Time and light and the age of the universe
It is commonly held that because distant stars are so many light-years from earth, they must have existed for billions of years. Evolutionists claim this as evidence for an extremely old universe because of the time it has taken starlight to reach us.
Allow yourself the luxury of a child’s imagination for a moment. Drift beyond the moorings of convention. If you dare.
What if the distance of stars from the earth has nothing to do with time?
And what if the speed of light is instantaneous?
Don’t laugh too quickly at a question you see as absurd. An inquiry may be helpful. Let us look through the eyes of a child and ask simple questions. As a child would.
As I watch the morning sun slip over the horizon, am I, in reality, seeing the sun eight minutes ago because of the time it took for its light to reach the earth? If a star falls in the night sky, am I watching a star fall millions of years ago or is it actually falling before my eyes at that moment? How can I see lights in the sky that are not there? Am I a time traveler every time I look into the sky? Is there no present reality in the stars I see above me? Is the past the only present reality? Do the past and the present exist at the same time? Who knows if the Big Dipper or North Star is even there anymore. Who knows if the sun is there. Maybe we are seven and a half minutes from doomsday.
Is it possible, when God created the stars, He turned on lights in the heavens that were immediately perceivable on earth?
Existing together in the universe
That stars are so far away has nothing to do with how long they have existed. Imagine determining the age of Detroit by the distance it is from Hanoi. We all exist, along with a seemingly infinite sea of stars and planets, in the universe. We just happen to be in different places. Our distance from one another does not determine our age. Besides. How can time be measured accurately in this way if the universe is expanding? How scientific is it when scientists bend a bow at a moving target?
What if there is a God who created the entire universe of stars and planets at great distances from each other at one point in time? Distance would have no bearing on time.
Evolutionary scientists actually allow this possibility in the definition they give for a light-year. Bill Nye, in his 2014 debate with Ken Ham, defined a light-year as “a unit of distance, not a unit of time.” If that is true, light-years do not establish the age of the universe or the earth. They only establish how unfathomably big the universe is. And yet. Evolutionists like Bill Nye use light-years to determine age, which is a measurement of time.
The concept of light-years does not in itself destroy one’s belief in a young earth or universe. To use Bill Nye’s own words during the debate: “the world out there” (beyond Ken Ham’s one-horse town) may hold bigger possibilities than evolutionary science is willing to admit. But it may be difficult getting out of the trenches “science” has shoveled for itself and us.
© James Unruh 2015 and beyond