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Posted by Mario Dovalina on July 7, 2001 02:15:31 UTC

"ON THE PERMANENCY OF THE EARTH
"... the earth abideth for ever." -- Ecclesiastes 1:4"


I hate to tell you this, but the earth does not abideth forever. For a few reasons:

1: Earth's orbit is slowly degrading. I think scientists calculated a leap second a few years ago. Slowly our rotation is slowing down, so I expect we will eventually fall into the sun.

2: Stars of our sun's type burn for billions of years, then become red giants. When this happens to the sun, the earth will be burnt to a crispy ember, if not destroyed outright.

3: If that does not convince you of this passage's innacuracy, consider this: The universe is expanding. This expansion is constanly accelerating due to a force scientists call Dark Energy as a proxy. Eventually due to entropy anything left of the earth will be distributed through the cosmos and lone subatomic particles, along with everything else in the universe. Eventually the entire cosmos will be an enourmous cloud of dust. And the earth abideth forever?

Care to grace me with a half-hearted, desperately rationalized answer to this one?

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