So we are not perfect, is there a reason why god cant make us perfect, is he incapable?
That's a very good question.
For starters, I don't think he wanted to make us perfect because as I said, perfection would be God. I don't think he wanted to create a clone of himself. What would be the point?
But the really juicy one here is asking whether God would be capable of it?
God is eternal, he always has been. He is the Uncaused Cause. He didn't even cause himself. It is a nonsensical notion anyway, as cause suggests something preceeding the act, and as God is eternal then nothing preceeded him, therefore he can't have a cause.
But could he cause another one of himself? I'm tempted to say no, but then this would immediately have implications on his omnipotence. For if something is beyond God's ability, then he cannot be omnipotent.
Perhaps this is just something beyond our ability to grasp?
I'm reluctant to say that because it sounds like a cop-out, but it is actually a perfectly valid statement. There is no reason to suppose that finite creatues are able to comprehend the entirety of the infinite.
So you agree we are not perfect,
how imperfect are we?
How do you quantify perfection/inperfection in this case?
are we all equally imperfect? or is there subtle differences?
Again, this depends on what you mean.
There is a Papal Enyclical which discusses the modern notion of the "Equality of Man". The problem, it says, with the modern notion of equality between people is that it confuses "equality" with being "identical".
I think I am the equal of my next door neighbour.
He is not equally as knowledgable as me about history or philosophy.
Neither am I as good as him at fixing cars.
We are certainly not identical, and we are not all as equally capable of doing the same things. This is why modern notions of equality fail, they are not rooted in reality.
However, I do believe we are still equal as human beings. By that I mean, we are all born with an immortal soul, and we are all called to the same high dignity as children of God.
If we share this same nobility of spirit, then our imperfections must be similar. We do not have immanent knowledge (which belongs to the eternal), we have a disposition towards evil, we can defect from truth/goodness, etc.
I think he does require a certain perfection otherwise what is the purpose of our testing? What is the purpose of our imperfection? to test how imperfect we actually are, are we a type of prototype?
I used to think of life as a test or trial, but I'm not so sure anymore.
I don't think we were specifically created to be tested.
Speaking from a Christian perspective, I believe we were originally created for an earthly paradise, to know God and be known by him in that setting. The idea of a Fall radically changes this. We became mortal, and with a knowledge of Good and Evil, we also became able to commit evil.
For if you don't understand the difference, you can not do evil.
For evil, I believe you must have the intention, and the intention requires knowledge. If a crane drops something on someone and kills them, has the crane committed an evil act? That is surely an absurd idea, for a crane is an inanimate object. It simply did what it did. It had no notion of doing something wrong or evil. Nor do we prosecute children below a certain age for doing something deemed otherwise criminal, for they do not possess the reason or knowledge to understand what they did was wrong.
So in order to do evil, we must know we are doing evil (this runs contrary to my Platonism, btw). Anything else is merely accidental or tragic without culpability.
So our purpose changed after the Fall.
We were now able to commit acts in the knowledge that they were right or wrong. We could act with evily intent. Of course, justice is a virtue and a good God must possess such virtues. Thus a good God is a just God. And justice requires that evil be punished. So now we have been opened up to the possibility of damnation. However, to offset this, God made available to us a higher destiny which was not at first set out for us. That we may transcend this world and be received into the Beatific Vision, that is to say into the full presence of God in the eternal realm where he abides (Heaven). So I dont believe we were created with the purpose of being on trial. Rather I see this as a development after the Fall. and of course, it belongs to the nature of justice that evil be punished and good rewarded.
BTW, this new destiny opens up another area of theology which is touched on by Aquinas and some others, and which involves a very interesting specualtion about a kind of temporal paradox which wouldn't be out of place in a sci-fi/fantasy story. But let's leave that for another time