Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dark Energy

Dark Energy is a term that scientists use to explain the expansion of the universe contrary to what was believed to be a slowing of that expansion.  It all has to do with Einstein's theory of gravity and the effect gravity has on all matter.  Einstein proposed that the expansion had to slow down but the Hubble Space Telescope in 1998 showed that the universe had been expanding much slower than it is today.  Some mysterious force is fueling this expansion and that is Dark Energy. Although scientists hate to admit when a theory is proved wrong - in the end they basically say "oh well - data proves otherwise" and they give up their grasp on the old theory and fairly quickly embrace the new.
It would be great if Christians and non-Christian alike could be as logical.  All too many people learn very early in their conversion to faith bad and even outright wrong information about God and His relationship with them.  They are fed myths and anecdotal stories that feed unbelief and mis-belief. Rather than seek out those who know the real answers they wander in that gray area where untruths are told.  When confronted why they think the Church would promote bad information - they might say "it is a mystery" and they are partially correct - but only insofar as they are willing to admit their ignorance. The only way to know what is true is to actively study what your faith is all about.  For Catholics the Catechism of the Catholic Church is the place to start. As you continue your journey towards Easter - take the time to really learn about the One who Loves You.

Deacon Dale