall his name, unfortunately - who spent many years studying this phenomena. He initially started creating a family tree tracing back to the time his ancestors came to America. After he had finished, he went down the list of every living relative he could possibly find and interviewed them not only about themselves, but their families both deceased and living alike in order to test the proposition of generational sin. From what I was told, the man eventually started color coding (such as red for temperamental problems, blue for alcoholism, green for divorces, yellow for pornography, orange for adultery, et cetera) various addictions and dependencies and traced them as they literally flooded down the generational line. Hoping to share his findings the man wrote a book on the matter and it was published some time ago. The next time I speak to my pastor, I'll bring it up and cite the author and the book."
But by no means is one's family background a justification, an excuse for one's actions. They may be contributing factors, yes, but it is ultimately a matter of choice, as indicated by the first post in this thread. Our choices are our own, and we are the ones to suffer the consequences as a result.
EDIT: Tossing in a response to FRR_Vegeta's reply.
Was it not Moses who wrote the Torah, the first five books of the Bible in which the Decalogue was provided? Might I ask why you acknowledge some parts of the Bible and not the others?Originally Posted by frr_vegeta
As far as science is concerned, I think our modern revelations are quite exciting, but they should not be used as an intellectual crutch. It was but a mere five hundred years ago that we claimed the earth was flat. Though we've certainly come quite a distance since then, there is still a mind-numbingly large (perhaps even infinite) amount of stuff out there to cram into our heads. It is as though our knowledge can be likened to taking a pen, creating a single dot on an incredibly long thread, and wrapping said thread around the world multiple times over. That is the extent of our knowledge. Actually, scratch that. That is a grotesque exaggeration of the extent of our knowledge. Moreover, all intellectual establishments - both science and religion - are based on certain accepted assumptions. Ultimately, it comes down to what you accept to be true. And I have accepted the Word of God to be true, as has been revealed to me by means of personal revelation.