I think about things like this a lot. I try to consider both science and religion while doing so, drawing on information sources wide and varied.
Gnosticism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, even American Indian, Egyptian, Roman, Sumerian, and Greek mysticism, all combined with the great
philosophers and scientists of history. I'm a writer, a musician, a computer programmer, and a physicist. I don't blindly accept or
beliefs; I put them to the test first, inasmuch as it's possible to test them. For untestable things, I simply decide which opposing viewpoint
resonates most with me. Gotta pick something.
So what have all these years of contemplation yielded? Where to begin...
1) The universe. Only two things are possible regarding its creation: a supernatural, extra-universal entity of unbelievable power, or a spontaneous
natural process that, only once
apparently, managed to spawn an entire universe out of either literal nothingness or compacted everything-ness.
In my own opinion, the universe is too well-organized to have not been designed by an intelligence, and it cannot have come out of nowhere without
help. Singularities simply do not explode on their own. If all the matter in the universe collapsed to a single point, that's where it would stay
from then on without outside intervention. I therefore have to believe that there is a creator, and the big bang was the method he used to kick-start
our very existence. This base conclusion acts as a restraint on The Possible from this point forward in my reasoning. There was a creator, and
probably still is.
2) The creator. Whoever created it obviously couldn't have been inside it when he did so. He lives elsewhere if he exists. And if he doesn't exist,
how'd that huge singularity explode into you and me and cute little puppies and New Jersey and Betelgeuse and Andromeda, hmm? Physics has no
explanation for how the big bang was even possible... but religion does.
3) The human race. The Bible says God created Adam from dust. He was therefore a direct creation of God; Adam did not evolve from lesser beasts.
absolutely no explanation is ever given for where the Nephilim came from. Those are the guys who were already living on Earth when
Adam and Eve got tossed out of the Garden of Eden for disobeying God. I therefore believe that both
Creation and Evolution were utilized to
create the human race. Why couldn't God have made the Nephilim with a slow evolutionary process over a billion years, and then thrown Adam and Eve
into the mix like some kind of starter for making yeast bread? If both creationists and evolutionists are correct, their centuries-long battle with
each other starts looking pretty stupid.
4) Eternity. Science defines time as "linear," that is, a straight line with no start or end. Ridiculous. (I disagree with science frequently.) Only
a closed geometric figure has no start or end, like a circle ("a snake eating its own tail" if you like). Once a circle exists, you can't see its
endpoints anymore. That's how I visualize time in my mind: a circle, no start, no end. And if we exist in a closed circle, a time loop billions of
years long, it perfectly explains how eternity can last forever. Now imagine an immortal being who lives in that loop. The very instant that he first
exists, he effectively has always
existed. You won't find a point along that time loop where that being can't be found, because he's been
going around and around it forever. Even if God "hasn't been created yet," he will
exist at some point in our future, and that means that he
already exists now, and in our past. It's even likely that we are
God, but we're his embryonic form, and at some point in the future, like
Father Pierre de Chardin postulated in his "Omega Point" theory, all the people worthy of becoming part of God, all those who elevated themselves to
a high enough spiritual level while incarnated as a human, will join and become God. Arguments of the form "Well, if we made him, how did he make us
first?" fall to pieces inside this time-loop framework because such arguments assume that all beings must conform to the linearity of time, that
Cause must always precede Effect. Things are very very weird out there beyond our puny four-dimensional view of reality, and beyond our ability to
visualize. Doesn't make it false though. Imagine someone in the fourth century trying to convince people that they lived on a big round ball instead
of an infinite, linear
flat plane. Sound familiar? The earth is not flat, and neither is time.
Once you've assimilated the above, you should find that you have no remaining questions about the nature of reality and where we came from and why
we're here. It's nothing less than a meaning of life: we exist so that the good souls will later join into God, who will then loop around into our
past and create us so we can become him. I know it sounds nonsensical to a four-dimensional human, but trust me... it makes perfect sense if you can
leave that thought limitation behind. So, ummm, to answer the OP...
Yes. We definitely live in a designer universe, one that we ourselves will design in the future. Well, the good guys. Bad, evil souls, though?
"Eternal separation from God" is a widely-accepted definition for "hell." Evil souls will just be discarded, thrown into a pit somewhere so they
can't hurt anyone. They will never become part of God, and the rest of us will
while they swim in their regrets. Where will the eternal,
everlasting part of you
"Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love. At the summit you will find yourselves united
with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge."
-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin