Friday, April 15, 2011

Perfection. How and Why?!! [part 2]

    Thank you Sue for the comment! I can now give you my little "discourse" on how we can keep Christ's commandment to "be ye therefore perfect". We as people and individuals are, as you are well aware, very very VERY imperfect in our current states. The very idea of being perfect seems immensely difficult and overwhelming; but this is NOT as difficult as we make it.

    I strongly believe that the level of "perfection" that Christ has required of us in this life is more actually ontology. Ontology is not "true perfection" in the sense that God the Father has achieved, but is more of being all that we as individuals can be. Obviously, we all have weaknesses; one may have a certain susceptibility to pornography and another may have an addiction to theft...  Madeleine L'engle, in her book "A Circle of Quiet" gives us an example or idea of how this ontology applies to us personally. She talks about the burning bush that the Lord appeared to Moses in. The bush was doing all that it could to fulfill it's purpose to be a bush. Was it absolutely perfect? No. But it was perfectly content to be nothing but the bush. It was perfectly fulfilling it's purpose to the best of it's ability. That is what is required of us.

    Of course, none of us will attain true perfection in this life. We will all "fall short of the Glory of God" as Paul says. We all have weaknesses and strengths. One man's strength is another mans' weakness. But as we do our absolute best to follow God's commandments, repent of our sins, and strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ, we can all be held as "perfect" through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

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