It is sometimes easier to put logical questions in Mathematical terms. So lets ask "if everything is gone what would still be". Most everyone is familiar with cartesian graph. The familiar X Y layout of a grid. What comes with this introductions is the understanding that when lines meet at 90 degrees then there is a zero contribution from one line to the other. Think of how much contribution to the x axis is there from a vertical line. None. Essentially "nothing" is involved.
This notion carries over to Quantum Mechanics seen in Tunneling Effect. This is how electrons move in semiconductors. Essentially the appearance of electrons outside a well happens with it appearing as coming from nowhere outside the tunnel. This universe could easily have passed through some "wall" that is normal to our existence and therefore has the appearance of coming out of nothing. And without a dimension that allows us to access both the wall/well and the universe, we in this universe can not access the type of the constitution of the source. We can go with the notion that energy is not created or destroyed to say that existence is "eternal" but at times it looks like emerging from nothing to those embedded in that existence.
Even a superstitious man has certain inalienable rights. He has a right to harbor and indulge his imbecilities as long as he pleases. . . He has a right to argue for them as eloquently as he can, in season and out of season. He has a right to teach them to his children. But certainly he has no right to be protected against the free criticism of those who do not hold them. He has no right to demand that they be treated as sacred. He has no right to preach them without challenge." -H.L. Mencken
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