Ethics is the application of scripture to the problem of social costs. Our claim is that the bible is the most useful book on the planet. Being useful is being fruitful, doing the right thing is building the church. Adding value to our community is living as God Commands. When we add value to the community, we enhance the value of labor and when labor is working to build the body of Christ, enhancing the value of labor is synonymous with building the up the body of Christ. It is all connected. Positive organizations that produce positive value are the church.
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Positive Ethics is not just a political and economic theory that produces a new business model it is an ecumenical mission that brings together the churches around a new theology.
What are works and why are they significant even to politicians.
The Reformation of 1517 failed as much as it succeeded. It served to give Christians direct access to God in worship but left the church beholden to the secular authorities
The church is a method of accounting that when used creates positivity, or works done in faith.
Borders are human construction. We have a right to what we create
The bible is the most significant book on earth. The New Testament is the Constitution under which believers live.
We have two paths in front of us at all times, at each moment it is up to us which one we take.
Atheists tend to make the same errors over and over again when dealing with spiritual issues.
Man, angels and Satan were all created perfect; all fell. What can we learn from the experience of Angels and what does the fall of Satan tell us about our own fall from grace?
Theology is a second front on which the war against atheism is fought. If a party pretends it has no theological position it is lying. Social policy impacts religion. Political policy impacts religion and is impacted by religion. Economics is integral to both religion and politics. We cannot put these three fronts in different silos, they are integrated.
By definition, good works build the church. Full employment is the key to building the church. If people are unemployed or if we permit unemployment, we and they are not building the church. Allowing people to remain unemployed is not part of any good works program or ethical strategy.
If works build the church and works produce value, then building the church is increasing the value of the church’s assets. This work of building the church is quantifiable because the value of assets is quantifiable.
If building the church is a good work that produces value, then unemployment is an offence against God.
Anything that divides Christians and hinders the work of creating value, is an offence against God. Social Positivism is not just a political theory in the conventional sense it is an ecumenical organization. Our mission is to bring the body of Christ together because this is key to building his church.
We are known by the works we do – not the emotions we feel or the claims we make. Works validate what we do. Emotions do not validate us in the eyes of God.
Works must be based on empirical measures and quantifiable standards to verify the level of our obedience. Crying does not make us more worthy in the eyes of God.
The value of the church serves as an objective measure of our faith. The church is the people of God, but we measure the size of the church by the value we have created in His name. We are the people of God by the works we do, we are the people of God by the value of the works we do not by the amount of words we speak or the anguished prayers we pray.
This wealth we create for God is not related to the Prosperity Gospel, which is a corruption of the truth. The Prosperity Gospel suggests we are rewarded directly for acts of obedience. The Prosperity Gospel suggests what we pray for, we will get, and be rewarded materially for obedience to a minister’s requests. Ethiton predicts the more we help one another in faith the more the people of God will prosper, that is, the church as the body of Christ. Prosperity is predicted to be a result of works done in faith bestowed on the body not the individual.
The church manifests God on earth as we work to help one another in the name of God.
The church is built spiritually but also materially, there is the spiritual life and the material life. The spiritual wealth is manifested in physical wealth. Building a community is an economic activity. Works produce assets with economic value for the body. The physical church is the empirical correlate of our faith. The greater the trust, the greater the love, the more we work to support one another without division or animosity or the generation of risk, the more the church is made manifest.
Ultimately the church is a community of believers working to demonstrate through their life and works in caring for their place in which they live, that God Exists.
The Reformation did not proceed far enough. Christianity divided from Catholicism but continued to embrace the ungodly politics of Babylon.
Working together in unity and faith does not compromise doctrinal integrity. The church must build itself up to the glory of God. This is the work that is done in faith. The health of the planet provides an objective measure of the validity of our Scriptural interpretations.
If what we do harms our place what we believe is in error.
The state of the planet is a correlate of the condition of the church in that the wealth of the world is synonymous with the wealth of the church (with adjustments made for atheist subtractions).
