Sunday, June 6, 2010

Was Jesus Perfect?

I saw an interesting bumper sticker today at the gym. It said, "You think you're perfect? Try walking on water." The implication, of course, is that no matter how perfect you are, you're not as perfect as the absolutely perfect Jesus Christ, so stay humble and try your damndest to model your life after our Lord and savior.

That got me thinking about how perfect Jesus was according to The Bible. If you ask Christians whether Jesus was perfect, the vast majority of them would agree that he was without hesitation -- but are they right? Unfortunately for the car's owner, the creator of the bumper sticker, and most Christians, the answer clearly is "No."

But hey, don't take my word for it. Take the holy, inspired word of God for it.


JOHN 2:3-4 -- And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus said unto him, they have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

To be fair to Jesus, the fifth commandment is super hard to follow. Honor thy father and thy mother? Like ... always? 24/7/365?

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MARK 11:13-14 -- And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it. No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

OK, Jesus was tooootally just kidding here. Jesus was ever the jokester, as evidenced numerous times in The Bible. But back to reality ... Jesus got mad at a plant for not growing fruit out of season, and so he made it wither and die. (The wither and die portion is in other translations of this passage, like the King James version.) Sounds like Jesus has a perfectly ridiculous temper.

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MATTHEW 24:34 -- ... This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Hey, even the presumably omniscient Son of God (since he is God, and God is omniscient) can get things wrong from time to time. Or am I misunderstanding the word "omniscient"?

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JOHN 9:5 -- I am the light of the world.

A perfectly humble way to describe yourself.

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Mark 8:22-26 -- In this passage, Jesus needs a mulligan to heal a blind man and finally heals him on the second try. But hey, his second attempt was perfect. Plus, practice makes perfect. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

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The above examples are just a few of dozens that can be found in The Bible, which is the unerring word of God himself.

And an imperfect Jesus seems to be a fatal flaw in Christianity. Take a look at this chain:

Jesus is imperfect (based on the above) --> Jesus is God* --> God is perfect

Erm ... that's a pretty irreconcilable paradox.

-- The Atheist Apologist --


* Note: Whether or not Jesus is God technically isn't entirely clear cut (although you'd think an important distinction like that would be explicitly laid out in The Bible). But most Christians agree that God and Jesus are one and the same, hence how Christianity is considered a monotheistic religion -- worshiping one God.

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