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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?! 1252 Susan Doris 26-May-18 12:37
Re: Sin - do you?! 264 PB Bytes 26-May-18 13:38
Re: Sin - do you?! 252 Susan Doris 26-May-18 13:53
Re: Sin - do you?! 250 PB Bytes 26-May-18 18:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 254 Susan Doris 26-May-18 18:36
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 PB Bytes 26-May-18 22:49
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 Eddie Larry 26-May-18 18:34
Re: Sin - do you?! 229 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 241 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 13:20
Re: Sin - do you?! 234 Susan Doris 27-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 227 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 PB Bytes 27-May-18 17:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 234 Susan Doris 27-May-18 17:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 220 PB Bytes 27-May-18 17:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 208 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 19:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 PB Bytes 27-May-18 20:57
Re: Sin - do you?! 220 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 233 PB Bytes 28-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 230 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:13
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 PB Bytes 28-May-18 16:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 299 MLloydHudson 26-May-18 18:43
Re: Sin - do you?! 234 drrayeye 26-May-18 18:59
Re: Sin - do you?! 248 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:29
Re: Sin - do you?! 277 MLloydHudson 28-May-18 06:28
mistake vs. sin: a example 249 drrayeye 26-May-18 20:03
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 223 greengirl5 26-May-18 23:14
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 224 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:20
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 241 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:07
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 233 drrayeye 28-May-18 03:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 268 drew 27-May-18 05:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 249 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 283 drew 28-May-18 02:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 220 PB Bytes 28-May-18 02:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 225 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:18
Sin or mistake 227 greengirl5 28-May-18 13:33
Re: Sin or mistake 225 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 13:49
Re: Sin or mistake 233 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin or mistake 216 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 14:30
Re: Sin or mistake 243 Susan Doris 28-May-18 13:50
Sinners and money-lenders 327 greengirl5 28-May-18 23:25
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 221 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:27
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 233 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:08
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 216 Susan Doris 29-May-18 14:46
Re: Sin - do you?! 217 PB Bytes 28-May-18 14:03
Re: Sin - do you?! 238 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:16
Re: Sin - do you?! 218 PB Bytes 28-May-18 14:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 248 Susan Doris 28-May-18 15:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 234 PB Bytes 28-May-18 15:52
Re: Sin - do you?! 222 Susan Doris 28-May-18 17:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 245 PB Bytes 28-May-18 17:39
Re: Sin - do you?! 225 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:45
Re: Sin - do you?! 230 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:27
Re: Sin - do you?! 223 Susan Doris 29-May-18 15:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 222 PB Bytes 29-May-18 22:10
Re: Sin - do you?! 238 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 287 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 04:24
Re: Sin - do you?! 265 drew 28-May-18 23:11
A complement--and a reminder 262 drrayeye 29-May-18 19:54
Re: A complement--and a reminder 245 Susan Doris 30-May-18 07:34
Re: A complement--and a reminder 236 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:57
Re: A complement--and a reminder 218 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:32
Re: A complement--and a reminder 226 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:31
Re: A complement--and a reminder 223 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:04
Re: A complement--and a reminder 226 drrayeye 30-May-18 20:24
Re: A complement--and a reminder 244 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:14
A caveat 218 drrayeye 31-May-18 11:45
Re: A caveat 212 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:48
Re: eloquence with words... 273 drew 02-Jun-18 01:12
Re: eloquence with words... 240 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:19
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 295 Nolondil 29-May-18 20:41
Deliberate obfuscation 258 drrayeye 29-May-18 23:20
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 304 Nolondil 29-May-18 23:50
I answer the question 225 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:32
Re: I answer the question 232 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:40
See earlier reply 208 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:35
Re: I answer the question 227 greengirl5 30-May-18 13:05
Re: I answer the question 243 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 13:54
discernment 212 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:24
Re: discernment 247 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 22:32
Re: discernment 221 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:40
Re: discernment 274 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 00:02
Thunderstruck! 212 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:28
Re: discernment 206 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 231 PB Bytes 30-May-18 23:14
Of course "sin" exists 229 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:54
Re: Of course "sin" exists 213 PB Bytes 31-May-18 01:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 281 Nolondil 31-May-18 00:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 238 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:43
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 226 PB Bytes 31-May-18 01:13
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 264 Nolondil 31-May-18 18:25
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 216 PB Bytes 31-May-18 19:00
Original sin--sort of 230 drrayeye 31-May-18 23:26
Re: Original sin--sort of 229 greengirl5 31-May-18 23:44
Re: Original sin--sort of 207 PB Bytes 01-Jun-18 03:59
Re: Original sin--sort of 232 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:24
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 244 Nolondil 01-Jun-18 00:37
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 216 PB Bytes 01-Jun-18 01:35
Very interesting! 265 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 01:42
Re: Very interesting! 218 PB Bytes 01-Jun-18 04:12
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 232 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 226 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:28
If not 'mistakes' then what? 232 PB Bytes 31-May-18 15:18
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 218 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:35
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 230 PB Bytes 31-May-18 18:05
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 226 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:31
Isn't it quite simple? 255 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:55
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 252 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:11
Thinking in earnest now 245 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 297 Nolondil 30-May-18 00:55
Re: Thinking in earnest now 216 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:37
Re: Thinking in earnest now 255 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 09:50
Re: Thinking in earnest now 233 Susan Doris 30-May-18 11:08
Re: Thinking in earnest now 265 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 17:46
Re: Thinking in earnest now 238 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:38
Re: Thinking in earnest now 233 greengirl5 31-May-18 12:57
Re: Thinking in earnest now 258 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 14:01
Re: Thinking in earnest now 218 greengirl5 31-May-18 14:19
Re: Thinking in earnest now 228 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:54
Re: Thinking in earnest now 258 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 17:35
Re: Thinking in earnest now 231 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 239 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 18:25
Smart/intelligent slime 212 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:05
Re: Smart/intelligent slime 208 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 13:29
Intelligent slime - not that simple! 222 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 23:03
Re: Intelligent slime - not that simple! 266 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:36
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 307 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 02:20
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 224 greengirl5 31-May-18 02:56
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 217 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:48
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 238 MLloydHudson 30-May-18 22:11
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 248 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:12
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 216 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:35
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 233 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:09
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 218 PB Bytes 30-May-18 16:52
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 228 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 240 PB Bytes 30-May-18 18:30
Another brainstorm of mine 228 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:56
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 225 PB Bytes 31-May-18 01:18
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 226 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:53
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 219 greengirl5 31-May-18 13:13
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 216 Susan Doris 31-May-18 15:02
the bible and God 237 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 216 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 235 PB Bytes 31-May-18 19:14
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 306 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 03:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 232 PB Bytes 31-May-18 04:22
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 226 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 243 PB Bytes 31-May-18 17:35
Job 241 PB Bytes 31-May-18 04:37
Re: Job 231 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:14
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 254 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 277 Susan Doris 30-May-18 05:02
Sin do you... 348 drew 25-Jun-18 23:44


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