A Question I Was Asked:

Does the Recent Discovery of "Gravitational Waves" Make Any Serious Difference to Anything For Us Christians?

Does the recent discovery of "Gravitational Waves" make any serious difference to anything for us Christians?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Frankly, no. It suggests that Einstein was right in his 'general theory of relativity' but everyone pretty much knew that anyway. "Gravitational waves" are ripples created by the collisions of black holes. It seems that Einstein had said that we should be able to measure them. Now, apparently, we can. Scientists believe they will now start to be able to measure other things within the earth's distant past history. I watched the actual announcement and I must say I found the whole thing rather amusing; these people seemed to be so proud of their "achievement" but, in fact, the truth is that science still understands very, very little about our universe. Any honest scientist or astronomer will tell you that.

But does this recent "gravitational waves" confirmation finally establish that our universe is billions of years old? Some are now suggested this. No, I don't believe that it does, especially in view of the the newer creationist thinking on God's "stretching forth of the universe." But it possibly does suggest a greater age to the most distant reaches of space, if not our Earth. Let us pick up one or two Scriptures before continuing:

This is what God the Lord says - the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: (Isaiah 42:5).

"This is what the Lord says - your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself, (Isaiah 44:24).

It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts. (Isaiah 45:12).

Creationist Scientist Dr. Russell Humphreys suggests in his book Starlight and Time that the universe may have an older look the farther you move away from Earth into the most distant reaches of the universe. In short, from Earth's perspective, the universe would still be about 6,000 - 10,000 years old. However, in the outermost reaches of the universe, this rapid expansion may have given those galaxies the appearance of being billions of years old, even though they truthfully 'aged' that much in what is most likely less than 24 hours. However, other creationists are now suggesting that the most distant reaches of the universe actually probably are millions of years old because of this 'stretching forth' and the effect it would have on time. This is currently a most intriguing area for creationism, moreover we can accept it without compromising our 6,000 to 8,000 age of the earth belief.

Let us conclude with a few more of these "stretching" Bible verses:

"He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. (Jeremiah 51:15)

He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea. (Job 9:8).

He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. (Job 26:7).

can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze? (Job 37:18).

Robin A. Brace. February 18th, 2016.