Dr. Emil Silvestru – Astronomy — The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Next week we will present several lectures by Dr. Emil Silvestru on the subject of Creation, both in English and in the Romanian language. (On a side note, please pray for Dr. Silvestru’s health, he suffered a stroke earlier this year and has not fully recovered yet).

In this lecture Dr. Silvestru answers the question: How do Christians defend the biblical view of creation vs. the secular view?

Beginnings – And, can we, as human beings really investigate the beginnings? Humans can only investigate the universe because and through the natural laws (the laws of nature). Now, the question is: Were those natural laws there when the beginning happened? When God created, He didn’t use the natural laws. He basically used, what ever He used- we don’t know. God was not limited by natural laws. Actually, natural law is the result of creation. They came into existence once creation was in place. Therefore, we humans cannot really understand  the time before natural laws and they are not investigable to us.

The interesting thing is that the Big Bang (evolutionary) theory begins with a supernatural event. Professor Paul Davies (not a christian or a creationist) states in his book ‘The Mind of God‘: But in the end a rational explanation of the world in the sense of a closed and complete system of logical truths is almost certainly impossible. We are barred from ultimate knowledge, from ultimate explanation, by the very rules of reasoning that prompt us to seek such an explanation in the first place. If we wish to progress beyond, we have to embrace a different concept of ‘understanding’ from that of rational explanation. 

I wonder what that would be? It’s ‘revealed information’ coming from the very author of creation itself. The whole thing turns around the concept of time.

What is time? Did you ever think about this?

Time is a measure or measurable period, a continuum that lacks spatial dimensions. Time is of philosophical interest and is also the subject of mathematical and scientific investigation. (Encyclopaedia Britannica) Time is actually movement. And time is defined by movement and movement is defined by time, therefore nothing is defined. Time is a convention. We don’t really know what it is.

What is distance? How do you measure distance? There’s a lot of ways you can do that in deep space. But, you have to keep in mind that the deeper you move into space the more you are connected to the model of interpreting space. Also, the time scale is different if the gravity is different. Gravity affects time. We still haven’t settled on the model, but, we already measure distances.

The Big Bang – Some would say that ‘nothing’ exploded into everything. A singularity which is a nothing that contains all the mass in the universe exploded. As space and time is born out of this explosion, it keeps moving further and further, and further away. And that is the space being born. Now, the distance from central explosion to what we believe to be the edge of the universe is somewhere at about 13 1/2 billion light years. That means light that travelers at 300 km per second needs 13 1/2 billion years to get there. But, this is the big problem. As you move further away in time and in space, the red shift increases, which would seem to say that actually the speed increases. So you move faster and faster. The red shift shows that the universe is dilated as you move further back in time. On the other hand- the further you move from the center, the younger the universe is, in it’s beginning stages.  And then, the closer you come to us, the universe is the mature universe of today.

So the further out, you see the place as it was then. Only that, interestingly enough, this is not the rule always. For example, galaxies that have been found to be 100 million light years away, or a billion light years away, they are actually massive young galaxies. Now, these are (relatively) close to us and they should not be in the birth stage. Yet, you see galaxies being born close to us. And the opposite is true, you have mature galaxies 10.5 billion light years away, where there should be no galaxies. We have a serious problem. The other problem we actually have is that we have no clue how galaxies turn their dust, their gases into stars, because we have no clue how stars really form. And we need to find ways to explain that. Yet, we use the stars to measure distance, age, etc., but, we don’t really know how they’re formed.

And all these assumptions are based on the initial assumptions that the universe has to have a natural cause and the best we can come up with is this explosion because we see objects moving away. So, if they’re moving away, they must have come out of a certain explosion that is basically stretching space out. But, the problem that we actually see is: You start with a model in the 1920’s that develops into a structure in the 1950’s and now we have high tech gear and they all look at confirming that. The more we look at it and the deeper we look at it, the more we discover that it is not so. Modern technology does not confirm the big bang, rather it creates bigger problems. So, the big bang has to be continuously stretched and reshaped  and done in the form that would somehow fit the observation. (23:00) The big bang started off and sounded like a feasible theory in the 1920’s and then further on we’re coming to find that the observation we’re making today, with the high tech equipment we have, they’re not supporting it.

At the 28th minute – a wonderful explanation matching Psalm 104:2 and Isaiah 42:5 in reference to God stretching out the heavens.


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