Metaphors are the core of human cognition, the core of how we think about and relate to the world. The three human metaphors that describe the origin and purposes of the world are as follows.
The Ceramic Model
The Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam and Jews use the creative model of a universe where it was formed by God as potter forms clay. This originates from the beginning of the Bible in Genesis where God creates and forms Adam from the dust of the earth. He created a clay figurine and the fired it with his breath.
The Dramatic Model
The Hindu model of the world is that of a drama acted out by God. Each of us is a mask of God, and is also therefore part of God. God is playing that he is you; he is acting so well that we don’t know the difference. Perhaps this is what Jesus was alluding to when he quoted the Old Testament saying. Know you know that ye are Gods?
The Organic Model
The Chinese believe the world to be an organism. To them the world is a great organism that is alive and grows; it is an intelligent order, which develops based on a multitude of environmental factors, just as a garden depends on its environment.
Each of these models is not objectively true to the exclusiveness of others, because they are all true depending on how we look at the world. There are indeed things in this world that are created and made, there is much in this world that is acted, it is illusion and perception, and there is much in the world that is organic and changes depending on time and environment, so the adaptation of a single model for understanding the world will always have limitations and drawbacks.
What is most important to remember, is not which model is most correct, but that they are all metaphors that help us make sense of the world. They describe the world in ways that we can understand it, and can predict what may or may happen, bringing peace to our lives.