Here is a similar related 'what if'. Since the universe is experienced by consciousness (spirit), it is reasonable that spirit is not of the spacetime energy-matter category. Spacetime energy-matter is like a wind-up toy that is running down (and is pure effect of the big bang). Spirit is the of the opposite category in that it animates and creates highly organized life forms, thoughts, dreams, etc. Spirit is of a create category. If we take spirit to the extreme pure definition (and not as spirit is found in the hybrid spirit-matter form of a human being) then spirit is an infinite creation source whose gentlest touch brings anything into existence. We can imagine that, in pure form, the spirit's creation is without time, and that time is just a peculiarity of this universe. In that pure state, spirit would not experience or have anything in the sense that we have things in a universe with spacetime. In order to 'have' something, spirit would need to differentiate some part of it's creation as 'over there'. And to keep it 'over there', a continuous running series of changes (new but similar differentiations) are needed to get a persistence of 'over there'. If the creation is not sufficiently changing, then it too easily is just an integral part of spirit, timeless and not persisting as per the things of this universe. There is no time for an infinite spirit, but by purposely differentiating some space in a complex pattern of similar states, and associating those states in a sequence of one state coming after another, time is created. Each space that was differentiated is slightly different, in size, distortions, etc. Perhaps vibrations within vibrations such as in elementary particles. Even though each space was created without time (and for ease of thinking, lets just say they are all created at the same 'moment') the spaces are all considered to have a sequence of one 'after' another, and thus they can be 'had' because they persist in 'time'. Time is an artificial association of states of space (experiences) into a progressive sequence that helps to keep space differentiated and persisting.