Because of my stand on a young universe, a man approached me and said, "But it makes no sense to believe in a young universe. After all, what was God doing all that time before He created?" I answered, "What time do you mean?"
The person answered, "Well, it doesn't make sense to say that God has always existed, and yet He didn't create the universe until just six thousand years ago." Apparently, he was worried that God once had a lot of time on His hands with nothing to do.
I then went on to explain that because God has always existed, then it is meaningless to ask, "What was God doing all that time before He created?" No matter how far you were to go back in time, you would still have an infinite amount of time before He created! So even if the universe were billions or trillions or quadrillions of years old, you could still ask the same question.
Time Was Created with the Universe
I then answered, "But you are missing the fact that there was no time before God created."
Time is actually a created entity. The first verse of the Bible reads: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1, emphasis added).
A study of this verse reveals that God created time, space, and matter on the first day of Creation Week. No one of these can have a meaningful existence without the others. God created the space-mass-time universe. Space and matter must exist in time, and time requires space and matter. Time is only meaningful if physical entities exist and events transpire during time.
"In the beginning..." is when time began! There was no time before time was created!
God Is Separate from Both Time and the Universe
When I'm teaching children, I like to explain it this way. There was no "before" God created. There was not even "nothing"! There was God existing in eternity.