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Sunday, November 28, 2010

BLACK HOLES


Black holes are described as 'bottomless pits' in outer space, in which everything disappears. This is what the twentieth century scientists have recently discovered. Till now a popular lexicon suggested the BLACK HOLE as a legendary, hellish cell in Calcutta in which British prisoners were held by an 18th century Indian nawab. Now the BLACK HOLE has become the catchword among many astrophysicists and modern scientists.

Perhaps the most compelling reason for the widespread interest in the BLACK HOLES is that they seem 'to mark the point where astrophysics, intersects metaphysics and science finally converges with Christianity. BLACK HOLES seem to have universal implications; for the gravitational collapse of stars suggests that the universe too can begin falling back on itself. If that happens, its billions of galaxies will eventually crush together and could form a super BLACK HOLE. Anything going into the Black Hole is stretched spaghetti-thin, pulverised by tidal gravitational forces and sucked and disappears.

Black Hole! The name is appropriate. Nothing, not even light, can escape the black holes. Even more astounding, these bizarre non-objects are in effect celestial vacuum cleaners that voraciously devour everything they meet. They are bottomless pits into which atomic panicles, dust and giant suns, all disappear without a trace. They are rips in space and time, a place where long cherished laws of nature simply do not apply. So unbelievable and paradoxical are these notions that they have led physicist John Wheeler of Princeton University to call it 'the greatest crisis ever faced by physics'. Never before did one think that matter could be so ephemeral or transitory.

The Bible speaks of a 'bottomless pit' ejecting thick smoke 'as the smoke of a furnace', dark enough to eclipse the sun and all that is in the universe and make them totally invisible. It also mentions that the bottomless pit serves as a prison to keep certain sinister, fallen spirits (Rev. 9:1-3). It is where Satan himself will be cast, fully bound, for a thousand years after the battle of ARMAGEDDON (Rev. 20:1-3) and then, apparently together with all the wicked demons, he will be cast 'into the lake of fire' (Rev. 19:20), where the wicked who have rejected Christ, the Saviour, will finally be cast. It is possible that scientists are discovering hell in their bottomless pits. If so this is the greatest discovery of mankind.

Many theologians hold the view that this tiny planet of ours, cherished by many as their eternal home, will not pass away and that it will eventually become their eternal 'New Earth' where Christ will set up His Kingdom to reign for ever. Some go still further to say that 'New Jerusalem' the Holy City will descend upon this 'New Earth’. To the contrary. Prophet Isaiah, who was neither a scientist, nor an astrophysicist, wrote the following lines by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, about 2700 years ago. He was able to foresee what scientists have discovered in this century through modern technology. "Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner; but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished" (Isa. 51:6).

Similarly Peter, not a man of letters, but just a rustic fisherman by profession, warned the churches prophetically about Christ's second coming and wrote the following lines concerning the end of the world. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (II Pet. 3:10-14).

The Bible has stood the trial of time and is proving what was predicted hundreds of years ago, because it reveals what would take place in the near or distant future. God revealed this to His holy prophets years and years ago. "Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (II Pet. 1:21). Even before the 20th century scientists discovered the Black Hole, the Bible spoke about it. Through modern inventions and scientists, the Lord is reminding us that God's Word is true. Let us not long for the fashion of the scientific world and be deceived. It is high time we became partakers of the divine nature and prepared ourselves for the coming of the Lord.

1 comment:

  1. Nice idea. This earth will eventually be destroyed though. Also, this idea seems to be based on relativity which we in the physics world are now finding to be less accurate than a multi-dimension explanation such as the quantum mechanics or the string theories. With much of Stephen Hawking's research he has shown how black holes do emit random particles which are different from particles consumed by the black hole. Hopefully we will grow to understand the mystery of the black hole, but I doubt we they will be found to be hell. I would focus more on the ability our ability to love one another and befriend our enemies before we see any signs of heaven or hell in revelation.

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