Hi to all
I am not going to speculate what might have been at or before the beginning of everything. Understanding the very beginning of everything is as impossible as grasping infinity.
I do not pretend to be a linguistics scholar but point out the simplest of answers to explain the beginning of what we can see. It seems appropriate to throw this into this thread.
Our word universe simply means uni (one) verse (word or phrase). The Bible has given us the answer;
Gen 1:1 In the beginning, God
From what I have read in other threads on this forum the complete phrase; In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. using Hebrew Gematria reveals the divine stamp of the Creator in the phrase. Until recently, I had not appreciated the full beauty that Gematria brings to this phrase. Richard, in his the Bible Wheel website has given us an explanation of Gematria.
Another website you can easily find by doing a Google search is this: [URL="http://www.palmoni.net/gematria.htm"]http://www.palmoni.net/gematria.htm which shows the number 7 as a pervasive number throughout the Gematria of this phrase.
Numbers in the Bible have their own significance and the number '7' is associated with completeness. With this in mind, this phrase; In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth gives us completeness i.e. all we need to know. What God has not reveled belongs to Him as He has told us.