The Ten Commandments of Perfectionism

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The Ten Commandments of Perfectionism

#1 Always avoid the appearance of perfectionism. Avoid appearing to be a perfectionist because only people who believe that they are not perfect already would display any of the traits of perfectionism, and the whole idea here is for other people (all of them) to perceive you as perfect. By the way, obviously, the only certain way to do this is to completely avoid other people.

#2 Hold on. Forget I even said that. Here’s what we are going to do instead. You are going to go around and fix all the imperfections of everyone else. If you ever notice people displaying any idealism, first criticize them for it. People obviously should not be idealistic, right? So, as a demonstration of your having finally perfected post-idealistic realism, you must plan to spontaneously ridicule and suppress the idealism of other people (yes, all of them) because anyone else displaying idealism clearly interferes with me pretending to be perfectly beyond idealism, so then I am forced to get in to arguments with them about how they should not be so idealistic, or at least not in the ways that threaten my most sacred idealisms, such as my idealism about whether or not I am already perfect. Anyway, that has been taking up a lot of my time and energy, so naturally I want you go out there and handle that for me while I wait here. By the way, when you come back, then I will tell you the other 8 commandments, so you better hurry.

Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is 

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect But you are
to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect – 15k
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Leviticus 19:2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

<< Matthew 5:48 >>

New International Version (©1984)
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

New Living Translation (©2007)
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

English Standard Version (©2001)
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

International Standard Version (©2008)
So be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
Be therefore perfect, just as your Father who is in Heaven is perfect.”

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
That is why you must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. Don’t Do Good Works to Be Praised by People

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

American King James Version
Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

American Standard Version
Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.

Darby Bible Translation
Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

English Revised Version
Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Webster’s Bible Translation
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

Weymouth New Testament
You however are to be complete in goodness, as your Heavenly Father is complete.

World English Bible
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Young’s Literal Translation
ye shall therefore be perfect, as your Father who is in the heavens is perfect.

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11 Responses to “The Ten Commandments of Perfectionism”

  1. Freedomborn Says:

    Hi JRFibonacci, it seems from your message you are confirming as some claim we sin till we die and can’t be perfected in Love but without the empowering of the Holy Spirit natural or worldly, fleshy man cannot understand what The Scriptures are referring to 1Corinthians 2: 9-16 when the Scriptures tell us to seek to be perfected in Love, natural man instead depend on their own fleshy or wordly understanding reason and logic and so are in error.

    2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto Salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works

    God makes it perfectly clear we are to be perfected in Love and Paul and other Christians or firstfruits in the early Church were perfected as you can see in the Scriptures below and there are others that confirm this Truth too if you would like them. When we are perfected in Love we do not continue to sin, also shown very clearly in the Scriptures because we are righteous, washed clean, made white, Holy without spot or blemish etc

    No need for me to argue with anyone, it is peoples free will if they choose to ignore the Scriptures and remain in ignorance and deception, as for the Law we are freed from it’s punishment for our past sins but we still uphold it as The Scriptures confirm.

    Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Romans 6:17-19 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness

    1John 3:4-10 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. *No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him. * Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. * He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. * No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.* This is how we know who the Children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not Love his brother.

    Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

    Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

    1John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

    Ephesians 4:23-24 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

    Romans 6:5-7 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.

    Phillipians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

    Don’t wait till it is too late – Kind regards from both of us – Anne

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      Thank you for your reply. However, apparently you did not get the point of my post (which was generally a joke). By the way, I have not read your whole reply yet.

      Now, I am clear that I am perfect and that you are perfect, too. Are you?

      I invite you to forget, at least for a moment, any scriptures that tell you to seek to be perfect. I do not know of any, by the way. The ancient instruction is to “be perfect.” Stop seeking anything but spiritual understanding, and perhaps even stop seeking that, too.

      Be still. Be perfect. Be holy. Do not delay with strategies, unless you prefer delays over the immediate recognition of spiritual understanding. 😉

      With the grace of spiritual understanding, the pure recognize only purity, rather than condemning alleged imperfections. Faith is the fruit of that spiritual clarity. Love is the fruit of that spiritual clarity, too. To seek to be faithful and to seek to be loving may be seeking from a perception (“innocent presumption”) of imperfection.

      A presumption of imperfection is an innocent mistake. Be perfect now just as you were created perfect by a perfect creator.

      Of course, you can argue against the idea that your presumption of your own imperfection was not innocent by insisting that you are an evil guilty sinner, which is rather popular, though that would be blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. You are free to insist that you are imperfect. However, if “you have the eyes to see,” you are also free to be perfect without delay.

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      I checked your reference to 1 corinthians 2:9-16

      Consider that you misquoted it. It says nothing about seeking to be perfected in love or even seeking at all. What I reference above as “innocent mistake” is exactly the “error” referenced in scripture. Once you recognize the error or sin or innocent mistake or blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the whole situation is already resolved by grace. Of course, those without the “Holy Spirit” or “Mind of Christ” could reject their innate innocence and innate perfection.

      9However, as it is written:

      “No eye has seen,
      no ear has heard,
      no mind has conceived
      what God has prepared for those who love him”b—
      10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.

      The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.c 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:

      16“For who has known the mind of the Lord
      that he may instruct him?”d
      But we have the mind of Christ.

    • jrfibonacci Says:


      “1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.”

