In an interview published in The Guardian, the 69-year-old theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking claims says the human brain is like a computer that will stop working when its components fail. There’s no indication as to how he knows this, because of course he, well, doesn’t. His faith commitment in pure naturalism excludes the possibility of God and an afterlife; since he cannot even consider the possibility of the supernatural [i.e., anything beyond the natural], he presumes the supernatural doesn’t exist. The irony is that even if he saw evidence for the supernatural, his presuppositional bias would never allow him to consider this possibility so he would inevitably make up a naturalistic answer to satisfy his faith commitment in naturalism – and get the answer completely wrong as a result!
Nevertheless, according to Hawking: “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
I’ve already commented on his latest book, “The Grand Design,” published just last year, in which he claimed it was “not necessary to invoke God … to get the universe going.” Yet just because one can imagineer a naturalistic Just-So Story to explain the origin of the universe does not mean that the universe came about by the means outlined in that naturalistic Just-So-Story.
Hawking says he is not afraid of death, but adds: “I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”OK, but when asked what is the value in the question, Why are we here? he responded:
“We need to use the effective theory of Darwinian natural selection of those societies most likely to survive. We assign them higher value.”
Wow. Hitler would be proud, Hawking. Who sets the standards for which societies are more likely to survive? Isn’t that just a restatement of might makes right? And why arbitrarily stop at societies? Why not individuals? You just invoked eugenics, Hawking. As the parent of special needs kids, I’m disgusted at this statement. Doesn’t he realize that the handicapped would be assigned a lower value by his arbitrary assessment? This, my friends, is an honest admission of the social implications of Darwinism.
When asked what we should do with our lives since we are here, he responded that “we should seek the greatest value of our actions.” But this is again arbitrary in an accidental universe in which we are but a meaningless vapor, destined to be replaced by something else. Why should that be the standard? Meaning makes sense in a universe made by a Creator because the intelligent design of the universe implies purpose and meaning, but the inhabitants of a chance universe, however inevitable Hawking claims it might be among myriad other undetectable just-so universes, cannot claim purpose or meaning that is not arbitrary.
Here’s the rub: The Bible claims that fool says in his heart, There is no God [Psalm 14:1 and 53:1], precisely because this universe provides ample evidence that God does in fact exist [Romans 1:20]. As Blaise Pascal noted, He’s given us too little evidence to be sure, but too much to ignore. Faith is required [Hebrews 11:6]. Those who deny the existence of God know better, they’re simply suppressing the truth in unrighteousness [Romans 1:18, 21-25] In doing so, they’ve condemned themeselves because light has come into the world but they prefer darkness because their deeds are evil [John 3:17-19].
Jesus told the story of a man named Lazarus and a rich man [Luke 16:19-31]. Lazarus begged at the rich man’s gates, where he died of hunger and want. Lazarus went to “Abraham’s bosom,” or Heaven. The rich man died that night as well, but opened his eyes in a very real hell. He felt pain, thirst and remorse. And he could see Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom across a great divide separating Heaven from Hell.
I’d never thought about that element of the story [which doesn’t have the usual indicators of a parable], but it now occurs to me that if Stephen Hawking doesn’t repent of his intellectual pride and sin, he may well open his eyes in hell one day. At that moment, he will know that he was wrong about a great many things – that souls exist and we are not computers running down, that God exists despite his naturalistic Just-So Story, and that the Creator of the universe is immune to his wishful denials of His existence. Furthermore, this parable suggests that he will also know that Heaven exists.
But it will be too late [Hebrews 9:27].
Yet there is still hope! Now is the acceptable time [2 Corinthians 6:2]. If Hawking would but confess the Lord Jesus and believe in his heart that God has raised Him from the dead, he would be saved [Romans 10:9].
-Rev Tony Breeden, DefGen.org