How Do You Explain The Age of The Universe?
I understand religious people believe God made the world and everything in it and everything in the universe. According to the bible, the world is only several thousand years old.
There is scientific proof that the size of the known universe is over 98 billion light years, (This is only what we know of) and the Earth is millions of years old.
So, if God supposedly created everything a few thousand years ago, how can you explain the age of the universe? Would you say science isn't credible?
I don't think there is an explanation for the "Universe's Age" It just is what it is! In addition to comes with all that it possess.
The age of the Universe is simply explained as the time from the Big Bang to the observable edge we can see or more realistically hear.
As for the the Bible, it doesn't say the Earth is only 6,000 years old that was some idiot that back calculated the age of the Earth by adding up all the ages of the main characters in the Bible back to Adam and Eve. So you can imagine just how accurate that is !
Although it's a fact that many religious followers believe it to be true.
Plus of course if the Biblical story of creation was true or even close to being factual that this God created everything including us in just 6 days then surely that would mean that the Dinosaurs and man walked the face of the planet at the same time.
Ask the believers this... Were the Dinosaurs all made extict before Noah or were they all drowned because Noah didn't have room for them on his boat in which case he disobeyed God because he was told to gather two of everything !!!
Go figure !
Not to defend what I don't believe... Okay, I enjoy playing "devils advocate".
If this all knowing, all powerful creator created everything in existence, then he/she could create bones in the ground and "scientific proof" that he does not exist. Why he/she would do this I could not say, but who is man to question the intentions of his creator?
The overall point is just that it is futile to "disprove" what people believe in. People will believe what they believe for reasons they find valuable. Explaining the age of the universe, like explaining how much money three trillion dollars is, is so abstract it is hard to wrap your mind around and people will fall back on what they know.
The age of the universe is 13.75 ± 0.11 billion years (433.6 x 1015 seconds in SI units, or 13.75 Gigayears) within the Lambda-CDM concordance model. This is however only the estimated time since the Big Bang. It is not known if something existed before the singularity that we call Big Bang, nor if time is linear, since the expansion estimated by Hubble's law assumed a linear expansion, and later work indicates there may have been variations. The estimated changes in expansion are calculated to be both positive and negative, so Hubble and later estimates broadly agree.
The uncertainty range for the age of the universe has been obtained by the agreement of a number of scientific research projects. These projects included microwave background radiation measurements by Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe and other probes, and more ways to measure the expansion of the universe. Background radiation measurements give the cooling time of the universe since the Big Bang. Expansion of the universe measurements give accurate data to calculate the age of the universe.
Cosmologists and Astronomers generally agree that the age of the universe is about 13.5 billion years. There are those who argue for a younger universe on the order of 8 billion years and there are some who believe the universe is nearly 20 billion years old. No one knows the exact answer but 13.5 billion years is acknowledged, by the scientific community, as the best educated guess we can make at this time.
The Bible does not give the age of the universe nor does it give an accurate age for the Earth. Those claims are pure conjecture, in fact, the book of Genesis allows for a very old age for the Earth. There are some who believe there were two creations...check it out for yourself.
As for dinosaurs and Noah, again, it seems most people listen to someone else's opinion instead of reading for themselves. The dinosaurs were long extinct before Noah ever came on the scene. Merlin's answer, in fact, is an excellent example of being told what to believe instead of reading and finding out for yourself. It is just a minor issue but it does demonstrate my point. According to the Bible Noah was commanded to bring in the animals but not only in two's. The fowl and birds were gathered in seven's as were all the "clean" animals. In fact only the "unclean" animals were gather in two's . So Noah was not commanded to gather "two" of everything....in many cases he was told to gather seven of each.
I'd like to issue everyone a challenge, for those who really want to know,....... "Unicorns" do you believe they existed or not...and if they did were they on the ark or ....did they miss the boat?
Really, really, really old. To take it down to a base level. I think what's more fascinating is how huge the universe is. It's incredible to think that there is a high probability that there is other life somewhere out there. It's too bad we may never be able to explore far enough into the universe to discover more.
The Bible's explanation for the creation of the Earth is borderline ridiculous. I'm still amazed that people believe.
It is what it is. How do you choose to explain it so that we all can understand?
We have to remember that the scientific method is only one of the many philosophies out there. It cannot explain everything, though I must admit it is an excellent start for discovery and curiousity, but no argument can end with science. Science doesn't know everything, even the age of the universe, there is no possible way for us to know how old the universe is. On one hand, our "years" are man made based on how many times the earth revolved around the sun. Is that really the best basis for figuring out the age of something possibly older than the sun or the earth itself? The method isn't perfect whatsoever. On another hand, in regards to there being a God, it is possible that something created the Universe that exists out of time. Nothing can disprove that a creator could have existed, but nothing can prove it either. (At least, scientifically. Philosophically, within each individuals beliefs, it is possible.) Science is only credible to a certain extent; until it runs into something called ethics or transcendentalism or existentialism, or even... in a more art sense, impressionism. So, I'm sorry, but to end this answer, we can't explain the age of the Universe.
The Hubble brought back pictures, then suddenly there was nothing but darkness. The part of the Universe we can see with our instruments is 13.7 Billions years old.
Distance is measured by the speed of light.
In one year light travels almost 6 trillion miles.
The Bible doesn't five any age of the Universe or even hint at it.
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