verses that strongly suggest that the
Universe is Finite in size
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|When discussing the size of the universe, two issues must be considered.|
|1.||Does the matter that exists within space have a boundary or is there infinite matter (i.e. is there a finite or infinite number of stars)?|
|2.||Is the void or empty part of space that the matter resides in infinite in size? In other words, if there was a limit to matter in space, how far beyond that limit does the void extend?|
|There are several Bible verses that directly or indirectly address both issues, and it appears that they support the idea that both the boundary for matter and the void are finite.|
The material Universe in Finite in size
|1.||There are a
finite number of stars. God knows how many there are, and
he's given each one it's own name.
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by [their] names.
|2.||The universe was stretched out from it's
original size after God created it. A couple verses that
describe this stretching compare it to a curtain being
stretched. A curtain is clearly a finite object. See also
17 verses in the Bible say God expanded the
universe from its original size.
is] he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the
inhabitants thereof [are] as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens
as a curtain, and spreadeth
them out as a tent to dwell in:
Who coverest [thyself] with light
as [with] a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
ultimately destroy the universe. Near the very end, He
said He'll roll it up like a scroll. A scroll is a finite
And all the host of
heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the
leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling [fig]
from the fig tree.
And the heaven departed as a scroll
when it is rolled together; and
every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
'gulf' between Heaven and Hell prevents anyone who is in
one from passing to the other. How could a 'fixed' gulf
like this exist in the universe if the universe were
infinite in size?
cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and
send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in
water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this
flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy
lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus
evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art
tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is
a great gulf fixed: so that
they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither
can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence.
died on the cross, he descended into Hell as part of his
payment for our sins. When He arose from the dead, He
ascended into Heaven. Note that in the verse below, He is
said to have ascended above "all heavens". That
would not be possible of the universe were infinite in
(Now that he ascended,
what is it but that he also descended first into the
lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same
also that ascended
up far above all heavens, that
he might fill all things.)
This particular argument is a tricky one that's a bit
controversial. At first, I wasn't going to put it on our
web site because it seemed just too bazaar. But after
carefully reading Dr. Russell Humphreys explanation of
why these verses should be interpreted the way he
interprets them, it does seem to make a lot of sense.
This particular argument is not being presented with the
same certainty as some of the previous ones were. Still,
I think it's worth considering Dr. Humphreys arguments on
The entire physical universe may be surrounded by a layer of water (perhaps it's now ice) of unknown thickness. This layer of water is referred to in the account of the creation week in Genesis. It was originally close to the early earth. But according to Dr. Humphreys interpretation of Genesis, interstellar space was sandwiched between the water that made up the early Earth, and the water above it. Here are the actual verses from the KJV Bible:
And God said, Let there be
light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that
[it was] good: and God divided the light from the
darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness
he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the
first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters
from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were]
under the firmament from the waters which [were] above
the firmament: and it
8 And God called the
firmament Heaven. And
the evening and the morning were the second day.
17 And God
them in the
firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that [be]
above the heavens.
For a much more in-depth look at this argument, see Appendix B of the book Starlight and Time by Nuclear Physicist Dr. Russell Humphreys. You may also listen to his June 20, 2000 radio interview where he discusses this in more depth.
The Void is Finite in size
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