the Watchtower organization maintains that:
and Eve were created perfect by God, because whatever
God makes, is perfect. However, because of their sin, they lost
that perfection, thus causing the onslaught of sickness, old age
and death in the life of mankind. Consequently, God’s intention
for man was for him to forever be in the perfect, sinless and
immortal status of the protoplasmic creations, in a terrestrial
paradise. If God had intended Adam for heaven, He would have
created him there, and not on earth.”
Watchtower organization of course promotes this view, in order
to support its dogma that “God’s intention is for the majority
of mankind to live ONLY on earth, while a select few will go to
heaven, as a necessary exception to His plan.”
to prove herebelow that Adam was not created perfect,
and consequently everything that the Watchtower asserts in their
axiom is crushed.
“Perfect”, or “very fine”?
take a look at the direct assurance of the Holy Bible; Even as
far as the time of Eve’s creation, God had not created a single
earthly creation of his as a perfect one, as Moses tells us in
Genesis 1 31:
And God looked upon
everything that He had created, and behold, they were VERY
are familiar with the Greek language can easily discern that the
expression “very fine” (êáëÜ
ëßáí) is a far
cry from the word “perfect” (ôÝëåéïí).
A perfect creation is one that has nothing lacking
in it. Therefore, both Adam and Eve and the rest of material
creation that is described in Genesis, were DEFICIENT.
mean that God didn’t know how to do things properly? Of course
He didn’t create them perfect from the beginning, was that
Creation was still lacking something, even after the creation of
mankind. There was yet another element that had to be attained,
which required the collaboration of man. This detail is
apparent, in the following tract:
image and the likeness
Genesis 1 26,27:
the Lord said: Let’s make man, according to our image and
according to our likeness…..And God created man according to His
image. According to the image of God He created him.”
-according to the teaching of the Fathers- God appears to have
the intention of creating man “according to the image
and to the likeness” of Himself. When He eventually
created man, He made man in His image. And this is
where the formula of perfection is hidden: Man, having being
created “according to God’s image” was “very
fine”. But, when man becomes “according to God’s likeness”, he would
then be on a course towards
So, what is
the significance of the expressions “according to the image of”
and “according to the likeness of”?
“According to the image of”,
signifies man’s ability –as a free and intelligent
creature- to be similar to God.
the likeness of”,
signifies man’s course towards the attainment of
this simulation, which can only be achieved through
the collaboration of man and the Holy Spirit.
God is what He
is, BECAUSE HE WANTS TO and not because He is compelled to, man must
likewise WANT TO, must attempt to, through use of his freedom as
“the image of” and his intelligence, reach perfection; in other
words, seek the course towards becoming “according to the
likeness of God.” This is a characteristic that man alone
has, in all of creation.
not possible for man to be created perfect straight away (=compulsorily).
enticed man, that he would become “according to the likeness of
God” through his independence and self-government, without the
collaboration of the Holy Spirit. Because of this, man failed to
attain the goal of perfection (=he sinned), thus, instead of
becoming “according to the likeness of God”, man now “resembled
the decadent beasts”. The goal of perfection is the goal of
every Christian, as is evident in the following Gospel excerpts:
Matthew 5: 48:
therefore perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect”.
Hebrews 6: 1:
“..putting aside the initial teaching of Christ, let us move on,
Ephesians 4: 13:
“Until such time as we shall all have reached the unity of the
faith and the awareness of the Son of God, (thus becoming) a
perfect man, to that measure of age of the fullness of Christ.”
clarify something here: When the Holy Bible speaks of
perfection, it is nowhere referring to the perfection of
the physical body, as perceived by “Witnesses”. The Bible
speaks of a similarity to God, which has absolutely
nothing to do with a corporal inference. The fact that the
bodies of the perfected acquire incorruptibility and immortality
is only the natural result of perfection, and not
So, how can
we become similar to God, if we haven’t seen Him?
the answer lies in the phrase: “according to His image
and according to His likeness”. It doesn’t say: “image
the word “according to” (Greek=êáôÜ)
imply? It implies “the image of the image” of God, and not
God’s image directly.
