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Creation of the Universe
How was the
The answer science
has is that there was a big bang.
there to see it? Obviously that's not a good question. Everyone
knows no one was there to see the creation of the universe.
Science is based
on coming up with a hypothesis and then doing experiements to test
that hypothesis. When you get repeatable results that match the
hypothesis, that hypothesis is proved to be true. Can we do this
with the big bang?
No. We have
no way to replecate the conditions that would test the hypostheis
that there was a big bang. We can not do experiements on historical
So how do we
find out what happened?
historical questions as we do criminal investgations (which are
also historical questions). We examine the evidence to determine
whether that evidence supports our hypothesis.
of the Universe: When we didn't have the technology to look
deeply and clearly into the universe, it did indeed look like the
universe resulted from a big bang. It appeared the universe was
expanding with everything moving further apart, as it would on the
surface of a balloon that was expanding. But as technology has advanced
with new devices such as the Hubble Space Telescope and even the
Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii, we are finding the evidence does
not support a big bang. For example:
how far away an object in space is by measuring the red shift in
the light coming from that object. Since light takes time to travel,
the farther away something is, the further back into the past we
are seeing when we look at it. Thus when we look at objects tat
are 8 to 11 billion lightyears away, we are seeing things as they
were near the time of the beginning of the universe.
Since it takes
billions of years for huge objects such as galaxies to form, if
we look far enough back into the past we should reach a point at
which fully formed galaxies are no longer seen. Any object further
away than 8 billion lightyears was considered to be in the "Redshift
Desert" because no massive object, such as galaxies, should
exist that far back in time.
What did astronomers
see when they used the Gemini North Telescoipe to look into the
Redshift Desert? A sky filled with fully formed, mature galaxies,
just like our own galaxy. Galaxies that can not exist if the big
bang theory is true.
Shift Really Measure Distance?
There are many
"facts" that everyone accepts as true, but which have
no true scientific basis (they have not been tested through experimentation).
One is that redshift measures distance. How do we know this? Because
we have observed on earth that as something moves away from us,
the energy coming from it (sound, for example) shifts to lower frequencies.
science ever been able to verify, using an independent measurement,
that redshift is an accurate measure of distance (or speed away
from us) in the universe? The answer is no. This is an assumption
that seems to make so much sense that everyone has accepted it as
true. But, if we look at the evidence, what do we find?
We find, for
example, the spiral galaxy NGC 4319 and a small quasar, Markarian
205. Based on their redshifts the quasar should be much further
away from us than the galaxy. Yet in images of these objects we
can clearly see material bridging from the quasar to the galaxy.
They are actually very close to each other! So redshifts are not
a reliable measure of distance or speed.
Does Not Support the Big Bang
December 2004-February 2005 issue of Creation
Magazine lists a few other examples:
thought to 'evolve' within the furnaces of ancient stars over
many billions of years have been found 'only' 2.5 billion years
after the big bang."
complex strings of galaxies, claimed to be hundreds of light years
in size, have been found when only small, isolated prot-galaxies
- "Massively complex galaxies and supermassive
black holes have also been found too early in the evolutionary
life of the universe to be explained by conventional theories."
There's much more than what we can list here.
The point is, the evidence does not support the big bang or any
other theory for the natural formation of the universe. You can
either have blind faith that the universe was formed naturally,
or you can take the word of an eye witness who was there when the
universe was created.
the Beginning of Life
Is the belief in "milions of years" a religion
based on faith?
The above was based on an article in the
December 2004-February 2005 issue of Creation
Magazine. If you'd like to learn more about creation and stay
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