Contrary to what Christians would like you to think, the bible doesn't actually say that God magnetized our moral compasses or instilled within us our values. However, there are plenty of passages that claim nearly the opposite: that our (God-created) bodies urge us to pursue that which God himself detests. Go figure. Genesis 6:5 Romans 8:5-8 Job 15:14-16 Romans 3:10-18
What are some things that are important to you?
(He or she lists some of their values, such as family, friends, art, music, sports, etc.)
Hypothetically, if you were to discover that we did come about through naturalistic processes, and there really is no God out there, would those things still be important to you?
(He or she would almost certainly say yes.)
There you go. You can and do create your own meaning. You don’t need an outside force to tell you what to care about; you are free to decide that for yourself.
These are all important questions worth asking, since in percieving ourselves as separate from the whole, inevitably the search to "know thyself" is an unavoidable one. Questioning what surrounds us then is an obvious avenue of intellectual travel as well. Is it possible that the act of debating the existence of God implies that the one asking has not yet come to a clear conclusion? If he or she is firmly decided and knows with every fiber of their being the true answer then the process of questioning seems contradictory to the fact. To have an open discussion with the attempt of limiting our personal feelings on the matter is a difficult task.
I think you might have opened yourself to harsh critisism due to your use of certain words in describing your perspective. Of course this is only from my own point of view---The use of the word "daddy" instead of father or God, might cause people to automatically assume you are labeling anyone with a belief in a higher power as childish. And to have an honest debate one would not wish others to believe they are resorting to simple name calling. Not to say that was your intention.
At my current stage of development and understanding, (which is of course still fallible), I like to think of God as every hard drive combined into one---man being a singular travel drive. The travel drive does not have information that is not already included in the entirety of all those hard drives combined. What it does have is bits and pieces of information from the one source. It is from our point of view that we are individuals, when in actuality we are part of the whole, that is our essence. (Whatever you might like to call that "whole").
I suppose I find it hard for myself to be outraged that I might not actually have a unique personality or purpose, when what I am is the personality and purpose of all things combined. However I cannot be that on my own---in some way I need to be connected directly to the source. Again, this is just my perspective, and I've yet to come to the actual core of things. This might all just be pointless yacking on my behalf.
The title of your essay is the most interesting of all really. One definition of meaning is, "what is intended to be, or actually is, expressed or indicated; signification; import. The end, purpose, or significance of something." Haven't you given meaning to God by this very essay? Even if it isn't thought of in the "greater" sense of a deity or what have you---just the word itself, "God". Have you given meaning to "God" by the use of your own words? And in that sense has "God" created meaning in the replies of those interested in your perspective?
If our most joyous and treasured moments are all interconnected to everything, it would seem impossible for them to lose meaning.
Regardless of whichever conclusion a person comes to, this act of questioning things is of constant entertainment. Perhaps the greatest faith a person can have is not being concerned with whether or not they actually exist?Thank you for sharing your own "personal" search, I've very much enjoyed reading it. <3