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Is there a Bible contradiction in Ezekiel 18:20?

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There is a strange problem we see in the Bible. God is a righteous God, however there are many stories where the reader gets the feeling that things are not fair: the innocent often seem to be punished with the guilty. The SAB-critic makes the question more specific. read more

(Ezekiel 18:20; cf. vss. 19-32). Though there are many passages that contradict the doctrine of original sin, I can think of none that do it stronger than these verses in Ezekiel. The Lord has said, "Therefore, I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct," (Ezekiel 18:30). read more

In one way, Ezekiel is not intentionally contradicting Exodus 20 (or the equivalent but possibly earlier Deuteronomy 5:9), but rather drawing a parallel to Deuteronomy 24:16: Deuteronomy 24:16: The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. read more

On the other hand, Deuteronomy 24:16 is dealing with legal matters as the context 24:6-19 shows. Ezekiel 18:20 is merely recounting the Law of the Pentateuch. Therefore, the context of the second set of verses is dealing with the legality aspect within the Jewish court system. read more

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