I’m writing in response to recent comments made by Stephen Hawking. I have not the education nor the accolades that Hawking possesses. Please forgive my lack of such credentials, just as I forgive his lack of sound research or academic honesty.
Reknowned physicist and uber braniac Stephen Hawking has declared that “heaven” is not real, and belief in life after death is for those who are “afraid of the dark.” This comes from the same man who believes there are special dimensional portals in outer space called “wormholes” leading to alternate dimensions, and that there are hostile alien races out there ready to snatch up everything from our fossil fuels to our stockpiles of Red Bull and Twinkies.
For once, and maybe only this once, Hawking doesn’t have a clue as to what he is talking about. His data is all wrong. The Bible doesn’t teach that Christians will spend eternity in “heaven” at all. The Bible is all about the resurrection from the dead. Jesus rose from the dead. Believers in Christ will rise from the dead. Hawking’s argument is based on a limited understanding of Scripture when he disses on “heaven” as the summary of the Christian experience. It is almost as if he didn’t bother to do proper research before dismissing an entire belief system. That’s sloppy.
Death is the violent separation of the immaterial and material parts of humanity. It is the result of sin upon humanity. Our bodies return back to the dust of the earth from where we were formed in the first place, and our immaterial souls are rescued by the Grace of God in Christ, joining Him in heaven. Eternity (life after death) is a literal, physical, resurrection from the dead, where our immaterial and material parts are restored to God’s design; we once again become one. No aliens. No holes in space to secret worlds. Just an all powerful God rescuing humanity from our own self-imposed destruction.
Stephen Hawking will never read this blog, and I will never have an opportunity to ask this brilliant man some questions. But is my faith in the power of God somehow more of a “fairy tale” than Hawking’s trust in unseen and undetected matter? Is my belief in an eternal and omnipotent God that created all that there is out of nothing to be downgraded as myth, while quantum physics, an M-Theory trump card to explain anything without God, & time travel are lauded as scientifically plausible, all the while doing nothing to clear up the glaring dilemma of how SOMETHING came to exist of out NOTHING? Is the human brain really just a computer as Hawking says, which ceases to function when the components wear out?
Again, Stephen Hawking is much more respected than I am, and his words carry weight with many in academia. However, I ask that you forgive my low station just as I forgive his ignorance. Science has changed dramatically over just the last few hundred years. Christian orthodoxy has not. Which is more foolish: to completely dismiss the existence of “God” or to include Him as a possibility?