If it Looks Like a Galaxy

Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

(Nehemiah 9:6) KJV

Galaxies, in terms of the scientific definition, don’t exist. The things that we call galaxies are ULM (unknown luminous matter), which consists of predominantly CFM (crystalline firmament material).

If it looks like a galaxy, it must be a galaxy. But what is galaxy but a word used to refer to the definition of a phenomenon which is an inductive rationalization of a premise of the popular science narrative (SciPop)? The stars are observed to be minute specks or swirls of minute specks. We don’t know what they are. When a star is shown to be a gravitationally bound cluster of minute specks they’re given the name galaxy.

We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

Burn the Witch!

There’s a scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail when some villagers claim they’ve found a witch and they want to burn her.

That’s a Fair Cop

When asked how they know she’s a witch, they reply, because she looks like one. Astronomy, where words define unknown phenomena, is the same.

A galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter. The word galaxy is derived from the Greek galaxias (γαλαξίας), literally “milky”, a reference to the Milky Way. Galaxies range in size from dwarfs with just a few hundred million (108) stars to giants with one hundred trillion (1014) stars, each orbiting its galaxy’s center of mass.

– Galaxy, definition (Wikipedia)

We can define the word galaxy as “a system of millions or billions of stars, together with gas and dust, held together by gravitational attraction“. However, there’s no way to prove that the definition of the word is the nature of the object we observe. We’re allowing a word to define a thing. The definition of the word has been designed to fit a requirement of our paradigm.

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

Sir Isaac Newton aptly described the situation in Principia Mathematica. Newton paved the way for SciPop to make up definitions of arbitrary words which then define the phenomena to which they’re applied.

And if the meaning of words is to be determined by their use, then by the names time, space, place and motion, their measures are properly to be understood; and the expression will be unusual, and purely mathematical, if the measured quantities themselves were meant. Upon which account, they do strain the sacred writing, who there interpret those words for the measured quantities.

– Sir Isaac Newton, Principia Mathematica p. 81-82
– Sir Isaac Newton on the Meaning of Words

You can call a speck of light a galaxy then use the definition to define its parameters without knowing the parameters.

– Sir Isaac Newton, paraphrased


  1. Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
    • believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
  2. confess your sin.

Applying an arbitrary word with an imputed meaning doesn’t define the phenomenon. As Newton says, if the measures are to properly understood, and all that we can measure is the light that we can see, then we don’t know what the swirls of specks are. However, if we’ve decided what we want to believe about the specks, and imputed this meaning as being the definition of a word, then the word tells us what the thing is. By giving a word the meaning that we want to use it for, it may indeed strain the sacred writings but not because they’re wrong, because we’ve chosen a definition for our word which doesn’t align with them.

The real problem is that the words star and sun are used as synonyms, so a gravitationally bound cluster of stars is, by extension, a gravitationally bound cluster of suns. The Bible makes it very clear that the sun is unique and it’s not the same as a star. Therefore the definition of the word galaxy is bogus. It’s another example of the use of an Atheist Deity: Synonymy.

The reason for creation is the manifestation of sentient life with free will.

– The Reason for Creation

It’s a leap of faith to believe that an unknown phenomenon, a swirl of specks, has the nature of a word we define to be what our theory needs. We designed a concept, and gave it a name, specifically to fit the SciPop paradigm. However, the hypothesis that stars are distant galaxies is untestable so it’s not scientific.

The hope in this case is that if we call a swirl of specks a galaxy, and then define galaxy as: a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter; then no one will know that a galaxy is really just a swirl of specks.

The word galaxy is applied to swirls of specks of unknown luminous material (ULM). If the same swirl of specks is a spiraling cloud of crystalline firmament material (CFM) the size of a football field in the Kuiper Belt, it’s not nearly so far away. This phenomena is known as the geometry of despair. The stars shine brightly because they’re reflecting the light of the sun.


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