This-essay is a7809022.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %PERFECTION VS WHOLENESS 780902 Consider the injunction, "Be you perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect." Is God perfect as a specialist who excludes all but one criteria of judgment from consideration? Is God's perfection one which has to do with a narrow focus of concern? In what way is God to be considered as "perfect"? Our response to that question is of great importance---especially if we take seriously the injunction to be perfect in the same way that God is perfect. If we ultimately value specialization we will create images of God as a specialist---with a focus of concern parallel to our ultimate concern. Then we will envision God as perfect in the sense of being the ultimately refined specialist---a God of specialization passing judgment upon generalists as imperfect. In the name of a God of specialization we will tend to treat people who seek wholeness/integrity as if they had lost touch with reality. We may feel that our specialty is more real than the whole fabric of life. Such an orientation will cause us to lose touch with reality, even as we project what is happening to us upon others. Seeking perfection as an accomplishment with a competitive society occasions temptations for arrogance and undermines humility. Competitive efforts to achieve perfection in the manner of a God of specialization will occasion "king of the mountain" violence. Each individual will tend to put-down other individuals in an effort to "get ahead" relative to those who are put-down. Each individual will tend to pass judgment upon others in terms of incongruent criteria---each specialist using criteria inappropriate to many other specialists. The whole process will undermine the integrity of the community. The community will be fragmented by efforts to achieve individualistic specialized perfection. What an ironic result of the original injunction! It would be well to study the original injunction in context to seek an understanding of it's original meaning, rather than to try to use it to justify modern perverse tendencies towards specialization, competition, and exclusivity. In what way is our God of Love to be considered as being perfect? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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