According to Scripture physical afflictions (defects, hardships, suffering, “accidents,” sickness, death) can be traced to various moral causes; such as:
(1) The sin of Adam, in whom all have fallen and are by nature guilty before God. This is implied in Rom. 5:12–21 (cf. also Gen. 3:17–19; Rom. 8:20–23; I Cor. 15:21, 22; Eph. 2:3.
(2) The sins of the parents (Ex. 20:5; 34:7; Num. 14:18; Deut. 5:9; 28:32; Jer. 31:29; Ezek. 18:2.
(3) One’s own personal sins (Deut. 28:15–68; Jer. 31:30; Ezek. 18:4).
The sins of the parents is probably the one that troubles most believers, but God sometimes in His infinite wisdom,does require of children the penalty of their parents.
Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953-2001). Vol. 1-2: New Testament commentary : Exposition of the Gospel According to John. New Testament Commentary (V 2, p 72). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House
Published on Thursday, July 8, 2010 @ 3:47 PM CDT