Can Perfection Exist?


In the movie “The Matrix” there’s a simulated computer program resembling the world of today, which all of humanity is plugged into. It was designed by evil robots in order to pacify the human population. It took the robots a few tries before getting it right.

Agent Smith: Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world, where none suffered; where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed that we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world, but I believe that as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. So the perfect world we dreamed, but your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why The Matrix was redesigned to this...the peak of your civilization.

England is a Terrible Place

I had always been under the impression the UK was a modern first world country. After all, they started the industrial revolution. When I first went there, I was surprised to see the horrible living conditions these people were living in. Everyone was crammed into really tiny apartments. All of the buildings looked really old and dirty. The transportation was so backwards, everyone had to walk everywhere, you couldn’t drive. The idea of building a straight road was apparently a foreign concept, as even in the countryside the roads had to be curved. Everyone was skinny compared to America, perhaps they didn’t have enough food in the country to properly feed everyone?

I did notice however, that the toilet stalls go nearly all the way to the floor, giving you much better privacy. In America, there’s always a large gap left between the floor and the stall allowing people to see you. For some reason, I always thought there must have been a fire code that required there to be a gap, maybe in case the door jammed one could crawl out of the stall through the gap in the floor. I never thought much more about it, as growing up I’d never seen stalls without the gap and thus didn’t know any better.

Upon reflection, the idea of a universal fire code in the US requiring gaps in toilet stalls is ridiculous. This is not in our constitution, therefore it should be left to the states, and you’d think at least a few states out of fifty would have gotten it right and not required the gap. I don’t know why they make them with gaps in the US, but it’s certainly a lot better not having them. The more I stayed in the UK, the more I realized there are a lot of other things that are better also, one just happens to notice the negatives first.

A Different Perspective

I haven’t been going to church long, and I appear to have a little devil on my left shoulder that tells me all the reasons why church sucks. On my right shoulder sits an angel describing all of the benefits of being a Christian as opposed to a non-Christian.

A challenge was made by the little devil on whether God existed and the definition of God.

I wasn’t quite sure as to the definition of God. I decided I would inquire with more experienced church goers to see if they had the answer.

American Clips:

British Clips:

In my opinion, I could only describe God as some sort of abstract concept of perfection.

If A2 + B2 = C2, and God = X, and X = Perfection perhaps we can use an algebraic equation to answer some important questions about God.

Do not ask whether God exists, but ask whether Perfection exists?

Can Perfection be proven or disproved? Do you believe in Perfection or do you not believe in Perfection?

I’m pondering this, and I’m looking around at my neighborhood, the people around me, my work, school, the news and television, friends, family members and well…….it’s a long way off from Perfection. Come to think of it, I’ve never actually seen Perfection. It does seems as though Perfection could exist… least in theory.

Can we decipher the meaning of church with our algebraic equation? Church is meant to worship Perfection and bring it’s members closer to Perfection. Different denominations are simply different interpretations on how to get closer to Perfection. The bible is interpreted by Christians as Perfection’s guide on how to get to Perfection, with Christ being the only Perfect person to have lived.

Now here we encounter a problem………..perhaps one thing that keeps many people disillusioned with church, is that the people inside the church don’t seem any closer to Perfection as the people outside of church. In hearing Christians speak, I’ve frequently heard them say they don’t claim to be any better or less sinful than atheists. But according to our algebraic equation, if they’re not any closer to Perfection then what’s the point?

A) Christianity is a way to Perfection after death. It is not a way to be closer to Perfection while alive.
B) Christianity is a way to Perfection after death, and a way to get closer to Perfection while alive.
C) The bible tells them to be humble. They can’t claim to be better or less sinful than atheists, but they still believe in option B anyways.

I prefer option B, but it leaves us with a significant problem says the little Devil on my left shoulder: “Most churches have congregations that are no more closer to Perfection than the people outside the church.”

What does this mean? Perhaps some churches aren’t doing their job?

“Maybe some of them are even having the opposite affect…..bringing members further from Perfection. “ ~says the little Devil.

The view non-Christians have might be summarized that they’re better off (and hence, closer to Perfection) without church, or that they’re simply not concerned with Perfection in the first place.
Naturally, if a church were very talented at moving it’s members closer to Perfection, this would be observed by non-believers and would be a good way to bring new people to Perfection.

What else can be said about our algebraic equation?

The little Angel simply replies:

“How can a person get to Perfection if they don’t believe it exists?”
“What can you change in your life to get closer to Perfection?”
“How can we work as a group help move each other closer to Perfection?”
“And more importantly, how exactly do we define Perfection?”