EVIL AND HUMAN SINFULNESS
Whyis Evil and Human sinfulness in the world?
Eviland Human Sinfulness in the World
Thereare dozens of terms that the Bible uses to describe evil and humansinfulness in the world. Each of the term used underscores a distinctaspect of human sin. It is, therefore, a matter of great essencethat the different terms used in the Holy Scriptures to describehuman sin should be a topic of study. This paper will seek todescribe three examples of the different terms that the HolyScriptures uses to describe evil and human sinfulness in the world.
Oneof the most common terms used to describe human sin in the Bible isthe Hebrew word rá.The basic meaning of the term ráisevil or bad or blemished (2 Kings 2:19). The usage of this term ishighly prevalent in the Old Testament. For instance, we read in the 2kings about the waters of Jericho ‘going bad’. Also, in the bookof Deuteronomy 17:21 and Leviticus 27:10, the term rá (blemishedcattle) has been used metaphorically to refer something that is evil,sinful and unworthy for sacrifice. Since a blemish is a defect thatdestroys the perfect nature, sin has also done the same to Humanbeing who was initially perfect and created in the image of Godbecause of the original sin.
Anotherword that has been used in place of the term human sin is chatta’ath.The basic meaning of chatta’athis sin or sinful (Grubbs & Kimmitt, 2013). This term originatedfrom the word chata’this refers to missing the mark. For example, in Romans 7:15, St.Paul wrote that “For I do not that good which I will but the evilwhich I hate.
Lastly,the word opheilemahas been used severally in the Bible to refer to sin. The termOpheilemaisa Greek word that means debt (Romans 4:4). In one of the biblicalusage, the term has been employed in one of the version of the prayerin Luke, with the translated verse being Forgive us as we forgivethose who are indebted to us.
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