A few days ago we saw this at PhysOrg: Don’t panic, but the universe is slowly dying, which says:
[N]ew research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.
The good news is that the stars made to date will still last many billions of years yet (including our own sun). Some of the smaller stars should keep shining for longer than the current age of the universe. There are questions over what exactly the dominance of dark energy will mean in the long term, with some of more exotic theories speculating that it could tear everything apart in a “Big Rip”.
Less dramatic, and more likely given our current knowledge, is the theory that the universe will continue to cool forever, and non gravitationally bound structures will steadily move apart from each other. After trillions of years we will only be able to see our own galaxy as the others will have raced too far away. After hundreds of trillions of years no new stars will be made anywhere at all.
Interesting, but it’s a long goodbye and therefore of no immediate concern. However, we failed to anticipate the creationist reaction. We now have that at the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo has just posted The Universe Is “Dying” and It’s Because of Sin. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:
“The universe is slowly dying,” reports a new astronomical study. Now, the universe is not a living thing that can “die,” but what they mean is something scientists have being saying for years — the universe is winding down (losing usable energy).
Their belief in the slow and gradual “death” of the universe is completely framed in the idea that the universe began with a big bang and that this happened billions of years ago. Apparently they believe that the energy created from the big bang, and the radiation, heat, and the motion of bodies being produced today by stars and other astronomical bodies, is slowly fizzling out over time.
Then Hambo gives us the biblical view of things, which we’ll skip, knowing that you will, of course, click over there to read his inspiring words. We’ll move on:
Apparently this process is going to take trillions of years to happen by the secular reckoning. Those who accept the big bang really have a hopelessly desolate view of the future.
Yes, it’s depressing. Hambo continues:
If you start with a different starting point, however, where God’s Word is the truth, you get a very different view of the universe. According to Scripture, everything God created was originally “very good”, free from any death and suffering, and the universe worked perfectly. But sin changed everything resulting in death intruding into creation. Also, God no longer upholds the universe in a perfect state, giving us a taste of what life is like without Him — it falls apart. Hence, the book of Romans tells us that all of creation is groaning because of sin and is eagerly waiting for deliverance. This is why we need a new heavens and new earth.
That makes sense. Here’s more:
The idea that the universe is using energy up since creation is not a big deal for a Christian. This energy use involves the laws of thermodynamics. … [U]sable energy in this now-fallen universe eventually runs down. Ultimately, only usable energy could come from God as the absolute source, not the universe itself.
So that’s where energy comes from! Moving along:
[W]hen scientists start with the presupposition that nature is all that there is and time will eventually take its course on the universe, they are left with bleak predictions. And the prediction of those who believe in the big bang is that the universe will slowly run out of energy and, eventually, became “cold, dark, and desolate.” This does not match with the future described in God’s Word!
Ah, we have a choice! Another excerpt:
As believers, we don’t need to worry about what is going to happen to the universe — we know how it ends! According to God’s Word there is a coming judgment by fire [bible quote]. The universe will not end by fizzling out of energy — it will end with a fiery judgment from God — the ultimate source of all energy!
One last excerpt:
For those who have trusted in Christ, there will be a new heavens and a new earth, and we will dwell eternally with God in heaven, enjoying His eternal blessings. But for those who have rejected Christ, there will be eternal judgment where they have no rest from the wrath of God.
Well, dear reader, it looks like you have a decision to make. Are you going to place your trust in those godless scientists, or in a great man like Hambo? It’s your choice.
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