The Godhead: Creation and Personal Meaning
We often imagine a godless humanity as a meaningless community of animals which strive to survive just like their closely related kin, a meaningless extension of natural selection which began to attribute divine worth to its actions once it was granted consciousness. However, I was recently at a Christian retreat for my school and I followed a line of thought while there which has always interested me, and although I’ve always had a formal apologetically sound explanation, a full realization of this explanation dawned on me.
For the Theist:
We consider the universe, specifically humanity, separate from a Prime Mover (Yahweh specifically) to be endless vanity, without meaning or justification; but press the teos (“purpose”) of existence one divine step further, and present it to God: is He without meaning? Some people respond that since he is perfect, He is perfectly content and without need, but what does that mean? Look at his actions, and the fact that he did not remain immobile - he became a creator. Was he bored, or did his state of limbo suddenly strike him and he escaped it through creation? -I argue against that, but first we must investigate why he would have initially has a desire to create.
The fundamental difference between a god like Yahweh from a similar monotheistic deity like Allah is his quality of being triune, three distinct personalities in one essence. "Why is this significant?" Well, I feel Christianity is much more logically coherent and philosophically satisfying for this bizarre premise; unlike us, his purpose is not ingrained in something transcendent or beyond his existence. We look upwards for meaning and hope; however, by definition - there is nothing beyond God; so where does he look? This may be a worthless sentiment, but I see God’s beauty in the fact that he would still be a perfect being if left alone, because it would not be a solitary "he;" God finds his purpose in the company of the Father, the Spirit, and the Son. There is a harmonious codependency between the Godhead which simultaneously supports and satisfies each personality, because there is community and perfect love between the three. So you see, there is no discontent with God, he did not have to create; he chose to create because there was the potential to grant other sentient beings a very similar sense of congruent love and affection, and he therefore formed a universe that “revolved” around his favorite creatures, Conscious Persons.
So the creation of the universe was not a psychological retreat (although I have no idea how God could possess a psyche), it was an overflow of love.
For the Atheist:
So you’re probably wondering why I would even care to share such an idea if I’m not myself a Christian, or even a theist. Well because I think that human myth expressed a very valuable truth, that we do not require something beyond us as long as a communal longing and contentment is present in society - there is no reason to transcend our condition since all we need is here with us - in our neighbor, our lover, our families. The Godhead symbolizes a united humanity, yet we must ask ourselves: why do we create? -to what end?