Eternal means existing forever, no beginning, no ending. Only manifested/created things have beginnings and endings. Time is a human concept.Define 'eternal'. I might agree with you, but there are several interpretations.
If 'eternal' means 'for all time', then the universe being eternal is consistent with it having a beginning.
If 'eternal' means 'for an infinite amount of time', it isn't clear that this is the case.
The two are very different concepts, with one word often used for both. That creates confusion.
And I would agree. When do you think it is claimed otherwise? If there is no 'before', then 'before' does not exist as well.
Just like there is no 'north of the north pole', and that means that 'north of the north pole' does not exist. There is nothing there because it doesn't exist.
Whatever *that* means.
Uh huh. Not thinking allows one to see/be the truth. I got ya.
Your conception of an eternal universe is not the same as an eternal universe. Your definition of God as the universe doesn't mean everyone else changes their language to suit your biases.
I'm not blaming the messenger. I am simply pointing out why I think your viewpoint is wrong.
Well, perhaps we disagree about definitions. I don't think the universe has a personality, and I think it an abuse of language to call something 'God' that doesn't have a personality.
That said, of all theisms, I am probably closest to pantheism.
The concept of God as being all that is, is not new, Brahman is God, Brahman is all that is. The universe has consciousness, life, we live, move, and have our being within the eternal universal existence. Every manifested thing is an expression of God. God is the unmanifest and the manifest, when the mind is free from thought, there is no duality, the apparent two are one, that state is called 'enlightenment'.