What is the origin and meaning of the word 'sin'?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Greek word hamartia (ἁμαρτία) is usually translated as sin in the New Testament. In Classical Greek, it means "to miss the mark" or "to miss the target" which was also used in Old English archery.

    There's more to this, actually:

    "The English word sin derives from Old English synn. The same root appears in several other Germanic languages, e.g. Old Norse synd, or German Sünde. The word may derive, ultimately, from *es-, one of the Indo-European roots that meant "to be," and is a present participle, "being." Latin, also has an old present participle of esse in the word sons, sont-, which came to mean "guilty" in Latin. The root meaning would appear to be, "it is true;" that is, "the charge has been proven." The Greek word hamartia (ἁμαρτία) is often translated as sin in the New Testament; it means "to miss the mark" or "to miss the target".

    "Sin" was also the name of the Babylonian moon god. Some students in recent times have postulated a connection with the modern English word "sin", but this can only be a folk-etymology, because the etymology shown above from Anglo-Saxon synn is historically documented, the certified cognates are in Germanic languages, and no connection with the Babylonian religion can be cited."

  • 4 years ago

    Greek Word For Sin

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    What I can no longer understand about any monotheistic idea out there is how it separates life from its source. On one hand it says the God is everywhere, and on the other hand I am some kind of separate entity that by design, or deed, am somehow independent, or have been removed from it. But, if I didn't have that source of life flowing through me at every moment, I would simply drop dead. Because, God is life. There is no "other life" than this one we know of with any certainty. We don't have, or have not, a life - we are life. The key is to be mindful of it, and that's a hard thing to do in a system substitutes life with lifestyle

    The only rational conclusion is that God, or the source of life - whatever it is, has been taking up forms in a myriad of manifestations, including us, for a long - long time.. The only tragedy is never recognizing it, because what remains is delusion. The original word for sin simply means to be unaware, or unmindful, of the life you are. Don't miss real life! We exist to live here in this world. Where else can you really live?

    Words have life no differently than a kid who is told he/she is stupid, or ugly, or useless, or bright, pretty, or a can do guy. If you believe them, you are either trapped by the hurt, or generally end up full of yourself. They're just words, and they are all common. But, if you want to chase phantom words around in your mind you are free to do so. But, I have yet seen a pair of words create a single progeny, or any other real life. Have you?

  • Yoda
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Sin is from Old English Syn (also equivalent to O.N. Synd) and means "separation, division", a sinner being one who divides, separates i.e., self-centered'ness or selfishness. It has the similar meaning as Satan "the adversary, divider". The Old English word syndrian is directly related to Syn, and survives today in modern English as Sunder. The reason for the variation is that other Germanic languages which influenced the development of English have various spellings for sin

    For instance

    Old Frisian (sinne) turned OE syn into Modern English sin.

    Old Frisian (sunder) turned OE syndrian into Modern English sunder.

    Through comparison with Latin, some etymologists have become attached to the idea that the word sin is connected to 'being' or 'truth', but this is plainly absurd and mainly due to illusions arising from a made up language (PIE or proto-indo-european).

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  • 6 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The source of Sin: Genesis 3:1; 2Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 20:2

    The Nature of Sin: Genesis 3:4-6

    Lucifer [Satan ] brought sin into the world:

    Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-17


    A transgression of the Law of God; disobedience to or violation of the divine commands; moral deparvity; iniquity; wickedness; unrighteousness; ungodliness.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Exterminating Angel has the meaning part correct.

    I would guess the name of the word however most likely is derived from the Babylonian/Assyrian god who is named Sin.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In Islam, all sins can be forgiven except associating others with God. Whatever sins a Muslim commits, will be pardoned if he offers sincere repentance and does a lot of good deeds. The good deeds wipe out the bad ones. The door of repentance is always open and Allah will accept the repentance until the Muslim dies.

    Muslims do not accept that there is anything called 'original sin'. They strongly reject the idea of God begetting a son for this purpose: To them God is one and one only; He does not beget, nor is He begotten; and there is no one like God.

    Sin, from the point of view of Islam, is a conscious and willful act that violates a commandment of God or the right of a fellow being. We cannot consider a person to be a sinner if he or she acts under duress or out of ignorance. Because, human accountability is an important aspect of justice as envisaged in Islam. And no one can be truly held accountable for an action he has no power to avoid. Because, God does not lay more burden on a human than he can bear.

    Islam teaches that sin is an avoidable act that harms the perpetrator's own soul. This means that there is no innate or inherited nature that prompts a person to disobey God. That is to say, it is a person's free choice whether to sin or not; and one's disposition to sin is only as much as, if not less than, their inclination to do good.

  • 6 years ago

    All wrong.Go to Under Protest. Avasilable on Kindle. Strong's is wrong. Sorry.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    From a biblical view point sin is the transgression of God's laws.

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