The believer was given the authority and responsibility of caring for the planet. The value of the planet is an expression of the value Christians have created for the church. If there are unbelievers and apostates who deduct value from the planet this only means Christians have failed in their mission.
To correct the error of 1517, we have to eliminate secularism and restore the church to its original greatness. Not as a world power but as a body of believers answerable only to God.
The church is commonly defined as the people of God, but this is not very accurate in the sense that it is a 100% subjective appellation. Not only does it allow anyone to claim membership it leaves membership open to being inflated by liberal agendas. Depending on the agenda liberals will say everyone in the past was a theist and so all acts done in the past was done by theists which means that anything done in the West in the last 6000 years was done by a Jew or a Christian.
Such indecisive categorization is not biblical. The bible makes it clear there is a sharp demarcation between good and evil and between those who are of God and those whose master is Satan. The church is the bible’s term for the body of believers. This does not mean anyone who is in the church or who says they are is a believer. The church needs a more objective set of parameters than it has at present. Membership into the body of Christ is by invitation only.
It is not that the church is not all believers but that we need a better way to identify believers than saying it is the people who make up the church.
If we are the body of Christ and the body of Christ are all those who come together to worship God then we can also determine that the church is the unity of believers and in fact that the church exists to the degree there is unity.
What may be more important is that the division between believer and none believer is based on those who are in unity, and those who are divided. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
This is interesting as there are many different denominations and sects and the church can hardly be said to be united. No one is going to say that the modern church is full of believers who believe the same propositions. The division into sects and churches is mirrored in the division between the believers themselves. Believers are no more unified than the churches they belong to, are.
This may appear to belie the claim that the church exist in the unity of believers. However, it does not make the statement a lie, it tells us is that believers are not following God in the way they ought. If there is division in the church, then there is a falling away from the faith. Faith and unity cannot be separated one from the other.
The church is the body of Christ. This is a statement about the unity of all believers, not a unity of creeds and doctrines but a unity of purpose.
The church is a shared culture that is opposed to the culture of Babylon.
If what we do as a Christian is not uniting us it is not biblical or Christian. The church is not a thing it is an activity, a process of coming together, of bring unity our of disunity. The coming together builds the church and it is the building of the church that defines the church, we are not the church unless what we do is building the church.
This begs the question: “What is the church?” How do we build what we cannot see the boundaries or extent of? We cannot count numbers of people entering a building we own and we cannot compute the square footage of the buildings we own; as a way to compute the size of the church, so how do we know if we are building the church? Believers need a quantified way of measuring the size of the church.
Can science help us develop both a definition of what a church is and a mathematical formula for quantifying the effectiveness of the things we are doing to build the church?
We know from Scripture that the people who believe in Jesus are the body of Christ, otherwise known as the church. But we do not know who a believer is because unlike God we cannot see people’s hearts. We do not know if they truly believe and, in all honesty, we are not clear just what faith consists of. We know we are to believe in Jesus but what heart change defines this?
The church is people living in and through the power of God as caretakers of the things of God. Building the Church of God is expressing the Power of God through the care we express regarding the things of God. This is the natural world.
There is only one way to build the church and that is by increasing faith in Jesus. This might mean bring more people to God, but it also can mean strengthening the faith of those who already believe.
Without faith we cannot erase the hate and distrust and greed that divide us. Without faith in Jesus people represent risk and the existence of risk creates division. Division destroys our capacity to work together and care for the planet. But all the subjective and narrative descriptions in the world does not give us a scientific methodology for defining the size of the church.
Without faith there is no trust and forgiveness. We need to be able to forgive if we are going to build the church. We need to love one another and help one another and be charitable. However, it is becoming obvious that subjective interpretations as to what this means, and indeed what the church is, has led to a lot of narrative and little in the way of concrete progress.
If God is Truth and science the search for truth, then theoretically science ought to be the search for God. Ethics is in this sense science in the service of God.
