There is no heaven!

May 16, 2011

The physicist Stephen Hawking has declared that there is no heaven.  Check out the full story here, if you want.  http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/05/16/6654463-hawking-there-is-no-heaven?GT1=43001

The article was by John Roach, and among other things, Hawking said, “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. ‘I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first,” he told the newspaper.

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven of afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark.'”

Of course Hawking must be right.  He is a brilliant man.  He knows everything, right?  Oh, he doesn’t know everything?  Well, perhaps heaven lies outside the realm of his knowledge.

But he is a physicist.   “A physicist is a scientist who studies or practices physics. Physicists study a wide range of physical phenomena in many branches of physics spanning all length scales: from sub-atomic particles of which all ordinary matter is made (particle physics) to the behavior of the material Universe as a whole…”  (Wekipedia)

A physicist, like Issac Newton, and Albert Einstein.  Brilliant men.  But notice Hawking’s area of study in of the Physical Universe.  He has no expertise in the realms of the Spiritual Universe, and is therefore not a credible witness, no matter how bright he is.  It’s like asking an auto mechanic to be an expert witness in a trial concerning the Space Shuttle.  Hawking is way out of his league, but because he is brilliant in one branch of science must he therefore be considered an expert witness in area’s in which he has no standing  at all?  Concerning spiritual things, he totally lacks creditability, but we listen.

Maybe it’s because he has ALS…does that make him an expert?  No, only a skeptic with an audience.

I will often listen to or read from the works of Bible scholars who lean toward the liberal end of the spectrum.  They know the Bible forwards and backwards, but are often non-believers.  While I do not always (or even often) agree with their conclusions, I at least listen (or read) with some degree of admiration and respect, because they have made the study of the Bible and its history their life’s work.  I can disagree or agree with them based on solid empirical research methods.  But Hawking is just an angry (albeit smart) man in a wheelchair when it comes to Bible scholarship.  He has no standing.  Why not ask Ralph Wilson about the Polar Ice Cap, or…well we don’t need any other examples, I think you get my drift.

Stephen Hawking says there is no heaven, and for himself, he is right.  God will honor Hawking’s request.  I’ll bet he doesn’t believe in Hell either.  Won’t he be disappointed?

The funny thing is, everywhere I look in the physical universe shouts to me that there is a God.  It seems like physicists would see his evidence as clear as day.

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One Response to “There is no heaven!”

  1. Sue said

    A friend at work just showed me her copy of the book “Heaven is for Real,” a little boy’s story,( I think he was around 4 years old after he died in the ER and was brought back to life.

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