ORIGINS OF THE WORDS SIN AND EVIL
ORIGIN OF THE WORDS SIN AND EVIL
Sin & Evil: In the Aramaic Language and culture that the New Testament Biblical Jesus taught in, the terms for “sin” and “evil” were archery terms. When the archer shot at the target and missed, the scorekeeper yelled the Aramaic word for sin. It meant that you were off the mark, take another shot. In Aramaic, the word used is “ḥōb,” which can mean in many Aramaic dialects either a debt owed to a lender or a “sin.” Same with the Greek. In the Greek, “hamartia” means “missed the mark.” In Hebrew, “chait” was used in the same manner. Accurately translated as “error” or “mistake.”
The concept of sin was to be for positive mental feedback. Sin is when you are operating from inaccurate information and thus a perceptual mis-take. When you become conscious and aware of the results of your inaccuracy you have the option to reconsider what you have learned and do as they do in Hollywood, “do another take.” By the way, to further add to what was mentioned above, during the Olympic Archery events, where the arrow fell - when it missed the target - was referred to as evil. This coincides with the original Greek word mentioned above for missing the mark: “hamartia.”
The church system however, defines sin as “an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God’s will.” This would mean, by design, that the church decides what God’s will might be and therefore by default, is a decision as to what the church leaders have decided would be God’s will, since God is Spirit and unable to write a book.
Reaching much farther back into time, and into ancient mythology, Sin - (Akkadian) was god of the Moon; a counterpart of the Sumerian Nanna. In Mesopotamian religion, the god of the moon was the father of the sun god, Shamash (Sumerian: Utu), and in some myths, of Ishtar (Sumerian: Inanna), goddess of Venus, and with them formed an astral triad of deities.
Sin was represented as an old man with a flowing beard - a wise and unfathomable god - wearing a headdress of four horns surmounted by a crescent moon. The last king of Babylon, Nabonidus (556–539 BCE), attempted to elevate Sin to a supreme position within the pantheon.
Biblically speaking, “The wages of sin is death” say the scriptures. We must not look at scripture like this, in a literal sense. It is allegory and always carries a deeper esoteric and metaphorical meaning. Another way of seeing this verse is “what is paid or received for work or services due to inaccurate information and thus a perceptual mis-take, is a resulting ignorance.” As referenced in the first paragraph above: “debt owed to a lender.”
We are also seeing in action, the Law of Cause and Effect ... karma. We are not punished FOR our sin ... we are punished BY our sin. The consequences of ignorant thinking and acting.
We as human beings, must find the Truth and live within the Universal Laws that have been established ... boundaries. Laws such as mentalism, correspondence, vibration, polarity, rhythm, cause and effect, Gender, etc. When we learn to live within these parameters, we do not transgress the Laws. When we ultimately find the Truth, then “the Truth will make us free.”
Just a thought ...
Justin Taylor, ORDM.