Perhaps we are trying to apply modern ideas of perfection to a history that never intended this. Today we create machines smaller than the eye can see that are virtually identical. Absolute perfection may appear attainable in modern society. Perhaps the "perfection" of Job and Noah were more along the moral sense.
Onacruse; knock any of your premises, and the argument falls down. Perhaps this is the one to doubt?
"Everything God does is perfect."
After all, he was remorseful after the flood. He modified his destruction plans after talking them over with Abraham.
Tashawaa, thanks for the references
From H8552; complete; usually (morally) pious; specifically gentle, dear: - coupled together, perfect, plain, undefiled, upright.
From H8552; entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth: - without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly), whole.
From narkissos, thank you for the link.
The notion of "perfection" attributed to Adam or Jesus is WT language, not Bible language. I can't see any Bible text stating that Adam or Jesus were "perfect".
My study on the use of the greek word "perfection" in the new testament:
From G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness: - of full age, man, perfect.
Most of these scriptures do not refer to perfect people or perfect behavour, but coming in to a more complete understanding of what Christ has done for us. If we look at this as full grown and complete rather than perfection, I think these scriptures make more sense.
Knowledge of the complete purpose of God (Romans 12:2, Eph 4:13, Col 4:12). To know Christ is in us, completely (Col 1:28). Jesus' more perfect tabernackle, paid by his blood rather than that of goats. (Hebrews 9:11) Wisdom. (1 Cor 2:6, Col 1:28, James 1:4) Perfect love (1 Cor 13:9, 1 John 4:18). Perfect gift (James 1:17) Perfect law (James 1:25) Perfect talk (James 3:2)
As for the young man who wanted to be perfect, I personally think Jesus gave him a rather sarcastic reply:
Jesus said unto him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell that which thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
(Matthew 19:21 ASV)
(Phi 3:15 BBE)
Then let us all, who have come to full growth
, be of this mind: and if in anything you are of a different mind, even this will God make clear to you:
(James 3:2 BBE)
For we all go wrong in a number of things. If a man never makes a slip in his talk, then he is a complete
man and able to keep all his body in control.
(1 John 4:18 Darby)
There is no fear in love, but perfect
love casts out fear; for fear has torment, and he that fears has not been made perfect in love.