In Genesis 1, God states multiple time that His creation is "very good". But what exactly does "very good" mean? It seems to have a different meaning than perfection, so that: - very good ≠ perfection - very good < perfection Though, the expression "very good" is often used as evidence that there was no [animal] death before the Fall, that everything was flawless, perfect. Then, what is the true meaning of "very good"? Does this expression makes room for some imperfections, since "very good" is less good than "perfection"?
LS1910 - 31 Dieu vit tout ce qu'il avait fait et voici, cela était très bon. Ainsi, il y eut un soir, et il y eut un matin: ce fut le sixième jour.
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...In Biblical terms, when uttered by God, it means perfection. The world was, after all, in an un-fallen state at the time of creation.. As human beings, when we use the phrase "very good," it is a fine choice of humble phraseology. We know that virtually everyone can improve--even a concert pianist can improve his/her interpretation of a classic. Thus, "very good" has the connotation to mean "...as good as it is likely to get within human limitations. But God has no limitations; thus, God's "very good" is utter perfection. A wonderful thought to contemplate for all artists who love the Lord: In eternity, will we ever be able to create a work of art that is "Absolute Perfection?" Possibly so--who knows? We have been promised that when we see Heaven, it will become clear what the Lord meant with these words: "But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." We will see that it is "Very Good", indeed!
I personally believe that when God spoke that everything was good and very good it was perfect. However once Adam sinned and God cursed the earth, perfection began to deteriorate with each cycle of the seasons. Case and point based on the scriptures (Numbers 13) fruit use to be gigantic is size but as time progresses and sin reign's vegetation does not yield its full strength.
I believe very good does not equal perfect. What I do see is that G-d created an environment for man to live perfectly had that been their choice. We know as history that this was not the case, But, G-d in His mercy.... Ephesians 2:4 made perfection once again available for man to choose!
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