I mean, how can you look up at the sky and just come to the absolute conclusion that everything is just “because”?
Like what was there before the Big Bang?
I lean more towards the possibility of a creator than none at all. But at the same time, I don’t think we could ever know. This. This is why atheism doesn’t make any sense to me. Science can answer questions, but with those answers come billions of more questions.
I’m only interested in your question, what was there before the Big Bang?
There’s no sense in repeating my recent overview, so I’ll simply reproduce it here:
There is something called pre-Big Bang physics. One possibility that has been around for some time is quantum fluctuations:
In the very weird world of quantum mechanics, which describes action on a subatomic scale, random fluctuations can produce matter and energy out of nothingness. And this can lead to very big things indeed, researchers say.
"Quantum mechanical fluctuations can produce the cosmos," said panelist Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the non-profit Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. “If you would just, in this room, twist time and space the right way, you might create an entirely new universe. It’s not clear you could get into that universe, but you would create it.”
"So it could be that this universe is merely the science fair project of a kid in another universe," Shostak added. "I don’t know how that affects your theological leanings, but it is something to consider" (read more).
Then there’s this article that came out recently. It states the following:
But then he recalled a cosmological model called bubble nucleation, which he had worked on in the 1990s. In this picture, our universe arose from quantum fluctuations in a much bigger cosmos called a metaverse. The quantum effects caused a phase transition in the fabric of the metaverse, and our universe popped into being, like an air bubble forming in boiling water.
Another one that has been around for a bit is the multiverse theory—not to be confused with the metaverse aforementioned. Michio Kaku stated that our universe could have come from the fusion or fission of colliding universes (watch here). ”Oh, but that’s implausible!” It’s not. Tentative evidence has been gathered (i.e. dark flow; cold spot in the CMB). Most Christians hate the multiverse theory, but it is plausible.
The newest theory is very recent. Our universe could have come from a four-dimensional black hole. That’s a brief rundown of pre-Big Bang physics.
From this summary, you can see that scientists have thought about your question. There are, as you have hopefully gathered, a few possibilities. The usual Christian contention is that there can’t be an infinite regress. Thus, the universe cannot be eternal; it must have had a beginning. The issue here is that Christians replace an eternal universe with an eternal god; in effect, what they’ve done is project an infinite regress into a being they believe exists. So they haven’t addressed the supposed problem of infinite regress; they’ve merely pushed it back to a hypothetical step, namely god. However, unlike the possibilities above, god, as a theory, wouldn’t work. I think you’ll benefit from this video as well (watch here). Carl Sagan stated that the notion of an eternal god violates Occam’s Razor. Why an eternal god when you can simply remove that extra step and posit an eternal universe (watch here)?