If truth is to be found and God exists the only logical conclusion is that truth would be consistent with the Christian perspective and inconsistent with the claims of atheists.
The church is the wealth the church generates as the people of God for the people of God, as per the story of the three servants.
It is the increase in the value of our assets, the equity of the church, that defines the size, scope and extent of the church.
What we have is either helping improve the lives of other Christians or it is being used to build Babylon. The wealth of Babylon is misleading as it is debt, it is fraud, it is wealth stolen from their rightful owners.
We have either given all we have to the church, to the building of the church or our wealth is used to support the pleasures of the flesh. It is one of the other in accordance to the law of the excluded middle.
The key to understanding how to build the Christian church is understanding how to generate value. If we never understand how to build the church, we never understand how to create a productive economy.
God’s Word is useful, it is based on human beings doing works, works build the church but the church is the wealth produced by believers.
The mistake Christians have made is that they did not develop a good understanding as to how to build the church and never thought it much about it. Most Christians were happy to increase the number of Christians and places in which they could go and worship.
The growth of the church is the exercise of the power given to us by God. The exercise of power is based on the ownership of assets or resources.
Doing works is to live by empirically verified truth originating from God and given to us in His Word. The church, built by works, is the standard by which we determine our rationality and indeed, our humanity. We are created by God this requires when we form our ideas and our way of living we must be guided by Scripture.
We verify our comprehension through our works done in faith. The evidence that we are living in Him is the church.
Good works is an outpouring of the spirit in real and concrete ways, the manifestation of which builds the Christian church. This has its corollary in the value of the planet. As the church grows the value of the planet increases. It’s a 1:1 correspondence.
Lies and ungodliness harms the planet in real and measurable ways.
Building his church is not about political power it is about ecumenics and ecclesiastics. Dextarians build the church in the only way it can be built, that is through obedience to God. It is not spirituality that builds the church is living in obedience to God. The church is built though works done in faith.
If we live right and increase the value what we have been given, we are by definition a church.
Ethics operates at the level of the local congregation. This is why the principle of subsidiarity is important. We do not work as individuals to increase the value of what we have been given; we work together as a church. Value is created in economic activity. This is why the church supports local ownership of local resources and free markets. The work of the church is economic activity done for the benefit of the community.
People have argued that borders are not natural therefore nations have no right to keep people out. Scripture does not support this. Israel was a nation whose offenses included a failure to maintain its national, cultural and religious integrity. Science also fails to justify the liberal claim.
If we eliminate national borders, why not all borders and all boundaries. If we eliminate all borders, we have no more human rights because our rights are dependent on our power over our place and over the assets that form our place. But the problem is not the attacks against national integrity. This is just a diversion; the real attack is the attack on the sovereignty of God.
The church of God is under attack. We as the representatives of God on earth give authority over the things of God, are the church. As a people of God, we are to be kind to the stranger that sojourns among us but this teaching is not for enemy agents whose quest is to destroy that which we are responsible for.
These lands are Christians lands bequeathed to us by God and belong to the church. These lands are God’s given by Him to whom He Wills. It is not important or crucial that we are being threatened as individuals or as a culture; the thing we need to realize is that the suzerainty of God is being challenged by the threat made against our homeland and our right to it. We can forgive threats against us but not threats against the supreme authority of God. The lands of God and the authority of God is under attack; threatened by enemies, domestic and foreign. They want to strip the church of what rightfully belongs to it. It is not that they want the land as much as they want to demonstrate our God is powerless against their destructive intentions.
The money that supports these activities are our taxes. The money we offer for the benefit of the people of God are used to oppose God and His people. Our taxes are our offering to God given to support the church and the people of God. The people of God are those who faithfully build his church on the land given to us by God using the resources given to us for this purpose.
It is not just the money we give directly to the social club called the church that belongs to God for the work of God. The state is technically an agent of Christ to fulfill the purpose of Christ. Our monies are meant to benefit the people of God.
