Q-If God created the world 6,000 years ago or so, why are stars millions of light years away?
A-Brendon, what a question! Yes, we know from the dates God gives us in the Bible that He did create the whole universe about 6,000 years ago. When we hear the term light-year, we need to realize it is not a measure of time but a measure of distance, telling us how far away something is. Distant stars and galaxies might be millions of light-years away, but that doesn’t mean that it took millions of years for the light to get here, it just means it is really far away!
Really, Ken? Way to show that you really are absolutely ignorant. I'm sure I don't need to explain it to anyone reading this, but a lightyear is defined as the distance that light travels in one year. That's why it's called a light year. It takes one year for light to travel one lightyear, it takes 10 years for it to travel ten lightyears, and so on. So yes, if we observe an object a million lightyears away, it means precisely that it took the light a million years to reach us.
Do creationists like Ham really want to be taken seriously? Because time and time again they display such a complete dearth of understanding even the most simple and fundamental concepts of science. There's hardly a better example than that above.
Super nerdy Star Wars-geek aside: Ham isn't the only one who confuses measurements of space and time - George Lucas is guilty of this as well! In Star Wars: A New Hope, Luke and Obi-wan meet Han Solo in the Mos Eisley cantina for the first time. When Luke admits he's never heard of the Millennium Falcon, Han tells him that the Falcon completed the Kessel Run in "less than twelve parsecs", obviously meaning to brag that he was able to complete the course quicker than any other pilot. However, a parsec is a measurement of distance, equal to 3.26 lightyears, and not a measurement of time.
Hardcore Star Wars nerds such as myself, though, will argue that what Han meant was that he was able to navigate the course by taking a shorter route that took him dangerously close to a black hole instead of flying the entire 18 parsec course. He was thus bragging about his piloting skills rather than his speed.