In recent comments, Dr. Stephen Hawking declared that Heaven, the after-life and by implication, Hell, is a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” Dr. Hawking went on to say;
“What could define God [is a conception of divinity] as the embodiment of the laws of nature. However, this is not what most people would think of that God,” Hawking told Sawyer. “They made a human-like being with whom one can have a personal relationship. When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant an accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible.”
A statement such as this dies the slow death of a thousand question-beggings. First, it seems that Hawking defines God as the laws of nature and not the one whocreated and controls the laws of nature by His very being (John 1:3). Why? Because the super-natural is not allowed in his universe. Next he stated; “They made a human-like being…” Who is “they” I must ask? Who are these people who made-up the God of the Bible and how does he know this? Truth be told, Hawking is forced into a position such as this because of his denial of the super-natural, once again. Since he denies the immaterial, he must place his trust on the created order. A random chance, natural universe, which, by his own proclamation is, “accidental” (as in, accidental human life and the like). However, if it is random, how can he do science? Meaning, how does he put his trust in the uniformity of nature? If he simply assumes the future will be like the past because all of our past futures have been that way, he’s simply begging the question. Likewise, if he declares that all matter has a certain properties and uniformity, he again begs the question, because he has not tested all matter to know this. I would like to know, how, in a random chance universe, he can do his science? Truth is, Hawking borrows from the Christian worldview to do science, because he assumes the uniformity of nature without being able to account for it. He knows that the universe is held together in Christ (Col. 1:16-17), and then denies and suppresses that truth in his glaring unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18). I am not a Christian Scientist, but, all science is Christian in nature because it assumes the Christian worldview. It operates on the principle that tomorrow will be like today and the properties of the universe are not random, but rather, controlled and ordered.
Yes, according to Hawking, life is nothing more than a random chance accident and we are insignificant. Yet, Hawking also proclaims that we should; “therefore seek to live the most valuable lives they can while on Earth.” And, we should; “seek the greatest value of our action.” This is a most curious contradiction. Why should I, you or anyone else seek great value from our lives if we are simply accidents? Why would it matter? If we are nothing more than chance, random bags of proto-plasm, with no creator and no ultimate self-worth, then there is no value to human lives…PERIOD! The random universe certainly doesn’t care, why should Hawking, why should we?
Truth be told, in the Hawking universe, man cannot live for value, unless of course, he is programmed to do so. Meaning, in a random, naturalistic universe, mankind and his actions are simply the result of an electrochemical reaction. Here, internal and external stimuli cause the brain (there is no mind, that is immaterial and the immaterial is not allowed in his universe) to react in a certain fashion, and, as a result, a mans actions are dictated by this stimulus. Now, back to living life for all the value. What if a mans electrochemical reaction forces him to believe that serial killings are of the highest value? Hay, you only go around once, make sure you live for all the gusto. After-all, the victims are nothing more than random chance accidents anyway and the universe doesn’t care. And, without God, there’s really nothing wrong with the serial killings in the first place because there is no objective moral law to declare that something is good or evil, right or wrong. Noting this, I guess we should go easy on Hawking, because the random chance universe made him say what he said…but he really didn’t mean it.
Finally, Hawking states the impossible when he proclaims; “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. 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 … set the Universe going.”
You know, we Christians get ridiculed often for having “blind faith.” So, I apologize to the atheist right up front that I simply do not and cannot believe that something came from nothing, life came from non-life, morality came from non-morality, intelligence came from non-intelligence, order came from disorder and so on. This is the type of stuff that myths are made of. Talk about blind faith…”Spontaneous creation”??? I simply don’t have enough faith to be an atheist. Freshman philosophy and biology students know that this is impossible. But, don’t tell that to Hawking, because he’s a Ph.D. Fairy tale? Well, he got that part correct, but, his audience is wrong!
The video’s below say it all…