Christianity is our culture; the church is a way of life we have lived as lived our ancestors before us. These lands we live on are church lands, this life is based on Christ. We were bequeathed these lands and this culture by God. It is our legacy; it is ours by right of Dominion and stewardship.
We are citizens of God’s Kingdom, not subjects of a state.
We are the owners of all we have created and the heirs of all that God Created.
By the doctrine of Dominion, the earth belongs to the people of God.
By the principle of Stewardship, we are responsible for the lands under our control.
Rights given by God and responsibilities owed to God cannot be re-assigned, abrogated or diminished. The authority of the people comes directly from God.
We are owners, we have the power of owners. We are not renters or peasants or subjects.
The expression of our rights and privileges given to us by God is manifested in the church. The church is not a building nor people. The church is the people who care for the earth. The church is not a building or land or people it is owners of a place and people serving as the caretakers of the things belonging to God.
The Bible is the written and infallible, Word of God and sufficient for all our needs.
The bible is the most valuable book on the planet.
The bible is practical, it has solutions to our social problems.
The Bible is timeless, it has answers to the past, the present and the future.
The bible is comprehensible, comprehendible and cohesive. The bible answers all question pertinent to the human condition and the operation of the church. The bible eliminates social division.
The Bible is The Answers Book, it has to answers to our questions, we only need to know how to ask the question.
The Bible is the Word of God. He provided solutions to all of our social problems in His Word and in the way, He created the world. God loves His church and teaches us as political and economic creatures how to live right and govern ourselves. God guides us as conservative leaders and citizens into His ways. God is rational, and He has made us rational. He understands politics and economics. God knows how to create jobs and eliminate debt.
The church is composed of the people of God. We live in the Word of God as the people of God. Our faith is how we live out the Word of God within the church of God governed by Word of God: our living constitution.
The Word of God is God's Constitutional Document governing the church. God’s Word created the world's First Constitution. Jesus is the embodiment of the Word of God.
The New Testament is the world's First Constitution. The Old Testament Covenant created a religion not constitution or a church. Jesus is the head of the church as enshrined in Scripture.
The Bible teaches us how to live according to the Will of God. The Will of God is God's Covenant to us. Scripture provides the church with our Constitutional framework. We are citizens of The church Of God or we are traitors and the enemies of God’s kingdom. There is no middle ground.
Gods Word does not create social costs. Scripture rejects the need for social agendas and the state sanctioned ownership models that legitimize social costs. The bible rejects all forms of socialism as inherently Satanic and ungodly.
All social costs including unemployment, debt, taxation, inflation, business cycles, pollution and waste are incompatible with Scripture. The existence of social costs and socialist influences denote a society that is not scriptural. Living in accordance to Scripture is the only way to eliminate social costs and unify the churches.
2 Tim 3:16-17 tells us: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Yet, one verse stands out as being of central importance.
Matt 7:12-14. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The importance of Mat. 7:12-14 is its teaching of two gates. Scripture affirms there are two paths open to us. Scripture instructs us to go by way of the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the path that leads to destruction.
The importance of this teaching is that it tells us in no uncertain terms we have only two options. Despite all of the opportunities that seem to lay before us, we must see these freedoms as part and parcel of just two paths. All action is constrained by two fundamentally different results.
If we do not understand this or if we do not accept this, if we believe all ways lead to God or that there is nothing fundamentally different about the choices we could make, believing in Jesus is not going to help us. Indeed, those who do not accept this teaching will see no need to believe in Jesus, nor think he has much to offer. Those who think we have an infinite number of choices will view Jesus as a multifaceted element in the infinite options open to us. Nor will there be any need to see Scripture as anything more than another book with a message one can accept or reject, or, edit as the need arises.
Until we know and fully embrace the idea there are only two ways, one being the right way but narrow and hard to find and the other broad and popular, we will not take life and the options the bible give us as significant.
We are all in the position of the two thieves. One took the broad way of ridicule and the other of repentance.
