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Re: CHAT: Lord's Prayer

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Friday, November 12, 1999, 21:07
On Fri, 12 Nov 1999 12:53:19 -0500 Bryan Maloney <bjm10@...>
> Wrong--at least the Orthodox Church teaches that we can sin against > God, > against people, against countries, etc. The idea that "sin" is > EXCLUSIVELY and ONLY "spiritual crime" is an aberration, not part of > the > oldest Hebrew and early Christian tradition of interpretation. The > English word "sin" is used to translate the Greek "amartia"--meaning > "to > miss the mark". It can refer to "spiritual crime" but to a host of > OTHER > acts that "miss the mark" as well. translation from the Hebrew _hheitt_? The idea of "sinning" as not just 'breaking the law', but 'missing the mark' seems to be very much played up in Jewish Mysticism. And in Israel, when a soccer player misses a goal, they use the same verb. Very strange to someone who has only ever heard the word _hhattati_ to mean "i have sinned". I'd expect them to start hitting their chest with their fist next! :-) -Stephen (Steg) ___________________________________________________________________ Get the Internet just the way you want it. Free software, free e-mail, and free Internet access for a month! Try Juno Web: