The perfect crime. According to dictionary.com’s first definition, “crime” is “an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited”; while probably the most applicable definition for “perfect” is their fourth: “entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings”. One given example is even “the perfect crime.”
I suppose the phrase is somewhat of an oxymoron. By definition, a crime is injurious to someone in some way. But let’s suppose that to be perfect, the crime would have to carry out the design of the criminal to the fullest extent possible. If it could be done, it would be a widespread feat, engulfing the entire earth as we know it—and perhaps as far-reaching as Heaven itself. Men of high intelligence would be in danger of being fooled into acting as pawns to serve the purposes and interests of the arch-criminal. Angels of exceeding strength and glory would have to be on their guard to avoid being deceived.
The “perfect crime” has been committed. The holy angel Lucifer, “Son of the Morning”, presumed to take the place of God Himself. In his fall, he was dubbed “Satan”, and managed to draw a third of the angels of heaven with Him. His accusation? That God is not a God of love, and that God’s law could not be kept.
Jesus came to earth to prove otherwise. He donned humanity, finding strength in constant communion with the Heavenly Father—the same source of strength offered to us. He died to set the captives of Satan free. I guess the perfect crime was not so perfect after all. We know the end: Christ is Victor!
Because of Jesus, we have more than this almost-perfectly destroyed, old earth to look forward to. By choosing to follow Jesus, we are heading for the New Earth—a “land flowing with milk and honey”.
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Have a blessed day!
Definitions quoted in this article:
“crime.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 17 Feb. 2011. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/crime>.
“perfect.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 17 Feb. 2011. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/perfect>.