The broad way is human freedom, what we call liberalism. Human freedom has no boundaries or limits. Liberalism is about eliminating all moral boundaries. It is also about rejecting the truths of scripture and science in favor of a human narrative.
The social ideology used to promote this idea is the free market. If a market is free the seller’s willingness to sell and the buyer’s willingness to buy is all that matters.
Libertarianism, libertine and liberalism all share the same root word, liberty. Despite the cry, give me liberty or give me death, the sentiment is misplaced. Freedom from tyranny is one thing but to call for unfettered freedom, is to misunderstand the nature of freedom.
However, if we say we are not free we are no longer responsible for our actions.
Most modern thinkers will tell you gender identity is not under a person’s control, despite this they support the concept of gender fluidity, in which the person picks and chooses what gender to be almost at random.
The idea of two paths is a way to contrast freedom with non-freedom. The Freedom path allows us to choose whatever we wish to have or do. If we choose to be unfree, we have put ourselves under some form of higher authority.
The question is if we are responsible for our actions or are we the products of causality? If God exists how are we free, if we are not free how are we responsible for our actions?
Indeed, how can mankind consider himself a free agent in a materialist universe under natural law or in a universe created by an omniscient God?
We need to clarify what we mean by freedom.
Humans are free in a technical sense. We can choose to oppose God. We are not free in a rational or logical or moral sense. Logic and faith tells us we ought to desire nothing more than to serve God.
The lover is free cheat on his beloved, but his love eliminates the possibility he or she will cheat. A Christian could steal but his love of God protects him from temptation. We are not free to the degree we do not wish to be free. The narrow path is the path taken by those who have abandoned freedom to be obedient to a way of life that makes more sense.
The bible is clear. There are two groups of persons. Scripture refers to them as the sheep and goats. There are those who are saved and those destined for damnation. There is no purgatory or holding cell or existential void or phantom zone. One is in one group or the other and what determines this is what path one is on.
The bible tells us by our fruits we are known. We are not known by protestations of faith. Apparently, words do not cut it with God. In fact, Jesus tells us a story of two sons, one who said all the right things but did not do what he was supposed to do and another who said the wrong things yet repented, and his works spoke for him.
Perhaps the protestation of faith means more to man and made more for man’s benefit than Gods. After all, God can see our heart, he hardly needs to hear our words. Indeed, we may as well look at baptism and protestations of faith as a form of work.
It can be said that we either work for God or for Satan. If we think of the two options as two kingdoms our works add to one and take from the other or take from one and add to the other. This is called a zero-sum game. We have two competing groups which can only grow by taking resources from the other.
A protestation of faith is only important in that it expresses our allegiance, it is saying we are committed to supporting the White Knight. But the protestation is only as important to the degree our life continues to express or confirm this position.
We cannot avoid the reality that we must act and that each act adds value or consumes value. There is nothing we can do that does not expend energy and impact the world in some way. Even our death adds value to the world or removes it, depending on the kind of person we were. Nothing we do or fail to do does not fail to add wealth or fail to waste something. Everything we do has consequences whether it is by action or inaction, an act of commission or omission.
Think of life as an account. This account can be called our ledger page in the Book of Life. Our account is either in the red or black, it has either a positive balance or a negative one, depending on the nature of our actions.
In bookkeeping there are no middle or grey areas, every entry is a credit or a debit. The balance in the ledger is either a positive or negative sum. So, it is with life, we add value to the church, or we subtract value. There are two paths, one builds the church and the other does not and in fact, if we do not build the church we inevitably add to its decay.
The Book of Life is our ledger account with the church. All the good we do if it does not contribute to the building up of God’s church is not recorded. If it is recorded it is not a positive value. Locavorism is about creating a positive balance in our accounts with the church, and therefore in the Book of Life. To do this we need to know the value of what we do. This requires a quantified way of looking at life and our actions in life.
We have unlimited ways to waste what we do, we have only a narrow range of ways of building the church. Do not waste what you are given. Help build the church and prove God’s way is good.