Who then is the direct image of God? It is Jesus Christ of
Collosians 1: 15:
“...who is the image of the invisible God…”
therefore, had been created “according to the image of
God”, or, “as an image of
that Jesus Christ had not yet been incarnated as a man, is not
an issue. God, Who is beyond time, and as the Creator of Time, knows the
future full well. All of this, is in compliance with
Ephesians 4: 13
mentioned previously. We must therefore strive towards the
example that was set by the Lord Jesus Christ, because this is
what will lead us to becoming “according to the likeness” of God
– in other words, our path towards perfection.
Could it be
that perfection is not feasible, since we are referring to the
infinitely perfect God?
This is partially true. To reach Him is definitely impossible.
But we can draw nearer to Him, from now through to
all eternity, becoming more and more according to His likeness,
as we can see from the following verse:
Corinthians II, 3: 18:
“but we all, with face uncovered, as reflections of the glory of
God, are transformed into the same image, from glory to glory.”
therefore is a relative idea, and each one of us is on a course
towards the likeness, either of God, or of his enemy the Devil.
The free will of each one of us is the determining factor for
the stage of progress one has attained. Perfection is not a
destination point. It is a non-stop course!
that indicates this relative meaning of the word “perfection”
appears very early in the Holy Bible:
Genesis 6: 9:
“Noah was a righteous man, perfect amongst those of his time.
Noah had walked with God…”
regarded perfect, as compared to his contemporaries,
because “he walked with God.” He was on the course towards
perfection! He had exhausted all the means available to
him at the time, on his road towards perfection.
is, that the creation of mankind was perfected, much, much
later. It was only upon the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
man (at last) appeared in a state of perfection. Jesus Christ
was the only man Who was actually perfect. In His person,
mankind had found the fulfillment of God’s purpose for it: “let’s
create man….according to our likeness.”
opened the way towards perfection and towards all those who were
on the path for becoming “according to the likeness”.
James 3: 9:
who have been made according to the likeness of God….”
target of the Christian course
down, we shall present a few of the verses which indicate that
Christians are on a course towards perfection, when following
the only, absolutely perfect one, Jesus:
Colossians 1: 28:
...so that we might present every person perfect...
4: 12: ...so that you may stand
James 1: 4:
...so that you might be perfect and whole, lacking in nothing...
Matthew 5: 48:
…Be therefore perfect, just as your Father in heaven is
Romans 8: 29:
...whom He knew beforehand, and destined (them) to comply with
the image of His Son...
Hebrews 5: 14:
…Solid food is for the perfect: those who have purposely
exercised their senses, for distinguishing between good and
verse also proves that man is not created perfect, but can
become so, through his personal endeavors.
6: 1: ...we move towards perfection...
13: “Until such
time as we shall all have reached the unity of the faith and the
awareness of the Son of God, (thus becoming) a perfect man, to
that measure of age of the fullness of Christ.”
of man’s perfection will also have an impact on all of creation,
which will undergo a change in order that God’s plan and
His creation be fulfilled – not only for the sake of man, but
also for the sake of material creation, over which man was
appointed its king.
Romans 8: 19-21:
“for, the earnest expectation of creation eagerly anticipates
the revelation of the sons of God…. for, even creation shall be
freed from the bonds of deterioration, into the freedom of the
glory of the children of God.”
Since creation is also going
to be liberated along with mankind from the bonds of
deterioration, it means that it, too, shall become
incorruptible. However, the Watchtower here insists that the
word “creation” implies a supposed earthly group of people.
(Book: Worship, page 188). This assertion is wrong, not only
because (according to Watchtower) incorruptibility is
granted exclusively to those who go to heaven, but also because
the verse that follows immediately after, makes it absolutely
clear that the reference applies to all of creation, and
not just a group of people: “for, ALL OF CREATION also groans
and labors in agony….”