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The Fall of Man: What Exactly Is Sin?

PERFECT:  conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type;
excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement;
exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose;
entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings;
accurate, exact, or correct in every detail;  thorough; complete;  utter

The sin word used most frequently in the Bible is hamartia, “missing the mark”.  It is the most comprehensive term for explaining sin.

The word Hamartia (Ancient Greek) is rooted in the notion of missing the mark (hamartanein) and covers a broad spectrum that includes ignorant, mistaken, or accidental wrongdoing, as well as deliberate iniquity, error, or sin.

The word Hamartano (Ancient Greek) is defined as:
to be without a share in
to miss the mark
to err, be mistaken
to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong
to wander from the law of God, violate God’s law, sin

The mark is PERFECTION.Perfection is the mark and Sin is anything outside of Perfection

The mark is perfection and anything outside of perfection is termed sin.

 Take note of the visual to the right.  What do you see?

The bullseye is where perfection resides.  This is where you set your focus.  Take aim.  Shoot.  You must hit 100% within the red zone of the center circle to achieve the goal.  Even a hair outside and you are disqualified.

What else do you see?  Or a more appropriate question might be what do you NOT see?

Numbers.  Rankings.  A point system.  Anything outside of the red bullseye is worth zero.  No credit.  

Sin is Sin.  Missing the mark is missing the mark.

Anything less than perfect is sin.  Missing the mark.  As you can see in the illustration, there are no points on God’s target.  Either you hit the bullseye or you do not.  Sin has no value system as some believe.  There are no grey areas.  It’s black or white.  In or out.  Hit the mark or miss the mark.  Perfect or sin.

Seem a little harsh?  Seem a lot harsh?  Sound a little too hellfire and brimstone for your taste?  Hang in there.  The story is not over yet.  

Remember back to the creation story found in the first few chapters of Genesis.  God created the world, all the plants, animals, and man.  God set man in a beautiful garden called Eden which means delight.  It was peaceful and all was provided without work, worry, or effort.  There was only ONE RULE.   Do not eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.

God essentially said you can have 99%.  All I ask for is 1%.

Adam and Eve did not have the Ten Commandments.  They didn’t have a list of laws.  Nothing in their world needed to be judged and determined good or bad.  It was all good.  They lived in freedom.  There was no way to sin, err, or miss the mark other than eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.  That was it.  One simple thing.

Unfortunately, the thing with humans is this – the minute you tell them they can’t do something, that is the one thing that becomes the focus.

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In the Beginning: From Paradise to No Dice  <  Previous Page

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Number 1 in a series  ->  In the Beginning: From Paradise to No Dice
Number 2 in a series  ->  The Fall of Man:  What Exactly Is Sin?
Number 3 in a series – >  The Fall of Man:  No Laws, No Sin
Number 4 in a series – >  The Fall of Man:  Separation from God
Number 5 in a series – >  The Fall of Man: All Men Declared sinful

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