The very fabric of our universe is comprised of dark energy. Even though we don’t know what dark energy is, we know mathematically that it exists, and we believe we know that by definition it is that thread of fabric that holds our universe together. As it weaves through the universe, it seems to cement dark matter and the visible universe, which is approximately the other 24% of the mass.
We can only speculate as to what causes dark energy to control dark matter and the billions and billions of stars in the universe. Our speculation is limited substantially by our lack of knowledge about this major force in our universe and our many limitations about what dark matter is and our perspectives of the visible universe.
For example, if we consider the ancient galaxies that no longer exist as part of our visible universe because we can see them, we must ask why. Why would we consider matter that no longer is in our universe to be part of our visible universe? Does it still have mass if it only exists in a telescope? And are all of our ancestors that have evolved from ancient galaxies into old galaxies into today’s galaxies all counted as part of the visible universe, so that we are duplicating our present mass through addition of past mass?
And why can we still see the light from an ancient galaxy whose light went out billions of years ago? In other words, why didn’t the light from that galaxy zip past us at the speed of light billions of years ago, never to be seen again? Even if you argue that our universe has been expanding about the speed of light, we should be able to see the entire past or evolution of our universe. As far as I know, we cannot see the Milky Way galaxy evolving in stages from infancy to its present stage, but we can see ancient galaxies that are no longer with us. Why is that?
Again, we can only speculate, but we have to get way out of our scientific boxes… so far away from our box that we aren’t even using the scientific tools in that box. Perhaps, we even turn to a bit of science fiction, which is another way of saying: “We will be using our imagination to propose a solution to this riddle.”
When we consider past events and matter to be part of our visible universe, we do this understanding that everything that we see in a telescope is something that happened in the past. Even when you examine the moon without the aid of a telescope, you are seeing a past moon. So, it seems that time must also be considered as being interwoven in our fabric of the universe.
Typically, we consider the past as history. The dinosaurs have had their day and they no longer are useful in our universe. But what if we expanded our imaginations to embrace everything that has happened, that is happening, and that will happen into the fabric of our universe? What if time were not segmented into past, present, and future through the magic of dark energy? What if these elements of time existed only in our minds as we managed our daily lives, but had a different context in the endless universe?
There are many ways that dark energy and dark matter can twist and turn time just like in a tornado. Time might be bent or warped so that we could see ancient galaxies. Time could also be reversed like a spring that pushes out and then bounces back. Again, only our imagination can carry us to any of these conclusions. However, these ideas are more plausible than those offered by those cosmologists today, who expect a “Deep Freeze” in our universe’s future.
What is the answer? I don’t know. Only God knows and He is not telling you until you reach the other side. However, I consider the afterlife to be the most exciting of times… to be able to explore the wonders of God’s universe behind the scenes. It will be the best of times to be able to see how our universe was created.