The Russians, I am told, report that they have not found God in outer space. The conclusion some want us to draw from these data is that God does not exist…But…Looking for God – or heaven – by exploring space is like reading or seeing all Shakespeare’s plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare as one of the characters or Stratford as one of the places. Shakespeare is in one sense present at every moment in every play. But he is never present in the same way as Falstaff or Lady Macbeth. Nor is he diffused throughout the play like a gas.
If there were an idiot who thought plays existed on their own, without an author (not to mention actors, producer, manager, stagehands and what not), our belief in Shakespeare would not be much affected by his saying, quite truly, hat he had studied all the plays and never found Shakespeare in them.
The rest of us, in varying degrees according to our perceptiveness “found Shakespeare” in the plays. But it is a quite different sort of “finding” from anything our poor friend has in mind. Even he has in some reality been in some way affected by Shakespeare, but without knowing it. He lacked the necessary apparatus for detecting Shakespeare.
Now of course this is only an analogy. I am not suggesting at all that the existence of God is easily established as the existence of Shakespeare. My point is that, if God does exist, He is related to the universe more as an author is to a play than as one object in the universe is related to another.
If God created the universe, he created the space-time, which is to the universe as a metre is to a poem or the key is to music. To look for him as one item within the framework which He Him-self invented is nonsensical.
taken from a wonderful little essay entitled “The Seeing Eye” which you can read online by clicking here