The original definition of "sin" was "to miss the point".
The current dictionary definitions of "sin" (because this is how it is used now) are as follows:
1. A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.
a. Deliberate disobedience to the known will of God.
b. A condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience.
3. Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong.
intr.v. sinned, sin·ning, sins
1. To violate a religious or moral law.
2. To commit an offense or violation.
The original meaning of the word had nothing to do with breaking a law and being punished or abandoned for it unless you make amends. Just this one little mistranslated word (or was it deliberately redefined by some corrupt leader?) seems to have caused all the rampant judgment and condemnation popular among so many who believe in the Abrahamic God. The mistranslation of this little word seems to have single-handedly made the majority of believers in God notoriously judgmental. So much so that they don't realize they are forgetting one of the most important points of Jesus' teachings...not judging others!
Christians/Jews/Muslims, do you think its possible that you are following a man-made mistake in your holy text when you condemn others for their "sins"? Do you think its possible that the original point, before it was corrupted, was to just give people a friendly suggestion on how to find happiness?
I don't think Jesus says anything in the Bible - not about sin or anything else. Nowhere in the bible is there a book written by him. There are books written by men who claim to have known Jesus, written decades after his supposed death, but nothing that came directly from the man. Therefore, any mention about "sin", whether it means a serious transgression or simply "missing the point" are the words of other men who are supposedly reporting what Jesus might have said over half a century (or more) before. That means that the waters become even murkier. Did Jesus mention sin? Did he mean sin as we understand the definition to day? Did his "disciples", who wrote part of the NT really hear him talk? Did they live long enough to record those words? If so, were they of sound enough mind to accurately recall his words? Who knows if he really said anything about sin or what he meant by it?
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