by Phillip Vanwinkle
MARCH 16, 2018

Hawking, From Unbeliever to "Believer"

I do not like to write about people after their death as they have no ability to defend themselves. I do not relish, nor find pleasure in having to draw conclusions from the life of an individual after they have passed. However, people’s lives do stand as examples for us, even after they had died.

For instance, thousands of years after the events unfolded, Jesus told the people living in his day to “remember Lot’s wife.”(Luke 17:32) The fact that her disobedience was to stand as a negative example to people living years later, was established by Jesus himself.

It brings me no joy to use what some people refer to as a super genius, as a negative example. Yet I feel compelled to use his choices and decisions to prove a point that God himself has made. And that is that earthly knowledge means nothing if spiritual understanding has failed.

When Hosea prophesied that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6) he was not talking about earthly knowledge. He was discussing the knowledge of God. The people were wrong about their ideas of God, and because of their misunderstanding and misrepresentation of who God was, they would be destroyed.

Apparently, Mr. Hawking also had a misunderstanding of God, and he misrepresented God to others.

There was apparently little doubt about the question of God in the mind of Stephen Hawking. It is likely, that yesterday (as I write this) Stephen Hawking was an atheist. Today, however, is a completely different story.
In 2014 Hawking was interviewed and questioned about his belief in a Supreme Being. Hawking said:

"Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the Universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation."

However, the interviewer further pressed him on the suggestion in "A Brief History of Time" that a unifying theory of science would help mankind "know the mind of God."
Hawking further explained:

"What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God' is, we would know everything that God would know if there were a God. Which there isn't. I'm    an atheist." (cnetnews)

While there is little doubt that he was an atheist in 2014, and perhaps he was an atheist as recently as yesterday. Today finds Mr. Hawking in a completely different camp. Today, he is a true believer in God.

In 2011 he stated in a Guardian interview that:

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail," he said. "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." (USA Today)

While those words may have seemed bitter to some in 2011, they are no doubt bitter pills for him to swallow today. Yet, swallowing them is what he finds himself doing.

Like the wealthy man in the Bible who died and found himself in torments, he went from being a non-believer to a believer in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. In torments, he lifted up his eyes and begged Abraham to send Lazarus back to warn his family. Yet no warning would be sent, other than what had already been spoken by God.
While the world may believe that Mr. Hawking was among the most brilliant minds ever to walk the face of the Earth. The words of the Psalmist still ring out:

          The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. (Psa. 14:1)

Likewise, while it is the case that we sit in judgment upon no man. It is clear that those who do not believe in God while living upon this earth will be believers in God one day. And upon that day, they will answer for their previous beliefs.

  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,  and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall    give   an account of himself to God. (Rom. 14:11-12)

As I have contemplated the death of this 'genius’ who was here one day and gone the next. Who was faithless one day, yet full of knowledge the next. I wondered if he arrived on the other side, shocked at all the things he did not know or refused to accept?

I wondered if God allowed him 5 minutes to come back to this place, would his message still be the same. I suspect not.

Yesterday he was an unbeliever, today he knows the truth. If only he could have learned the truth before his death, what a difference it would have made to him for all eternity.

Scientists after-all have known for years that God does exist. They have known and written that the different theories for the explanation of the Universe are inadequate. Many have concluded that God may indeed be the answer to the origin of the Universe question. 

In fact, in his book God and the Astronomers, Robert Jastrow wrote:         

 “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance, he  is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock,  he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” (Robert Jastrow, God, and the Astronomers)

While this is not an article to prove the existence of God, there is plenty of evidence proving that God exists. If only we could be genius enough to accept the evidence, and live by the implications of it.

          The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. (Psa. 19:1)
          For every house is builded by some man, but he that built all things is God. (Hebrews 3:4)


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