What About Starlight and Time?

The question is asked: “How can we see stars billions of light years away, if they had not existed for billions of years?”

If someone tells you a star is a billion light years from earth, you need to ask them 3 questions:

1. How did you measure that?

2. Was it a Stanley or a Craftsman?

3. Who held the other end of the tape?


A light year is determined by how far light will travel in one year. Look at this textbook statement:

"Parallax can be used to measure the distance to stars less than 100 light years away."

The closest star is 4 1/3 light years from earth. To form a triangle at that distance would be like two parallel lines! To measure the distance to a star 100-light-years away, they must measure an angle of .00017 degrees. This would be like keeping two surveyors 16 inches apart and moving the 3rd point 826 miles away. Measuring a distance of billions of light years is clearly impossible.


In Genesis 1:14 the Bible says:

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”


“Signs” – We use them as signposts to give us direction.

“Seasons” - We can tell what season it is by the position of the stars.

“Days” & “Years” - As God began to put planets or stars in orbit and start them turning, He was creating a concept of time for us.

Adam couldn’t wait thousands of years to be able to see the stars.

Light travels approximately:

186,000 miles per sec.,

11,160,000 miles per minute,

669,600,000 miles per hour,

16,070,400,000 miles per day,

32,140,800,000 miles in 2 days.


Any star God placed within 50 billion miles of earth at the beginning of day four, Adam could have seen by the end of day six.


Psalm 104:2 says:

“Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:”


Seventeen different Bible verses say God created all the stars in closer to the earth, then stretched them out as you would a curtain that was bunched up.

He would of necessity have to leave a trail of light coming back to earth at the speed of light: 186,000 miles per second.

Two Things to Consider About Starlight:

1. God made the stars and then stretched them out.

2. The stars appear to be moving away from us, but that is possibly just the light coming back to us from when God moved them.