“For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?”
All the textbooks inform us that the speed of light is about 186,000 miles per second. This is the absolute speed limit of the universe, according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, we have always been told. Should anything travel faster than that, Einstein’s theory falls.
While the certainty of the speed of light as an absolute limit has provided comfort for many, new research may point to a universe that is stranger than we can imagine. It all began when an Italian researcher showed that microwaves could travel through the air at speeds slightly faster than light. Then an American researcher decided to see what would happen to the speed of light in a special chamber. He built a clear chamber filled with cesium gas. When a pulse of light was sent through it, the light went through the chamber at 300 times the speed of light. This is so fast that the main pulse of light exited the chamber before it went in! This strange effect is a result of the unique wave action of light. For this reason, researchers say that Einstein’s theory remains viable. Still, this finding has led to a debate among physicists over whether a message could be sent faster than the speed of light into the past.
This research should remind us that the universe is the creation of an unlimited, almighty God. While scientific research can bring many benefits, it cannot be too dogmatic about its interpretation of the universe. Only the Bible, which is the very Word of the unlimited, almighty God, offers absolute knowledge.
Prayer: I thank You, Lord, that You are unlimited, especially in Your love for me. Amen.
Notes: The Denver Post, 5/30/00, p. 2A, “Raising the speed of light.” Photo: Einstein portrait. (Pixabay)