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The semitic Moon god has nothing to do with the English word 'sin'. This was chosen to translate the Greek word 'hamartia' which means more-or-less 'missing the mark' and so by association 'error'. The first translation of the Bible by William Tyndale used 'trespass' and that's why many traditional worship services (such as the Lord's Prayer) still use 'tresspass' instead of 'sin' -- the popular tradition has preserved the earlier translation. (The actual word 'sin' or 'synn' in Old English is actually rather obscure.

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The English word sin derives from Old English synn. The same root appears in several other Germanic languages, e.g. Old Norse synd, or German S√ľnde. The word may derive, ultimately, from *es-, one of the Indo-European roots that meant "to be," and is a present participle, "being." Latin, also has an old present participle of esse in the word sons, sont-, which came to mean "guilty" in Latin. The root meaning would appear to be, "it is true;" that is, "the charge has been proven." The Greek word hamartia is often translated as sin in the New Testament; it means "to miss the mark" or "to miss the target".



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Like ancient Rome, we today are once more importing every form of exotic superstition in the hope of finding the right remedy for our sickness.
-- C. G. Jung
Richard Wilhelm: In Memoriam (1930), CW 15: pg. 60

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Pandora's Box 556 AngelaSD 16-May-05 23:23
Re: Pandora's Box 347 Joyeuse 17-May-05 01:32
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Re: Pandora's Box 265 AngelaSD 17-May-05 02:11
Re: Pandora's Box 286 David L 17-May-05 02:18
Re: Pandora's Box 283 SunSword 17-May-05 14:14
Re: Pandora's Box 268 David L 17-May-05 16:06
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Re: Pandora's Box 256 IanG 25-May-05 09:02
Re: Pandora's Box 347 Farseeker 17-May-05 16:34
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Re: Pandora's Box 283 AngelaSD 17-May-05 18:10
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Re: Pandora's Box 295 Joyeuse 18-May-05 01:10
Re: Pandora's Box 245 Farseeker 18-May-05 14:17
Re: Pandora's Box 335 Farseeker 17-May-05 16:25
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 925 Joyeuse 18-May-05 13:17
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 325 debraregypt 18-May-05 13:28
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 445 Farseeker 18-May-05 14:36
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 293 debraregypt 18-May-05 16:34
what is sin...take a look! 314 debraregypt 19-May-05 03:12
Re: what is sin...take a look! 283 Nolondil 19-May-05 20:26
Re: what is sin...take a look! 235 debraregypt 20-May-05 01:01
another story twisted is the name of Jesus 310 Joyeuse 18-May-05 20:55
Re: another story twisted is the name of Jesus 274 debraregypt 18-May-05 23:03
Re: another story twisted is the name of Jesus 304 Joyeuse 19-May-05 00:07
actually read this as it is exactly like you said (long but worth it) :-) 974 Joyeuse 19-May-05 09:01
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 378 IanG 28-May-05 17:55
Attention all posters 334 Richard Fusniak 28-May-05 21:54
Re: Pandora's Box 365 Eddie Larry 19-May-05 02:50
Re: Pandora's Box 273 Joyeuse 19-May-05 09:06
Re: Pandora's Box 236 AngelaSD 21-May-05 02:20
Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 796 Joyeuse 21-May-05 03:09
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 374 Eddie Larry 25-May-05 03:56
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 303 Joyeuse 25-May-05 16:00
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 256 David L 25-May-05 04:25
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 349 Joyeuse 25-May-05 16:04
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 291 David L 25-May-05 16:37
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 264 JamesH 25-May-05 19:08
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 278 AngelaSD 26-May-05 03:19
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 314 JamesH 26-May-05 05:28
The one whom we love 314 JamesH 26-May-05 05:52
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 311 AngelaSD 26-May-05 03:06
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 321 David L 26-May-05 05:18
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 316 JamesH 26-May-05 06:07
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 239 David L 26-May-05 16:43
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