Error Of Inclusiveness:
Atheists say god is evil, they say theists are prone to all sorts of evil acts. Fish eat other fish this only proves they are predators. It does not make the fish who eat diatoms a different kind of fish. Nor does it mean red fish that eat other fish are somehow more evil than other species of fish who are also predators. What we mean by this is that claiming theists murder people does not demonstrate murders and theists are equivalents. It is an irrelevant statement because no one has claimed theists are incapable of murder. Additionally, theism is an undefinable category. If you define all theist as humans and humans kill people, one will have demonstrated that theists kill people.
Error Of False Purpose:
The claim that theists are evil falls afoul of the error of false purpose. No one has claimed that religion removes all sin from believers. It is not a failure of religion or a falsifier of its claims to demonstrate it does not do which it was never intended to do. In fact Christianity exist precisely because religion does not and cannot perfect human beings. Christianity is a response to the reality that no matter who we are or what we believe we are going to fall far, far short of the Glory of God.
Error Of False Equivalence:
God and evil may be related in some way but that does not make them equivalent. Religion and evil may also have some kind of relationship but that does not demonstrate they are one and the same. It needs to be demonstrate all evil is done by God or all theists are evil and all evil is religion based and there is no good within theism and no evil outside of this, which no liberal will attempt to do.
Liberals are victims of their own relativity. They see good and evil as being on the same continuum and so theists need not be evil in an absolutist sense of the word, they only need to be, in the eyes of liberals, worse than atheists. But the problem here is that atheists are the standard. Of course theists will not measure up to a standard provided by the atheists own self.
Error Of False Importance:
Your opinion does not demonstrate merit. Atheists all tend to have a god complex. They believe their opinions are important, they think they are the judge of good and evil and they believe they are the standard by which good and evil are measured. These are the attributes and claims of God. They are not transferable to men.
Error Of False Standards:
When atheists get around to judging Christians they use themselves as the standard. Atheists area not the standard for goodness. This is a fundamental error they make. They cannot be judge, contestant and standard and jury all rolled into one. This is not what the rest of the world would consider an objective or justifiable conclusion. It is simply an exercise in Confirmation Bias.
There are five factors regarding perfection that will be discussed; as relates to the perfection of God, man, Satan and angels.
• The omniscience of God
• The omnipotence of God
• Immutability: unchanging, unable to be changed
• Impassability: Unemotional, does not experience pain or pleasure
• Aseity: Sufficiency, independent.
The starting point in discussions of the fall from Grace is the nature of perfection, primarily as it pertains to the angels and more particularly, as it relates to Satan. We are all aware of Satan’s fall. This has its own questions, but a more problematical issue is the fact that he took a large number of angels with him. One angel sinning is difficult to understand, a whole flock of them opposing God is an issue of paradoxical proportions.
The question this event raises is on the possibility of Satan’s perfection. Was Satan created imperfect or imperfect? If perfect how does a perfect being, choose rebellion? If he was not created perfect how was his actions contrary to the Will of God?
The larger question is what caused a portion of the heavenly host to side with him? Another also related question is why man chooses to sin. But it can be surmised that if we can understand what happened to Satan it will be easier to understand what transpired in the Garden of Eden.
These question impact how we think of the omniscience of God. If God knows all things, did He know Satan would fall? If so, was there a way He could have prevented it? Is God capable of doing all things and if He is, why did this not include preventing the rebellion of the heavenly host?
The question of perfection also touches upon the human condition. If we were made perfect how did Satan cause us to fall? If Satan caused us to fall was this in the Will of God or outside of His Will? What do these questions even mean, when they relate to a perfect absolute?
We face a situation in which four categories of perfection do that which was wrong despite the existence of an all-powerful, all knowing, perfect being. The question then is always, is God perfect if there were things wrong with Satan and man? Underlying the questions of the fall lurks the assumption that if Satan, the angels and men are able to sin God Perfection has to be called into question. If the computer crashes how good was the programs designer?
