How will the heavens pass away?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away, but of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (24:35.) C. This also betrays the ignorance and foolishness of Christ. Where will Akasha (heaven) go after it had moved? Akasha (matter) being very subtle is not visible to the eye, who can see it move? Besides, it does not do for a good man to praise himself with his own lips.
Answer: As far as the Vedic philosophy and Maharishi were concerned all that ever was and is and will be the all pervading space, which he understood as Akasha and the never ending time which he considered as eternity. However, majority of the modern scientists have come to the conclusion that space and time had a beginning and the space is limited and is expanding (http://science.nasa.gov/NEWHOME/HEADLINES/ast25may99_1.htm)
Many scientists also consider that universe will collide and “pass away” one day.
In other words, what LORD Jesus Christ said two thousand years ago seems to be a real possibility today though a Maharishi who lived over a hundred years ago could not believe it. In the past too, many a critics have falsely overestimated their sharpness and intelligence and ventured to critique the words of LORD Jesus Christ. They and their criticisms have passed away into oblivion but the words of LORD Jesus Christ continue to exist.