Why God made the world

AND God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Genesis 1:31

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A view across Ullswater in the Lake District. © Chris Heaton, Geograph. Used under licence.

A view across Ullswater in the Lake District. © Chris Heaton, Geograph. Used under licence.

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GOD, full beyond all fullness, brought creatures into being not because He had need of anything, but so that they might participate in Him in proportion to their capacity and that He Himself might rejoice in His works, through seeing them joyful and ever filled to overflowing with His inexhaustible gifts.

St Maximus the Confessor, “Third Century on Love” §46 (Philokalia, vol 2). Translation by Sherrard, Palmer and Ware.

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KEEP me, O Lord; for I have hoped in thee.

I said to the Lord, Thou art my Lord; for thou has no need of my goodness.

On behalf of the saints that are in his land, he has magnified all his pleasure in them. […]

LET the glory of the Lord be for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works;

who looks upon the earth, and makes it tremble; who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord while I live; I will sing praise to my God while I exist.

Let my meditation be sweet to him: and I will rejoice in the Lord.

Psalm 16(17):1-3, 103(104):31-34.

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