No, I’m not an astronomer, astrophysicist, or UFO expert. But I am intrigued by reading some reports of recent research and theories about the “Dark Ages” of our universe. No, we’re not talking about the period on earth about a thousand years ago. We’re talking about a period in the universe potentially billions of years ago. (Already someone is crying, “foul.” “I thought you were a Bible-believing Christian, and you’re saying the universe is billions of years old.” Just hold on, okay? We might all be able to learn a few more things before any of us are done.)
Apparently, scientists are learning that after the initial creation of the universe there was a fog permeating the cosmos. This fog consisted of neutral hydrogen atoms. This would have made it nearly impossible for light to proceed/pass. Here’s an excerpt from an article that explains this a bit more:
“When the universe was only 780 million years old, this neutral hydrogen was quite abundant, filling from 10 to 50 percent of the universe’s volume. But only 200 million years later, the amount of neutral hydrogen had dropped to a very low-level, similar to what we see today. It seems that reionization must have happened quicker than astronomers previously thought.”
There are several theories concerning what happened way back to clear the fog in the universe. This “reionization” apparently happened quickly, bringing about sudden changes regarding the freedom for light to travel/proceed within the universe.
At this point I think it is interesting to consider the first three verses of the Bible:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3 NASB)
Some folks have suggested a “gap” theory between Genesis 1:1-2 and 1:3. Possibly millions or billions of years could have occured between the periods depicted by those verses. Even Biblical literalists should be able to acknowledge this. Skeptics have long poked fun at the Bible for not having “light” showing up until verse 3 in the creation account. But scientists today are telling us that light was apparently locked in by cosmic fog…until something very quickly changed the atmosphere of the early cosmos so that light could proceed. Go figure.
I’m not trying to make any huge statements about science or even about my/your approach to the Bible. But what I will say is that the research that I’ve been reading about has made me realize yet again that there’s a ton more to learn both about the universe, the Bible, and the Author of both.
What I’ve been reflecting on in this post causes my heart and mind to flow out in worship of Almighty God. He is God and there is no other. He upholds all things by the word of His power. The Psalmist, without a doubt, was saying far more than he comprehended at the time, as he penned:
For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Psalm 36:9
But he understood one thing: there are things we can/will never know…unless God turns the light on for us. May He turn the light on in our darkness today. Amen.