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SIN—To Miss the Mark

Today I participated in my very first archery competition. I have only been shooting for a couple of months, but I was anxious to get out there and see what I could accomplish against guys that had been shooting much longer than I have. The target was a steel buck, literally a steel buck silhouette and a four-inch by four-inch square cut-away where a “kill” shot would be on a real deer. A target is placed behind the hole to stop any arrows that go through that little square. If you miss the square, you never get to shoot that arrow again because it hits the steel buck and destroys your arrow. (Great incentive to be accurate and for the sporting good store that sponsors the competition!) I experienced my first miss in round two at 35 yards. OUCH!!  When you hear your own arrow hit that steel and you realize that you have missed the mark, your stomach sinks, your heartbeat escalates and you feel more pressure in the next shot. It is interesting that we get the term “sin” from archery. It literally means to miss the mark.  I experienced that three times before finishing third place in that competition.

What happens to your arrow when you "sin" in a steel buck competition.


When you miss the mark or “sin” in a steel buck archery competition, you ruin your arrows, but even worse than that is when you “sin” in life. How do you know if you have missed the mark? Judge for yourself using the 10 commandments! Have you ever told a lie? I don’t really have to ask you if it was right or wrong, do I? You know that it was wrong. God says that he has written his law on your conscience. You know that murder is wrong, that stealing is wrong, and that lusting is wrong. No one has to tell you those things. The Bible tells us that, because you have missed the mark of what your conscience (and God’s Word) told you to do, there will be a consequence. Like the arrow that missed the mark and paid the price, you, too, will have to pay a price one day. When you are judged by the steel-hard truth of God’s perfect law, you will be found to have missed the mark.  Are you ready to answer to God for your SIN?  To find out, why not take the “Are You a Good Person” test to learn more.

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Leave13 Responses to testSIN—To Miss the Mark

  1. Rocky Salit August 6, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    You might want to specify you actually mean hamartia, the Greek word we translate to sin. Sin is derived from sinne, synne and the Old High German word sunta, which means true. It seems to be derived from the phrase “to be truly the one (who is guilty)”.

    Hamartia or hamartano is the Greek term for missing the mark.

    ãwen – was the Hebrew word we translate as sin, it means “iniquity, vanity, sorrow”.

  2. die kerze August 6, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    Why bothering if i sin?
    If i repent, god will forgive me.

  3. H. Bosma August 6, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    The ten commandments are only valid if you believe god.
    I agree with the ones on stealing, lying and killing. But by creating a special version (‘as god would interpret it’), nobody will be a good person.
    Luckily I know there will be no judgment after death, only during life. If I live my life according to my standards and do not inflict hurt and pain on others, I have been a good person.

  4. David Ray August 6, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Interesting reading, especially in the light of KEnt’s recent post on the evolution of complexity and chromosome number.

    To quote you: “How do you know if you have missed the mark? Judge for yourself using the 10 commandments! Have you ever told a lie? I don’t really have to ask you if it was right or wrong, do I? You know that it was wrong. ”

    Would you consider misrepresenting something to be a lie? I do and I think God would as well. As many have indicated, Kent’s description of what evolutionary theory states about chromosomes and organism complexity is not an accurate represenation of what the theory says. Yet, that post is still there with no acknowledgement of this fact.

    Suppose I were to say something about you, Eric, that I knew to be false. I would be sinning, wouldn’t I?. What if I didn’t actually know that it was false at the time but later someone pointed my error out to me? What would be the right thing to do? Wouldn’t it also be a sin to allow those I’d misinformed to remain misinformed? I’d think it would be to go those people and tell them that I was wrong in my initial statment, had been corrected, and then tell them what the real story is.

    Please do not delete or edit this post. It is:
    1. not disrespectful, I actually agree with you that people “miss the mark” all the time.
    2. has a valid first and last name.
    3. is on topic. Actually on two topics.
    4. has no URLs.

