Unfortunately I can’t find it, but on Facebook recently I saw a poster saying something like, “If the universe were created by an intelligent being, why would he leave 99.9999999% of it empty?”
Somewhat apropos, when I took my son to the Smithsonian’s planetarium last week, the show opened and the whole place (filled with junior high kids) was immediately spellbound. And not because a bunch of white dots on the ceiling are impressive, but because everybody knew that this represented outer space.
Whether you are an atheist or a theist, we can all admit that the universe is absolutely breathtaking. As we watched the planetarium show unfold, and we “moved” out of the galaxy, I actually felt panic-stricken for a moment as I contemplated just how far away we were from home and safety. Obviously the mere existence of an awe-inspiring, colossal universe doesn’t prove the existence of an awesome and even more colossal Creator. But it surely isn’t a strike against Him, either.
There is no reason God shouldn’t have spread galaxies unimaginably far apart; it’s not like He was working with a production budget. You might object, “But God should’ve built us a universe teeming with so much variety that it would take humans countless generations to explore its mysteries and catalog all of its diverse life forms.” He did do that. It’s called Earth. For extra credit He embedded it in the cosmos.