The Measurement Of
David Ben Ya’akov
© 2000 David Ben Ya’akov
A Galaxy Less Far, Far Away
Found In The Sacramento Bee
December 01, 2000
LIVERMORE – Astrophysicists stripped a galaxy near the Big Dipper of “most distant object known” status when it was discovered it was 9.8 billion light years away instead of 12.5 billion light years
With the estimate of distance of 12.5 billion light years for STIS 123627+621755 no longer correct, the scientists said the new title holder for the most distant object known belongs to a quasar, an active black hold 12.4 billion light years from Earth.
“At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, we have been at the forefront of distant galaxy searches for many years, and we realize that sometimes a difficult measurement may turn out to be in error,” said astrophysicist Wil Van Breugel. “We hope that our own record of a galaxy, which emits powerful radio waves at a distance of 12.3 billion light years, will stand the test of time.”
Van Breugel and fellow astrophysicist Wim De Vries, with colleagues from several universities and observatories, said they were able to determine that the initial distance estimate made by a team of State University of New York at Stony Brook astronomers was incorrect. Their findings were published in Thursday’s issue of Nature.
I would like to address the article above in my own words and then in the words of a person that I greatly admire, named Dr. Kent Hovind.
I have proven in other articles that contemporary science, especially where evolution is concerned, and in some instances, astronomy, is a religion, plainly put, a faith. The priests of the evolution faith constantly have new revelations about their religion and the foundation that it is built on. When one fossil is disproved, another discovery is pulled from the bag of magic tricks to fool an unsuspecting public. Stated plainly, evolution is constantly evolving to suit the need of its creator and its priests.
Hence, we have the article above. Put simply, the article states that party one has found out that party two’s measurement to a foreign celestial body is not adequate. Party one has remeasured and found it to be different. So we can see that there is discontent in the ranks of the evolution and astrophysics faith. Since astrophysics is giving the astronomical time figures, they are giving those vast figures as a time foundation for evolution. Remember, without vast periods of time, evolution is dead.
Now let’s look at the difference that the scientists found in the distance to the celestial body mentioned in the article. Party two said that by their measurements, the celestial body was 12.5 billion light years distant. The revised measurement by party one is 9.8 billion years. That is a difference of 2.7 billion years. Now, this is not just a trivial difference, if the speed of light is constant, it an enormous distance. They try to make it look like a trivial matter, but a mistake in measurement that large is embarrassing, to say the least. You definitely don’t want these guys figuring your taxes or building a house for you with their kind of reasoning.
Now, before I put Dr. Hovind’s material on this page, I would like to ask one question of you. Do you want to adhere to modern science, which changes from day to day? Do you want to listen to dribble from men who reinvent their religion to suit their needs or agendas? Or, do you want to believe a loving creator, whose own word describes him thusly: “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.” Now, to Dr. Hovind:
General Science Questions and Answers
A: This is one of the most commonly asked questions and deserves an honest answer. Below is first a short answer than a more thorough answer. There are three things we need to consider when answering the starlight question.
1. Scientists cannot measure distances beyond 100 light years accurately.
2. No one knows what light is or that it always travels the same speed throughout all time, space and matter.
3. The creation was finished or mature when God made it. Adam was full-grown, the trees had fruit on them, the starlight was visible, etc.
Let me elaborate on these 3 points.
First, no one can measure star distance accurately. The farthest accurate distance man can measure is 20 light years (some textbooks say up to 100), not several billion light years. Man measures star distances using parallax trigonometry. By choosing two measurable observation points and making an imaginary triangle to a third point, and using simple trigonometry, man calculates the distance to the third point. The most distant observation points available are the positions of the earth in solar orbit six months apart, say June and December. This would be a base for our imaginary triangle of 186,000,000 miles or 16 light minutes. There are 525,948 minutes in a year. Even if the nearest star were only one light year away (and it isn’t), the angle at the third point measures .017 degrees. In simpler terms, a triangle like this would be the same angle two surveyors would see if they were standing sixteen inches apart and focusing on a third point 8.24 miles away. If they stayed 16 inches apart and focused on a dot 824 miles away, they would have the same angle as an astronomer measuring a point 100 light years away. A point 5 million years away is impossible to figure with trigonometry. The stars may be that far away but modern man has no way of measuring those great distances. No one can state definitively the distance to the stars. The stars may indeed be billions of light years away, but man cannot measure those distances.
Several other methods such as luminosity and redshift are employed to try to guess at greater distances but all such methods have serious problems and assumptions involved. For a more complex and slightly different answer to the starlight question from a Christian perspective, see the book Starlight and Time by Russell Humphrey available from www.icr.org.
