On Tuesday a book by Physicist Stephen Hawking was released entitled, Brief Answers to Big Questions. This posthumous work (Hawking died last March) covers many major issues including his disbelief in God.
According to CNN the book was not finished when he died so his family and friends used his notes to complete it.
“Do I have faith?” Hawking writes. “We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God. No one created the universe, and no one directs our fate.”
Regarding the existence of the universe Hawking once stated that it “was spontaneously created out of nothing, according to the laws of science,” Then he added, “If you accept, as I do, that the laws of nature are fixed, then it doesn’t take long to ask: What role is there for God?”
Regarding the prospects of an afterlife, Hawkins took a pragmatic view of what happens to the body. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” he told the Guardian. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
Here’s my brief answer to the big question, “Is there a God?”
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1).
“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Ps 19:1).
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom 1:20).
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? (Ps 8:3-4)
Creation has been called “a wordless book” that everyone can read because it needs no translation. The cosmos declares the truth of an Awesome Creator.
God’s presence is witnessed in the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and the sunset over the Pacific. It is seen in the beauty of Springtime. In the breathtaking colors of the Fall foliage. In the majestic Rocky Mountains. And the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.
The design of the universe declares there must be a Designer. The order of nature’s laws says Someone ordained them. Every creature points to a Creator.
The truth contained in this powerful evidence eluded this great scientist his entire life. It is important for those who put their faith in science to know that not all scientists agreed with Stephen Hawking. According to Henry Morris there are thousands of scientists, both past and present who are Creationists.
For life to spontaneously arise from non-life defies the scientific law of biogenesis–“the living organisms are produced by other living organisms. If spontaneous generation was true, then Intelligence came from a non-intelligent source. Matter created mind. And the design, order and the complexity of the cosmos, evolved from chaos. These concerns are leading many scientists today to at least affirm the possibility, if not the probably of “Intelligent Design, “even if they don’t believe in the God of the Bible.
Ironically, Hawking was once quoted as saying “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” While Stephen Hawking was indeed a brilliant man, he labored under the illusion that “science is a sacred cow” as chemist Anthony Standen expressed it in his book.
Standen was right when he wrote that some scientists have “inflated egos…inflated as a skillfully blown piece of bubble gum.” But regardless of what the scientific community believes, my faith rests in the divine revelation that “there is a God.”
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no God'” (Ps 14:1).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman