Last time, we took a look at the Data which is presented as observable evidence for the Big Bang (AKA: The Horrendous Space Kablooie). What about it then? Does the data point to a BIG BANG? Would you be terribly surprised if I said I don’t think so?
Let’s take a look at Red Shift first. It is said the red shift is evidence that the galaxies are all moving away from us, or that the space between us and them is expanding. Red Shift does exist, but many people do not realize that the light source receding is only one of several possibilities. It’s possible that the universe is not expanding, or that it had been expanded but is no longer expanding, or maybe the light is effected by gravity, or that it is rotating along a central axis like our planet does. There are actually several lines of reasoning built on this and other data which puts our galaxy in the center of the universe. You have probably never heard about that, and the reason is, while plenty of scientists know this, they hate it, and so they make a philosophical decision to exclude that option because, as you will see, they don’t like to leave a door open for God. The interpretation is not chosen for scientific reasons, but other reasons and lines of investigation are EXCLUDED because of the foundational atheism. Like Evolution, Big Bang cosmology is a science KILLER- an anti-scientific wolf in science sheep’s lab coat!
Edwin Hubble, who first discovered the red shift, was not the open minded scientist following the data where it leads, and ending up at the Big Bang. Edwin Hubble knew the data could easily prove that our galaxy is in the center of the universe. He outright hated that option, as many atheists do, because it again points toward our having been created specially by God. He said this about the possibilities,
“Such a condition would imply that we occupy a unique position in the universe, analogous, in a sense, to the ancient conception of a central earth. The hypothesis cannot be disproved but it is unwelcome and would be accepted only as a last resort in order to save the phenomena. Therefore, we disregard this possibility and consider the alternative…But the unwelcome supposition of a favoured location must be avoided at all costs….Such a favoured position, of course, is intolerable …” [Emphasis mine] http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Edwin_Hubble
This philosophical choice to interpret the data in this manner is echoed by Stephen Hawking (As seen on the Simpsons) in his book A Brief History of time:
“..if we observe all other galaxies to be moving away from us, then we must be at the center of the universe…There is, however, an alternate explanation: the universe might look the same in every direction as seen from any other galaxy, too. …We have no scientific evidence for, or against, this assumption. We believe it only on grounds of modesty: it would be most remarkable if the universe looked the same in every direction around us, but not around other points in the universe.”
My biggest problem with his “Modesty” is that it requires you to build a model of three dimensional space where in EVERY place in it sees itself as being in the center of a series of concentric shells, because that is what the Red Shift tells us. Just think of a target. A dot in a circle in a circle, etc. Now try to draw one where EVERY point on the target sees the same thing it would if it were the center dot. You can’t do it.
But rather than admit that the data gives us a special place in the universe, they call upon an unproven principle which says our OBSERVATIONS must somehow be WRONG, which Hawking attributes to ‘Modesty’ but later will admit is due to Atheism. They will not follow the data where it leads, because it leads to God, and so they choose to question the observed data, and assume that other, unobservable data must exist which closes this door before a Divine foot can get in. I don’t know if you remember this from school, but science is supposed to draw logical conclusions based on the data, not exclude conclusions based on Atheism. Can you see how those two things are different? Because they are. Tell your friends.
How did the red shift show us having a special place in the universe? It just takes a little graphing of the data. Red Shift is used to determine the distance to the galaxies. When you look at the red shifts, you see they are quantized, meaning they fall into groups. On the graph I have included, we see a mess of galaxies about 62 million light years away, and then far fewer 63 million light years away, and then a mess about 64, much less at 65, a lump at 66, etc, etc. To get a better understanding of this whole shebang, check out Dr Russel Humphreys explaining it all to a Canadian. He gets to the redshift analysis above about nine minutes in if you get impatient.
In generic terms, our galaxy is at the center of a bull’s eye (AKA the Target logo), and the other galaxies tend to be mostly on the rings around us. Once again, you rarely ever hear this model of the universe described, and the reason is because the atheists in the scientific community do not like the giant glaring sign it becomes, pointing to the Creator. But don’t take my word for it.
Here’s a guy who actually addresses this directly- Internationally; renown Astrophysicist George F. R. Ellis:
“People need to be aware that there is a range of models that could explain the observations….For instance, I can construct you a spherically symmetrical universe with Earth at its center, and you cannot disprove it based on observations….You can only exclude it on philosophical grounds…What I want to bring into the open is the fact that we are using philosophical criteria in choosing our models. A lot of cosmology tries to hide that.” [emphasis mine]W. Wayt Gibbs, “Profile: George F. R. Ellis,” Scientific American, October 1995, Vol. 273, No.4, p. 55.
To sum up all this red shifting business, if you let the observable data speak for itself, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that our galaxy is at the center of the universe. We are special, which implies we’re special TO someone- our Creator. But if you really hate that conclusion, as some people do, then you can extrapolate limitlessly into the past, build your cosmology on unobserved, imaginary features, and believe that, somehow, NOTHING exploded and is still expanding today. I’m still amazed that people have the audacity to call that science. It sounds like an Abbot and Costello skit.
So there was no explosion?
No, There WAS an explosion. A very BIG explosion.
So what Exploded?
HOW CAN NOTHING EXPLODE?
We don’t know that yet, but we’re optimistic to find out someday.
If you find out nothing, is THAT nothing at risk of exploding too?
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We ARE at a special place in the universe. The density of stars and galaxies have allowed scientists to accurately predict the temperature of the universe between stars. None of this points to a Big Bang, but to a Big God. In the Beginning, GOD Created…
If you want to see even more amazing, make your brain hurt science about the stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole, you need to spend some time with our good friend Dr Russel Humphreys. I’ll post some links below to get you started. Enjoy! And as always, thanks for letting me be your Rent-A-Friend.