However we are not perfect but quite flawed, thus humans who were made in God’s likeness and image are not perfect and therefore God is flawed. If God is perfect then wouldn’t a perfect being have hindsight of the creation he/she made would eventually be “sinful” and if humans became “sinful” and we were created in her /his image then God is “sinful”. Humanity has never worshipped perfect beings, I don’t think we can say that God is perfect. In the Methodist tradition ) there is the concept of sanctification that we are striving towards perfection a concept that John Wesley believed and was heavily influenced by Gregory of Nyssa who believed in deification ( becoming like God). Hence if God is perfect and Methodists are striving towards perfection or as someone said in my 718 class completion, then humanity made in the image of God will become like her perfect and complete, that’s if we believe that God is perfect and complete. I do say though that even though God may not be perfect,, humans are still striving to become like her and hence because we are made in the likeness of God and we are flawed and sinful, God is sinful and flawed. As I said earlier on the idea of a perfect being is a new concept and belongs to Christianity, Judaism and Islam as we believe in a perfect deity. For thousands of years mankind and womankind as worshiped gods and goddesses that are flawed c.f the Greek gods, the Egyptian gods, the Celtic gods, the Norse Gods, gods of the near east etc and even in Hinduism. We have gods mating with humans, taking parts in wars, killing humans, killing and overthrowing each other and yet they were still worship.
The idea of a perfect god in Christianity is a false reality because even in the text that we have in the canon, if we believe that the bible is infallible and literal and came down from the sky from God, then we have to take to task the situations in the text that God told people to go into other people’s land and take it from them,we have a God who orders the slaughter of women, children, animals so that she/he can give the land of the people that were killed to his/her chosen people. We have to task the situation where this God curses David’s family instead of punishing David and have two of his sons killed, his daughter and concubines and wives raped. This is a God that flood a whole planet , killing millions of people.
This supposedly Perfect being is actually doing the same thing that gods of old and other religions have done. If you believe the text literally in the Old Testament, this god is not perfect or even good ( but that’s for another note). So I have been wondering where did the idea of a perfect God come into the Christian tradition if the text supports God is not perfect. I started thinking that the idea of perfect God may be how most of us view Jesus as the perfect son of God or God himself depends on which Christian you ask ( although Jesus never claimed to be God, Mark 10:18 where he says no one is good but God, so if he was talking about himself then wouldn’t he have referred to himself as God?). Anyways I believe how folks view God comes from how folks view Jesus. Many Christians you speak too believe that Jesus is a perfect person despite the fact he flipped tables over at the temples, that he was possibly prejudice and probably sexist but he is still considered perfect and the only human who has not sinned or fallen short of the Glory of god , whatever that suppose to mean. I think also many including me believe that thought of Jesus being perfect may have come from John’s text where Jesus is being shown very divine and godlike yet even though he is shown to be superhuman, divine and a god, John still does not portray Jesus as a perfect being , he is still flawed, just that he has godlike powers and is divine. So the issue of God and or Jesus being perfect is false as the text does not support it. I think the idea that Jesus or and God are considered flawless by Christians because we do not want to think of an imperfect deity creating us or dying for our sins because if Jesus or God are not perfect what would be the point?. Humanity was not program to be perfect or to worship perfect beings, our history of worship and religion does not support this, nor does the religious texts support perfection.
A perfect Jesus, a perfect God is wishful thinking by us as there is no such thing. So if Jesus and God are not perfect, what exactly are we Methodists striving towards? perfection, completion, becoming like God ( perfect being) all mean the same thing. because I have come to the conclusion if we are striving towards perfection or as Gregory of Nyssa says becoming like God, then we are already perfect and already like God but since the text in my opinion doesn’t support a perfect Jesus or a perfect God, then God is like us flawed and imperfect and since we are made in the image and likeness of God we are like God and have already strived in becoming him, that is imperfect and flawed. A perfect Jesus or God is a false dichotomy or assumption and no evidence to support this . but I guess we want to worship something better and above us despite the evidence of contrary and despite humanity’s historical past of worshipping a non perfect beings. perfection in gods, goddesses, angels, spirits and humanity is not realistic and is unobtainable but I digress as the Methodist in me is striving towards the unattainable and unrealistic goal of perfection