The universe is expanding since it's initial moment of creation in the big-bang event. Since this discovery there has been speculation as to whether it will expand forever or somehow come to a halt and reverse course under the pull of it's mutual gravity. This would result in a so called "big-crunch" where the universe would implode back into a point of zero volume and infinite density and mass-energy. However, since 1998 it has been determined that the expansion of the universe is actually accelerating due to the presence of a mysterious force called dark energy, the nature of which is unknown. The expansion of the universe is not the movement of galaxies apart from one another through space, it is the stretching of space itself, or more precisely space-time, in which the galaxies are located. The analogy is the expansion of the surface of a balloon as an agent inflates it. Galaxies drawn in 2 dimensions on the surface of the balloon will stretch in and of themselves and stretch apart from one another but will remain the same size compared to one another.

Should this come as any surprise really before the reality of God and His creation. In this case He is the agent inflating the balloon. He began the process at the big bang creation event and is continually creating the universe at each moment in time. God the Father is the Creator Who through His Eternal Word, the Son, creates the universe through the breath of the Holy Spirit (Gen 1:2). This mysterious dark energy is the continuation of the initial creation event. A better term for it might be the energy of the uncreated light. It is the Love of God Himself whom all things have their being (Acts:17:28). Most astonishing of all is that at the summit of this creation lies humankind, made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26), having both a material and a spiritual nature, made for a time less than the angels but destined through Christ to share in the nature of God by grace. As the universe accelerates outward, it almost seems to be striving to reach something over the cosmic horizon, with mankind at it's summit. "We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now;  and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies". (Romans 8:22-23).  What appears as a final death for the universe as it seemingly expands forever, would be better seen as a movement towards re-birth in the New Heavens and the New Earth (Rev 21:1). For through Christs death has been vanquished and is an illusion. All is made new.

 

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