Sperm Damage Passed on to Our Children

A report released this week that states that sperm damage in males resulting from exposure to environmental toxins can be passed down through generations. The US study was presented to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Once sperm cell DNA is damaged, it has no mechanism by which to affect repairs.

mother-429158_1280Alcohol and Cigarettes

Professor Cynthia Daniels, from Rutgers University in New Jersey – an authority on male and female reproduction – said “Men, who drank a lot of alcohol, had been shown to have increased rates of sperm defects. Nicotine from tobacco also finds its way into seminal fluid as well as blood.”

While I was reading this article, I was reminded of the verse in Exodus 34: 7 where the LORD says, “I show unfailing love to many thousands by forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. Even so I do not leave sin unpunished, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations.”

In Exodus 20: 6; God shows the opposite side of the coin, “But I lavish my love on those who love Me and obey My commands, even for a thousand generations.”

Sins of the Fathers

What the ‘sins of the fathers’ imply are that the conduct and holy living of the parents does have a direct effect on our descendants. A lifestyle that is disobedient to God’s guidance will ultimately result in an unholy lifestyle passed onto our children.

God said through Moses in Deuteronomy 30:15, ”See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.” Then in verse 19, ”So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.”

I feel that it is not so much that God will curse us but that we bring curses upon ourselves by our actions and lifestyle which are disobedient to His commands.

A lifestyle lived in obedience to God’s commandments would produce a healthy lifestyle. God gave us the commandments for guidance in our everyday life. Each day, we all sin and fall short of His glory, and so we experience the consequences. Unfortunately, this does not always directly affect us, but it may affect our children.

Sex and Bathsheba

David, after he had slept with Bathsheba, was told by God in 2 Samuel 12:10, “Therefore the sword shall never depart from your house because you have despised me.”

Is God just stating the consequences here? He does not desire to curse David, but David’s actions invited the trouble to come into his household. It was his choice. He rebelled against God, allowing his carnal nature to take command. Nathan said to David, “Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight?” (2 Samuel 12:9).

Imitating God

The report highlights the curses of our lifestyle. Our sperm is effectively what we initially give our children in the creation of life. Other factors contribute to our lifestyle: our relationship with God, our attitudes, our relationship with others, our personality, our likes and dislikes. All these, in varying degrees, are passed onto our children. We are their peers; they imitate us; they look to us for guidance. Ephesians 5 says, “Be imitators of God, as beloved children.”

As we imitate God as His children, so our children imitate us, so producing a life of blessing. When we don’t imitate God, but imitate the world, then our children imitate us, losing blessings and bringing curses into their lives. God knew all about sperm defects and how they would be passed on to our children. We are only just discovering it.

Sperm damage ‘passed to our children’ – Story from BBC NEWS: 19/02/08


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