One of the authors asked “If no God then what? Nothing? Is this it?” (See http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/If-no-God-then-what-Nothing-Is-this-it-20120710)
Here is my take on the subject.
We assume that the universe must have some kind of purpose, if not for ourselves then at least for some other creature or being. After all, why is it there in the first place? We assume that our existence must have some meaning, if not for ourselves than at least for whoever decided that the universe must be there?
The point is because we have intelligence high enough to ask these questions we inherently think these questions are meaningful, valid and should have proper answers. Just because we can ask questions like this doesn’t mean they are meaning full question or even have valid answers. Why should they have? Because we assume they should?
Let’s take a more comprehensible example. If I ask, “What is the colour of Thursday?” does the question have a valid answer? Is the question even valid and meaningful in the first place? No, because days don’t really have colours except of cause Mondays. The fact that I am able to assemble a particular question as a result of my slightly more advance intelligence over other animals doesn’t mean the question is valid, meaningful or even has an answer.
Let’s use another example to illustrate my point. If I arrange alphabet letters in a particular order I can build words that have meaning. However all combinations of letters doesn’t create meaning full words. As an intelligent being I can throw a couple of letters together and come up with something like xsdfjkewr but this assortment of letters has no meaning. I have the ability to assemble nonsensical words but the fact that I am able to assemble them doesn’t mean they have meaning.
So does the universe have any meaning just because we can ask the question? Not necessarily, the universe might just be there. In other words it just exists. It was not created; it didn’t appear for some particular purpose it is just there. We happen to be the product of this universe and for the same token we are just here for no particular purpose. We just happen to be as a by-product of the universe. Our ability to ask questions about the purpose of it all doesn’t mean the questions are even valid to begin with.
In religion believers just shift the problem slightly further away by assuming God just exists. This way it solves the problem regarding our existence. God created us because He wanted to love. God created the universe so that he could create us. Now the above mentioned questions become valid and have meaningful answers. We suddenly have a purpose, a God given purpose however the problem is only shifted one level higher because for the same argument we can ask questions like, “Why does God exist?”, “Who created God?”, “In what universe does God exist?”, “Why does God’s universe exist?” etc. From a religious perspective the universe is made a slightly more complex place so that we can emotionally feel better about ourselves without actually solving our burning questions.
One can argue that asking such questions about God is just as meaningless as asking the questions about the universe. That is true however removing God from the equation altogether simplifies the universe and from a statistical point of view we know that a universe without God is more probable than a universe with a God.