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Without actually citing the etymology of the word, you have pretty well focused on the issue with its true meaning vs. its common meaning. Originally, the Anglo-Saxon term came from archery. It's a remarkably close translation of the Greek word hamartia used in the New Testament, which is also originally an archery term. (But
That is very interesting - I will investigate the etymology further as I now have to know how it came to have a moral meaning!!
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, it already had acquired moral connotations well before the NT was written. Aristotle uses the term to refer to the 'tragic flaw' that leads to the downfall of the tragic hero in his Poetics.) Anyway, "missing the mark", not doing the best/right thing (whether that is by commission or omission) is all it means. I say 'all it means' because, as you have pointed out, the way the term is generally used now is to imply guilt, looming punishment, and therefore debt. The purpose of this shift of emphasis from "doing the right thing" to guilt-mongering is of course to manipulate people. It's a tactic of 'Churchianty', the political hierarchies that call themselves "denominations of Christianity" -- although each and every one of them thinks they are the only correct ones. Really they are just political parties trying to control people, and this state of affairs is the main cause of the discredited state of religion in the "Western world" today.
Agreed; however, the increasing objective knowledge achieved because of the curiosity of so many and the development of the scientific method have had a major influence and provide a solid base from which greater and more complicated technologies are produced. People can observe this in many ways in their daily lives.
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You have zeroed in on a very important point about modern ideas of religion.
I would love to do more/! The subject of faith beliefs is becoming more and more open to challenge - and the more and the sooner, the better, say I!!

