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Lisa wrote: Exodus 20 vs 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, for I the lord thy god am a jealous god, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
I've always understood this in the context of, "As you do, so shall you teach your children to do (directly or by example)." Recently, a pastoral counselor told me that, considering that everything that occurs in the brain is more or less simply chemical explosions, especially addictions (read as, "idolatry"), and these explosions have been found to change DNA, our idolatry is passed to our children in this way.
I'm not a neurologist, though, and I haven't done any research on this issue personally, but it was a bit of an "aha!" moment when I heard that.
The biggest problem, other than the closed canon/ongoing revelation issue, is that those who love "Spiritual gifts" generally don't use them as God's Word commands it. They love chapt. 12 of 1 Cor. but ignore chapt. 14. A person doesn't just "speak in tongues" and then sit down and wait for an interpreter. (See v. 28.) They forget that, by implication in chapt. 14, this is a controllable act, and one may choose to NOT speak in tongues if there is found to be no interpreter present.
I attend a nondenominational church that essentially split from a Church of God congregation, and I've pointed this Scripture out to my pastor. Now he makes sure that if tongues are spoken, someone interprets; usually it's the same girl (in her early 20's) who starts yelling "in tongues" when she feels emotionally overwhelmed "by the Spirit". Last Sunday our pastor made her interpret herself, and she made a seriously bad theological statement--that God needs us. I'd walk out on that church except that one of the words I hear when she does this is "Adonai" so I'm trying to keep an open mind.
As the song says, it's more than a feeling, folks. "The heart is deceitful above all things . . ." Jer. 17:9