The Donkey’s Jawbone

And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men. And Samson said,

“With the jawbone of a donkey,
heaps upon heaps,
with the jawbone of a donkey
have I struck down a thousand men.”

(Judges 15:15-16) ESV

The universe is both young and ancient simultaneously due to a phenomenon called gravitational time dilation (GTD). 2 Peter 3:8 is a mathematically accurate equation for GTD. We call it the Donkey’s Jawbone.

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

(2 Peter 3:8) ESV

GTD is the observation that times passes more slowly the closer you are to the center of the Earth. The center of the Earth just happens to be the center of gravity of the observable universe.

We’ll test the hypothesis that at the exact center of the Earth time isn’t passing at all. That’s what the singularity does: it freezes time. The further away from the singularity you are, the faster time passes. It’s a very powerful concept which allows us to resolve things like redshift and the aberration of light in such a way that redshift doesn’t mean that the universe is expanding, and the aberration of light doesn’t mean that the Earth is rotating. We have established several Gravitational Time Dilation Data Points.

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

(Psalms 90:4) KJV

We call GTD the Donkey’s Jawbone because of the passage from Judges 15 above. In the story God sought occasion against the Philistines and so he moved Samson into a situation in which he picked up a donkey’s jawbone and killed 1,000 men. This was how the Lord began to deliver his people from their oppressors. This is a metaphor for what’s going to happen in theoretical Physics as a result of realizing the significance of GTD.

Incidentally, if Sampson worked an 8 hour day when he was in Lehi, then he killed a man every 29 seconds all day long. That’s a mess. Theoretical physics: you had it coming.

The donkey’s jawbone (Judges 15:15) expresses the fact that it’s possible for the Earth to be about 6,000 years old while the remote regions of the cosmos my be 13.8 billion years old, or more, at the same time. This is due to a phenomenon known as gravitational time dilation. The connection between physics and the Bible is that, figuratively speaking, what Samson did to the Philistines in Lehi with a donkey’s jawbone is what’s going to happen in theoretical physics when the penny drops.

– Donkey’s Jawbone, definition

Earth is 6,000 years old but the rest of the universe is much older. Just because the remote regions of the cosmos may be billions of years old, it doesn’t mean that the Earth has to be.

The Donkey’s Jawbone

Also know as gravitational time dilation (GTD)

  1. At the center of the Earth
    • time isn’t passing.
  2. At a radial distance of 6,371 km (the surface of Earth)
    • a day is 24 hours.
  3. At the distance of the firmament (the remote regions of the cosmos)
    • 24 hours on Earth surface is 1,000 years.

People who believe the Bible are being delivered from their oppressors. We’re all on a level playing field now.


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

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