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How old are the stars?

A comet in space. How old are the stars?
A comet. How old are the stars?

How old are the stars, how old is the universe?

There are distant galaxies in the universe that are millions or billions of light years away and yet we are just seeing the light from them now.

So many people with that knowledge would say that obviously the universe is billions of years old.

But I would say that there is a different view:

How old was Adam?

The Bible tells us that God created Adam in this way:

… the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

Adam’s apparent age was (say) 20 years old only one second after he had been created.

In the same way that Adam was created instantly, I believe that the stars were also instantly created and they have got an apparent age built-in which is much greater than their actual age.

That makes it rather tricky to work out the age of the universe!

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
Hebrews 11:3

Peter Reason

January 2012

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