Our records fail to trace back to the earliest event. At some point, even the earliest recorded event would not be far back enough because when that record was new other records existed that were lost or destroyed. Our minds developed from simply existing, to existing and recording what happened. Logically, we know how we each began as a person, our parents. They started us, but without their parents, it couldn’t have happened. The pattern repeats back generation after generation. Even with no records, there were two people who made a kin. At some point, it was reduced to a being not human, more ape. Back furthermore pure mammal than an ape. Back further and further hardly an animal, a group of cells. Back to the furthest, what reason produced the first cell which branched out to one day lead to you sitting in a chair reading this. God is the start.
The idea of an all-knowing spiritual presence constantly surrounding everything is a poor way to explain it. It is outdated. The fear of the unknown is the foundation for the deep beliefs people have in the spiritual word. However, each event completed before your existence had some sort of spirit which is now gone. Those spirits lined up perfectly to result in your existence that will affect the next beings to become. It is important to respect that fact. Be humble by the fact that it is not probable that you are alive. Play out the scenario again over a billion times and it won’t yield this exact reality. The variables fell into place perfectly. There was a chain reaction of billions of billions of billions worth of events that lead up to you holding the chain of those reactions.
To go back as far as science can, at least for the universe we occupy, some unknown force set off the Big Bang. Something happened to release that amount of energy into this reality. Even if that something was just a physical phenomenon, it lead to today, The phenomenon then is god, or it was god. There was a start, however long ago, or however simple it was. If you are reading this, then you are a byproduct of it. That “it”, is god, or whatever label you want to give it.