This is one of those topics that makes me wish I was a better writer. I am going to have difficulty articulating what I want to say. This makes this one of those posts that makes me glad to blog. One of you will likely help me clarify my own writing and ideas.
The predominant religion of my geography is Christianity. While there are many forms of that religion, all seem to hold up for our examination a perfect god. It tells us to aspire to that perfection. Then the culture around that religion, if not the religion itself, instills a moral code that guarantees we cannot meet that standard. Show me a healthy teenager that hasn't lusted after someone. Show me anyone that has never coveted something that was not theirs. So, we fall short of the idea of perfection. Insecurities grow. The rational for this it that Jesus was both god and man. Since he was man, it is reasonable to aspire to his perceived perfection.
I believe this is correct for varying definitions of perfection.
All gods are perfect. Perfection being defined as total unity with everything within their purview. This is what makes them so strong. For instance, I have experienced Hermes as unified with the idea of unifying things. An example of this is his accepted trait of communication. In order to communicate, person A must encode a message, send it through a medium to be received by person B who then decodes the words according to his understanding. Hermes helps to unify the intended message with the code, unifies the code with the medium, the medium to the target and aids in decoding and unifying the message with the receiver. Each step is a unification with something. Praying to Hermes can help with all levels of communication. He can even help with how we code things so that the receiver has a greater understanding of our message as s/he decodes our words.
There are many other things Hermes does. The above example is but one. My point is that He does these things perfectly. He is perfect. It isn't perfection in some human moral sense but perfect in His unification with his god-purpose or role.
This then implies that all gods are perfect within their god-purpose. Applying human morality perfection is impossible for me when it comes to the gods of Christianity. Killing 14,000+ people to give the Jewish people land isn't morally justifiable in human terms. As a god-purpose, it may be perfect. This then carries over to every other god from the destruction of Cthulu to the balance of Maat to the peaceful deity Shazbat. Hey, if Lovecraft can make up a god, so can I.
Allow me to move back to the idea of man aspiring to perfection. Moral perfection can be impossible. No one has maintained that rigid level of self-control over the course of a lifetime. Even if they did mores change over time leading to a sense of past imperfection whether valid or not. Well, maybe Mother Theresa reached a standard of moral perfection for varying definitions of success in that regard.
The perfection of Being rather than morality just may be possible for us humans.
By perfection of Being, I mean the absolute unification with everything in one's soul-purpose. Some may call this true will but its more. One can do their true will and still fall short of perfection. For instance, it may have been Millard Fillmore's true will to be president but I'm willing to bet he wasn't totally unified with all aspects of the duties of his position.
If one is absolutely unified with one's soul-purpose, the concepts of morality and social mores fade away. The concept of being less so I must confess falls away. These things get in the way of the perfection of being and must be dropped eventually as one approaches this state. I fully acknowledge dropping them too soon can make on an egomaniacal danger to us all.
Most of what we need to drop our preprogrammed insecurities that prevent us or restrict us from acting in accordance with our souls. I am still working on this level. Yet maybe, perfection of Being is possible over the course of lifetimes. I think it is a much more useful concept than moral perfection.