Stellar Stories, Part 2

Ultimately, dating the age of creation via observations of space tends to officially come down to a few points, most notably the qualities of distance, speed, and the interplay between them.  

Consider for a moment that the distances in space are so vast that traditional miles are woefully insufficient to convey the scope of it all. As such, light years tend to be used as one of the standards in the field. One light year is the distance that light, traveling at 186,000 miles per second, covers in a 365 day span, or approximately 5.8 trillion miles. To understand the sheer vastness of space, consider how the night sky is filled with countless billions of stars, yet aside from our sun, the nearest star to us (Alpha Centauri A) is some 4.24 light years away, or approximately 24.8 trillion miles! To put that into perspective, if our sun was the size of the period at the end of this sentence, the Earth would be situated approximately one inch from it, and beyond it – over four miles away – would be our closest celestial neighbor, Alpha Centauri A! Thus even those stars closest to us are separated by an inconceivably vast sea of blackness. 

Interestingly, because light has a speed and must travel great distances across space to reach us here, illusions are frequent. Though a brief walk on a hot day may have us feel as though the sun is dreadfully close to our planet, in fact that glowing orb is some 93 million miles away (or 1 Astronomical Unit). Though the first light of dawn seems to cascade the landscape immediately upon peeking over the horizon, it actually has traveled 8.3 minutes across space from the sun to our tiny world. Likewise, certain stars, though shining brightly in the night sky from our vantage, are actually long dead, burnt out and dark now. We can still see the star with no indication that anything is wrong because the light it generated in life is still traveling across space from its origin many light years away, and perhaps from many centuries or longer in the past.

It is this ability to visually time-travel which theoretically allows astronomers one avenue of dating, measuring and quantifying data taken from deep space observations, peering back into the light of a bygone age. Simply put, it stands to reason that the universe, this reality itself even, must be at least as old as the oldest observable things in the heavens. Observations and the analysis of a range of data have noted immense ages for many stars and other astronomical bodies, with one of the oldest sites, believed to be the most distant galaxy that we can yet measure, being some 13.1 billion light years away! 

Additionally, other means of investigation (from analyzing the cosmic background radiation in order to ascertain how much cooling has occurred in the universe since the Big Bang and likewise measurements of the expansion rate of the universe) can be used to calculate approximately how far back in time it was when this reality first began. All told, the secular world is abundantly confident that this, in fact, is not a young creation.

Sufficed to say, standing against such a seemingly invincible opponent to the notion of a young creation is in many ways daunting, and many believers have fallen in their opposition to the apparent facts. That said, how does one rightly begin to attempt to argue that this creation is in fact young? Personally, the likes of space and cosmology and the impossible intricacies therein are to me an almost wholly foreign topic, being far removed from the comfortable realms of terrestrial observation which I greatly prefer. Still, the nature of such things is abundantly relevant here, and vastly intriguing to boot. My intent with this section is not a lengthy dissertation on the complexities of the spangled heavenly realms, but rather only to stoke within you the basest of curiosity in regard to that place, providing the mind with ample questions it may have never thought to ask otherwise, for therein lies true discovery…

Starting at the beginning, the singularity itself is hardly fit to explain anything, as it is tantamount to saying “just because.” The whole thing is so ambiguous and mysterious that we quite literally know nothing about it. After all, from where did the matter of this reality originate within the naturalistic model? Who can confidently explain the origins of the singularity, or for that matter what acted upon it so violently as to rupture the infinitesimally dense egg in such a way as to precipitate the production of all that we see? Thus far, none have been able to categorically declare the facts of the matter, and likely never will, and this fact has spawned the careers of many ambitious researchers who step forward to offer their own interpretations of just what may have been involved. As there is no way of knowing one way or the other, those theories are free to roam across the modern intelligentsia, where favorite models are promoted propaganda-style as others are cast to the wayside. Again though, no one really knows. It is quite a matter of momentary preference, and largely useless in the long run. 

– This was an excerpt fromRemnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World.” Get your copy here today. God bless! –

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