Originally posted by Suzianne
It is a man without God that is pointless.
God gets along just fine without man. Unlike man, He is complete, in and of Himself.
"Each of us -
A cell of awareness -
Imperfect and incomplete.
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt that's far too fleet." -- Rush, "Free Will", Permanent Waves
If "God gets along just fine without man. Unlike man, He is complete, in and of Himself," then I wonder what is the point of having created man?
Not that I am asserting there is none, I just wonder what the traditional theistic answers to this question are.
One answer I find (if point means purpose) is at
and the alphabetically numbered links from it:
Man was created and chosen by God for Himself.
For what purpose?
"To serve the Lord God with gladness" is to fulfill the very purpose of man's existence.
For man to "serve the Lord God with gladness", he must acknowledge:
that the Lord is God
that he was made by God and not by man himself.
that he was created according to the image of God (Gen.1:27)
than man is not to rule over himself for it is God who will rule over him because they are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
that despite the power he enjoy in this life, his status as a creature and mere recipient of God's blessings does not change (Q&A 08C.1)
that God is always there, that God is indispensable in his life. He needs the Lord in every aspect of his life. (Topic 08C)