“We’re all human – so we all make mistakes, right?” I’ve heard so many people ask this, and have likely asked it myself.
What does this mean given that God created us to be human? If it is human to make mistakes, and God created us human, then does it follow that God created us to make mistakes?
- Humans (by definition?) makes mistakes. This does not necessarily mean that God designed us with the intent that we make mistakes, but at least with the ability to make mistakes. Thus, it would be more accurate to say that God created us with the ability to make mistakes than that God created us in order that we might make mistakes.
- We often do ourselves (as the human race) a great disservice in condemning the whole lot of us as imperfect in that we are unlike God. We make this tautological: God is perfect, we are not, therefore we cannot be like God (though God wants us to) because we are not perfect like God is.
- One hast to wonder to what extent God has created us in the image of God, yet (obviously) not just/exactly like God.
Here’s my take: Though we are created in the image of God, we are not God, nor are we (or were we ever) intended to become gods or god-like. Whatever the imago dei means, it doesn’t mean that we lose our humanness. If humanness includes the ability, even the propensity to make mistakes, then to be the perfect human doesn’t preclude mistakenness.
How, then, do we keep this from being a cop-out to allownig the transforming power of God to actually make a difference in our lives over time?
Perhaps it is important to understand the difference between “sin” and “mistake.”
More on that at another time.