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Originally posted by BlackProjects
Includes some stunning pictures!
[edit on 12/27/2008 by BlackProjects]
Some cosmologists think this expansion will leave the Milky Way galaxy as an "island universe" in a few trillion years with no other galaxies visible. Others think the rate of expansion will become so great that it will result in a "Big Rip." In this scenario, the force of dark energy overcomes gravity to disassemble stars and planets, the forces keeping particles sticking together, the molecules in those particles, and eventually the atoms and subatomic particles. Thankfully, humankind probably won't be around to witness to cataclysm.
Originally posted by John Nada
Knowing these things I don't know how anyone could still cling to the idea of an afterlife, although it sure must be comforting, it sure beats being aware of your consciousness disappearing one day never to return.
Originally posted by ngchunter
I don't see how the knowledge that this universe is probably doomed to eventual destruction conflicts with belief in an afterlife. I never thought the afterlife was supposed to be dependent on our universe's continued well-being. In fact, biblical verses referring to a "new heaven and new earth" implies a wholly different "universe."