Before I start I would like to point out that I am in no way a scientist. I struggled through my Physics and Maths Highers at Secondary School, but when I discovered that there were people who still held Creationst views, I had a thought.
For those more in the know correct me if I'm wrong.
Light travels at best speed in a vacum at 299,792,458 m/s.
A Light-Year is a measure of distance based on how far light would have travelled in a Julian year at that speed.
From that arithmetic, it has been calculated that the centre of the Milky Way is 26k LY from Earth, ie. travelling at 299,792,458 m/s it would take 26,000 years from the light at the centre of the Galaxy to reach Earth.
Surely this must create a paradox for the Creationist point of view. As the speed of light is measuarble and imperical, how then can one hold the view that the Universe is only a tad over 6,000 years old?
I only read the first couple posts. Hopefully somebody gave this already but I'll toss it in and see what happens. And I will not be very technical, because I can't.
Current science seems to be suggesting that the beginning of the universe was a rather rapid event that had many instantaneous things occuring at such magnitudes of force and speed that there is little chance of explaining it within known scientific laws. Sorta, it just happened really fast and we don't know for sure how to explain it.
My take from a creation point of view is similar. When God created it all He said let there be light, and there was. I don't think He just "popped" it all into existance, so that a witness would see a universe just appear. God is an orderly sort. I think a witness would have seen a point where everything began and as God got His "mojo" going, things would get bigger spread out, etc. So the witness might actually see what could be best described as a big bang. All orchestrated by God as He added more and more to his creation until He was satisfied it was "good". As this was all going on during the first day, creation was also under the great stresses of such a rapid deployment of energy and matter. This rapidity gave what we see as age. The farthest stars are exactly as they seem, very far. But they were placed (6000) years ago at a time when time itself had only just been created and its limits not yet established. When God was finished, of course the light between the farthest star and Earth was part of God's creation. Even the light was subject to the stresses that day and we see it today with all the signs of age created by those stressors.
I'll not ask if you believe. But, does this satisfy better than, "God just did it"?
I have often heard it said that God created with the apearance of age. I don't think so. Why would He have any need of faking the age. I believe the appearance is just a natural reaction to the forces at work that day.