The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of the universe increases over time and this has lead to theories like the heat death of the universe and the big rip. What this means in effect is that all matter and energy has an expiration date, beyond which it gets divided accross infinite space and this is irreversable since entropy does not move backwards.
The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. The only explanation this leaves for the universe's existence is that energy has existed since always and never had to be created.
And herein lies the contradiction: If energy has been around for an infinite amount of time, why hasn't the heat death or the big rip already taken place? How come we are able to observe the universe in its current fairly organized transitional state unless A. energy was created a finite amount of time ago or B. Energy has existed since always but it can freeze or move backwards entropy-wise allowing us to observe it in its current form. Either way one of the two laws is violated.
How do physicists reconcile this paradox?