Empty Space and Galaxies near and far, or how long did it take for our universe to form?

Posted: February 26, 2022 in Age of the Universe, Bible, Christ, GOD, Life and Memories, My view of the world, Space

Is space basically empty? When I was going to school we were taught that space was empty, but in the last few decades the concept of the universe being full of dark matter has been bandied about. Why? There is simply too much stuff going on, energy-wise, in our universe for the measurable matter to account for, mathematics and physics have shown.

In fact when they crunch the numbers, it seems they are missing a little matter…no?…more? OK, they are missing some matter…no?…even more? OK, they are missing almost 90% of the matter of the universe and they can’t find it, it seems…it apparently is hiding somewhere, so they came up with the tag of ‘dark matter’. One crazy example of this concept is something called ‘zero point energy’.

We learned about thermodynamics in school (whether we realize it or not), that is the concept that matter gives off heat to the background creating energy in exchange. If there is no potential difference in temperature between an object and the background, no work can be performed. The temperature of space is very, very cold while matter that resides within the universe has different levels of heat that they give off to the ’empty’ space background. That cold temperature is called ‘absolute zero’. That is as cold as you can get…you can’t get any colder. When matter gets as cold as the background there is a term for that and it is called heat death. At this point science tells us that there is no exchange of energy…matter is as dead as it can get. That means everything we know stops…everything ceases being all movement ceases, even down to the sub-atomic particles. Kind of sad to think about, isn’t it?

However, that isn’t the end to the story…remember the dark matter, as they call it? Science has found out that even when the background of space is at absolute zero, there is an unexplainably massive amount of energy stored within that ’empty space’. Science can’t explain where it comes from, but they have realized that this zero point energy is a constant source of energy at the sub-atomic level that keeps the electron in their orbits. This energy somehow keeps replenishing it’s self from outside the universe…ooohh creepy…or it simply means that the Creator is still at work…I’ll take the latter explanation, I think. If it weren’t for the zero-point energy replenishment, we or nothing else would be here for the atomic structure of life would destroy itself…empty space…I don’t think so, it seems someone is still holding it all together.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (NKJV)

There are a few deep space telescopes that can look at very distant objects in our universe, including thousands upon thousands of galaxies of all different sorts. If we choose to look at just spiral galaxies we notice that despite how far away they are, the arms seem to be extended about the same because of the gravitational and centrifugal effects. What is intriguing about that is because of the limitation of the speed of light, the ones we see far away are snapshots of the galaxy long ago in the past, where the ones relatively close are glimpses of only a few years past. In other words, the light we see from a galaxy far, far away left that galaxy millions of years ago, meaning what we are seeing from far away galaxies is a potentially millions of year old snapshot of that particular galaxy. While the photo of Andromeda galaxy is only a few years old. When you compare the photos of the near and the far galaxies you notice that the arms are extended about the same regardless of distance away from us. This intrigues me because using the current theory of the age of the universe, that should not be so…the far distant ones are pictures of spiral galaxies taken millennia ago and the arms should be less well developed that the closer ones, or not developed at all. So what does that mean to us? What that means is that all of creation including all portions the universe, including the galaxies, were created at the same time. For them to be created at the same time denotes creation and the perfect candidate for that is God.

God Bless, Jim

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