"Without sounding blasphemous, if man made man today, would his creation exceed that of God's? We all know that the perfect human does not exist and given what we know today about the world in which we live and the types of people who populate it, could we not create a better specimen of being; one more in keeping with the Christian values most of us cherish?
A perfect human would automatically be endowed with all of the traits we have come to accept as being 'good qualities' in a person and possess none of those 'bad qualities.' They would be endowed with lovingness, kindness, understanding, tolerance, generosity etc. I could easily extend the list and still be itemising good quality traits tomorrow, but you get the picture.
Were man to create such a human, would he not have excelled over and above the creation of God's by creating a being who did not cheat, steal, deceive, dishonour; a human being who refused to ever engage in war, hurt, harm or kill? I think not!
Just as there is no shade of grey without the blending of black and white, it is a known scientific fact that all things emanate from their opposites. Thus, there can be no presence of 'goodness' in this world without the existence of 'badness' and all the in between traits existing also.There would be no way of making valid any experience, emotion or feeling we had; no way of knowing if we felt that which we'd just felt, no sensations to tell us if the emotion we had was either good or bad to experience without conceptual opposites. Take feelings for instance. We cannot feel hot unless our senses knew what it was like to feel cold, nor could we could ever know that we were in the presence of generosity if we had no conception or experience of meanness. We could never have either experience or feeling without a presence and conceptual understanding of all opposites in our lives. In short, here could be no heaven without a hell!
The one thing which would be missing in a man-made man, would be that attribute of 'free will' to exercise opposing thoughts, words and actions as one chose. Free will is that crucial ingredient within the whole mixture of God's creation which enables mankind to live either the best possible life or the worse possible existence they choose to live from cradle to grave. This fact alone illustrates that the true importance lies not solely in our actions, but our intentions; not only what we do, but why we do it! As the playwright T.S.Eliot said in his drama 'Murder in the Cathedral' that portrays the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in the year 1120, 'The greatest treason is to do the right deed for the wrong reason.'
It is only through our capacity to exercise free will, can such choice ever prove decisive in one's destiny; only in this way can the goodness one passes on to another be of any worth and the purpose of life and death hold any meaning." William Forde: February 12th, 2016.