Monday, October 31, 2011

Perfection

When Jesus commanded us to be perfect as our Father in Heaven, we learned something very important. We can reach perfection! In fact, how can we not be perfect when we were created by God, who is perfect. But what is perfection? How loving do you have to be? How smart, how spiritual? What spoken words constitute perfection? If you get fifty people in a room, you will have fifty versions of what is considered perfection. Since there is no universal definition of perfection, maybe perfection is just where you are at. We just have to recognize it. Everything in this world is an appearance. But behind all appearances is God, is perfection. As we strive to do things "better" (become more loving, etc.), we must also recognize the perfection of where we are at. Therein lies the paradox.

2 Comments:

  • At 6:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    So if that is true, what does the apostle Paul mean when he says "not as thought I have already attained, either were already perfect: But I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Jesus Christ, I press toward the mark...". Why is he pursuing perfecetion if he already has it?

     
  • At 8:23 PM , Blogger Lawrence Doochin said...

    The paradox is that there is only Oneness, but we live in a world with the appearance of duality. In this dream world, we CAN always be more loving, be a better listener, etc, so we are always striving to do "better." But there is no mark we can hit that says we have achieved perfection, again in this world of duality only. As we strive to do better and realize there is no set definition of perfection, we remember who we are, our Oneness with Him, and the perfection that is a part of that. Where you are getting tripped up is on the paradox, which in this case says that we are already perfect AND we move toward perfection in this duality.

     

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