I use "existed" as a conscious observer of time, in time. Creation occurred in our conscious past. This says nothing about applying tense to events absent time. Absence of time is a requirement for the creation of time.<quoted text>
Absent time, nothing exists. Existence is tracing a path through time. All verbs imply a prior and subsequent states that may vary or remain unchanged, including static existence.
Consciousness is a phenomenon of time as well. The conscious agent at all times experiences itself "here now" implicitly if not explicitly. Thinking is going from a prior mental state to another later mental state. You simply cant divorce wither consciousness or exitence from time, let alone change or action.
If you examine the sentence, "Absent time, there is no objective view of before and after, and what existed would have to have always existed" closely, it falls apart. You use words like "existed" and "always" at the same time as you talk about there being no time.
All verbs imply a past, present, or future, or a path through time because we are conscious observers in time describing what we are conscious of. Time determines the applicability of these verbs; the verbs do not determine anything about time or its absence, and in the absence of the conscious observer.
Therefore, to say nothing exists absent time is illogical.