Long, long, long ago. Soon after man attained the ability for cognitive thought but when he still feared things such as the moon as a living entity…he attempted to understand everything he saw to the best of his limited ability. And it is from these attempts at reason that he formed the first explanations for the nature of his environment.
And as often as not, to understand those things he could not…the huge knowledge gaps…he often assigned the supernatural. From that all of our religions were born. As we evolved into a more sophisticated species we developed science as a means to more correctly explain everything that is.
So with respect to the origin of everything we currently have two basic choices.
1. Some supernatural being created everything.
2. Everything is a natural occurrence with no divine beginning.
The human mind still has difficulty with the second explanation as science has yet to produce a “how.” While we do understand the Big Bang we still have no idea where the pure energy of the big bang came from or how long it might have existed. It remains one of those troubling “knowledge gaps” so many of us still assign a supernatural answer to fill the void.
But IF everything needs a Creator, who created the Creator? And IF a Creator needs no Creator and can be eternal…then why not the pure energy of the Big Bang? Logically removing the Creator actually makes it simpler, although we still lack an answer to the question.
For myself, with the understanding that the Universe, the current one as anything might have pre existed prior to the Big Bang, is about 18 Billion years old and that man didn’t make an appearance in his most primitive form until about 1 million years ago, I have a bit of difficulty with the idea that some great big version of us was behind everything. The Earth itself is only about 4.5 billion years old and Dinosaurs had it all for about 200 million years.
If God was a great reptile I could almost buy that one.