I really did answer your question. However, the way you framed it up was in words that imply a temporal framework. I’m not gonna fall into that trap, my friend.
Yes, the universe was created. No, it did not exist eternally, as something causally prior to God.
And this is why I’m (patiently) informing you that your metaphysics are in a shambles. To equate “something->something else” with “nothing->something” is sloppy and inaccurate.
Not the “coming-into-existence” of the universe, though. There, we disagree, although you provide no rationale for your point of view.
Again: “'change from something to something else is distinct from ‘change from nothing to something’.” Until you address this distinction, your assertions will continue to fail.
It’s a “coming-into-being”.
So… you think time “pre-exists” God?
You’ve got a serious philosophical problem, then: if God (who is being itself, and who is omni) does not pre-exist time, then who ‘creates’ God? And, if time pre-exists God, then He does not fit the definition of God (all omni), so you move the goalposts and undefine God, which doesn’t hold up.
In order for your assertions to work, you have to raise ‘time’ above what it is, and lower ‘God’ below who He is. It just doesn’t hold water. Sorry.