In my reading of Exodus 20:5 (which is part of the Ten Commandments), I'm not exactly sure how I am to understand what the Lord God is trying to tell us in the latter part of this verse which, in the KJV, reads: "....visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;" One interpretation of this passage would seem to imply that the Lord "visits the iniquity" of one generation that hates Him upon subsequent generations regardless of what that particular future generation tries to do to thwart whatever negative consequences are imposed upon them by the Lord. OTOH, I read other passages in both the OT and NT that seem to imply that each person will "answer to God" only for what he or she does--regardless of what his or her ancestors might (or might not) have done in the past. If the above understanding is correct, then it would seem that (according to Exodus 20:5) God some how holds a person's future generations responsible for what his or her ancestors who hated God did (or didn't do). Personally, I don't see how one would expect God to hold a person responsible for what his or her previous generations may have (or not have) done in manifesting their hated toward God when the person living in a subsequent generation was not even born. I would appreciate reading how you interpret this passage in the last part of Exodus 20:5 with regard to its impact on future generations.