"It is destined that men must die, and after that comes the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). This verse is a clear reminder that no one comes out of this life alive; not even the famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.
Hawking died on Wednesday, March 14th. He was 76 years old. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 21
Many considered him one of the most brilliant minds of our time. His views on the origin of the universe and black holes were among the most respected in the scientific community. What does one of the brightest minds think about God and religion?
In his groundbreaking book A Short History of Time he wrote: "It [a theory of everything] would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the Spirit of God." Many thought that Hawking made a statement about belief God did. But he explained this comment later in an interview, he said, "What I meant with & # 39; We would know the thoughts of God is, we would know everything that God would know if there was a God I'm an atheist. "
If that was not clear enough, he continued," I think the simplest explanation is that there is no God, nobody created the universe, and no one guides our destiny It leads me to a profound realization that there is probably no heaven and no life after death, we have this one life to appreciate the great design of the universe, and for that I am very thankful. "
Grateful to whom? This self-confessed scientist steps out of his lab coat to put on the garb of faith and claims that science can not prove or disprove the existence or nonexistence of a god and life after death. What he thinks about God and life after death is only his faith.
What we see here is Hawking's reluctance to share his atheistic fellows in order to admit the epistemological limits of science and human thought. The brightest minds of all time collectively can not provide a single observation or any proof of what happens when we die. In the end, Hawking stayed true to what we all love.
Scripture says, "The fool has said in his heart," There is no God. "(Psalm 14: 1) It is probably no foolish, especially for a scientist, to make an affirmative assertion about something that he can not prove.
The scribe of the Hebrew warns us as much as death is inevitable, so is judgment.
CS Lewis's personal secretary, Walter Hooper, shared an inscription engraved with Lewis on a grave It read: "Here lies an atheist. All dressed without space to walk. Lewis simply remarked, "This atheist probably wishes now that this is true. "Hawking probably wishes the same.
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