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The Sins of the Father

Legacy Sin Nature Guilt

Source: “Relatives of infamous Nazis reveal how their family ties have blighted them,” By Allan Hall In Berlin for MailOnline, May 9, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-14

Scripture: Isaiah 1:18

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The niece of Hitler's deputy Hermann Goering has had herself sterilized rather than risk giving birth to 'a monster.' This, and other revelations are a part of a documentary about the forgotten children of the Third Reich, called 'My Family, the Nazis and Me.'  

Allan Hall, with MailOnline, reports:

Israeli Chanoch Zeevi, director, said he found 'fascinating similarities' between the emotions of those related to Holocaust perpetrators and those of survivors, some of whom meet the children of their tormentors in the programme.

'I have made a powerful dialogue between the children of the perpetrators and the children of the survivors,' he said. 'Both live out the Holocaust daily, unable to move forward with their lives.'

... Niklas Frank remembers seeing concentration camp prisoners tormented as his father chuckled. 'Thin men were mounted on to a wild donkey and the donkey bucked and the men fell off, and they could only pick themselves up again very slowly, and they didn't find it as funny as I did,' he said.

'And again and again they got back on and the donkey was given a slap and again they fell off and they tried to help each other; it was a fantastic afternoon. Then we had cocoa. These are the … images I carry around of my father … I have never managed in my life to get rid of the memory of him,' he said. 'I live with this deep shame about what he did.'

... Monika Hertwig cannot accept anything about her own father. As commandant of the Auschwitz sub-camp of Plaszow, he was hanged in 1946 for the murder of tens of thousands of people, 500 of them by his own hands.

'He liked to shoot women with babies in their arms from the balcony of his house, to see if one bullet could kill two,' she said. 'How much of the murderer is in me? These are the things that torment me.'




The Hebrew prophet Isaiah declared God’s heart when he wrote, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18, ESV).

Notice, God speaks of your sins, not your parents' sins.  We are not responsible for what our forbearers have done, only for what we have personally perpetuated.  And even in that case, the shame and guilt can be made “white as snow” by the blood of Christ.

What a tragedy that anyone would continue to live in the shadow of the sins of others, when they don’t even have to live under the burden or shadow of their own.

Ironically, it’s a Jew, a member of the race so hated by their parents, who offers to remove the shame placed on them by those same parents. 

Search My Trunk, Please

Guilt Repentance Sin

Source: "Man tells police to search his truck, more than $3 million worth of drugs recovered," KFOR (NBC) Posted 2:29 pm, October 16, 2015, by M.DeLaTorre and Adam Snid

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-24

Scripture: Acts 2:21 ; Isaiah 59:20

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EL RENO, Okla. - An Arizona man, Jorge Vasconcelos, was pulled over for swerving while driving. According to KFOR (NBC):

Deputies were concerned that he was either intoxicated or fatigued, so they pulled him over.

Vasconcelos said he was helping move his girlfriend to Georgia, and he was indeed sleepy.

Deputies suggested that he take a nap before getting back on the road.

Then, out of nowhere, Vasconcelos told authorities he wasn't a criminal and they could check his truck if they wanted to.

The deputies thought it was strange that Vasconcelos would tell them that out of the blue, without prompting. So, they decided it might be a good idea to take a closer look:

During the search, they found a loaded Bursa .380 caliber pistol in the front passenger seat.

They also noticed that the manifold of the truck's engine had been tampered with.

A fiber optic scope had been run through a vacuum line to a large metal box inside the engine.

Inside the box, deputies found eight kilos of heroin wrapped in cellophane, carbon paper and aluminum foil.

Vasconcelos was taken into custody and booked on charges of aggravated trafficking of heroin and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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Not surprisingly, an unsolicited declaration of innocence followed by an invitation to search one’s vehicle is going to draw suspicion.  That’s because it is the predictable response of a guilty conscience.

