Would God Suffer from Existential Dread?
Now, I do not believe in any gods whatsoever, but for the purposes of this thread, let's assume God exists--discussions of God's existence are not germane to the topic.
Also, as the question is really about existentialism, I have placed this in the philosophy rather than faith section.
Kierkegaard once published a series of essays under three different pseudonyms. Each one of his characters displayed his own way of dealing with angst and the apparent meaninglessness of life. The first was a hedonist, and sought pacification through pleasure and the avoidance of pain. The second was a judge, who argued that the hedonist could not find any happiness because pleasure is fleeting, and the hedonistic life lacks any genuine connection or permanency; instead, the judge advocated the ethical life, starting a family, etc. The third and final character was a religious man. He contemplated and retold the story Abraham multiple times, from multiple angles. Finally, he concluded, that the antidote to despair was a surrender to God and his will--though ultimately, this also meant the surrender of ethics, as Abraham had to obey an order to kill his son, not knowing that God would stop him. Only God could provide the purpose and stability that mortal life lacked. This, is the answer to the existential problems of existence.
But, as with the infinite regress that occurs when we ask "who made god?" a similar issue seems to occur when we ask why God would not face despair or the problem of freedom.
If there were a supreme being, it would, by definition, be the only one of its kind--no two being could logically be all powerful or supreme if another existed.
Assuming that an immortal God would not be bound by determinism, that morality, physics, et al. were his to manipulate, would he too suffer from angst?
In this case, man would have two distinct advantages that God lacked: (1) Man was created, and (2) men can die.
God has neither luxury.
God, by definition, has always existed, and has no creator--no reason to exist. If God defines "purpose" and "meaning" then he must himself lack purpose and meaning. Like us, his essence would precede his being. God, then would either have to embrace existentialism or nihilism--to reconcile his existence with absurdity, chaos, and meaninglessness.
Further, God cannot die. The quiet stillness that is there before birth, and returns with death, can never be enjoyed by God. If he suffers angst, he is doomed to suffer it for all eternity.
If God did exist, would you pity him? Must we imagine him miserable?
Finally, if God himself suffered from angst, could our own angst really be relieved by submission to God?
I think therefore you are!