The Shrinking Universe
“Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?”
Everybody knows that the universe has been expanding ever since it was created by the big bang, right? Of course the big bang theory of the creation of the universe doesn’t necessarily agree with the Bible’s account of the creation of the universe.
One of the primary so-called proofs of the big bang and the expanding universe is the fact that the starlight reaching Earth seems to be a little redder than it should be. Supporters of the big bang say this is because everything is moving away from us at such high speeds.
However, the opinion of the scientific community is not unanimous. Other scientists point out that starlight could be red-shifted by nothing more than gravity. Such an effect was predicted by Einstein. The Canadian astronomer J.B. Tatum says that starlight could also be shifted toward the red if the stars and galaxies were spiraling in toward the Earth at high speed – a shrinking universe! V.S. Troitkii of the Radiophysical Research Institute in Russia says he has evidence that light once traveled a million times faster than it does now. He points out that the slowing speed of light would also produce the red-shift and would also mean that the universe is shrinking.
Is the universe expanding, shrinking or remaining the same size? The truth is, compared to the universe, we are such tiny creatures that we have no way of proving things one way or the other. Thankfully, the One who created the universe and Who is much greater than the universe, cares about each one of us. He invites us to call Him “Father” through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Dear Father, by its very size the universe glorifies You. But I glorify You with all my being because, despite my smallness, You did not even spare the life of Your Son, Jesus Christ, when You loved me! Amen.
Astronomical Society of Canada, v. 79, 1985. p. 302.
Astrophysicics and Space Science, v. 139, 1987.