It gave rise to us – “created” us, if you will, through the unfolding of various processes.
We cannot see it from the outside, cannot know if referring to it as “it” fits less well than using a personal pronoun. Does this reality that transcends and incorporates persons such as ourselves likewise transcend terms such as personal and impersonal?
We see in the wider universe what we see in ourselves.
Some look at the vast stretches of empty space and see evidence of meaninglessness. But if we look within we see empty space as well. If we stood on the edge of an atomic nucleus and looked out, the distance would overwhelm us, and perhaps persuade us then too that there is no interconnectedness, no greater structure, no meaning.
And yet that atom might be within a person, within you or me, and the lives we live which incorporate that atom we and others might indeed consider meaningful.
There are connections, but we do not always see them. Remember that the space between us is no greater than the space within us.
If we ask the question “Is there a God?”, what answer should be given? If one means specific gods depicted in ancient texts interpreted literally, then of course such entities, seemingly part of this vast universe and less than it, are placed in serious doubt, although there are traditions going back deep into antiquity of taking such stories as symbols of the very sorts of transcendence we do encounter in reality.But if we ask if there is something greater than ourselves, which encompasses us and gives rise to us, and which is a mystery we cannot fathom but which inspires in us awe and wonder…how could we possibly say “no”?