One day the divine finger will point your way, waving you over. How will you respond? Will you declare your innocence, maybe even be so bold as to invite God to do a search of your life? Be assured of this: No matter how well you’ve worked to hide your sins, God knows every nook and cranny of your life, every secret compartment.

Don’t wait for God to pull you off the road of life, go to Him now. Confess your sins and plead for his mercy. Act preemptively with repentance and experience God’s love and forgiveness.

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).

"The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins," declares the LORD” (Isaiah 59:20).

Man Faces Jail For Selling His Dirty Socks

Motivation God's Judgment Guilt

Source: “Fraud plea in dirty socks sold as marijuana” by Dennis Pelham, published online, Michigan Daily Telegram, Aug. 6, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:5 ; Matthew 5:8

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When is a crime really a crime? That’s a great question when it comes to this bizarre and convoluted news story.

It all began July 8, 2015 when Michael Suarez of Ypsilanti, Michigan, arranged to sell a pound of marijuana for the sum of $2800. He and a couple of friends were to deliver the drugs in the wee hours of the morning to a couple who were waiting at a local mobile home park.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Suarez and his accomplices didn’t bring marijuana to the drug drop at all—instead, they brought a backpack full of dirty socks! Upon delivery of the backpack, Suarez and friends received payment of $2800 and quickly sped away.

Racing from the scene, Suarez ran a stop sign and was promptly pulled over by a vigilant police officer. Then, during the traffic stop, the officer was approached by a man claiming to have been robbed by Suarez. Upon search of Suarez’ vehicle, the officer found the $2800 in cash made as payment for the backpack full of dirty socks. It did not escape the officer’s attention, however, that the man crying “Thief!” had actually intended to buy a pound of pot!

The whole thing played out in Lenawee County Circuit Court where Michael Suarez pleaded guilty to “false pretenses between $1,000-$20,000,” while his accomplices pleaded guilty to attempted possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. In the meantime, the “buyers” of the bag of socks face charges of attempting to purchase an illegal substance.


You need a flow chart to catch all that happened in this case. First, you have Suarez, guilty of false pretenses. Then, you have the couple who accompanied him, guilty of attempted possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. Finally, you have the couple who purchased the backpack of dirty socks, guilty of attempting to purchase an illegal substance.

Yet, not one of them were ever in possession of an illegal substance!  Everything that transpired would have been perfectly legal but for the abundance of evil motivation.

Unfortunately for these 5, motive matters in the American justice system. As a result, no real weed was actually necessary for all parties involved to be guilty of playing a role in its sale.

We all know and accept this as justice in a human court. But what happens when this same principle is applied in the justice system of Heaven?

Will you argue that you’ve never committed adultery when God knows how lustful you’ve been? Will you argue that you’ve never killed anyone when God knows how hateful you’ve been?

If intent matters in a human courtroom, how much more will it come into play in the courtroom of Heaven?

"Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God" (1 Corinthians 4:5).

"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:8).

Held Up Pants, But Not In Court

Sin Nature Law (of God) Guilt

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2015-08-10

Scripture: Romans 8:4

Author: World Magazine / Illustration Exchange

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Snodgrass's Muff

Guilt Perspective Perseverance

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-08-10

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Neal Pollard

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Police Dole Out Gifts Not Tickets

Christmas Guilt Joy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-17

Scripture: Isaiah 9:6

Author: Kate Abbey-Lambertz / Illustration Exchange

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The Leftovers, Left With Nothing

Rapture Hopelessness Guilt

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-08-25

Scripture: Psalms 38:3

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Woman Films Her Own Abortion

Abortion Guilt Rationalize

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-05-27

Scripture: Romans 81:

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Call Your Momma!

Motherhood Guilt Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-08

Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:16

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Psychology Of Self-Esteem

Self-worth Cultural Trends Guilt

Contributed By: Brian Colmery | Date Posted: 2013-10-20

Scripture: 1 John 1:9

Author: Kay Hymowitz

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