Well, Dancer.... I think you're on the right track there. As to original sin and it being passed on.... Sin (Heb. chata
) is an term used in
archery for missing or falling short of the target. What's our target? Well, Yeshua (Jesus) answered that -- love God and love your neighbor.
As an ex-Air Force puke who spent numerous hours on the rifle range I can tell you that missing or falling short of the target isn't as bad as
walking off the rifle range and not bothering to qualify. "Hello, Fort Leavenworth!"
This is where iniquity (Heb. aon
) comes into play. Aon
means "to turn aside; to dwell elsewhere." Falling short of the target
(sinning) is no biggy. Why? Because at least your TRYING to hit the target. What happens when you missing the target? Well, the Range Official
(i.e., Holy Spirit) just comes over to you and tells you to remember your breath control (i.e., confess/admit to your shortcomings), sight alignment
(i.e., repent and change your perspective) and trigger squeeze (i.e., do what needs done, that is to say, good works). Sin ain't no biggy....
Now then.... Throwing your rifle on the ground and walking off the rifle range in a huff and yelling at the Range Official and failing to qualify is
gonna land you in some deep dukey PDQ! Still, inquity, this turning aside to dwell elsewhere, can be corrected and a working relationship with the
Range Official can easily be restored -- after all the Range Official has seen it all before.
So, I just don't see how a father's iniquity can be passed onto his children. I can see where a poor example of markmanship might effect his
children, but his kids always have the opition of going to or leaving the rifle range ... and they're free to follow their father's example or not
... as they will. So much for original sin....
For those who just don't give a flying flip and don't wish to "qualify" on the rifle range of life.... Well, that's their choice and I'm sure a
place for them will be set aside until such time as they come to their senses, eh? Of course, some people are just plum sick and might just get off
on eternal suffering. Who knows?
But seriously, for the Jewish take on this go to the following link and scroll down to "p. 376 ET," "p. 377 ET," and "p. 378 ET" :
[edit on 6-6-2005 by smadewell]