This brings up one of the many things that believers in Abrahamic faiths never seem to think about when it comes to their religions: that a monotheistic god is by definition inherently, metaphysically alone
. It is, and must always be, the only entity of its kind. Its (super)natural
state is to be the only entity in existence. It must act
, try to disrupt
the (super)natural order (i.e., create) in order for anything but itself to exist.
Now, imagine this Deity in its default metaphysical state. Why should it have any perceptual faculties at all? There is nothing to perceive. Why should it have any cognitive faculties? There is nothing for it to think about; no words (because there is nothing for words to refer to), no emotions (nothing to feel anything about), no sensations, no images, no shapes...nothing but the Deity itself.
Where would such an entity get the ability to create? It seems awfully convenient that the Deity should just have the right powers and skills "built in." That would imply that the Deity was in some sense "made to create," which implies a telos that governs the Deity itself. Since it is a fundamental premise of theistic argumentation that "purpose" requires somebody
to impose it ("design implies a Designer," "morality implies a Moral Lawgiver," etc.) a Deity that is "made to create" would require an uber-Deity to make it for that purpose. The same principle would apply to the uber-Deity, leading to infinite regress. Furthermore, monotheism forbids the existence of uber-Deities to begin with.
So, either the Deity has the faculties required for creation by luck
(the Deity "just happened" to have intelligence, abilities to create and shape matter and spacetime, etc.) despite the fact that such attributes contradict its metaphysical solitude, or it acquired those faculties somehow. If it acquired them, how?
Where would it get the ability
to evolve or change itself so that it could gain the powers required for creation? Where would it even get the idea to try?
Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, why should a being whose default metaphysical state is to be the only one of its kind
Why should it have social needs, such as a need for dominance and authority, for praise and supplication, for love and adoration? It supposedly existed without such things for eternity. Why should it come with social faculties, like the ability to talk, mentally model other minds, form relationships, and so forth? The Deity never needed to be part of a tribe, pack, or herd for protection, cooperation, and survival. In its (super)natural state of metaphysical solitude, what would its social faculties be for?
The thing about social faculties is, their primary purpose is to relate to one's own kind. But a monotheistic Deity has
no members of its own kind, and even with unlimited creative power at its disposal, cannot ever make any. It is forever trapped in the state Adam was in before Eve: surrounded by lesser beings, none of whom is capable of being a truly suitable companion. Unlike Adam, the Deity does not have anyone who can put it to sleep and yank a Goddess out of its side.
The metaphysical solitude inherent to a monotheistic Deity means that its efforts at "creation" must ultimately be futile despite whatever "unlimited" foresight and powers it might possess. Its social needs must remain forever unmet. Even groveling servitude is useless, since an omnimax monotheistic Deity can have no conceivable use for obedient minions. There's nothing they can do for it that it can't do for itself. It gains no glory from subjugating them or from winning "battles" (e.g. Armageddon) against them after goading them into rebellion. The source of its inescapable suffering is its metaphysical nature as a monotheistic
No wonder the holy books portray "him" as insane.
This is one of the areas in which polytheism makes more sense than monotheism. If there are numerous Deities then it makes sense for Them to have social faculties and social needs (even if these are vastly different from the mammalian kind we're familiar with). They would have Their own realms, Their interactions and relationships with each other, Their own plane of activity. The "created Cosmos" could be a thing They decided to do at some point, but not the only
thing or even the most important thing to Them.