Hello. First off, I'd like to mention that I'm new to this website, and I apologize if my question is in the wrong section of the forums. That aside, I have a question that has been bugging me. I have a moderate understanding of physics, so please consider that when you go to answer my questions. I hear that energy cannot be created or destroyed. I also hear that the universe is finite - that at some point, it came into existence. I find some inconsistencies with this... First off, how can energy form itself? Of course humans cannot create energy, but how did the energy come to being? What, scientifically, made it? If it was never "created", then it must be eternal. However, eternal energy in a finite universe doesn't make sense. Did the energy exist before the universe was around? If so, how is that possible? Not trying to sound rude or condescending; merely a question that has been bugging me, and I figured, no better place to get an answer than Physics Forums. Thanks to those of you who have read this, and I'd very much appreciate an answer (just try not to make it go over my head).