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What did Jesus mean when he said, "Nobody is perfect"

Updated on September 5, 2013

It is said, “Nobody is perfect” even Jesus Christ said that he was not perfect and he admitted that only God is perfect. Though some people have questioned the perfection of God after considering the suffering, pains, the seemingly inequality in creation, and the calamities that befall man. The interest of the writer on this subject is not to prove anyone right or wrong on who is perfect but because some people consciously use the phrase “nobody is perfect” as an excuse to committee crime and other mischiefs.

The writer had to wonder on the subject following an incident in which it was demanded that a treasurer of an organization has to account to the organization on how the organization’s fund was spent. After delay and inability to present the financial report, the treasurer, who is a strong member of a Christian movement, left a notice that said, “Nobody is perfect.” The writer had to wonder if the phrase justified his inability to account for the fund he handled.

The truth is that we most often misunderstand why Jesus Christ put forward the phrase. Consequently some people use it as an excuse to willingly do the wrong things because they know it is written, “Nobody is perfect.” It is also written, “he who stands should take heed lest he fails.” The second statement means that we should not relax but continue to uphold the good virtues else we may fall.

Therefore, when Jesus Christ said that he was not perfect, he simply did not want to accept the praises of the people because he was aware of the danger of relaxing and he also knew there is need for us to continue in the good work so that we won’t feel we have arrived. Unfortunately some people comfortably use that same phrase as an excuse for their wrong action while the writer thinks the phrase should spur us to do more towards attaining perfection even though it seem impossible to be perfect as some people claim.

However, if the religious think that men can willingly committee crime for the simple reason that we are not perfect then there is no need of preaching repentance. It is also known that man always looks for reasons even religious reasons to justify his actions. May be that is why some people comfortably commit crime under the auspices “Nobody is perfect.”

That is why the writer wants to understand if Jesus Christ actually made the comment to justify crime and mistakes or to encourage us to do more despite any shortcomings.

Once again, the writer asks, “What did Jesus have in mind when he said, ‘Nobody is perfect?’


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