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Are curses real?

Submitted: 7/18/2008
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Question: I was at my sister's home where she and my aunt were planning a prayer meeting against a curse on the family. They said that my grandmother ate something from a witch and ....and then they took her when she got ill to another witch (this was many years ago). Since I lost an 11-year-old niece in the year 2000, two nephews in the past 3 years (one on July 4, 2008) and a brother in 1998 to gun violence by persons we did not know, they think we are under a curse. I told them when you get baptized in Jesus name all generational curses are removed including diabetes, etc. I told them greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. My sister asked me then why didn't the hedge that she prays around her grown children work? He was baptized in Jesus name and dedicated at Northview years ago. I told her he was not serving God and he was out at the tavern, so how was her hedge going to work. She wasn't serving God either. I went to her home after church one day in May and told her she should be worshipping God now while nothing bad was happening and she disregarded me. My nephew, who passed away on July 4, 2008, was wearing his dad's army tags. His coffin was grey like his dads. His dad was dug up and lowered further to fit Reyes casket on top of his dads. His dad died the same way. Someone shot him. Could this be a curse? I am going to the prayer meeting with them all tonight, but I don't agree with the witchcraft curse, not on the saints (maybe on the backsliders and sinners). Mary

Answer: It can be difficult distinguishing between what is the result of a curse and what is the result of ungodly living. What we can say is this: The solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: 'The Lord knows those who are His,' and, 'Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity' (2 Timothy 2:19).