Why can the creation of imperfect beings glorify God?

Why can the creation of imperfect humans give glory to God? Isn’t the creation of perfect beings a better manifestation of God’s glory?

C.f. CCC #293 - 294.

If you will cast your eye upon the Book of Genesis, you will see that God only created perfect creatures. All of them were made “good” (although humans were “very good”).

However, God put humans in charge of all the creatures of the Earth. This was not just a business office. As St. Paul explains (and it’s a very Jewish idea), Adam was the mystical “head” of not just humanity, but all of Earth’s creatures. Even his name means “earth.” Eve was “the mother of all the living,” and that didn’t mean just living humans. She was supposed to give motherly care to all the earth, while Adam acted as guardian and high priest over it, speaking directly to God about the creatures’ needs.

Just as Adam and Eve’s conduct affected all human beings descended from them, so their sin (which made them imperfect and fallen creatures, and lost them supernatural graces) caused all other creatures on Earth to suffer the effects of their Fall. God proclaimed that even the plants and the ground would be affected by Adam’s sin.

So… God made perfect creatures.

Human sin made the perfect creatures imperfect.

That is why St. Paul explains that “all creation is groaning” for salvation through Christ. He is the New Adam, and His good actions affect not only all humanity (or the parts that accept Him), but also all Creation (including the parts beyond Earth, since He is Lord of all). We can choose to stay broken and twisted, if we want; but the New Adam will eventually make the guiltless creatures of Creation happy and whole. (And that’s what the new heavens and new Earth, and the whole Messianic holy mountain of the Lord stuff is talking about.)

But even now, it has been fairly common for saints to find that animals and plants responded to them with joy and relief, or with protectiveness. (St. Francis was just one guy in the middle of a long tradition of saints with animal friends. The desert monks sometimes had vipers and cobras as buddies.) To turn away from sin and follow the Gospel is to do Christ’s work in Him. And that somehow includes mystically helping the world become less imperfect.

Hope this helped.

Kudos to this person! I think they explained it really good.:thumbsup:

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