I am smart in some ways. I am not a genius. Here are my best answers.
Quotes may be snipped for focus
This is the theory general relativity was supposed to disprove. So you disagree with Einstein?
Your statement and question make no sense.
Read my Wiki post. Scientists don't know for sure. They are still looking. But!!!! It couldn't have been created, it's not scientific! The conundrum I'm dealing with here.
There is not conundrum; there is only confusion on your part like many theists.
Scientists are people. People like to be right and to prove others wrong. Even if you theists stopped muddying things up, scientists would continue to search for answers and question each other's work. Which is good because that helps weed out those who try to hoodwink others – like the cold fusion guys a few years ago. Science calls for careful experimentation and repeatable results.
So is it a theory, albeit the best one? We need to define proof vs. theory vs. 1+1=1, or whatever (drop argument [another post]). Which, if my study of scientific history reflects, the scientific method was postulated for a reason?
Proof. (shakes head sadly) Proof rarely exists in real life. If we convicted people only when we had the level of proof most theists require then almost no one would be in jail. If information for textbooks was limited by the proof most theists require, most textbooks would be the size of a pamphlet.
We have an amazing body of knowledge (called science) that informs us as to how the world works. It is not perfect
but it does work
. And when someone deduces/discovers better information/model/principle we add that – or replace if we had an older less accurate version.
How do you not understand this?
For us to survive on earth, we need all the "evolved" species. The observational evidence of the exoplanets are that they are either to big (a gas ball) or too small (an inferno).
The earth is teeming with life! Are the exoplanets?
We don't know yet. Our technology doesn't allow us to make that evaluation – yet.
Sooooo, the Big bang was observed? Please, please, re-read you own post.
If you find behind a door, a person dead with a big hole in one side of their body and a small hole in the other side and a similar small hole in the door, can you figure out what happened?
You take evidence and work from there. That is how we 'know' about the Big Bang.
You are all getting away from my original questions, which no one has answered. Bottom line, is the universe the same age?"
The same age as what? The universe is singular meaning one. We have just one universe that we live in. As for the parts of the universe, you were already answered: no, all the parts of the universe are not the exact same age. (Depending upon your personal definition of age which you may spring upon us in your reply if doing so allows you to manufacture a supposed rebuttal.)
My question is now! I remember being taught that stars billions of years older than ours become red giants and swallow up their surrounding planets. Huh? Aren't all stars the same age? Are the ones further out older (how) than our sun?
That's why I addressed this to geniuses. HELP?
Imagine you are on an island and the first settlers used all the trees to make their homes. You want to make your own home because all the homes still standing are occupied. But other old homes have collapsed so you go to the nearest one and use its parts to make your home.
Next stage: understand that this is an analogy and no one
is building anything – it all occurs via natural processes. Last stage (barring a lack of understanding on your part): replace the 'island' with universe and 'homes' with stars.