Interesting perspective and well worth the read.
Many concepts in the ancient Church are presented in greek, a language of notable nuance and clarity. The “missing the mark” described as “sin” in the West is in fact derived from the greek “hamartia” (hamartanein). Hamartiology is a branch of theological study in the West, exhausted by its dominant juridical view on the subject. While the Christian East makes use of legal imagery from the scriptures, the overtone surrounding hamartia is holistic rather than legal. While the West defines sin by complex categories and inferences, the Christian East describes it as misusing the Life-giving Energies of God.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). As the faithfulness and changelessness of the Holy One is the foundation for all orthodox theology, it is easy to understand that it…
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