I’ve talked before about my philosophy of religion course. Recently a classmate posed the question, “Why would God create such a massive universe, when the size does not aid humans in the slightest? Particularly given that science seems to indicate that the universe is ever-expanding, this makes no sense.”
Here is the brief response I offered. As before, I would welcome corrections, suggestions, or other comments; I don’t claim to be a professional philosopher or theologian and am hoping to learn through this experience.
I doubt you’re looking for the dogmatic answer, but some things must be answered in that way. It’s hard to support an argument for God’s reasons for acting when the listener doubts God’s very existence, so I’ll just share the answer as I would to one who accepts God’s existence as a foundation. Forgive me.
The traditional Christian answer to why God acts is that he acts for his own glory, that is to say that he acts so as to bring praise and acclaim to himself. Therefore, the act of overabundant creation makes sense as a display of his power and creativity; and in a sense it is comforting, because it proves that mankind is not the focal point of creation (for we have no need of, or use for, much of the created universe).