What is Sin?
When do we sin? Is it when we break the rules? Is
it when we misinterpret the semantics of religious leaders? Is it when we do
not feel guilty for being happy and satisfied? Or it is when do not have
love? Without love we do not take care our minds, bodies and spirits. We do
not take care of our brothers and sisters, we do not care for the universe
and planets and all the wonders of nature. Without love there is no
knowledge. Without knowledge there is no growing and without growing and
learning we are wasting a lifetime. Without love there can be no simplicity,
humility or non-interference. We sin when we do not take responsibility for
our actions and the consequences thereof.
Sin is a thought, action or inaction, which aims to
miss the Way. This is the literal meaning of the Greek word h'amartia
that is translated in Scripture as 'sin'. Hamartia is an archery
term, used to describe the action to shoot an arrow with the purpose of
missing the target. If I should throw a rock at my neighbour's windscreen to
help him learn the valuable lesson of compassion, hoping he will turn his
car stereo down, then I am sinning even though I did hit the target. I
purposefully acted in a way contrary to the Way of humility, simplicity and
compassion-so I sinned. So what then, if after the neighbour has learned his
lesson, I have failed mine...?
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