Thursday, March 15, 2018
The Death of Stephen Hawking and Politically Incorrect Truth
We have heard recently in the news that famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died at 76 on March 14, 2018. He is well known for contributing cutting edge theories concerning general relativity and theorems relating to black holes.
Additionally, he often made headlines in his enthusiastic rejection of God, claiming often that he was an avowed atheist and that there is no need for God to explain the origins of the universe. In his book, Grand Design (p. 180), he says,
“Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist, It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”
Here is a man that is one of the most brilliant "scientific" men in recent memory, yet he is willing to base his entire eternity on the proposition that the universe was created out of nothing.... by nothing.... Does anyone see a problem here? This is one of the most non-scientific statements that could be made. Science is that which can be verified by empirical approaches. This wishful statement of spontaneous creation violates known laws of physics. It is so sad that even brilliant men suppress the knowledge of the truth of God's creative hand (Rom 1:18-22).
A Texas legislator was criticized for sending out a tweet which said,
"Stephen Hawking now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made.
My condolences to his family."
He received criticism from those accusing him of being insensitive. Now, wisdom says be careful at reading in "tone" in texts, emails, or written correspondence. Was he sincere and heartfelt in his condolences? I am not sure, but what we do know is that anyone who dies an atheist creates a situation which saddens God's heart. He takes no pleasure in the death of the unbeliever (Ezekiel 33:11) and has a desire for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
Nevertheless, an atheist that dies while rejecting God definitely has their eyes opened upon death. He has come face to face with the creator of the universe and his own soul and according to the Scripture, it will not go well for him without Jesus as his savior.
These hard truths are not politically correct, but our goal is not to fall into the trap of the pharisees of Jesus' day where Jesus said,
"For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God." (John 12:43)