Time is such an interesting thing. We really take it for granted. We don't particularly think about it...it just is. There are two areas in particular that I find very interesting. The first one I will deal with in this post and the other I will deal with in the next post.
Anyone who has ever heard me ramble on about time has heard me ask the question...what is the fundamental unit of time?
Have you ever considered that? What is a way we can measure time that isn't based on some non-fundamental natural system? For example, many people answer the question with with "a second", but is that fundamental. Nope, a second is just 1/60th of a minute. A minute is 1/60th of an hour. An hour is 1/24th of a day. A day is how long it takes the Earth to rotate around its axis.
So days, hours, minutes, seconds, etc. are all related to the rotation of the Earth. If I were on any other planet its day, hours, minutes, and seconds would be a completely different duration of time because the planet's rotation is different. As a side note, the natural systems we measure are all irregular and are influenced by a myriad of variables so for that reason they cannot be used as a true standard either.
Once you have gotten that time measurement system out of the way then people generally go to the speed of light in a vacuum as a universal standard. Here you have a problem. If we define a fundamental unit of time as the duration that passes while light travels between two points we have a major issue. The universe is expanding. That means that all points in the universe are slowly drifting apart. So the definition of any standard length will cause time to slowly change in relation to the expansion of the universe. So that can't work either.
The last trick I have ever heard of is the number of vibrations in crystals. This is something that we use for atomic clocks. This is a very stable natural system that we can make measurements of...but at the end of the day anything in the quantum world is inherently fuzzy, so is this a system we could build a true universal standard from. I don't understand this as clearly but I suspect the answer is no.
So if your so inclined think on this and put your comments below. I would love to see your thoughts on this.
I believe that no matter what worldview we espouse we should understand what we believe any why. I hope to show others that the Christian worldview is not only accurate but true. If not, I hope they will be clear on why they reject it.