A tremendous cloud of water vapor envelops a quasar in distant space, according to new reports. Where did the water come from? A straightforward understanding of the biblical account of creation provides a possible answer and suggests that this may be the first of more such discoveries.
Genesis 1:6 says that on Day Two of the creation week:
“God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus, according to the testimony of the only One who was there at the time, a great gulf or “firmament” divided one body of water from another. Genesis 1:8 states that “God called the firmament Heaven.”
Surely, the waters “under the firmament” were those comprising earth’s oceans and hydrosphere, but what about the waters “above the firmament”? One hypothesis held that it was atmospheric water vapor that collapsed during the Flood of Noah’s day when “the windows of heaven were opened.”1 But physicist D. Russell Humphreys proposed in his landmark 1994 book Starlight and Time that waters above the firmament instead referred to a tremendously huge sphere of water, the remnants of which exist today outside all the stars in a bounded and expanded universe.2
Of course, this proposition is not very palatable to those who prefer to believe that the universe does not have any edge at all, but evidence has mounted in favor of a universal boundary.3 Also, Psalm 148:3-4 appears to clarify the placement of these waters above the firmament:
Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. (emphasis added)
Perhaps the waters spoken of in Genesis 1:6 are these “waters that be above the heavens,” presumably located “above” the stars.4 Is there any water near the edge of the universe that would illustrate this possibility?
Actually, yes. Two teams of astronomers have found “the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected.”5 Light emitted by a very distant and extraordinarily powerful quasar, or supermassive black hole, is altered in a specific way as it passes through the surrounding water vapor, and this enabled astronomers to detect the quasar-associated water….
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