When it comes to understanding perfection, there are many different ways of understanding it. Most believers in God, for example, might think of true perfection as the state of being infinitely powerful (omnipotent, present everywhere at once (omnipresent), all-loving (omni-benevolent)– pretty much infinite everything– except for evil. Of course, if God cannot understand evil (having not committed it), he cannot control it, be with it, or love it, which pretty much disprove God according to such definitions.
Alternatively, we have the dictionary definition of “The quality or state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting; entire development; consummate culture, skill, or moral excellence; the highest attainable state or degree of excellence; maturity”.
If you read the above definition carefully, you will notice something interesting: perfection is (according to this definition) determined by the completeness of something as determined by its limits. In fact, the definition of “perfect” is “Fitting its definition precisely“. At least from a metaphysical standpoint, after all, God could not exist [within human perception] if he did not have attributes to define him, and defining anything effectively makes that “thing” finite.
Thus, one could say that perfection is finite by its very nature, and that if God is perfect, he must be finite by virtue of his perfection– in effective, God is finite by definition. That isn’t to say that I believe God is finite– I don’t. I would like to merely point out how extremely foolishly paradoxical it is to try to define God, or to apply attributes to him.
But if God isn’t finite, then how do we understand him: through ourselves, his creation. After all, from the very beginning God created us, whether by mistake or deliberation, so he might understand and explore himself. We are God manifested, and so it is through understanding all of God’s creation that we begin to get the bigger picture of who God is.
From this perspective, one could say that we are finite parts of the infinite whole; as I put it in “The Function of the Ego“, “As a single facet of the diamond that is life, we are supposed to be incomplete and imperfect as individuals, so that we might only be perfect when we are One with the rest of the Universe.” By letting go of the need to be self-sufficient, we can part of something far more beautiful than we could ever create alone.” Whereas God is infinite, we are incomplete and individually-insignificant pieces of the whole. We need God to shine.
But as my spiritual friend has helped me to realize, even though we are only part of God, we are infinite parts, just as God is infinite.