God needs us

Most theists will see this as blasphemy (rather naively I would think). Those of the Abrahamic faiths can pull out a few prooftexts from their scriptures in order to burn my heretical arse.

However, I would argue that not to believe this is the greatest blasphemy. The attitude that God does not need us lead to the pronouncement by Nietzche’s madman that “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.”

God is only a being (an ontological entity) in metaphor. The Bible contains many splendid metaphors about God. It is our belief in these metaphors that gives God life. God needs us to take these metaphors to heart because it is through them that God lives.

Meaning needs us. Love needs us. God needs us. Without our belief and passionate embrace of these, none can exist.


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