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Can a perfect being create imperfect beings?

How can a creative being that is perfect create lesser beings that are not perfect, that’s a more interesting question.

It’s like asking if an artist can put paint to canvas and create a picture that doesn’t contain an aspect that the artist himself does not possess.

Consider this though, perfection is valueless without imperfection.  One without the other is an impossibility.  It’s like light without shade, hot without cold and white without black.  If it were all light, all hot, all white it would all be valueless, because it’s only in the differences that we can understand ourselves, our relationships with each other and with God.  Life is all about contrast, so is spirituality too.

When I seek to understand reality, I really want to know about God, like when I view a painting, I’m really learning something about the artist.

The logical contradiction here is that we have a perfect being that has somehow created flawed human beings.  The logical position being that a perfect being must contain imperfection otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to have it manifest in his creations.

The trick of the light is that we are looking at this from our point of view, using human based value judgements and terms that might not be applicable to the divine.

So we need to change the words slightly and say is it possible for an unlimited being to create beings that are limited.  Then clearly the answer must be yes.

In short there’s no such thing as imperfection only degrees of limitation amongst all of God’s creations.  Imperfection is what a human being sees.  Spiritual growth and spiritual potential is what God sees.

Now what is interesting here is that God has never directly claimed to be perfect, only human beings have claimed God to be perfect.   When asked directly God has claimed to be the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  In other words, god’s direct claim is to be all things and a changing being.

‘I am what I am, I will be what I will be..’

From the point of view of spiritual growth, it’s all perfect.  The world with it’s troubles, conflicts, it’s pains and it’s miseries, contrasted against it’s pleasures and delights seem to sum up all of the above in a manifest form, making it the perfect place for spiritual growth.

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