Please Convince Me’s recent blog raises this interesting question: why is the universe so big? The question actually asked was why would God choose to make it so vast: if God created the universe just for us, we really only need our small little corner. Apparently atheists use this as one of their arguments against a belief in God. Conversely, some believers use the same vastness of the universe in their argument for God. They argue that a huge creation was no more effort for an omnipotent God than a small one, and that a large universe creates more context for us to use in searching for Him. To me, the most interesting question in this space has always been “are we alone?”. I happen to believe that God exists and we are special to Him. My question is whether he also created others elsewhere that are also special to Him? Beyond basic curiosity as to what they look like, I would be fascinated to understand what they believe. How did their faith evolve, and how has God pointed them to Him? Scientists are split on the scientific odds of other life in the universe. On the one hand, the sheer number of stars—and likely planets—makes that seem highly possible. On the other hand, the conditions which foster life like ours on Earth appear to be extremely rare. Somehow, everyone I’ve known seems to have a firm conviction one way or another as to whether other life is out there. What do you think: are we alone out there?
“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” –Orson Welles