Susan

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Sin - do you?! 971 Susan Doris 26-May-18 12:37
Re: Sin - do you?! 138 Poster Boy 26-May-18 13:38
Re: Sin - do you?! 127 Susan Doris 26-May-18 13:53
Re: Sin - do you?! 125 Poster Boy 26-May-18 18:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 127 Susan Doris 26-May-18 18:36
Re: Sin - do you?! 123 Poster Boy 26-May-18 22:49
Re: Sin - do you?! 127 Eddie Larry 26-May-18 18:34
Re: Sin - do you?! 117 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 112 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 13:20
Re: Sin - do you?! 116 Susan Doris 27-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 118 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 115 Poster Boy 27-May-18 17:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 115 Susan Doris 27-May-18 17:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 111 Poster Boy 27-May-18 17:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 103 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 19:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 Poster Boy 27-May-18 20:57
Re: Sin - do you?! 111 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 119 Poster Boy 28-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:13
Re: Sin - do you?! 119 Poster Boy 28-May-18 16:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 154 MLloydHudson 26-May-18 18:43
Re: Sin - do you?! 118 drrayeye 26-May-18 18:59
Re: Sin - do you?! 123 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:29
Re: Sin - do you?! 139 MLloydHudson 28-May-18 06:28
mistake vs. sin: a example 122 drrayeye 26-May-18 20:03
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 109 greengirl5 26-May-18 23:14
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 114 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:20
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 115 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:07
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 111 drrayeye 28-May-18 03:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 151 drew 27-May-18 05:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 133 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 161 drew 28-May-18 02:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 110 Poster Boy 28-May-18 02:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 113 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:18
Sin or mistake 113 greengirl5 28-May-18 13:33
Re: Sin or mistake 110 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 13:49
Re: Sin or mistake 113 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin or mistake 110 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 14:30
Re: Sin or mistake 114 Susan Doris 28-May-18 13:50
Sinners and money-lenders 163 greengirl5 28-May-18 23:25
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 107 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:27
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 105 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:08
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 105 Susan Doris 29-May-18 14:46
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 Poster Boy 28-May-18 14:03
Re: Sin - do you?! 112 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:16
Re: Sin - do you?! 113 Poster Boy 28-May-18 14:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 115 Susan Doris 28-May-18 15:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 112 Poster Boy 28-May-18 15:52
Re: Sin - do you?! 110 Susan Doris 28-May-18 17:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 127 Poster Boy 28-May-18 17:39
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:45
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:27
Re: Sin - do you?! 104 Susan Doris 29-May-18 15:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 111 Poster Boy 29-May-18 22:10
Re: Sin - do you?! 112 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 128 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 04:24
Re: Sin - do you?! 132 drew 28-May-18 23:11
A complement--and a reminder 147 drrayeye 29-May-18 19:54
Re: A complement--and a reminder 121 Susan Doris 30-May-18 07:34
Re: A complement--and a reminder 106 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:57
Re: A complement--and a reminder 103 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:32
Re: A complement--and a reminder 102 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:31
Re: A complement--and a reminder 102 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:04
Re: A complement--and a reminder 110 drrayeye 30-May-18 20:24
Re: A complement--and a reminder 111 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:14
A caveat 107 drrayeye 31-May-18 11:45
Re: A caveat 104 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:48
Re: eloquence with words... 135 drew 02-Jun-18 01:12
Re: eloquence with words... 116 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:19
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 175 Nolondil 29-May-18 20:41
Deliberate obfuscation 145 drrayeye 29-May-18 23:20
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 166 Nolondil 29-May-18 23:50
I answer the question 115 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:32
Re: I answer the question 110 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:40
See earlier reply 99 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:35
Re: I answer the question 107 greengirl5 30-May-18 13:05
Re: I answer the question 127 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 13:54
discernment 101 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:24
Re: discernment 128 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 22:32
Re: discernment 103 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:40
Re: discernment 128 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 00:02
Thunderstruck! 103 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:28
Re: discernment 101 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 104 Poster Boy 30-May-18 23:14
Of course "sin" exists 109 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:54
Re: Of course "sin" exists 106 Poster Boy 31-May-18 01:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 135 Nolondil 31-May-18 00:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 111 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:43
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 115 Poster Boy 31-May-18 01:13
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 127 Nolondil 31-May-18 18:25
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 107 Poster Boy 31-May-18 19:00
Original sin--sort of 112 drrayeye 31-May-18 23:26
Re: Original sin--sort of 107 greengirl5 31-May-18 23:44
Re: Original sin--sort of 103 Poster Boy 01-Jun-18 03:59
Re: Original sin--sort of 102 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:24
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 126 Nolondil 01-Jun-18 00:37
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 101 Poster Boy 01-Jun-18 01:35
Very interesting! 139 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 01:42
Re: Very interesting! 106 Poster Boy 01-Jun-18 04:12
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 102 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 106 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:28
If not 'mistakes' then what? 108 Poster Boy 31-May-18 15:18
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 102 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:35
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 112 Poster Boy 31-May-18 18:05
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 104 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:31
Isn't it quite simple? 138 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:55
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 142 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:11
Thinking in earnest now 134 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 166 Nolondil 30-May-18 00:55
Re: Thinking in earnest now 112 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:37
Re: Thinking in earnest now 124 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 09:50
Re: Thinking in earnest now 117 Susan Doris 30-May-18 11:08
Re: Thinking in earnest now 131 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 17:46
Re: Thinking in earnest now 102 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:38
Re: Thinking in earnest now 106 greengirl5 31-May-18 12:57
Re: Thinking in earnest now 130 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 14:01
Re: Thinking in earnest now 106 greengirl5 31-May-18 14:19
Re: Thinking in earnest now 103 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:54
Re: Thinking in earnest now 129 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 17:35
Re: Thinking in earnest now 104 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 119 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 18:25
Smart/intelligent slime 103 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:05
Re: Smart/intelligent slime 93 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 13:29
Intelligent slime - not that simple! 103 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 23:03
Re: Intelligent slime - not that simple! 138 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:36
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 125 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 02:20
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 102 greengirl5 31-May-18 02:56
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 107 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:48
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 107 MLloydHudson 30-May-18 22:11
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 109 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:12
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 101 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:35
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 114 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:09
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 110 Poster Boy 30-May-18 16:52
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 109 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 116 Poster Boy 30-May-18 18:30
Another brainstorm of mine 114 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:56
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 113 Poster Boy 31-May-18 01:18
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 106 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:53
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 109 greengirl5 31-May-18 13:13
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 93 Susan Doris 31-May-18 15:02
the bible and God 112 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 111 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 108 Poster Boy 31-May-18 19:14
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 131 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 03:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 109 Poster Boy 31-May-18 04:22
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 113 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 109 Poster Boy 31-May-18 17:35
Job 124 Poster Boy 31-May-18 04:37
Re: Job 124 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:14
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 129 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 156 Susan Doris 30-May-18 05:02
Sin do you... 194 drew 25-Jun-18 23:44


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