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Old 12-03-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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MISSING THE MARK?

When the question of sin comes up Christian teachers are quick to point out that sin has to do with "missing the mark".

The Greek word Sin hamartia (G264) is derived from the root word hamartanō (G266) which historically was an archers term that means to "miss the mark" . (See definitons below):

With that in mind, Modern Christianity in an attempt to trivialize willful sin often says something like this:

"Therefore to sin merely means to miss the mark; which seems to be a small thing since nobody hits the mark every time - right? After all nobody is perfect."

To understand the true meaning it must be understood that the root word meant much more than just missing the bulls eye from time to time. It means to miss the mark and so not share in the prize.

For example: Think of a King gathering an army of archers and he had them tested to see if they could hit a target with their bow an arrow. Those who missed the mark were disqualified.

That is the sense of the Greek word "hamartanō" The archer did not get more chances - it was miss and out. The word denotes failure with consequences.

In the Biblical sense the word "sin" which is derived from "hamartanō" refers to those who miss the mark by breaking God's commandments - that was how John used it in context concerning willful sin.

1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth SIN transgresseth also the law: for SIN is the transgression of the law.

Those who sin ignorantly have missed the mark God has established in the ten commandments. They can be forgiven.

Those who commit sin (miss the mark) willfuly, are not children of God.

1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil
1Jn 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin;

Definitions:
G266 hamartia sin - offence, sin (-ful). -From G264;

(G264 hamartanō properly to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize),

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Old 12-03-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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The Apostle Paul used the verb hamartano when he wrote, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God …" to
some degree. (Romans 3:23)
Hamartophobia is believed to be developed from hereditary – genetics and brain chemistry – in combination with life experiences, having an abnormal fear of error and sin.

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Old 12-03-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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The Apostle Paul used the verb hamartano when he wrote, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God " to
some degree. (Romans 3:23)
Hamartophobia is believed to be developed from hereditary genetics and brain chemistry in combination with life experiences, having an abnormal fear of error and sin.
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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All Christians sin more or less and only as we get more of Jesus in our life then sin is greatly reduced, as the Lord can prune sin out and give the adversary spirit less authority in our lives , as the world is a dark place and getting the devil out would mean us leaving the earth and going to heaven were the devil is not there...... But Jesus said when we repent He will clean us of all unrighteousness, ...but men go to sleep and sin can come back and stick in our face , so we need to resist it day to day hour to hour ..... See when we so called `missed the mark `then we listened to the lying spirits and discerned Jesus Spirit wrong and was lead to a dead end were we wasted our time and even money we may need ... Jesus said some will miss the mark and fall into iniquity and then lose faith in the Lord , .. is were the Lord can say`` I do not know you ``..were we need to turn around and repent and find the Lord in His way and resist our ways ........ Like in Philippians 3: 14 ..Apostle Paul said ...``I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus ``....... Not missing the mark but press toward the mark of High calling ``....
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:57 AM
 
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All good parents know that the only way for children to really learn wisdom is to be allowed to make mistakes. Had God wanted perfect people to start out with, he would not have allowed sin to enter the world. And if God only loved perfect beings, he would not have "invented" grace. God is in the mercy business, not the condemning business.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:29 AM
 
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All good parents know that the only way for children to really learn wisdom is to be allowed to make mistakes. Had God wanted perfect people to start out with, he would not have allowed sin to enter the world. And if God only loved perfect beings, he would not have "invented" grace. God is in the mercy business, not the condemning business.
Amen sister!!!! I guess we all have to make a choice how we will view God...either as a PURE UNCONDITIONAL AGAPE LOVING GOD...or as an EGOIC MEGALOMANIACAL TYRANT GOD. It's no different than how we view other human beings...we either LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS AS OURSELVES (all of humanity)...or we view others as ENEMIES (we exclude those that are different)...it all boils down to our own personal CHOICES.

I choose to see the GOOD and not the EVIL. Just saying...
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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If you are an archer, deliberately missing the mark is absurd...

Verna, can you explain in what situation an archer would ever try to miss a target?
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:33 AM
 
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If you are an archer, deliberately missing the mark is absurd...

Verna, can you explain in what situation an archer would ever try to miss a target?
Practice makes perfect for the evil man. Practice makes perfect for the good man too.

To Him that overcometh! what you may ask?

Sin!

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all else shall be added.

Sadly, Seeking God First! Is not part of our Christian culture.

The stage dwellers preach you need do nothing, Jesus did it all for you.
This would be a lie, and has caused mass suffering here on earth, and in the heavens.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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If you are an archer, deliberately missing the mark is absurd...
It sure is!

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Verna, can you explain in what situation an archer would ever try to miss a target?
Ummmmmm...no......except maybe in a situation like, if a big 'ol buck was walking somewhere behing the target...?...and it was hunting season...?
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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quote=Heartsong;21972545]All good parents know that the only way for children to really learn wisdom is to be allowed to make mistakes. Had God wanted perfect people to start out with, he would not have allowed sin to enter the world. And if God only loved perfect beings, he would not have "invented" grace. God is in the mercy business, not the condemning business.[/quote]

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Amen sister!!!! I guess we all have to make a choice how we will view God...either as a PURE UNCONDITIONAL AGAPE LOVING GOD...or as an EGOIC MEGALOMANIACAL TYRANT GOD. It's no different than how we view other human beings...we either LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS AS OURSELVES (all of humanity)...or we view others as ENEMIES (we exclude those that are different)...it all boils down to our own personal CHOICES.

I choose to see the GOOD and not the EVIL. Just saying...
Amen sisters!!! Our God is a wonderful loving Father guiding our growth with infinite patience.

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