One of the most common questions thrown at creationists is to ask them to explain how light could have traveled millions of years across the universe, if the universe is only 6,000 years old.
Such a question actually contains its own misunderstanding of the facts. It is an issue of terminology. The distance to stars is usually measured in light years. A light year is a unit of distance, not a unit of time. It obviously has a relationship to time, in this sense: Light is observed to travel at a speed of approximately 186,000 miles per second, through a vacuum. Therefore, in a year, we can calculate that the light should have traveled:
186,000 x 365.25 x 24 x 60 x 60 = 5,869,713,600,000 miles, or about 6 trillion miles
However, if there were different circumstances — e.g., different speeds, distances or times — then the distance of a star from the Earth may not be a measure of how long it has taken light to get to the Earth.
In a nutshell, here is the perceived problem for creationists. Many objects in the universe are millions of light years away. How do we account for light from these objects reaching the Earth before the end of the creation week, if creation happened about 6,000 years ago?
This article simply reports the issues. A related article will give details of the various model explanations proposed. For now, let’s make these observations:
- If the Bible says that God created everything 6,000 years ago, then we accept this as our presupposition.
- The Bible does not give the scientific details. There are certain things that we accept on trust, because God is infinite and able to work miracles. We do not have a scientific explanation for how Jesus could raise a dead man to life, but I believe that He did it….
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