Second, the speed of light may not be a constant. It does vary in different media (hence the rainbow effect of light going through a prism) and may vary in different places in space. The entire idea behind the black hole theory is that light can be attracted by gravity and be unable to escape the great pull of these imaginary black holes. No one knows what light is, let alone that its velocity has been the same all through time and space. Since atomic clocks use the wavelength of the Cesium 133 atom as a standard of time, if the speed of light is decaying, the clock would be changing at the same rate and therefore not be noticed.
Third, the creation account states that God made the light before He made the sun, moon, or stars. The rest of creation was mature, so starlight was probably mature at creation as well. I would ask the question, How old was Adam when God made him? Obviously, he was zero years old. But how old did he look? He was a full-grown man. The trees were full-grown with fruit on them the first day they were made. The creation had to be that way; it would not work otherwise. Stars and their light were made at the same time. The God that I worship is not limited to anything involving time, space or matter.
Finally, I would also like to point out that the evolutionists have no answer to the basic questions like; Where did the original matter space and energy come from for the stars? I suspect God built the universe so we would say “Wow!” When we see the stars we should be reminded of the glory of God, not evolution. See Psalms 8.
In Summary, we see that there are a lot more questions than there are answers. Since measurements over 100 light years is virtually impossible, there is no way that we can measure the distance to most stars and far galaxies. Since the measurements can’t be reliably made, the distances that science gives us is pure conjecture, yet it is promoted to be the gospel truth. Again we have another lie propagated to promote the religion of evolution.
It is my hope that those reading this will realize that science doesn’t always have our best intentions in mind. Evolutionists won’t admit it, but they have been involved in a religious war for at least two hundred years. They have been trying to promote humanism through their lies and deceit for that period of time.
Let me emphasize that there are basically two types of evolutionists. Just like in a typical religion, there is a priestly hierarchy, and there a body of parishioners. The priests of the Evolution religion are the scientists and researchers who deliberately fabricate lies and supposed evidence. They will do whatever they have to do to get new adherents and to keep the ones that they already have. The parishioners are those outside the scientific realm. These are the laymen and students who hear the preaching by the Evolution priests. They have a false trust that the priests are learned men and that they preach the truth. Thus they believe every word that comes from the mouth of the priest.
Now what I have written in the paragraph above might make it sound like the parishioners are victims of the priests. I admit that there are probably some who have never heard alternatives to evolution and because of that, they don’t know the truth. They have been fed the garbage in school and through the media for so long that there is no other truth for them. That sort of person is a minority. The majority know that there is an alternative religion to evolution. That majority refuses to acknowledge the truth because as the Bible puts it:
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4: 3-4
Then the question arises, why would people do such a thing? Well, the Bible explains that too:
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3: 1-5
The first scripture tells us simply that people don’t want to hear the truth anymore. When combined with the second scripture, the following can be ascertained:
People are tired of hearing about God. They don’t want to be accountable to Him and they don’t want to live by rules of morality and decency. They are conceited lovers of themselves and they don’t want to be concerned with loving others. So, to drown out the noise of religion that convicts what little morality they have left, they blast the trumpet of evolution. They’ll listen to any teacher that preaches that they have no accountability. They want to be known as descendants of animals so that they can act like them, devoid of morality. Isn’t it called anarchy when people run wild without laws? Then why is it deemed okay when the souls of people run wild without morality or religious conviction?
Two quotes come to mind. The first is by an avid evolutionist named Adolph Hitler. He said: “if you repeat a lie long enough, you can get people to believe it.” The second quote comes from an anonymous source: “the longer people believe that they are descended from apes, the more they start to act like them.” We can see where Hitler and his lack of Christian ethics got Germany and the world of that time. We too can personally see that by the actions of people today, that they act like animals and saying that they act like apes is perhaps an insult to the simian order.
Well, I have come to the end of my little discourse. I sincerely hope that if you are considering the belief in evolution you change your mind. Ask a lot of questions and seek the truth. Those are two things that the priests of evolution fear because they know that their religion falters where truth is concerned. IF you are an evolutionist lay person I sincerely hope that this page has caused you to question what you believe. You know, you probably think that I am a person who never asked questions about Christianity or the Bible. I asked a lot of questions, and 99 percent of them have been answered in God’s word or by His Holy Spirit, and I know that it is the truth. If you are an evolutionist priest and think that you have all of the answers, then let me assure you that you don’t. I sincerely hope and pray that God will reveal the truth to you and that you will be honest enough with yourself to examine the truth. Remember that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Jesus still loves you and wishes you to come to repentance. God bless everyone, wherever they stand.
David Ben Ya’akov