I am doing a thought experiment. Keep in mind that I am not a mathematician and have never taken a physics class, so excuse me if this comes off as a "dumb" question. Is it possible that mass could cause space to spread, instead of bend/stretch? So, for instance, gravity could be like water in some ways as it causes ripples in space time, but perhaps large bodies spread space, so a planet would expand the space around it, and in the process of doing so, it would not be equivalent to the mass of the object. Space wouldn't spread or expand in an equal amount to the mass, the ripples would cause it to spread out more than the mass of the object. If this were true, wouldn't it eliminate the need for Dark Energy?