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Originally posted by Jadette
I think you misunderstand something.
The universe is between 13.5 and 14 Billion years old, best as we can tell. Lambda-Cold Dark Matter concordance model says that it is 13.75 billion years old, which is what I assumed the picture was using as a rough age of origin. So if we look out and 'back' 13 billion years, the universe we are looking at is less than a billion years old, and saying that it's 800 million fits right in with the Lambda-CDM concordance model. We are, in effect, looking back in time. Those objects do not exist right 'now' as we see them. What we see is limited by the speed of light.
The record for the most distant object in the Universe has been broken again. Astronomers have spied a galaxy burning an astonishing 13.6 billion light years away. Because its light has taken billions of years to travel to Earth, astronomers are seeing the galaxy as it looked when the Universe was only about 900 million years old.
Originally posted by Jim Scott
Which is easier for you to believe? Do you have enough faith in science to believe that the universe dispersed at 25.3 times the speed of light and then essentially put on the brakes?
Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light through space. This does not, however, limit the speed at which space can expand. In the first 1E-35 seconds (that is 0.00..(34 zeroes)..01 seconds after the big bang the universe expanded to a diameter of something like 1 meter carrying all matter with it. So it was expanding something like 3E26 (that is 3 followed by 26 zeroes) times faster than the speed of light! And that includes the matter that was just sitting there at rest in space. Although it is not moving relative to space (whatever that means), a piece of matter can be increasing its distance from another piece of matter at speeds much faster than the speed of light if the space is expanding rapidly enough.
Does it take more faith to believe in God?
You decide. It makes a difference in your life.
Originally posted by OmegaPoint
Since you cannot get something from nothing, there was a creator.
The first cause argument also leads to a creator, if you believe in causation that is.
Then there's the anthropic principal, also leads to God.
What is wrong or illogical with the concept of the infinite causality chain ???