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Saturday, May 31, 2003                                                                                       View Comments

Created imperfect?

On your comment concerning "Created imperfect, how could god expect Adam and Eve to act perfectly"? The bible says nothing concerning perfection, rather it mentions man being without sin. If you look at the bible metaphorically, with a practical eye, I believe you'll be able to solve many of your discrepencies with it. In example... the "Tree Of Knowledge". If you give it much thought, sin stems from an imperfect understanding of the universe, while we are not available to perfect knowledge, which is complete knowledge, we are compromised and (Sinful). Basically, man was created ignorant. The tree of knowledge was a choice. This is perhaps where best the phrase "ignorance is bliss" fits in. Possessing not even imperfect knowledge, man was rendered without sin, because he did not have a means to comprehend his actions and thus was an animal. He did however have free will, and thus out of perhaps curiosity, he chose to eat from the tree of knowledge. All this really states is that you can not blindly ignore the universe when you have an understanding of why things occur. God did not hold man to some idealism, preaching perfection. Adam ate of the tree of 'knowledge', and when he had eaten of it, he was no longer ignorant, and therefore with an understanding of why things happened... he could no longer live in bliss. I refer to this unavailability to bliss as responsibility. When you recognize imperfection, you have a responsibility to work toward perfection... which is where conscience steps in. And you'll notice, god did not betray man after they were outcast from eden (bliss), and he held no less of an opinion for man because of their choice. Don't forget, just because the bible at times can seem idiotic, or imperfect... that does not directly translate to god being idiotic or imperfect. Man wrote the bible.

Best Wishes,
Jake Halkovic

PS. I'd be interested in a response, I love theological debates.