The following is an exchange that occurred on the talk.origins news group:
What are we seeing?
Totally imaginary stars?
Stars the way they would have looked long before they were created?
How does that work?
Let me give an example from computer operating systems. A modern computer OS is irreducibly (and unnecessarily) complex. A lot of system data files and system routines have to be present for the damned (whether that adjective is literally appropriate is an issue I leave to theologians - I have my opinions though) thing to run at all. During the course of operation it has the marks of history and an apparent past. It very looks, however, as though it had been running indefinitely (except for certain OS's which habitually do not run indefinitely). Now we know that this is a false image. When the machine starts up it goes through a boot phase in which various bits and pieces are put in place and a start-up sequence is negotiated. Once the OS is up and running the record of events that happened during the boot phase are, in effect, erased.
Something like this is what the creationists believe creation to have been like.
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