On Why God Created the World

Jesus is reported to have said something like, “What you do to the least of these, you do to me.” Since I was a little girl I loved that moment—but as a hyperbole, a charismatic teacher’s device to compel his followers to compassion. Except, it was not, was it? To the end depth of it, in every way and detail, he meant exactly what he said.

I walk through this world, and with every step, every sight I feel that it is Him, His very beloved body, inseparable. He is in all things, as it was from the beginning, but he walked where we walk and felt the wind on his face, and he looked at the faces of his Creation, contorted by pain and by hope, and he told us that we are Him.

It takes us a while to understand that he told us why God had created the world.

I needed him to tell me again, yet we’d known it all along, and we’ve said it again and again: God is Love. And those who don’t use the word “God” have tended to realize also that the ultimate Good is love. Throughout history, humanity has known this. Why, then, do we still think the meaning of life is an unanswered question?

            Love is the active Good in that it requires at least two subjects. And it requires awareness of each other. Love, then, is the Divine Reality in its act of flowing between God and the world and between the souls in the world. Love is the flow of Good in the temporal universe. Love is the presence of God in Creation. Love is that which connects all matter spiritually to itself and to its Source and Destination. Love is the glue and the fabric of existence—both completely ecstatic as God’s animating breath and completely indispensible as a necessity of our reality.

But love is only possible when there is more than one, for it is a flowing thing from one to another, a marvel of embrace and sacrifice, the giving over of self, the basking in beauty unknown and the discovery that comes only with trust. Love is the active Good and requires another. I do not know what God had intended or foreseen in His atemporal reality when the world was not—most likely because neither could I grasp such a thing nor does it necessarily matter—but I know that Love as the flow of God’s nature came to be with the existence of a temporal universe. The Eternal Goodness can embrace another in Love, perhaps, only in an imperfect, maybe even only in a time-bound state that allows for the distinction of selves.

            Individuation of subjects from Divinity, to whatever degree we are indeed distinct, though not separate, allows us to experience Love and in that to be consciously aware of Divine Goodness. But it also allows us to experience suffering—the inevitable side-effect of imperfection that comes inevitably with temporality, the product of partial distinction from God.

We are coming home in the end. On the Last Day, at the end of time, the goal of temporal existence will have been reached, probably, in a myriad ways unfathomable to a human mind. But profoundly, it will have been reached in that Creation, having changed and developed through its long life, will be ready to become complete and to rejoin its Source once again in eternity, in the most intimate and perfect way, but having been enriched by the temporal experience of individuation and awareness of the active Good. Having learned to love.


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    • Len on June 4, 2012 at 21:06
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    Liebe Freundin,
    Somewhere in here you remarked that for those who do not want to speak of God, the “Good” might be alternative way to think of, know, speak of the Ultimate.
    I like that because, having taught in a state university for so long, and because I try to think with all persons – religious and not – as closely and authentically as possible. All of us, religious and not, reach out for meaning in life. Even the Existentialists who claimed there is no meaning “out there,” were not content to leave it at that. They said that WE have to make our own meaning.
    I find that pretty well universally humans in the end reach out in love, a desire to become one – in a wild range of manners – with the Good. As we do that in our many ways we find our selves increasingly becoming one with all other persons, beings, and ultimately in a non-competitive way with the Source and Goal of all, however understood.
    When I was in my twenties my sensibilities were quite like what you are expressing here. Probably because of my many decades in the secular academic atmosphere, these sensibilities no longer well up in me so urgently, but reading them, feeling them in you again brings me home once again. Gratias ago tibi. Len

      • zakiya on June 9, 2012 at 15:05
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      You said it Len.

  1. “God is Love. And those who don’t use the word “God” have tended to realize also that the ultimate Good is love. Throughout history, humanity has known this. Why, then, do we still think the meaning of life is an unanswered question?”

    this is everything. so well said! Happy Easter to you, and please keep writing!

    the meaning of life is to love. so simple, and yet so profound. what a great reflection to keep in mind daily

    1. Thank you, Luka! I am so glad you’ve come to visit — and found something of meaning here, on Easter of all days. 🙂 Happy Easter.
      Thank God for resonating thoughts, and I am looking forward to more.

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