The creator "God" has not deemed us worthy of much information outside of our Universe. We can't even handle the information he has given us.<quoted text>So an eternal intelligence is required to create humans but was not itself created makes more sense to you than an eternal universe?
(which may or may not be cyclic ... or the "expansion" we perceive could just be a local phenomenon that goes beyond the range of our sensors ... or countless other natural explanations which may at least be testable at some point).
What if God had created a parallel universe for each choice we make. so every scenario is played out in everyone's life. Maybe in addition to one life lived out and every possibility alternative is played out, maybe we live everyone's life that ever lived in all possible scenario with that life. Then God would have very good data to judge each soul on.
We just don't know what God has kept from us.