The Cygnus X-1 Black Hole draws
material from a companion star
(Artists conception)
Contributed by Ex-Christadelphian Joseph Strong

Editor's Note: Brother Joseph  resigned from the Spalding Christadelphian Ecclesia in the UK in 2006.

"A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying. ..... Because no light can get out, people can't see black holes. They are invisible. Space telescopes with special tools can help find black holes. The special tools can see how stars that are very close to black holes act differently than other stars."


Can anyone spot the similarities between a black a black hole and the Christadelphians?

You can't see the black hole coming; all you can see is the light and matter being sucked in.

When you are little you are taken to a crèche run by brethren  and sisters, you're a long way off the meeting; but the gravitational pull has begun.

When you are about five you get moved to Sunday School; you can still see your friends on the outside, but as more and more of your time is spent with the meeting the pull gets greater and the arranging brethren start to dominate the skyline; you are getting closer to the Black Hole.

Time goes by, and the light fades, the sky is dominated by the immense black hole of the meeting, Sunday has gone, you have to be there all day, learning your proofs, listening to some old bloke in a suit droning on about somebody with clay feet or whatever. Wednesday evening has gone-you have to be at Bible class, (nobody asked you if you wanted to go). Friday night has gone, you are at the youth group, remember that girl/boy you fancy at school? don't bother asking her/him out, you can't, you're at Swanwick Bible school next week, and forget it in the summer holidays, you're at Bible camp! you barely have time for your homework. The return of Christ is so near; you don't need an education - you've  got your three bible readings to do!

The light is fading fast........

"The event horizon of a black hole is the boundary around the mouth of the black hole where light loses its ability to escape. Once a particle crosses the event horizon, it cannot leave. Gravity is constant across the event horizon."

You are sixteen, across the event horizon is the baptism pool, and you are drawn in. Now your fate is sealed. You can never leave. You are surrounded by old people muttering nonsense from old books and going on about "signs of the times", you want to speak out, but you can't. The gravitational pressure is too much. 

"The inner region of a black hole, where its mass lies, is known as its singularity, the single point in space-time where the mass of the black hole is concentrated."

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At this point, the atoms that make up matter are forced together to form heavy elements, they are changed beyond recognition, they are no longer what they were.

And you? you've married a brother or sister, you've started speaking on a Sunday, your life is not your own and you've been fused into the tiny blob that is Christadelphianism. As your light fades away you look back on your life and realise that the black hole has taken it all away, you didn't even see it coming.
Just before you  die you see the the twinkling stars of the universe outside with all it's splendour and colour, but it's too late.

The light has gone out.

Don't get sucked in, don't join the dying star, use the special tools here and on John Bedson's other websites site to avoid the Black Hole.

Brother Joe
Written by Ex-Christadelphian Joseph Strong
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