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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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      Mara Alexander 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Who are you addressing? I know that's not what I said

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      davidkaluge 3 years ago

      It is an interesting topic because people generally say nobody is perfect but seems you are trying to say that some people are perfect but nobody is good. Perfect and good which is superior? That is if nobody is good then how can somebody be perfect? We are just learning.

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      Mara Alexander 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Mark 10:18 isn't speaking of being perfect. It is saying not to call anyone good, meaning don't judge another (good or bad)

      Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

      But it says nowhere that no person can be perfect, and nowhere does Jesus say that. Give me the scripture-Book-Chapter-Verse where it says it

      Here's an online bible you can use

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      davidkaluge 3 years ago

      Check Mark 10:18 it seems perfect is asking much base on some bible were good is used. That is why the bible is interesting because it seems to conflict itself. That is why there are different sects because of the conflicting verses and people pick the one that they want to pick.

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      Mara Alexander 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Please tell me how do you explain what Jesus said here

      Matthew 5:48

      Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

      Which is what God told Abraham

      Genesis 17:1

      And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

      Though I seached, I found nowhere that Jesus told us that no person could be perfect.