In the intergalactic game of expansion, destruction and survival, one could, from our infinitesimal, insignificant observation post at the edge of our galaxy, ask the question : “Is there anyone, or anything, in charge ?”
It would seem that the Universe is crashing ahead, creating new galaxies, black holes, stars and planets, with no end or purpose in sight. But some people prefer to see it differently. There must be a God, they say, a Master-Mind, who is in charge. However, non-atheists do not understand and cannot explain, anymore than we atheists do and can, what He is supposed to be up to, or why He bothered to create an expanding Universe, including at least one pocket of living beings, some of whom consider themselves intelligent, on a minuscule planet its inhabitants call Earth – all of which and of whom are destined for extinction.
We atheists do not believe that “God” exists, nor therefore that “He” is behind all this. There is no one behind all this. It just happened. Hard to accept, yes. But more credible, when you look at the facts, than those theories, pipe-dreams and beliefs about a Creator, Intelligent Designer, Divine Watchmaker and Grand Architect of the Universe.
We will never know. But, as a punter from Randwick race-course, I would bet my hair-shirt on a God-less Universe running wild, intent only on its own mindless, purposeless expansion.
In the meantime we can make the most of what we have : a volatile but manageable micro-climate where human life – for the nonce – is possible and potentially enjoyable, fulfilling, rewarding and worth living … for as long as it lasts. No need of a God for that.