| Imperfect Perfection And The Free Will Fraud
Used by permission, from the Agnostic Review of Christianity website
Bible believers are usually very fond of making claims about "God".
Christians will always chirp about how God made man perfect and that man "sinned" and became imperfect.
This issue falls into the category of misleading and false advertising done by Christians and it's one of the worst examples of how they will define words in whatever way suits their needs.
This commonly used ploy of claiming that the Bible God is perfect but that man sinned and became imperfect is used to relieve God of the responsibility for creating something that performed an imperfect act.
Christians are simply making a claim that sounds good on paper or in a sermon but really has no meaning when examined beneath the surface.
Claiming that a particular God is perfect has important ramifications. Let's examine how this claim holds up under some basic scrutiny and examination.
First, let's look at what the word "perfect" means.
The word PERFECT in it's formal, literal, and strict sense means to be without flaw.
The FORMAL meaning of perfect is:
1. without faults: without errors, flaws, or faults
Perfect in an INFORMAL sense means:
2. complete and whole: complete and lacking nothing essential
When Christians use the word "perfect" to describe God's works, they really mean that God created man with INFORMAL perfection. This becomes obvious once you start asking questions and hold the Christian claim up to the light and examine it.
INFORMAL perfection is complete but also temporary. It has no staying power, and it has flaws which appear with time.
If "sin" is wrong, incorrect, or an imperfect act, then God did not create man perfect in a literal and formal sense.
As soon as a perfect being "sins" or does anything which is "wrong", it proves that the being wasn't created perfect in the first place.
INFORMAL perfection is the product of a God that is not all powerful or not truly perfect in his actions.
Either God deliberately created man knowing that he was creating something which had a flaw or there is no such thing as "sin".
A truly perfect being, perfect in the FORMAL use of the word, cannot at any time create something which is flawed, cannot perform an imperfect act, and cannot make an imperfect choice.
There is no way around this logic except to use the word perfect in an INFORMAL sense and really mean that God created man initially sinless but with imperfections.
The problem is that Christians attempt to pass off the word perfect in the FORMAL sense because they have to portray their God as ultimate source of FORMAL perfection.
The Bible portrays God as perfect.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
If this verse is to have any real meaning at all, then God's works must be perfect in a FORMAL sense. Anything less than a formal meaning is not perfection in a Godly sense. So God's works have no flaws if God is all-powerful and the very essence of perfection.
Yet, God's works are flawed because they make imperfect choices.
Christians want people to think that the Bible God is perfect and that he can do nothing which is imperfect and so they will make claims that can't stand up to scrutiny and then attempt to dilute the meaning of the words used to prove the claim.
This tactic is akin to saying that an all black horse is all black only some of the time.
The last thing Christians want is to have their God creating anything that is less than perfect.
How do Christians get around this glaring dilemma of a perfect god that creates imperfect beings? They simply declare that God created man perfect but that man caused his own imperfection. God was simply a bystander to the imperfection.
However, Christians are left with the problem that their God created something which was FORMALLY imperfect and flawed. Of course they will simply switch the meaning of perfect to an INFORMAL sense to escape the dilemma.
Another example of Godly imperfection can easily be demonstrated:
The Bible God (whose works are perfect according to Deut 32:4), repented from making his creation.
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
Since God was sorry and regretted that he made man, it's only logical to say that God made an imperfect decision when he created man in the first place.
Now we have two imperfections originating from a perfect deity:
1) God performed an imperfect act when he created the world and man.
2) Man, a work of God, performed an imperfect act when he "sinned".
If what God made was truly perfect, perfect in a Godly sense, perfect in a formal sense, there would be no need to regret or repent from that creation.
The bottom line is that Christians will make claims which attempt to portray their God as the ultimate in perfection yet they will quickly adopt INFORMAL uses of the word perfect in order to mask the less than perfect actions of their God.
The final ploy Christians will use to escape all the problems which their chronic dysfunctional logic produces is the claim that God gave man "free" will which allows man to make imperfect decisions despite his God given "perfection". Once again, this ploy falls apart when examined objectively. No matter how much "free" will a perfect being has, if it ever makes an imperfect choice or sins, then it wasn't made perfect in the first place.
Formal perfection excludes the possibility of ever sinning. The "free" will being can only make decisions which are perfect in all senses. Either there is no such thing as sin or God didn't make man perfect.
That would lead to the conclusion that God deliberately created man imperfect so that he could have "free" will.
Christians can't have it both ways. Either all of the Bible God's works are not truly perfect as the Bible says, or man never "sinned" in the first place. Either explanation Christians choose paints them into a theological corner that results in a doctrinal contradiction of massive proportions.
[Footnote on "free" will:
The "free" will claim is one of the most dishonest put forth by Christians to excuse God from making an imperfect creation.
When Christians attempt to use the "free" will ploy, they again butcher the dictionary and ignore what words mean.
The word "free" means without charge.
There is no such thing as "free" will or "free" choice if an incorrect choice is punished. Christianity plants it's foundations squarely on an ultimatum. An incorrect "free" choice lands you in hell as retribution for your failure to make the correct choice or reach a correct conclusion that a character named Jesus is your savior.
There is nothing "free" about it in any sense. It's the type of ultimatum the Mafia gives to shopkeepers when they give them the "free" will to either pay protection money to the Mafia or face the results of their "free" choice not to pay up.
The "free" will claim as advertised by Christians is bogus and a sham.
Christians would do well to read what their Bible says before making such dishonest claims about the Bible God giving man "free" will. The New Testament shoots the "free" will claim to pieces:
According as he (God) hath chosen us (believers) in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
In whom also we (believers) have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him (God) who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Note from the prior verses that: God predestines at least some people to their fate. Predestine means to determine in advance. There is no "free" will when your fate is determined in advance by God before you were even born.
Everything is worked out according to His (God's) pleasure and conforms to His (God's) purpose and will. The Bible God is the one with "free" will, not the creation. As the verses so clearly state, HIS plan, HIS pleasure, HIS purpose, HIS will.
The next time you hear a Christian attempt to make claims about the Bible God, always keep a dictionary and Bible handy to remind yourself how shallow and deceptive their advertising really is.]