Cosmologists whittle few billion years off age of universe

Monday, September 16, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Earth from spaceScientists know the science is never settled, and the newest discovery is the cosmos may be billions of years younger than once thought.

The key to the latest finding is the Hubble Constant, which measures the speed at which distant objects in the universe are speeding away from earth.

Much like an emergency siren changing pitch when it passes by you and speeds away, the light from distance galaxies appear redder when moving away and bluer when moving closer.

Germany-based cosmologists have now discovered more red tint than previously thought, which means distant objects are moving away from Earth faster and hence the origin of the universe -- the so-called “Big Bang” theory -- happened more recently than it was believed.

By billions of years, in fact: from 13.7 billion years to 11.4 billion, NBC News reported recently.

According to the NBC News story, scientists are looking at the newest figures and comparing them to no less than three other competing theories dating back to a 2013 study that trimmed millions of years. 

Yet the scientific community still estimates the universe at billions of years old, which seems at odd with the biblical account of Creation that estimates a universe only thousands of years old.

Dr. Danny Faulkner of Answers in Genesis tells OneNewsNow that God could have created the universe in a “state of expansion” that is being observed today, not with an initial high density and high temperature. 

Faulkner

"He could have created it only thousands of years ago with it expanding," Faulkner tells OneNewsNow. 

There is ongoing debate among very smart Christian scientists about the age of the universe, and the recent theory drops some zeroes but still fails to reconcile the two opposing beliefs over "young Earth" versus "old Earth." 

So why is that important? Faulkner says acceptance of current scientific understanding forces people to decide at what point the Bible is true or a myth -- and he says that believing the Bible means relying on its history.

“Was there really a Flood? Was there really a man named Noah? Was there really an Adam and Eve? Was there a man named Abraham?” Faulkner asks rhetorically. “These are all questions that obviously have a bearing upon our Christian faith.”

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