Universe run down and coming to its end according to reports in ScienceDaily 27 January 2010 and ABC News in Science 8 October 2010. Chas Egan and Charles Lineweaver from the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics have calculated the entropy of the universe and decided the universe is 30 times more run down than previously thought. Egan explained: “The universe started out in a low entropy state and, in accordance with the second law of thermodynamics, the entropy has been increasing ever since. This is important because the amount of energy available to life in the universe, including terrestrial life, depends on the entropy of the universe. We’d like to know how much energy will be available to life forms anywhere in the universe, and where this energy is. The first step in this procedure was to determine the entropy of the universe. That is what we did. The next step in the research is to work out how close the universe is to maximum entropy, how much entropy is being produced and how much time is left before the universe and all life in it dies in the inevitable heat death.”

In the meantime a team of physicists led by Raphael Bousso from the University of California, Berkeley, claim there is “a 50-50 chance of the universe ending in the next 3.7 billion years.” However, Lineweaver of ANU is not impressed. He claims they are simply imposing a catastrophe for statistical reasons to fit a cosmology model of multiple universes popping in and out of existence like bubbles in boiling water.

ScienceDaily, ABC

Editorial Comment: The increase in entropy, or running down of the universe is a reminder that as time goes on things in the real world actually go from complex and organised to chaotic and disorganised. Despite the false claims that energy can come to places like earth, and therefore increase available energy, and therefore increase order, the real result is still the opposite of evolution.

The Creator who made the universe, the Lord Jesus Christ, tells us the universe is coming to an end, and it will end with a heat death, but not the kind of slow dissipation of energy physicists mean by “heat death”. The Apostle Peter tells us the earth will be destroyed by a massive fire, when everything is burnt up and the universe will disappear with a great noise. (2 Peter 3:4-10) Thus, the Big Bang theory has the explosion in the wrong place – the big bang will occur at the end, not the beginning of the universe.

Jesus also said that Heaven and Earth will pass away but His word would not. Therefore, rather than trying to calculate when the universe will end, people should be preparing to live in the New Heavens and Earth that will replace the current run down universe by submitting themselves to Christ the Creator and Saviour. (Ref. astronomy, physics, thermodynamics)

Evidence News 15 Dec 2010