I must have horrified the practitioners of various religions by one of my blogs, in which I held that there is no such thing as good and evil. At least, not in the sense in which various religions give it their meaning. We know now that the biblical word ‘sin’ is the translation of a Greek word derived from archery, meaning: “missing the mark”.
This leads us to saints and sinners. Let’s face it, both, saints and sinners miss the mark on occasion, but that’s no reason to send anyone to eternal damnation. Nor keeping your ship on a straight keel makes you a saint.
Saint means one thing and one thing only. It means whole. Complete. All that you are meant to be. If you achieve such a state of consciousness, you can, and usually do, make miracles. The word saintly, or holy, as in “holy bible”, is derived from Old English word: ‘halig’ of Germanic origin. It is related to Dutch and German ‘heilig’, meaning ‘whole’. Hence “holy bible” implies that all we need to know can be found within its voluminous pages. It helps, of course, if we understand what the ancients were talking about two or three thousand years ago. My Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism may be of some help in that.
So to get back, again, to saints and sinners, we are told that we must strive to become all that we can be. This attitude has little to do with teachings of most religions, least of all, of the sacerdotal interpretations of the scriptures. There is no money in making people all they can be. In fact, it might raise undesirable competition. Hence, the meaning of sinner has been adapted to suit the organizations, which make money out of their version of various scriptures, mostly by the use of the stick and carrot technique, while ‘holy’ is reserved to things or organizations like holy church, holy days of obligations, holy grail, various holy scriptures, holy trinity, not to mention holy moly, holy cow, and “holy Moses”.
No disrespect intended, but the meaning of the word has changed fundamentally. Originally, only that which was in the image of the Whole, was identified as holy. Nothing else. Things change…
Hence, saints and sinners. To repeat, saints are people, men and women, who have reached completeness. Who are whole, or holy. Who identify with all that they are—in consciousness, mind, emotions and body.
Sinners are the rest of us, who have not yet reached this exalted state. Who are still missing the mark. The bull’s eye. But… well, some of us keep trying.
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