If the universe, if existence is only a material existence, what hope do we have but to reinvent yourself and stake out a small piece of happiness. No matter the cost. No matter the consequence.
What are we living for? Ourselves? Others? Both of these?
If there is no God, we make our own meaning.
Existence according to most existentialists is depressing. Although existence is depressing even if there is a God. There is opposition on all sides. Dragons at our feet, along the path. There is no surety of anything. We can try but with no guarantees. The end point, no matter who you are, what you believe is death. We are all mortal.
What is the hope here? It isn’t in this existence. The Christian’s hope is in Christ. Not as an escape. But as a surety that the most powerful being has suffered and died and known all of our worst states of existence. But instead of perpetuating that state of existence, the way of ascent is the way of descending into the depths of our broken selves and owning our sin, giving it to the only one who can bear it, and allowing grace to lead us upward in mind, body and spirit to ascend with Christ who has made the way. We cannot live this struggle of existence alone or with our own steam or strength or power.
We all run the race with different ability and help. When the struggle is over, what hope is there but oblivion or for a transfigured life or existence that is no longer in decay and disorder. As a Christian, Jesus left the kingdom in the hands of the church, the body of Christ, not as a castle on a hill, a fortress separated, but as a light touching and transfiguring each place one is called to… yet sometimes the fortress is the sanctuary for a time to strengthen the weak or broken. As little Christ’s is not our charge to reveal a part of Christ’s kingdom, not in our own will but in God’s. Certainly not in our own power.
But even this seems futile much of the time. Although, Mother Teresa is a great example, really, the communion of saints are excellent examples. Each saint is unique in their calling, mission and approach as diverse as the stars, but all in common with Christ. Christ is the most creative–God is the creator, why should he not be the most creative?
If the existentialist creates his own meaning, the Christian creates meaning or echoes the Creators creativity.