I think matter has always existed and will always continue to exist. But even if it hadn't, that doesn't then give us a reason to believe that some being created matter. Who created the being? What if that supposed "being" is actually random luck over quite literally an unfathomable number of years?
I tend to believe the Big Bang Theory i.e. all matter was previously compressed into a singularity, which then exploded. But I also believe that before our Big Bang, there was probably another universe which both expanded and then shrank to a singularity, caused by the previous universe collapsing on itself. At the start of that universe, another singularity caused by a gravitational collapse. You see where I'm going.
I can even accept the possibility of a multiverse, though I consider it unlikely. Just my opinion, though I welcome arguments either way.
Why do some people assume there must have been a creation? Why is it hard to believe that everything that is, has always been? I find it more illogical to assume that something can be created out of nothing.
In my opinion, there have probably been more universes than we can imagine, more earths than we can conceive. There are already, in the universe we exist in, a quantity of stars and planets that we are not capable of comprehending. I am not talking about a matter of 14 billion years, but a practically infinite number of years when you consider the previous universes that I believe may have collapsed and re-expanded. For me there is no reason to believe that matter need have been created - it has just always been.
What say you?
I'm wondering: where do others stand on this idea?