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Old 03-14-2002, 02:16 PM   #1
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Is universe endless and eternally lasting?

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Old 03-14-2002, 02:28 PM   #2
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Old 03-14-2002, 04:35 PM   #3
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Yes it is.
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Old 03-14-2002, 07:27 PM   #4
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Yes and no. But with the Spirit, the answer is yes and yes.
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I always liked the oscillating universe theory better. Beginnings and ends for all eternity...

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Old 03-14-2002, 10:32 PM   #6
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Spiritually or scientifically?
Spiritually - it can never be destroyed, and nothing in it can be destroyed, merely changed in form
Scientifically - it can never be destroyed, and nothing in it can be destroyed, merely changed in form

Hmm...
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Old 03-14-2002, 11:50 PM   #7
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I believe it is, but...
we cant really know anything for sure
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Old 03-15-2002, 01:52 AM   #8
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Modern scientific theories indicate that the universe is expanding (from one specific point), meaning that the universe existed at that point, at one time.

In other words, the universe had a beginning and would thus not be "eternally lasting".

Beyond that, modern theories suggest that there is a specific amount of matter to the universe, thus it's also not endless.

There's a question of whether or not there's enough matter to cause the universe collapse on itself again, but that addresses how and whether the universe will end, another question entirely.
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so how will the universe end then?

I guess all matter has gravitational energy, so eventually the expanding universe will start to contract. As it contracts it will speed up, until it basically implodes and leaves nothing but a black hole of anti matter.

Also, if we can't see the edge of the universe, how do we know there aren't parallell universes?

We could be one galaxy of a zillion galaxies in one universe in a gazillion universes that are all but a figment of an elephants imagination.
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Old 03-15-2002, 12:16 PM   #10
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Hopefully, there will be enough matter in the universe so that the universe will collapse on itself and a new one can begin. If it ends in ice, there will be no chance for life to begin once again, but merely a cold icy end.
However, if we find the formula to tie together the theories of relativity and the quantum, either way, it doesn't mean the universe will truly end...
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Old 03-15-2002, 05:39 PM   #11
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According to the latest evidence there is not enough matter in the Universe to start a contraction. There for, the Universe will expand forever.
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Old 03-15-2002, 05:48 PM   #12
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Not only is the universe expanding (and, it seems, will so forever), but its expansion rate is increasing...something to do with "dark energy" (different from "dark matter") in the fabric of spacetime itself. Eventually, the universe will be a very lonely place as each galaxy (and perhaps each star) will be infinitely far apart from every other galaxy (and star).

The universe is supposedly around 14 billion to 18 billion years old...if it's going to expand forever, then we're currently part of a very young (teenaged) universe.
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If you have a powerful enough telescope you can see the back of your head with it.

theres my two cents on the enormity of hte universe... although i took it from einstein
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Quote:
Originally posted by Judah:
Not only is the universe expanding (and, it seems, will so forever), but its expansion rate is increasing...something to do with "dark energy" (different from "dark matter") in the fabric of spacetime itself. Eventually, the universe will be a very lonely place as each galaxy (and perhaps each star) will be infinitely far apart from every other galaxy (and star).

The universe is supposedly around 14 billion to 18 billion years old...if it's going to expand forever, then we're currently part of a very young (teenaged) universe.
I agree with this. If anyone wants to know more, they should read the cover article of this month's Discover magazine.
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My army Chaplain had a great explanation of it when I asked him about eternal life, eternity and the universe; he said imagine the universe, and where it ends. What is at the end of the universe, a sign that says "end of the universe" and maybe a big wall where it ends. Then imagine if that wall had a door, and you opened it. What would be on the other side? I answered him with "i suppose more space", and he said "exactly, more space, so you see the universe does go on forever, just like time".

Your own interpretation of it defines it for YOU but it will go on with or without you.
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