No Fudging the Facts
February 11, 2012
4. Four. IV. Plus the many iterations in a variety of languages. But they all mean the same thing: a complete concept that doesn’t change or decay, nor is it inconsistent or variable. And there are an infinite number of ways to get there: (2+2) or (3+1) or (1+1+1+1) or (.0002 +3.9999.) Oops, that last one is not a pathway to 4! It’s really, really close – and the difference is practically negligible. But the fact remains that there is no place nor time nor circumstance nor event nor person who will ever make those numbers equal exactly 4. To fudge on that is to mess with scientific precision, causing ever greater mistakes down the line.
And so it is with God’s child, you and me. There are an infinite number of ways for God’s sons and daughters to express Him, but each one must always be the exact, unchanging, and perfect reflection of the exact, unchanging, and perfect God. No fudging, no mistakes down the line.
Why is there mathematical certainty underpinning God’s relationship with His children? The best information about that comes from the Bible. And the very first fact about it, found in the first chapter of Genesis, is that God made His beloved offspring exactly like Himself: in His image and likeness is what the King James Version says (1:26). Scientific verity #1: man (generically speaking) is like his Maker.
What does the Bible say about this Maker? The Apostle James declares that God is invariable (1:17); and 1st Chronicles makes the point that God is good (16:34). These are just a few of the amazing facts about Deity you’ll find in scripture. Scientific verity #2: the created is invariable good, just like the Creator!
Jesus, the final authority on God and His creation, states this unequivocal imperative: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matt 5:48). Scientific verity #3: like parent, like child.
And just like that faux pas listed above which will never equal 4, no mistake, no matter how negligible will ever enter into the equation of perfect God, perfect man. There’s just no room for imperfection in perfection. There’s just no fudging the facts.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.