1 The word of the LORD came to me again, saying, 2 “What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? 3 “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel. 4 Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die. (Ezekiel 18:1-4)
Israel used this proverb of sour grapes because they believed they were being punished unjustly due to the sins of their fathers. In effect, God answers, “No, you are being punished for your own sins”. Children do not inherit the sin of their fathers; not its guilt and not its punishment (see John 9:1-3). The doctrine of total hereditary depravity does not come from the Scriptures. It comes from the theological contortions of men. Every soul answers to God for itself, because all souls are His. Your life is a gift from God. Live your life as a blessing to God and to men. You will answer to the Lord and receive either eternal life or eternal death for what you have done (2 Cor. 5:10; Matt. 25:46). We all will.