Thank you for your reply and description and I do think that definition did come from the Greeks, however it is much much older than that definition.
Its origins actually go back to pre-dynastic Egypt. The worship of the cycles of Night and Day ie, the cycles of life being life and death were the
predominate at the time. There were two aspects worshiped as gods whom oversaw their part of the cycle. Those two gods were represented as the Sun and
the Moon. The Sun god, known as Amen, represented birth and life and the Moon god, known as Sin, represented death and the afterlife.
The cycles of Birth(sunrise), Life(the day), Death(sunset), and the Afterlife(night) were seen as a progression and one process. Amen, meaning
“hidden”, was the main deity of the city of Thebes(Karnak and Luxor) from Pre-Dynastic Egypt and was seen as the creation Deity by the priests of
Hemopolis. He was depicted as ram-headed, more specifically a woolly ram with curved horns. When the Thebians established their sovereignty in Egypt
during the Middle Kingdom, Amen became a dominant deity and by the 8th Dynasty he had became the king of the gods. His name was spelled, at this time,
in different ways, for example Amen, Amon, Amun, Ammon, Amoun and Imen. By the the 11th Dynasty his name was settled on the spelling of Amun and in
the 18th dynasty he had been merged with Ra, thus, Amun-Ra, making him half man and half ram. Later he was associated with Horus and was shown as half
man and half Hawk which he is better known today, but I digress.
During this process the cycle was split, as two cycles, Life and Death. Amen, being a jealous god did not stand for people to worship others, so to
worship Sin(the Moon god or the Death cycle) was a no no, to put it mildly, making Sin a naughty word. the Eastern symbol of the Yin and Yang attempt
to put this concept of cycles back together. The Yin, being the dark side is Lucifer or illuminated by Sin(the Moon) and the Yang, being the light
side is God or Amen hidden in the shadows.
The Moon god, Sin, and the Underworld(Egyptian afterlife) which was guarded by the 7 children of the god Anu (aka 7 fates, aka the 7 Judges of Hell)
known as the Annunaki(Ananki in Greek) where considered the enemies of Life, as they represented Death and they became the negative(the separation of
good and evil) this is how the 7 fates became represented in the Bible as the 7 deadly SINs.
So, if you take this and the loose definitions of Greek words, as they have multiple meanings, you begin to see that to sin is to miss the mark, or
miss the point, or to loose the focus of the light, or to fall from Amen to Sin. As you may notice The Sun god Amen is still payed homage in the 3
major religions(Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) at the end of prayer and the Moon god Sin, is still seen as the adversary or opposite of the light.
I am willing to show, from the 18th Dynasty Egypt to modern times, how the Priesthood of Amen or, as the spelling became, the Amun-Ra Priesthood
influenced the organization of all 3 major religions in order to form a controlling body still in effect today if you wish me to, but that goes beyond
the topic of this thread.
If you have questions feel free to ask.
Edit to say: S&F for the thread btw.
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