I think you said this before, this time though I get what you're saying.
I'd like your opinion on this, if God can only create beings which are less than perfect, then for perfection to be fully perfect it must contain the possibility of imperfection.
If not, then I would have to conclude that it is not God who makes us less than perfect, but actually some higher/ over-riding force which, in the name of logic lessens us.
I truly do not believe that there is any deceit, or anything
less than Perfect Love and Compassion behind all of what we understand
as manifestation/Creation. Still, we must consider that the Purpose
for which all this
has been made is something as yet beyond us, and to suggest that even our little planet
exists simply so that Humanity (collectively) can exist - or even climb Jacob's Ladder to perfection ... is short-sighted. It would be like saying that the purpose of a tree is provide us with shade on a hot day!
But it's difficult not
to be anthropocentric, and it's more than just a philosophical exercise to ask the questions we're asking, imho. But actually, I do
think that there are a number of "lessenings"
that occur just in order for our very Solar System, or physical world, to come into being ... and equally so for it to be "peopled," or filled with various lifeforms (of which Humanity is not
the highest, or most spiritual). A lessening, which I perfer to understand as a willing (though necessary) Sacrifice
on God's part - the making Sacred
- of a Space which otherwise would be empty, or deVOID
of Creation ... must first occur.
Thus I believe that God makes one Sacrifice
in order just to "prepare the field," so to speak. But an even greater
Sacrifice, in some ways, is required, in order to give rise to
our Individualized existence(s), as "Children of the Most High." To put this into the terms we're considering, God creates us as imperfect beings
- so distinguished or identified precisely due to
the fact that He/It has temporarily separated us from Himself
... NOT in essence, or at Heart (in HIS Heart), but rather, insomuch as FROM the immediately-prior state of PERFECT and TOTAL Unity (IDENTITY
) with Him
, we are brought into a state of Individual Existence.
We are still utterly dependent upon Deity
for our very Being (at NO POINT does this really every change!) ... but temporily, we will be submitted to the worlds of Generation - of Being through Becoming
we get into the Law of Love, but also of the "Cycles of Necessity,"
to which even God Himself
is subject, on a higher turn of the spiral!). This is the distinction between the "Self-Born" Gods ... and those, such as ourselves, who are Gods-in-the-making
. We contain the seed
of Perfection (of God Himself, or Itself), but we must PLANT it, water it, nurture it, carefully cultivate it, and weed it
, eventually, such that it can become
that which is intended.
Where and what is evil? It is the inherent potential for struggle, within us
, which is always present
from the very first days of our pilgrimage (in lesser, or sub-human
kingdoms) ... but which does not provide any real resistance, save through the elements of the world around us - to which we are utterly
subject for the earliest parts of our journey. Yet even animals know to talk shelter from the storm. Do they "think" the storm - the lightning, tornado and hurricane - is "evil?" Maybe, but NOT
as we do ... only in a relative sense. See?
Then WE come along (individualized FROM animals, but not "evolved" in the Darwinian sense). We incarnate in a one-to-one ratio, one soul, one form ... versus the one soul, MANY forms of the animal kingdom (watch a flock of birds for this observation). We begin to deal with karma on a one-to-one basis. We sow, we reap, we steal, we must learn the consequence - WHY this wrong. Karma is how God teaches us, and as we LEARN to understand it, and to get over the mistaken notion that ANYONE punishes or rewards us
SAVE for OURSELVES ... then we begin to see the Beauty, the Harmony, the DIVINE PERFECTION of God's Plan that actually IS manifest ... right here, right now, all around us
Christ tried to teach us this. I just WISH folks would "get it!"
What ELSE do we suppose He meant when He spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven being right here, within us even, for those who could see and hear?
It had NOTHING to do with "being saved," except for being saved from our own ignorance - ignorance NOT in a pejorative sense, or really even negative, surely not "evil." God didn't start that business, WE did, with our misunderstandings. It has NOTHING to do with an imaginary Adam ... Adam Kadmon is simply the prototypical man, our earliest ancestors, who weren't even physically manifest ... they were subtle (astral, etheric), still learning to exist within the worlds of form, or dense matter, and hence very clumsy, learning the hard way, and YES, sometimes committing incredible acts of what WE would call "sin" (mating with huge, "she-animals" as it's put, and spawning a race of "dumb giants" - the stupid aliens, the nephilim
, good GRIEF what a mess we've made of these teachings).
Anyway, it's not that we weren't responsible a million years ago, it's just that we weren't exactly Einsteins, so how were we going to offset the burden of these tremendous acts of negative karma? Karma doesn't say, "Oh, okay, let's just overlook this," or "Oh, you PRAYED! Let's forget it."
But God IS merciful, just, understanding, Loving, and so on. So the agents of Karma (Lipika, or Devarajas
on Earth) make considerable
adjustments, and they work with us, like counselors kinda. And the farther we advance on the spiritual path, the more we learn - how to balance and offset our Karma, how to do in ONE lifetime what amounts to atoning for FIFTY lifetimes of sin, murder, etc. The Law MUST be balanced, but this is not a matter of punishment (or rewared). SIghhhhhh .... It's just the way things are!!! This is the ONLY Justice that could EVER exist, if we really think about it.
And Perfection? Well, it's relative, but it can and does come to those who apply themselves, and walk the Path to it's very most advanced stages, for this PLanet
. That begins
our Cosmic Journey, as many have attested, and do attest. It does not END anything, really, except that eventually we must say goodbye to the suffering and the woe of this world - and to its many billions (60, not 6) of human inhabitants, mostly still suffering due to the ignorance that conditions us early on. But we're not exactly infants
- we are a MATURING Humanity, and that's where the struggles come in. It's our adolescent years, and FAR WORSE STILL
, we're facing Puberty, and the SEVERE crises of young adulthood. Why is this any real surprise? That we're suffering so, I mean?
No one is mad or angry, no one is punishing us
. Only WE are making things rough, because like many teens (young Humanitys), we can be hostile, stubborn, and so forth. This isn't a metaphor, it's how things are!
But it isn't the end of the world
, any more than the rebellious teen is at the end of his days
. Evil, yes, definitely involved, plenty of ontological and metaphysical considerations ... but I think the basics matter more than jumping into all that.
Ah well, that's just how I see it ...