  5. Jonathan Sampson August 6, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Excellent analogy, Eric! For what it’s worth, you didn’t “sin” with this blog-entry. This came across, clear, sharp, and straight to the kill-zone, man. God bless!

  6. David Ray August 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    Ok. This one is off topic, sort of. I’ve been asking the authors of this site some difficult questions. Each time I do that, I start getting an error message when I try to visit the site. I’d like to give the authors of the site an opportunity to state on the record that they are not blocking me because of the difficult questions that they have yet to answer. This seems to be related to a single computer that I’m using. Fortunately, I have access to many.

    If I am wrong and this is an error on my end or some problem that others are also having, please let me know. I would very much like to continue reading this site and commenting on the writing.

    • CSE August 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

      We are not blocking you. What most people don’t realize is that every comment that is posted by our visitors has to be moderated. This will, at times, cause periods in a day when there are no comments approved/denied due to the fact that there must be one of the admins available to moderate.

      We are thankful for your active participation on drdino.com! Please keep coming, and tell your friends! ;)

  7. Nigel McNaughton August 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    So what is the deal with some comments not showing up unless you are logged in?

  8. CSE August 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    We have the right to approve, delete, and/or edit whatever we want, considering this is our website. However, we do not edit comments made by our readers to fit our liking, unless they contain words/statements that are considered inappropriate. To not approve a comment due to the nature of the content is not, by any means, “missing the mark”; but is rather wise. Most websites that allows visitor comments are moderated. ”

  9. Ryan Renfro August 9, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    I don’t like it when Christian use this approach to evangelism. I have sinned in my life and, unfortunately, still do from time to time, but I consider myself to be a “good person”.
    The whole “You’re not a good person” approach, I think, it sends the wrong message to non-believers. First off you will never reach the arrogant or self righteous with this as they will refuse to listen to it. Although, honestly, the probably refuse to listen to anything. Second, it will only beat down those that do and I don’t think that is the best way to reach people for Christ.
    Yes, it does take more than being a good person to reach heaven. It takes the love and forgiveness of Christ but telling a person they’re not “good” feels more like judgment then witnessing.

  10. Ryan Renfro August 9, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    @ David
    Just because you believe that that something isn’t an “accurate representation of what the theory” doesn’t mean that you’re right and doesn’t make the other person wrong or a liar.
    Frankly, posting all that here and trying to tie it into this post was very childish and deceitful to your true intent.

  11. David Ray August 10, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Yay for CSE! They let my post through after all. I hereby retract my statements about CSE not allowing my posts through and I apologize for the repetitive posts. Please feel free to delete the first one (beginning with “@Ryan, Would love to….). While I think they are both valid posts, they are repetitive and I think that the second one gets my points across in a much better way.

    The questions at their heart still stand and I eagerly await an answer. :-)

  12. Maria Jose Diaz Garcia /Association AMA August 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    If we get back to the topic of sin we can see that we miss the mark quite a bit. Jesus said he gave us a new law, a new testament or agreement. Part of that agreement is that we are no longer bound to the old law of “Don’ts”. We are now married to Jesus and His new law which is the fulfillment of the old law which is Love.”All the law is fulfilled in this word, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Now we have a religion of not just not doing wrong like stealing, but a religion that obligates us to do good and help others etc. We are no longer justified by trying to keep the law of “Don’ts” which is impossible to keep anyway, but are compelled by God’s love to fulfill an even greater law, which is to love God with all our heart and mind and soul and to love our neighbor as ourself. Since this is also quite a task and impossible to fulfill we rely on God’s grace and forgiveness through Jesus to see us through and we love and forgive others knowing that we ourselves are sinners also. So yes, we do miss the mark quite a bit on a daily bases if we are honest with ourselves, but it keeps us humble and dependent on Him and His righteousness and not our own which Isaiah says is stinking menstrual rags. So we are sinning saints saved by blood of the Lamb.