Stephen Hawking died Wednesday, March 13, after complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease. He was 76.
In 1963, when he was just 21 years old, Hawking was famously diagnosed with the debilitating motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Though 80 percent of those with ALS die within five years of diagnosis, and Hawking’s own doctors gave him roughly two years to live, he survived for decades, perhaps longer than any other patient with the disease in medical history. Hawking used a wheelchair to move around and a sophisticated computer system to speak for much of his time as a public figure.
Hawking was a brilliant mind, arguably the greatest scientist who ever lived. The world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist was best known for his work on black holes. He also played a key role in the mathematical effort to unify Einstein’s general theory of relativity with the emergent field of quantum physics. Most of us aren’t even smart enough to know what that means!
Hawking was also a notable atheist. Below is a statement Hawking gave when discussing the question of God’s existence:
“When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in. It’s like asking directions to the edge of the earth; the earth is a sphere; it doesn’t have an edge; so looking for it is a futile exercise. We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no god. No one created the universe, and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization; there is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either.”
In September 2 of 2002 Hawking wrote an article that made the cover of the Times of London with the headline: “God Did Not Create The Universe”
In the article, Hawking states “Modern physics leaves no place for God in the creation of the universe.” Also “…the big bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics.”
As brilliant of a scientist as he was, he clearly misunderstood or was completely ignorant of theology.
As a presuppositionalist I cannot help but wonder if Hawking ever considered why the laws of physics are reliable, or why his senses or reasoning are capable of reaching trustworthy, logical conclusions in determining the voracity of his findings?
The fundamental assumptions of science are borrowed from Christianity.
The fundamental assumption of science is the uniformity of nature, and that the laws of science are constant. In other words, the future will be like the past. All scientific experimentation done by Hawking or any scientist would be useless if we could not expect tomorrow to be like yesterday (water always boils at 212 degrees at sea level, for example). Atheists such as Hawking assume “The Uniformity of Nature” yet cannot account for it.
If Hawking was reading this article, his rebuttal may be something like “Of course tomorrow will be like today because we can look to the past and see that it’s always been that way.” This is a logical fallacy known as “Begging the Question” it does not answer the question, it merely postpones it. Anyone answering in this fashion assumes what will be proven in the proof, but the question was not about the past it’s about the future. If we were to hold this standard, then I could assume that I will not die. After all I have not died in the past, so why would I die in the future?
How can the Christian account for The Uniformity of Nature?
Based on the promises of God and His demands of us as revealed in scripture.
His demands of us are such that we can expect nature to be uniform or else we couldn’t fulfill His demands. We have a controlling influence, which is God, which is controlling nature so that we can expect science to be valid and nature to be uniform. The atheist has zero basis for that assumption.
Good science does not contradict scripture. Scripture stands in authority over science, not the other way around. We understand science by the bible. We do not interpret the bible based on science.
These arguments are very simple, basic “presuppositional” apologetic that can be used by Christians at any level. Not only can any Christian use this argument, it is effective on a scientist of any level of education. Even a genius like Hawking! We must not take neutral ground when arguing with non-believers, rather we stand on the firm foundation of Scripture and tear down all arguments that stand in opposition to Christ! (2 Cor 10:5)
Nor do we argue about evidences, because in doing so we are appealing to our fallible reasoning in so doing. This is the folly of the atheist, and when doing an internal critique of worldview opposed to the Christian faith, we quickly see how our fallible reasoning is prone to contradiction and quickly reduces to absurdity.
This internal critique of scientism is irrefutable! It can certainly go much deeper. One could point out how historical science commits the fallacy of asserting the consequent. Click here to listen to Semper Reformanda Radio host Tim Shaughnessy explain it on his podcast.
For all his brilliance, these questions either never occurred to Hawking, or he suppressed them so as not to be able to face the obvious contradictions within the atheistic framework of his scientism.
So today, March 13th, Stephen Hawking; in his death, has come to the realization that he was wrong. Today, Hawking was one of the 160,000 people who died (as they do every day) and was forced to face his creator and give account for his life.
What happened to Hawking after he died?
Hebrews 9:27 is clear, “It is appointed unto man to die once, and after this comes the judgment.”
Judgment for what? What sin could Stephen Hawking possibly be guilty of, having committed his life to scientific study and being wheel chair bound for the vast majority of his life?
The bible defines sin several ways, but all are clear and leave us all as condemned sinners.
1: Sin is transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4)
2: Sin is transgression of individual conscience (James 4:7)
3: Anything not done in faith is sin (Romans 14:23)
The three bullet points above further prove the truth of scripture, that all have sinned and have fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23).
What has God done with Hawking? Well, the question is, what should God do with you? Like me, you have sinned against a Holy, Righteous, perfect God who hates sin with every ounce of his being, a perfect hatred. Psalm 89:14 says that the foundation of God’s throne is Righteousness and Justice. God is JUST, and like any good Judge would not allow crime to go unpunished, God will not allow sin to go unpunished. God’s place of punishment is hell. We all deserve it, it’s what we’ve earned by our sin!
But God is also compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness (Psalm 103:8)!
In his Goodness, God the Son, Jesus Christ came to earth to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). Because Jesus was born of a virgin he is not imputed with the original sin of Adam. Not only that, but while we have all transgressed God’s law, transgressed our consciences, and act without faith, Jesus Christ never sinned in any way. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He was taking the sins of the world upon himself. In exchange, those who place their faith in Him (and trust in no meritorious works of their own) have the perfection of Christ credited to them (2 Corinthians 5:21).
In this Great Exchange, God the Father’s justice is fulfilled in the punishment of Christ. Furthermore, God’s mercy is given to the sinner. Our faith puts us back into a right relationship with God! By faith God no longer views us as guilty sinners, rather we have the perfection of Christ imputed to us, and God sees us exactly as He sees His Son. Perfect! All sins (past, present, and future) are forgiven! It is on the meritorious work of Christ on the cross that our sins are forgiven, and it is in His resurrection we have eternal life!
Don’t believe in Christ to avoid hell (though it is wise to fear the terrors of hell), and don’t believe in Christ for the promise of eternal life. Believe in Christ because HE IS WORTHY! He is worthy of your life! Consider the great cost that had to be paid for Salvation, that God the Son had to condescend from heaven, take on flesh and die a sinner’s death, though He, Himself was perfect!
Today if you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts. God commands all men everywhere to repent! If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED!
That is the good news of the Gospel. Where is Stephen Hawking today? God knows. Are you ready? What if today is your last?
Did you know Stephen Hawking converted to theism in a heartbeat? Read more – HERE