Many people consider death as the “end of days” for them. If this were true, then they would be the luckiest living creatures in the universe. They should welcome death if it is, in fact, the end to everything. Why? Because eternity is not quite what you might expect it to be. How would you like to live forever trapped in a burning oven? Would you want to be in infinite pain? Would you enjoy being with yourself for all eternity?
Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that death will be the “end of days” for anybody or anything in the universe. Why? Because all matter and energy in the universe remains a constant amount and thus is in a perpetual recycling system. Matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed in our universe.
If scientists are correct about there being a Big Bang, then there was a beginning for our universe that was created outside our universe. In effect, the universe has a boundary. It may be a phase change or it may be moving from one universe to another (God, the Creator, by definition, does this), but it is a birth of a system that cannot be destroyed within our universe. In other words, we and all the other matter and energy in our universe are locked into this system forever. There is no end of days for us.
So, what the hell is going on within our universe? Will matter and energy forever expand into space? Many scientists believe that our universe will eventually expand into a Deep Freeze with no boundaries for our universe. This is primarily based on the “red shift” which indicates that most of our galaxies are moving away from each other at increasing speeds.
Of course, the red shift could also be an indicator that the galaxies are shrinking away from each other at an expanding rate. If the matter in the galaxies were being converted to energy, perhaps even dark energy, this could enhance the contraction of matter as the energy became more prevalent. We could not detect the difference between galaxies expanding away from each other and galaxies shrinking away from each other.
If the entire universe is connected in a space-time continuum with mass warping the fabric with gravity, I wonder if energy (E = mc squared) has the opposite and greater effect on the fabric. In effect, it might warp the fabric in the other direction, pushing us back in time and in size. It could be a return to the Big Bang, when the universe was packed tightly in a small cell. This may sound quite preposterous, but it could explain how the universe never ends since it transfers from high energy to high mass and then turns back again in a perpetual recycling mechanism.
I can only speculate that dark energy is inside all mass in the quantum world. It would be everywhere in the universe, either as the inner world of mass or as energy itself. So, you may ask: “Why aren’t the planets in our solar system getting farther apart from each other?” The answer may be that gravity prevails in solar systems with matter controlling the quantum effect. However, in space with less matter, the dark energy may control and thus consume the mass of galaxies, causing shrinkage. Of course, the increase in dark energy would cause an acceleration of this consumption. It might be called the Big Bang – Big Crunch cycle.
If the only force working on mass is repulsion, no matter what the cause (dark energy or otherwise), it cannot coexist with gravity controlling outside the galaxies. In other words, if dark energy were causing expansion of mass outside the Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy would not be able to overcome the dark energy within space and be headed our way. But if dark energy were causing a uniform shrinkage in size in both the Milky Way and Andromeda, we wouldn’t be able to detect the contraction. And gravity could still be drawing the two galaxies together.
The quantum world, perhaps also known as dark energy, in both our solar system and galaxy appears to be static with a clear separation from matter. Logically, matter should slip right through the quantum world and be consumed, but something holds it back. Instinctively, you might argue that the quantum world must be pushing against the pull of gravity to hold it back. However, I believe there is a different barrier than just a balance between the two forces.
It seems to me that dark energy is in the business of converting mass to energy, just like the sun, thus causing contraction of mass and not expansion. Dark energy may not be powerful enough to consume matter in our solar system or galaxy, where gravity rules. But in space, dark energy may be a more powerful force and may be able to convert matter into additional dark energy. As the dark energy increases in space, the galaxies might shrink at a faster pace.
Of course, this is only a theory based primarily on logic and thinking outside the universal box.