The Distance to the Stars!- Confessions of a YEC part 18

It is true. I confess! I believe the bible when it says God created the heavens and the earth within a single week, about 6,000 years ago. I know it sounds crazy to all of the kids raised on PBS, Discovery Channel and public school, but I know I can defend my position with the Bible and Science! So far I have shown why God/Jesus is a Young Earth Creationist, why the Bible says this clearly several times, and how the alternative theory of the Big Bang fails to provide a plausible alternative. I shall not be absolved of my choice to believe the Bible, and if you follow me down the yellow brick road of science, you may too someday need to confess that you believe it too.

Confession is good for the soul. So is SCIENCE, Bro!

The best argument the non-young earth creationists or Big Bangers have against the youth of the cosmos is a very simple math problem. If light travels a light year in a year, then we should not be able to see stars which are more than six thousand light years away if God made all the stars six thousand years ago. But we CAN see stars which are much further away, and thus, the stars came into being a LONG LONG LONG SUPER DUPER LONG STUPID LONG time ago.

This sounds like an open and shut case, but it is far more complicated than it sounds. Instead of trying to explain it all myself, I’ll be providing some videos to persons smarter than I, but I shall try to give you the nutshell:

1. Time Dilatation. If you buy into Einstein’s theories and math and whatnot, then the only constant in the universe is light- the speed of light, which is the “c” in E=mc^2. What follows is that nothing else is actual constant- not even distance or time. This is the Theory of Relativity- that those things are all relative depending on the position/speed  of the observer. In fact, we believe there is observable data that shows us that the closer to a gravity well (A center of gravity for something large, like a planet or star) the slower time proceeds.

If we take atomic clocks, capable of counting tiny fractions of a second, and set them exactly the same, but then separate them, the amount of time they count will differ depending on WHERE we put them. One down in a valley (Closer to earth’s center of gravity) will count less time than a clock on a mountain top, and one orbiting a hundred miles up will count even more then either of those. It’s not a HUGE amount but it is, so we are told, measurable.

This means that if the earth is at the center of the universe (as the Red Shift of distant stars may tell us), it’s at the universe’s center of mass, and thus time here would pass much slower than it would out in deep space, and the further out, the faster time would (Relatively) pass. This could give us a universe created six thousand years ago (Local Earth Time), but with the outer edges of the universe experiencing VASTLY more time than we have experienced on earth, allowing for vast ages of light travel from distant galaxies while maintaining a six thousand year history for earth. So, yes, if this model of the universe is right, then all of the universe was made 6,000 years ago, while most of the universe could still be much older than 6,000 years.

Weird, right? Several of the videos below discuss this in detail.

2. Light used to travel faster. Of course, if light is NOT the universal constant, then maybe it travels much faster elsewhere, or used to travel faster and thus the original math problem is not a problem. The most detailed explanation of this comes from Berry Setterfield, who shows that the measurements of the speed of light were decreasing constantly until we stopped measuring it and started calculating it. When you consider the fall, and the fact that the rest of the universe is subject to entropy, this almost seems like common sense. But check out what Berry has to say for himself.

3. Light doesn’t require time to travel to earth. This sounds like a weird cop out, but if you check out the Jason Lisle video below, he explains it in convincing detail. In short, the speed of light is an average of a two way trip, and there is no way to prove that it isn’t. Einstein knew that it was impossible to measure the one way speed of light based on relativity. Watch THE SPEED OF LIGHT (link below). The one reason this makes sense to me is the common interpretation of Einstein’s Relativity, where in the closer to the speed of light one approaches, the slower time will flow until, when you reach the speed of light, time stops. But doesn’t that imply that, from its own frame of reference, light experiences no flow of time? But we’re out of my pay grade here. Check out Jason Lisle on this subject.

As you will see below, the problem of distant star light is only a problem if certain unproven assumptions are true. The two options above are actually only the tip of the iceberg. Like I said before, this is like finding a crime scene with a body that shows signs of strangulation, stabbing, and six bullets in the chest. We haven’t figured out which cause or combinations of causes is THE cause of death, but we’re still very sure it was not death by natural causes. To bring it home, there may be more than one explanation which clears this up in line with the Biblical timeline, but until we’re CERTAIN, we’re still very confident. God’s word is true and can be trusted from the very first page.

But you needn’t take it from me. Enjoy the following experts in science, and remember- #JesusLovesYou

Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old – Jason Lisle

The Speed of Light – Jason Lisle

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