That is very interesting - I will investigate the etymology further as I now have to know how it came to have a moral meaning!!Quote
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
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.Quote
, 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.
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!!Quote
You have zeroed in on a very important point about modern ideas of religion.