If God is sublime and transcendent how does sin effect him, or how does our actions mean anything in the grand scheme of things? If God is sufficient unto himself, where do all of us lesser creatures come in?
The aseity of God is encapsulated in that sublime phrase; I AM. God supremely and absolutely IS, with no qualification or conditionality.
As Anselm (1033-1109) noted, God is that which there is never no greater example.
If a greater form or example or condition can be considered existing, then that is God and that which is the lesser form or example is not God.
God has no parts. Each feature that God has, is God in its absolute, and perfect sense. The Justice of God is God as the Love of God, is God. Thus, the perfection of God is the absolute complete and utter transcendence of God.
This poses a problem for us, because if God is utterly complete in his perfect and above all parts and qualities outside of Him, our perfection cannot be God’s perfection. God’s Perfection is God. God is Perfect but we are not God and so cannot be perfect in the way God is Perfect.
Perfect is an attribute of the created thing, it does not encompass the created thing in the way Perfection identifies God, as God.
We are perfect because we share, as an attribute, the nature of God, but we share it in part not in its full completeness.
We are perfect because we are made in the image of God.
We are not PERFECT, we are perfect.
God has as His nature aseity. We also have this quality of sufficiency, but only in part. We have knowledge but not omniscience, we have power but only in a limited way.
Our perfection and power and knowledge is conditional, not absolute.
We are made perfect because we are made in the Will of God. The perfection is not ours but God’s. We are perfect because we were made by God not because we fulfill our conception of what perfection would entail.
We say the perfect creature cannot sin. This is so, but we in our conception of the perfect creature, sin. Our sin contradicts our claim of perfection.
The perfect creation of God cannot sin. The creation of man can and does sin. Man is made in the image of God and therefore has a derived creative capacity.
God made man in his own image, therefore, man made man in his own image, also.
If God created man and man is made in the image of God, man can likewise create man. Created man as a creation of man can and does sin, if the creation chooses to create a sinful creature. This is nothing more that the expression of the human will.
We have freedom of choice because we have the characteristics of our Creator.
As God has Omnipotence, we have free will.
However, the free will is not attached to the creation of God but the creation of man. We create the conditions of our free will.
For Anselm the angels had a choice between happiness and justice. What he meant by this is irrelevant. The crucial factor is that they were created with a quality missing. They were given a choice between happiness and justice. Think of the conceptualization Anselm provides with his narrative. In his thinking happiness and justice are things in themselves. The angels exist but they do not possess happiness or justice. They can pick only one of two things. This may solve the technical problem of the fall but only at the expense of reason and logic. Happiness does not exist without a subject. Justice relates to an event. One is not just in a perfect world. One is or can be just only in a fallen world, where injustice is a possibility.
God’s Creation does not have Ultimacy. Imagine if we were able to create a robot that was perfect. This might mean it was mechanically perfect. A mechanically perfect robot would never break down and it would perform its tasks with precision and predictability. But that is perfection as applied to a mechanical contrivance.
We do not look at our children in this way. Even in our fallible human way, we bring up our children as best as we are able. However, despite our best efforts we may see them take a wrong turn. Does this mean the child is not perfect in our eyes? What the child did or does was wrong but is your child inherently flawed?
The New Testament mentions perfect sixty times. Its first mention is Mat. 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Christians are called upon to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect. This does not tell us we are perfect. The verse suggests a process or transcendence of the fleshly self.
In meeting the rich young man, who thought he had done all that was needed to be done yet felt there was something to be added to what he had already accomplished, Jesus told him the one thing he did not wish to hear.
Mat. 19:21-23 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
According to Jesus the young man was not perfect but could attain perfection. Yet, no one believes this entails a state of sinlessness.
A clue as to what perfection means is found in John.
