In the book of Ezekiel, God exposes the falsehood behind a common Israelite proverb that earlier generations should be blamed for the present pitiful state.
Saul tried to placate God by massacring Gibeonites. Later, David yielded to the Gibeonites' by hanging Saul's descendants to avenge the slaughter. God was not pleased.
Though Satan influences, the choices an individual make are totally his own, even for those without God's Spirit. We sin when we are drawn away by our own desires.
As long as we are slaves of sin and following the dictates of our lusts, we have no free moral agency. God liberates us from sin so we are free to obey Him.
Parents need to teach their children to consider the long-range consequences of current behaviors, chastening and disciplining them while there is hope.
Modern victimization has put its own twist on the false doctrine of baptizing for the dead. Minority groups are demanding apologies for historical wrongs.
Nothing happens in our lives (including repentance) until God initiates it. A change of heart, by God's Holy Spirit, results in a total change of direction.
The people of Lystra and Derbe mistake Paul for Hermes and Barnabas for Zeus. When Paul convinces the crowds that he and Barnabas are not gods, they are rejected.