THE UNIVERSE — HOW BIG? HOW OLD?
Evolutionists and Bible compromisers routinely claim that there is
evidence that the Universe is billions of years old and was created by
a "Big Bang" in the past. The evidence they use to support these claims
are called the red shift and cosmic background radiation.
The red shift is the observation that many distant stars and galaxies appear redder than their chemical composition would indicate. The astronomer Edwin Hubble theorized that the stretching, or Doppler effect, of light created this "red shift" as stars moved away from the earth. He believed that the redder the star, the farther away it was from the earth. Out of this belief the Big Bang theory was born and has become the dominant belief in astronomy today.
That the Big Bang theory is nothing more than speculation built on assumption was shown by the measurements of an evolutionist astronomer named Halton Arp. Arp was studying quasars, massive energy producing stellar objects, in distant galaxies and his research showed that the actual physical distances between these quasars and their host galaxies was
dramatically different than their supposed red shift distances. He found examples of quasars that were in the middle of galaxies, but whose speculated red shift distances would have put them millions of light years farther away. This proved that the red shift has nothing to do with the speed or distance of stars and is therefore no evidence for a Big Bang ( Quasars, Redshifts and Controversies by Halton Arp, Interstellar Media, 1987). When Arp published his findings he was blacklisted by the evolutionist establishment in America and had to move to Germany to continue his research. The evolutionist establishment will tolerate no one who shows the false foundation for the Big Bang.
The second claimed support for the Big Bang and an old Universe is what is known as cosmic background radiation. This is a low-level radiation, only three degrees above absolute zero, that has been measured to be the same throughout the measurable Universe. A satellite was launched several years ago called COBE, Cosmic Background Explorer, that was supposed to show the irregularities in this radiation that was believed to be a leftover from the Big Bang. Unfortunately for the evolutionists when the measurements came back they showed the radiation too smooth to have been a leftover from a Big Bang created Universe. Only by data manipulation were the evolutionists able to create statistical irregularities of 1 in 100,000, but they were never able to find any actual examples of these supposed irregularities, (Scientific American, April 1999, p. 96)
So the two pillars of an old Universe created by a Big Bang have been refuted by the evolutionists' own evidence. Their response was typical; they ignored the evidence and treated their fantasy as reality.
What has been the Creationist response to the question of a big, but young Universe? For this has been one of the most perplexing questions facing Creationist astronomers and physicists, how can a Universe that appears very large, several billion light years across, also be relatively young, less than 10,000 years old? The answer may be in a theory recently proposed on the relationship between gravity and time ( Starlight and Time by Russell Humphreys, Master Books, 1994).
It has been proven that gravity affects time, the stronger the gravity, the slower time passes. A clock on a mountaintop runs faster than a clock at sea level. The theory is that when God first created matter, there was an intense gravity field at the center of this matter causing time to be slower there than at the edge of the Universe as God stretched forth the heavens and placed the stars in it. The result would be that time would pass more slowly at the center of the Universe, where the earth is, than at the edge where the galaxies are. This could explain how there could be six regular days of creation on the earth, but more time at the edge of the Universe for the Universe to develop as we see it today.
Is this theory really the answer to the question of a big, but young Universe? No one can really know. All we can know is that the Creator of it all told us what He did and we can have absolute confidence in what He has told us.
The heavens declare the glory of God;and the firmament showeth his handiwork.