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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?! 1140 Susan Doris 26-May-18 12:37
Re: Sin - do you?! 197 PB Bytes 26-May-18 13:38
Re: Sin - do you?! 185 Susan Doris 26-May-18 13:53
Re: Sin - do you?! 185 PB Bytes 26-May-18 18:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 186 Susan Doris 26-May-18 18:36
Re: Sin - do you?! 169 PB Bytes 26-May-18 22:49
Re: Sin - do you?! 176 Eddie Larry 26-May-18 18:34
Re: Sin - do you?! 163 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 170 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 13:20
Re: Sin - do you?! 174 Susan Doris 27-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 162 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 162 PB Bytes 27-May-18 17:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 172 Susan Doris 27-May-18 17:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 160 PB Bytes 27-May-18 17:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 143 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 19:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 178 PB Bytes 27-May-18 20:57
Re: Sin - do you?! 155 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 166 PB Bytes 28-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 172 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:13
Re: Sin - do you?! 167 PB Bytes 28-May-18 16:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 225 MLloydHudson 26-May-18 18:43
Re: Sin - do you?! 172 drrayeye 26-May-18 18:59
Re: Sin - do you?! 183 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:29
Re: Sin - do you?! 213 MLloydHudson 28-May-18 06:28
mistake vs. sin: a example 182 drrayeye 26-May-18 20:03
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 160 greengirl5 26-May-18 23:14
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 160 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:20
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 174 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:07
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 167 drrayeye 28-May-18 03:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 198 drew 27-May-18 05:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 192 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 209 drew 28-May-18 02:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 153 PB Bytes 28-May-18 02:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 164 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:18
Sin or mistake 161 greengirl5 28-May-18 13:33
Re: Sin or mistake 160 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 13:49
Re: Sin or mistake 171 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin or mistake 159 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 14:30
Re: Sin or mistake 172 Susan Doris 28-May-18 13:50
Sinners and money-lenders 248 greengirl5 28-May-18 23:25
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 160 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:27
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 166 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:08
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 153 Susan Doris 29-May-18 14:46
Re: Sin - do you?! 161 PB Bytes 28-May-18 14:03
Re: Sin - do you?! 173 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:16
Re: Sin - do you?! 159 PB Bytes 28-May-18 14:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 178 Susan Doris 28-May-18 15:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 175 PB Bytes 28-May-18 15:52
Re: Sin - do you?! 159 Susan Doris 28-May-18 17:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 184 PB Bytes 28-May-18 17:39
Re: Sin - do you?! 167 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:45
Re: Sin - do you?! 173 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:27
Re: Sin - do you?! 155 Susan Doris 29-May-18 15:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 161 PB Bytes 29-May-18 22:10
Re: Sin - do you?! 169 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 213 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 04:24
Re: Sin - do you?! 202 drew 28-May-18 23:11
A complement--and a reminder 194 drrayeye 29-May-18 19:54
Re: A complement--and a reminder 180 Susan Doris 30-May-18 07:34
Re: A complement--and a reminder 169 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:57
Re: A complement--and a reminder 149 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:32
Re: A complement--and a reminder 161 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:31
Re: A complement--and a reminder 156 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:04
Re: A complement--and a reminder 169 drrayeye 30-May-18 20:24
Re: A complement--and a reminder 173 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:14
A caveat 156 drrayeye 31-May-18 11:45
Re: A caveat 152 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:48
Re: eloquence with words... 206 drew 02-Jun-18 01:12
Re: eloquence with words... 177 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:19
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 228 Nolondil 29-May-18 20:41
Deliberate obfuscation 193 drrayeye 29-May-18 23:20
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 236 Nolondil 29-May-18 23:50
I answer the question 159 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:32
Re: I answer the question 169 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:40
See earlier reply 152 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:35
Re: I answer the question 162 greengirl5 30-May-18 13:05
Re: I answer the question 178 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 13:54
discernment 142 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:24
Re: discernment 190 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 22:32
Re: discernment 149 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:40
Re: discernment 208 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 00:02
Thunderstruck! 147 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:28
Re: discernment 147 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 159 PB Bytes 30-May-18 23:14
Of course "sin" exists 167 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:54
Re: Of course "sin" exists 150 PB Bytes 31-May-18 01:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 211 Nolondil 31-May-18 00:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 171 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:43
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 164 PB Bytes 31-May-18 01:13
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 188 Nolondil 31-May-18 18:25
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 157 PB Bytes 31-May-18 19:00
Original sin--sort of 163 drrayeye 31-May-18 23:26
Re: Original sin--sort of 165 greengirl5 31-May-18 23:44
Re: Original sin--sort of 149 PB Bytes 01-Jun-18 03:59
Re: Original sin--sort of 158 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:24
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 184 Nolondil 01-Jun-18 00:37
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 154 PB Bytes 01-Jun-18 01:35
Very interesting! 191 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 01:42
Re: Very interesting! 153 PB Bytes 01-Jun-18 04:12
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 156 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 163 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:28
If not 'mistakes' then what? 158 PB Bytes 31-May-18 15:18
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 153 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:35
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 167 PB Bytes 31-May-18 18:05
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 160 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:31
Isn't it quite simple? 182 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:55
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 187 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:11
Thinking in earnest now 183 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 235 Nolondil 30-May-18 00:55
Re: Thinking in earnest now 156 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:37
Re: Thinking in earnest now 182 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 09:50
Re: Thinking in earnest now 163 Susan Doris 30-May-18 11:08
Re: Thinking in earnest now 197 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 17:46
Re: Thinking in earnest now 163 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:38
Re: Thinking in earnest now 168 greengirl5 31-May-18 12:57
Re: Thinking in earnest now 193 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 14:01
Re: Thinking in earnest now 159 greengirl5 31-May-18 14:19
Re: Thinking in earnest now 155 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:54
Re: Thinking in earnest now 184 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 17:35
Re: Thinking in earnest now 165 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 176 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 18:25
Smart/intelligent slime 147 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:05
Re: Smart/intelligent slime 139 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 13:29
Intelligent slime - not that simple! 163 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 23:03
Re: Intelligent slime - not that simple! 207 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:36
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 224 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 02:20
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 160 greengirl5 31-May-18 02:56
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 153 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:48
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 164 MLloydHudson 30-May-18 22:11
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 171 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:12
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 150 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:35
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 171 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:09
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 153 PB Bytes 30-May-18 16:52
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 166 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 174 PB Bytes 30-May-18 18:30
Another brainstorm of mine 163 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:56
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 161 PB Bytes 31-May-18 01:18
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 163 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:53
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 157 greengirl5 31-May-18 13:13
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 147 Susan Doris 31-May-18 15:02
the bible and God 172 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 159 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 174 PB Bytes 31-May-18 19:14
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 215 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 03:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 167 PB Bytes 31-May-18 04:22
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 163 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 172 PB Bytes 31-May-18 17:35
Job 179 PB Bytes 31-May-18 04:37
Re: Job 167 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:14
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 184 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 211 Susan Doris 30-May-18 05:02
Sin do you... 279 drew 25-Jun-18 23:44


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