My question is about the current accepted theory of Gravity. First of all, let me start by saying that I am not a physicist, and that my mathematical understanding of Special/General Relativity (SR and GR) is extremely limited at best (so please try not to make fun of my thoughts/views). I do agree that the presence of Mass (matter) in the universe does warp (curve) space, but I have a very hard time accepting that it also does the same to “Time”.
Let me try to explain to the best of my abilities: I see time as just a necessary tool, a reference scale, like the ticking of a clock or the swinging of a pendulum, etc. There really is no “time” per se, there is only movement and space, so when time appears to be affected, it is really just a change (warp, curve) in distances of the space of the measuring/reference tool. I do feel the passing of time (due to memories, sunrise, sunsets, getting old, etc.) but it is really an illusion. Because of this view, I can see how the path of an object that already has movement (momentum and energy) through space can be curved from its straight trajectory by the influence of a large mass encountered in the vicinity of the travel (ex: small asteroid passing by close to earth).
However, if there is no motion whatsoever (let us pretend that both objects appear instantaneously and are absolutely motionless with respect to each other in space), I just can’t see how they would start moving towards each other (ex: the asteroid begins moving towards earth). From what I have read, SR/GR state that the static objects are always moving in time when stationary, and that is what causes the objects to begin to move, and to “accelerate” towards each other (the asteroid obviously accelerating towards the earth due to its much smaller size). And then, once the asteroid lands on earth’s soil, and remains there on top of the surface, motionless, that it is “time” again (time passing by) what keeps it under the earth’s gravity force, per say.
So, since I do not think that time exists as described in the beginning of my question, it makes it very hard for me to even begin to understand this. It feels that there has to be something else at play, involving only space and its characteristics, plus motion. Sometimes I would like to think that it is the constant expansion of space which would cause the initial movement of the objects, and the subsequent acceleration. Has anyone ever tried to find some kind of relationship between the rate of expansion of the Universe and the acceleration of gravity on earth?