      Clarity ends doubting, including worrying and fearing. Direct experience dispels presumptions and ideals and beliefs.

      In contrast, when there are presumptions and ideals and beliefs, logic and reasoning may not question the validity and accuracy of various presumptions and ideals and beliefs, including those based on translations and interpretations of people who may have been without the clarity of direct experience. Further, those who know from direct experience do not need to defend their comments based on scriptures. Their clarity is their authority.

      The clarity of an author is source of the authority that gives any scripture or translated scripture it’s only authority or validity. Let those who are without the clarity of the Holy Spirit and the Mind of Christ argue over scriptures and translations and words. Let the one who has direct experience of perfection perceive perfection.

  2. Freedomborn Says:

    Sorry but we will not argue with you, jrfibonacci we shared God’s Truth with you we don’t have to defend it, your basing your reasoning and logic on your own worldly understanding, you do not know us personally or everyone else in the world so you cannot judge where we or they are Spiritually and we do not have to defend ourselves or prove one way or other to you or anyone else what our heart Melody is.

    We believe what the Scriptures tell us, not mans fleshy understanding, a natural man will think the things of God are foolish which you seem to do and is confirmed in 1 Corinthians 2:14 ( see below) we suggest you finish reading the Scriptures we have given you, they are God’s Truth, it is your choice if you accept them or reject them, we will not argue with you but will pray that you don’t do the latter and that you will ask for God’s wisdom with all your heart and believe you have received it so you can understand what will save you from Eternal separation from God.

    1 Corinthians 2; 14 But the natural man received not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    Don’t wait till it is too late – Kind regards from both of us

    • jrfibonacci Says:


      Take your spirit of contentiousness and do not come back until you are ready to see perfection from perfection. You speak from beliefs in human interpretations of scripture because that is the most you can take right now, and that is fine. Your mistake is innocent and I recognize your statements from my own mouth and it is a tragic mistake, but also easily corrected for one who is humble. God will humble those who deny the divine presence in their own hearts.

      Forget separation from God. No one is separate from God. It is a mistaken belief, but God is the one who has caused the innocent mistake and God’s grace will reveal the eternal reality from which no one needs to be saved because there never was a real separation, only a mistaken perception.

      Further, the idea that it could ever be too late is an attempt to insult the eternal truth. Is that truth eternal or not?

      “Too late” is just as silly as “too soon.” By grace, even the most stubborn can have their eyes ripped from their sockets so that they can finally discern the simplest spiritual truth. Cease your blasphemy. Receive the fullness of the good news. God will rip your pride from you, sooner or later- not too late or too soon, but in God’s perfect timing. Or are you still worrying that God’s perfect timing could be “too late?” 😉

      The one who has the scriptures written on the heart does not need to open books, but certainly can. When God speaks today, it is consistent with what God says at any other time. Be whole, just as I created you.

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  5. cindyhfrench Says:

    I have to admit, I didn’t know or understand at first what this was all about. I still may be misunderstanding. but we are all one in the Father by the Lord Jesus Christ and his blood being spilled as the blood debt to be paid for us. Our acceptance makes us perfect! Hallelujah.

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      Hi Cindy! Thank you for visiting and sharing.

      It is an absolute fact that a tree can form branches. Those branches are part of the life of the tree, right?

      Consider that when God forms various life forms, all of those life forms are formations of God, like the branches of a mustard tree are a formation of the mustard tree. The branches are not just formed BY the free. The branches are forms OF the tree.

      When someone someone along and says “there is a reality that is similar to a mustard tree: the branches abide in the tree and the tree abides in the branches,” that can be a radical idea. If you think that nothing Jesus said was true until he died, that is close enough for me. I won’t focus on that detail.

      If you think that nothing he said was true until it was written down, that is close enough for me too. If you think nothing that he said was true until it was translated in to English, that is still close enough for me.

      You never *became* one in the Father. You have always been one in the Father. You just took a while to notice. Maybe you still reject it even now.

      That also is close enough for me. I know that we are already one in the Father. This reality is not only a few thousand years old. That was just when Jesus spoke it to the Hebrews. The reality of which Jesus spoke is eternal.

      This is why Jesus said “before Abraham was, I am.” He spoke about a reality that preceded the entire Hebrew tradition. Before the Hebrew language existed or any other language or even humanity, God was the tree and that tree had many branches (“my Father’s house has many mansions/many rooms” John 14:2).

      Adam was a branch of God. Abraham was a branch of God. Jesus was a branch of God. There is nothing that you perceive that is not formed by God. Whatever you perceive about yourself is also formed by God.

      It is not that only a few people are branches of God. All of life is the branching of God.

      No branch of a mustard tree becomes a branch of a mustard tree. From the beginning, a branch of a mustard tree is always a branch of mustard tree. There is a realization similar to that in regard to God. From the beginning, a formation of God is always a formation of God.

      It is the common practice of humans to reject the presence of God: “no, God cannot be under that rock. No, God cannot be in that tree. No, God cannot be in that building. No, God cannot be in that infant.”

      It is a radical practice to say “In the name of God, I declare this infant to be an instrument of God, I even declare the presence of God within this infant, within this marriage, within this church, within this nation!” Who dares to say “in the name of God?” That is very radical indeed!

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      Also, I just saw the name of your website. I was born in Hillsborough County!

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