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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?! 1038 Susan Doris 26-May-18 12:37
Re: Sin - do you?! 157 Poster Boy 26-May-18 13:38
Re: Sin - do you?! 145 Susan Doris 26-May-18 13:53
Re: Sin - do you?! 143 Poster Boy 26-May-18 18:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 144 Susan Doris 26-May-18 18:36
Re: Sin - do you?! 137 Poster Boy 26-May-18 22:49
Re: Sin - do you?! 144 Eddie Larry 26-May-18 18:34
Re: Sin - do you?! 131 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 130 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 13:20
Re: Sin - do you?! 132 Susan Doris 27-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 133 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 131 Poster Boy 27-May-18 17:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 130 Susan Doris 27-May-18 17:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 126 Poster Boy 27-May-18 17:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 115 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 19:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 129 Poster Boy 27-May-18 20:57
Re: Sin - do you?! 125 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 135 Poster Boy 28-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 130 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:13
Re: Sin - do you?! 137 Poster Boy 28-May-18 16:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 173 MLloydHudson 26-May-18 18:43
Re: Sin - do you?! 133 drrayeye 26-May-18 18:59
Re: Sin - do you?! 141 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:29
Re: Sin - do you?! 173 MLloydHudson 28-May-18 06:28
mistake vs. sin: a example 137 drrayeye 26-May-18 20:03
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 121 greengirl5 26-May-18 23:14
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 130 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:20
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 131 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:07
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 127 drrayeye 28-May-18 03:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 167 drew 27-May-18 05:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 150 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 178 drew 28-May-18 02:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 124 Poster Boy 28-May-18 02:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 129 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:18
Sin or mistake 129 greengirl5 28-May-18 13:33
Re: Sin or mistake 126 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 13:49
Re: Sin or mistake 130 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin or mistake 130 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 14:30
Re: Sin or mistake 130 Susan Doris 28-May-18 13:50
Sinners and money-lenders 192 greengirl5 28-May-18 23:25
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 124 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:27
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 121 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:08
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 120 Susan Doris 29-May-18 14:46
Re: Sin - do you?! 130 Poster Boy 28-May-18 14:03
Re: Sin - do you?! 129 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:16
Re: Sin - do you?! 130 Poster Boy 28-May-18 14:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 135 Susan Doris 28-May-18 15:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 130 Poster Boy 28-May-18 15:52
Re: Sin - do you?! 126 Susan Doris 28-May-18 17:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 142 Poster Boy 28-May-18 17:39
Re: Sin - do you?! 131 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:45
Re: Sin - do you?! 129 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:27
Re: Sin - do you?! 117 Susan Doris 29-May-18 15:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 126 Poster Boy 29-May-18 22:10
Re: Sin - do you?! 126 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 142 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 04:24
Re: Sin - do you?! 153 drew 28-May-18 23:11
A complement--and a reminder 161 drrayeye 29-May-18 19:54
Re: A complement--and a reminder 135 Susan Doris 30-May-18 07:34
Re: A complement--and a reminder 121 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:57
Re: A complement--and a reminder 117 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:32
Re: A complement--and a reminder 117 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:31
Re: A complement--and a reminder 116 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:04
Re: A complement--and a reminder 126 drrayeye 30-May-18 20:24
Re: A complement--and a reminder 128 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:14
A caveat 124 drrayeye 31-May-18 11:45
Re: A caveat 120 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:48
Re: eloquence with words... 161 drew 02-Jun-18 01:12
Re: eloquence with words... 131 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:19
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 198 Nolondil 29-May-18 20:41
Deliberate obfuscation 158 drrayeye 29-May-18 23:20
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 191 Nolondil 29-May-18 23:50
I answer the question 129 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:32
Re: I answer the question 125 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:40
See earlier reply 112 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:35
Re: I answer the question 125 greengirl5 30-May-18 13:05
Re: I answer the question 142 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 13:54
discernment 112 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:24
Re: discernment 148 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 22:32
Re: discernment 118 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:40
Re: discernment 156 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 00:02
Thunderstruck! 118 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:28
Re: discernment 116 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 116 Poster Boy 30-May-18 23:14
Of course "sin" exists 124 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:54
Re: Of course "sin" exists 119 Poster Boy 31-May-18 01:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 159 Nolondil 31-May-18 00:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 127 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:43
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 130 Poster Boy 31-May-18 01:13
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 152 Nolondil 31-May-18 18:25
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 124 Poster Boy 31-May-18 19:00
Original sin--sort of 130 drrayeye 31-May-18 23:26
Re: Original sin--sort of 122 greengirl5 31-May-18 23:44
Re: Original sin--sort of 118 Poster Boy 01-Jun-18 03:59
Re: Original sin--sort of 117 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:24
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 148 Nolondil 01-Jun-18 00:37
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 116 Poster Boy 01-Jun-18 01:35
Very interesting! 159 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 01:42
Re: Very interesting! 121 Poster Boy 01-Jun-18 04:12
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 116 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 120 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:28
If not 'mistakes' then what? 123 Poster Boy 31-May-18 15:18
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 120 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:35
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 127 Poster Boy 31-May-18 18:05
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 118 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:31
Isn't it quite simple? 152 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:55
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 156 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:11
Thinking in earnest now 149 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 191 Nolondil 30-May-18 00:55
Re: Thinking in earnest now 127 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:37
Re: Thinking in earnest now 141 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 09:50
Re: Thinking in earnest now 132 Susan Doris 30-May-18 11:08
Re: Thinking in earnest now 152 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 17:46
Re: Thinking in earnest now 117 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:38
Re: Thinking in earnest now 122 greengirl5 31-May-18 12:57
Re: Thinking in earnest now 150 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 14:01
Re: Thinking in earnest now 123 greengirl5 31-May-18 14:19
Re: Thinking in earnest now 120 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:54
Re: Thinking in earnest now 150 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 17:35
Re: Thinking in earnest now 121 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 139 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 18:25
Smart/intelligent slime 118 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:05
Re: Smart/intelligent slime 102 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 13:29
Intelligent slime - not that simple! 119 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 23:03
Re: Intelligent slime - not that simple! 158 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:36
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 166 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 02:20
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 118 greengirl5 31-May-18 02:56
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 123 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:48
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 133 MLloydHudson 30-May-18 22:11
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 128 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:12
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 116 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:35
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 128 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:09
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 124 Poster Boy 30-May-18 16:52
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 124 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 133 Poster Boy 30-May-18 18:30
Another brainstorm of mine 129 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:56
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 127 Poster Boy 31-May-18 01:18
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 122 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:53
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 126 greengirl5 31-May-18 13:13
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 105 Susan Doris 31-May-18 15:02
the bible and God 127 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 127 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 127 Poster Boy 31-May-18 19:14
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 171 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 03:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 123 Poster Boy 31-May-18 04:22
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 128 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 126 Poster Boy 31-May-18 17:35
Job 138 Poster Boy 31-May-18 04:37
Re: Job 138 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:14
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 145 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 170 Susan Doris 30-May-18 05:02
Sin do you... 234 drew 25-Jun-18 23:44


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