Unknown force pushing Pioneer spacecraft backward
“A force in space is hindering the journey of a NASA spacecraft. Scientists have been baffled by a mysterious phenomenon that has prevented the craft from moving further into outer space. Described as a force that defies all laws of nature, they have said gravity laws may eventually need to be changed. Defying all previously-known theories about the universe, the strange force that gently pushes spacecraft away from outer space was discovered last year when the spacecraft Pioneer 10 was stopped in its path by the unknown phenomenon. Researchers for NASA have said the force could be a totally new phenomenon that does not fall under familiar titles such as gravity or electromagnetic power. A tangible scientific explanation has not been put forward for the fact that the Pioneer 10 left the solar system to start its voyage in a space where there is no solar radiation or planets to attract it toward their orbits. Pioneer 10, which travels more than one million kilometres per day, started slowing down in an area where it is not supposed to meet any obstacles. Pioneer 10 is the first spacecraft to have taken close photos of Jupiter, which it passed in 1973. In 1978, it traveled towards Pluto and reached it in 1983. It then left for a region called the Asteroid Belt, which is occupied by several irregular-shaped minor planets.”
Is it so hard for the secular world to understand that they do not understand all things? Is it so hard to understand that God IS the fundamental force in the Universe? Is it so hard to understand that miracles do happen?
“One of the foremost challenges facing 21st century physics is to reconcile the theory of relativity, which explains large scale gravity, to quantum mechanics, the world of fundamental particles. Scientists agree that four fundamental forces govern nature — namely, gravity, electromagnetic force, strong and weak forces. Quantum mechanics asserts that there is a particle associated with each of these forces… Science demands that the theory of gravity respects the laws of quantum world. Matter at the fundamental level obeys the laws of quantum mechanics where the effect of gravity is small, and gravity follows the theory of relativity where the quantum effects are insignificant.”
And yet, there is a new force exerting pressure on an assembled configuration of particles (Pioneer 10) that defy man’s understanding of what we think we know. “…in a perplexing reversal of physics that could change the way we think about the universe, … if the research in The Physical Review holds true, scientists could be looking at a new force that could re-write the laws of gravity.”
God is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and of course He is the author and finisher of Science, having invented it. Genesis 1 tells us that He created Creation and all that is in it and 1 Col says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (1 Col 15-17)
Dr Jonathan Sarfati at Creation Ministries wrote about science and miracles here:
“These [founders of modern science], like modern creationists, regarded ‘natural laws’ as descriptions of the way God upholds His creation in a regular and repeatable way (Col. 1:15–17), while miracles are God’s way of upholding His creation in a special way for special reasons. Because creation finished at the end of day 6 (Gen. 2:1–3), creationists following the Bible would expect that God has since mostly worked through ‘natural laws’ except where He has revealed in the Bible that He used a miracle. And since ‘natural laws’ are descriptive, they cannot prescribe what cannot happen, so they cannot rule out miracles. Scientific laws do not cause or forbid anything any more than the outline of a map causes the shape of the coastline.”
Here are two examples of where God reveals in the bible where He used a miracle to seemingly defy science-
“Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps.” So the sun’s shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.” (Isaiah 38:8)
“So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.” (Joshua 10:13)
The conclusion of the article discussing the Pioneer 10 mysterious force anomaly asks: “It’s anyone’s guess what such a force could be. Could it be an effect of dark matter? Dark energy? Darth Vader? Whatever it is, it seems that the Force truly is with us – and we’re probing into its territory.” All of creation is God’s territory, and His force is very powerful indeed.
Ed note: I recommend the article by Dr Sarfati “Science and Miracles” here and I also recommend CS Lewis’ book Miracles, in which Lewis makes a case for the reality of miracles by presenting the position that something more than nature, a benevolent creator likely to intervene in reality after creation, exists.