"And there shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever" Revelation 22:5
"Some things are too good to be true and truly are good and true" ―Constance Friday
Deciphering the age of the Universe stands as one of the enduring enigmas in the annals of human exploration. Some scientists believe it is around 14 billion years old, or might it be as young as 6,000 to 10,000 years old, as some alternative viewpoints propose? Our struggle to ascertain this age is exacerbated by technological constraints, the vastness of cosmic space beyond our full comprehension, and the inherent challenges of fathoming the Universe's true scale. These intricacies and a mix of speculations and assumptions contribute to the enduring mystery surrounding the age of the Universe.
LET US PONDER
The Big Bang theory posits that a 13.8-billion-year-old Universe is based on the Standard Model of Cosmology, primarily from observations of cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation and other empirical data. It significantly leans on fundamental postulates, such as cosmic inflation and the assumption of a consistent expansion rate throughout the Universe.
However, the James Webb Space Telescope has made a groundbreaking discovery by detecting 750 galaxies far beyond our Milky Way galaxy. Among these galaxies, six are particularly intriguing as they are astonishingly up to 10 times larger than our Milky Way. This observation challenges our understanding of galaxy formation, as it defies the conventional expectation that no primordial galaxy should surpass the size of the Milky Way Galaxy. Typically, objects appear smaller as they recede into the distance. Moreover, a new study proposes that the age of the Universe has doubled to 26.7 billion years. So, the notion of a 13.8-billion-year-old universe can pose a profound challenge when viewed through the lens of those advocating for a Young Earth creation, sparking a passionate debate about the origins of our cosmos.
The Young Earth Creationism relies on genealogical records and the creation history in Genesis 1 to support their belief in a Young Earth, estimating its age to be approximately 6,000 to 10,000 years.
Does the Age of the Universe hold significance for Christians? Advocates of evolution and athiests often invoke billions of years to support their theories, suggesting that lengthy timescales are necessary for species transformations. However, it's worth noting that the concept of evolution and the gradual transition from one species to another remains unproven, let alone mutation and selection. The fundamental truth is clear: the capacity to adapt to variations is inherent in the genetic code, a design attributed to God. In contrast, the notion that mindless molecules could employ logic and mathematics to drive species transitions appears implausible.
Jesus did not speak about the age of the Universe, and when the disciples asked Him about restoring the kingdom to Israel, He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority". Acts 1:8. Instead, Jesus Promised a Timeless Universe where we should live as ageless humans.