Joh. 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Jesus is talking about the unity of the spirit and the believers in Christ. We are not complete outside of the body. It is in the body of Christ we are made perfect. The love of money is not a sin because it corrupts the individual or because it somehow offends God. The love of money corrupts the church.
We cannot be made perfect in Christ when our gaze is on things that qualify our position in the body or that makes our position in the body contingent of some factor such as its requirement on our time or assets.
Satan was a perfect component of the heavenly host, but this is a qualified goodness, a qualified perfection dependent on his relationship within the body of the angelic host. He chooses to create a new creature, one divorced from God. This did not destroy the perfection created by God. We see this even in the criminal acts done by man. It is not the natural man that breaks the law, for the natural man is not under the law of the land. The legal entity created to be under the human law.
Perfection then can be the low perfection of an automaton or the sublime perfection of God. A perfect machine is absolutely perfect and yet does not attain to the perfection that is God, nor even to the lesser perfection of men.
A robot does not make a perfect mate. The perfect car does not make for a perfect boat. Perhaps there are no perfect criminals because mankind was not made to be criminal?
Satan fell because he created a fallen state. The created angel is perfect, but it is corrupted by the choices made.
Perhaps we wonder at what Satan did that caused his fall. This is not a good question. A sin is not an absolute. Acts are not disembodied creations. Sins are social. We think wrong thoughts but when we give into sin, we have made the thought part of the public domain, as it were.
Stealing is wrong but if everyone steals is what they do ‘stealing’? This seems to open the door to a conception of relative morality, but that is not the case. Ethical philosophers have noted that wrong actions cannot be universalized. No doubt Satan and his cohort started a process that was acceptable to them, but which ultimately created division. The conflict ultimately cased the fall.
In our own case we may think lying is not that bad and sexual licentiousness has no victims but if we are successful in promulgating that myth, we will find these actions cannot be universalized. It is not homosexuality that is wrong or fornication. Mankind can choose to do these things even as a perfect being. Why they are against the Will of God is because in God’s Perfection these things will lead to social dissolution. At some point people will realize this is not going to lead to the most perfect of all possible social systems.
In Christian terms there will be those who cannot see how man can seek the most perfect of lives and engage in licentious behavior. Wrong actions invariably lead to social conflict. It is the actions invariable consequences that deem them sinful, not the act itself. Thus if a dishonest person could be part of a perfect body of Christ there would be no sin attached to dishonesty. Thus, in a very real sense it is the community or the church, that defines the nature of sin.
However, this designation of sin by the community because of the impact a category of actions has on the body politic is already known by God. He outlaws certain actions because of their invariable consequences.
The actions of man do not impact Him, they give Him no pain, but they do not permit the community to aspire to its most positive state.
What is positive is not sinful and that which produces negativity is sinful. It is sinful because it has negative connotations and by this we mean it harms people who are striving to live in a positive community.
The fall of man was presaged by the fall of Satan. The same pattern is the same in both cases. Actions were initiated by some because they were considered appropriate and created value for the group. But these actions invariably caused loses elsewhere. Satan, and man, thought he could make up the loss by pushing forward his agenda, even as a gambler attempts to recoup his loses by gambling all the more.
Satan and man were made perfect, not the perfection of a machine and not the higher perfection of God, but we were perfect as angels and as man.
If our choices had not harmed the community, if they had universality, they would not have been considered sin. It was the community that defined the sin.
In the time of Noah, the people were taken over by sin. The killing of children was not a cost a community can long endure. So, the world was destroyed by the flood.
The desire to be god was not a sin, per se but it is a sin when this desire is taken up and the competition becomes a zero-sum struggle for power.
God does not care what we do, in one sense but He cares what the consequences are. There is only one right way to live and mankind cannot invent it. We must follow God. We have to live in a positive way in a positive community. Any conflict we create or cost that goes unpaid is a sin because it disrupts the positivity of the community. Positivity is a measured and measurable way we as a community approach God, not in completeness but contingently in our parts.
There is a right and a wrong way to live and it is defined by the peace and prosperity of a positive community.