This is a spinoff to the topic titled Abiogenesis, where the issue came up of whether God's initial creation of man and Eden was considered perfect. Rather than derail the Abiogenesis topic more than it had been already I decided to create a new topic here.
My thesis follows closely on what Mike the Wiz touched on in the Abiogenesis topic.
But we can't know for sure how "good" it was in the beginning.
Technically you could say, "it is not perfect BECAUSE it has the capacity to go wrong." But really God's plan was that this creation would be temporary because He foresaw the fall of man.
... God created a type of universe which was, "set up" to be temporary. Even though it was perfect for perhaps a few weeks at the beginning, God knew it would only have to be perfect at the very start.
As others in the other topic mentioned, at the end of each day of creation God declared his day's work good. What they fail to realize is that at the end of the sixth day when everything was created, including man, God declared it very good.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
In God's eyes how much better is very good than good? Does it mean perfect? There are no clues from the text. But there is something in context that should lead us to believe that what God created was perfect for his purpose.
We know that sin cannot exist in the presence of God. Yet God walked freely with Adam and Eve in Eden, communing with them. Therefore Adam and Eve, as created, were sinless. There was no death, no discomfort in Eden, just a perfect existence with God their Creator.
We all know what happened. Eve gave in to the whiles of the devil and disobeyed God, causing her and Adam to be banished from Eden and all of creation to be cursed. God cannot commune with sin. Adam and Eve blew it, and all of creation has suffered the consequences to this day.
But, like Mike the Wiz stated, this was to be only temporary. When do we see again that God communes directly with his creation in a perfect world where there is no death or discomfort? That would be in the new heaven and the new earth, the new city of Jerusalem of Revelation 21.
As types are often used to tie together seemingly incongruous elements of Scripture I believe that Eden, the first of perfect creation, was a type of the new heaven and earth, which would be God's final perfect creation.
However, there is one major, huge difference between the two: At the end, Satan, the fallen angels, demons and all those who rejected God's gift of salvation will be cast into the lake of fire no longer able to wield their corruption and evil influence. The new heaven and new earth will be literally sinless.
Those communing with God in the new heaven will be in their glorified bodies, as were Adam and Eve before the fall, and before they "discovered" their nakedness. Remember, they were created in God's perfect image.
So, was God's creation initially perfect? I believe that by God recreating virtually every condition in the new heaven and new earth that existed in Eden before the fall it tells us that, yes, Eden was perfect. The only difference between the two is Satan deciding he wanted to be "like the most high" and become a false god corrupting what God had created in Eden.
It's the free will thing.