Evangelizing Stephen Hawking – Rebel Scientist

Recently, Cosmologist and recognized genius Stephen Hawking laid out his latest science-based argument against the existence of God (click HERE to read).  It included amazing science-based statements such as:

“…there is no beginning and no end and that galaxies continue to form from spontaneously created matter.” 

along with:

“M-theory posits that multiple universes are created out of nothing…”

In the light of such amazing science, derived from observable reproductions and recurrences, it is obvious that there is indeed no God.  We now know that the laws of thermodynamics, physics (and even logic) were suspended at the beginning of the known universe.  Something did indeed come from nothing, life came from non-life and DNA simply morphed into being from common minerals.  Only people of a weak nature need have faith in a divine being whose existence cannot be proven with science.

When reading this article, I wondered – How could someone with genius-level IQ could make such incredibly ridiculous claims?  But Scripture tells us why.  Because his claims are not centered around science or knowledge, but instead they are centered around rebellion.  We find in Romans chapter 1 that God doesn’t believe in atheists (and so why do you believe they exist, dear Christian reader?)

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 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. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools…”

Mr. Hawking is smart indeed.  Smart enough to know that if he admits there is a God, that serious implications will logically follow.  Implications that he is not in charge of his own life & destiny.  That humbling thought is offensive…really offensive.  He may be an atheist now, but it is only because he insisted on becoming one and so God turned him over to the darkening of his mind.  He was indeed a genius, but now Scripture tells us he is simply a fool.  Christian reader, does your evangelism and discussions with others reflect the biblical view that no one is a natural atheist?  It should!  Preach the law of God and the good news of the atonement offered by Christ!  It is the only thing that shows man his sin, pricks the conscience and has God’s endorsement of being the “power of God unto salvation.”

If you were able to meet with Stephen Hawking today, would you argue science with him?  Or preach the gospel?  It is quiet obvious that he has discarded his massive intellect in order to rebel against God, so what good will your scientific musings do?  If you ever get to meet him, or someone like him, don’t discuss science, preach what Jesus told you to preach, “Repentance and the forgiveness of sins” in His name (see Luke 24).

Preach the Word!

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7 Comments on “Evangelizing Stephen Hawking – Rebel Scientist”

  1. www.awatchmanonthewall.blogspot.com Says:

    Stephen Hawking does not have to go to heaven, BUT he cannot and he will not stay here.

    Preach the Word, be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

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  2. Kris Says:

    ‘When I came to you brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God……my message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.’ 1 Cor 2:1,4

    I am sorely tempted at times, to try to meet wits with wits….I think I have this impulse more from pride than believing I can convince one that my argument should win.

    Let man follow his folly until he can bear it no more, and then with love and humility, tell him about the foolishness of the cross. Until then– they can not hear, nor see.

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  3. Allallt Says:

    I have for you a reading list:
    The article you yourself linked. Seriously, read it again. Double check what Hawking say about the steady-state universe and galaxies appearing out of nothing.

    The Wikipedia page on M-theory. Okay, it annoys me that Hawking still does lectures now that his disease means he oversimplifies things to the point of them being unilluminating, but trying to get an approximate grasp on what M-theory is might be a good start before you criticise it.

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      Thanks for stopping by!
      The point of the post isn’t an examination of M-theory (or any other model) but instead it is intended to challenge Christians to examine how they interact with those who profess an atheistic worldview. Stephen Hawking is simply a good example of how even a genius will hold to absurd theories rather than face the truth stated by our Creator.
      Having said that, I did read a bit more on M-theory and see no substantive difference with Mr. Hawking’s comment nor my remarks concerning it. All atheistic theories of this sort are full of intricate details, but they still boil down to two options. Either matter and life came from nothing, or they are eternal. Whether the idea that matter bounces around between dimensions, is energy based, fades in & out (or whatever else) it really has no bearing whatsoever on the base origins of that matter. If one views that matter comes from nothing as Mr. Hawking stated, then amazement and even ridicule will probably follow, as it is a ridiculous & illogical claim. If one views that matter is eternal, then they are in the exact same position as the religious man that they ridicule. They simply replaced one faith-based view of eternal matter and/or life with another. All the details of the various theories are really irrelevant. There are really only three camps to choose from (eternal matter & life, matter & life from nothing, or a creator), and Stephen Hawking is in the wrong one.

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      • Allallt Says:

        Two things: I have the decency to capitalise the word “God” even though I don’t believe in him, I wonder if perhaps, if you’re going to use a title, you could use Hawkings correct title: professor.

        Second of all, this is a critique of M-theory. You’re saying the idea is worthy of ridicule, illogical, faith-based and absurd. You’ve gotten there by placing it in the “something from nothing” camp and refuted it on those grounds.

        I tend not to like self-promotion, but as I’ve put effort into simplifying the issue I thought I could direct you there:
        This basically goes over why “I don’t know” doesn’t get you to God”: allallt.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/an-expansion-from-nonsense-rebutting-the-cosmological-argument

        This tries to account for what “nothing” is: allallt.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/something-rather-than-nothing

        If you search my blog (allallt.wordpress.com) for the term “nothing” you also get some more reading on the issue. My blog is not a definitive resource, and if you do read my posts I recommend them as a starting point to get deeper into the literature on the issues.

      • ChurchSalt Says:

        If you look for things to get angry about, you often find them – but it sure makes life a lot less pleasant. I was unaware that using a full name or the title “Mr” was offensive to you, but as I now know, I will use the title “Professor Hawking” in any future dialogue with you. I find our conversation somewhat ironic because it is exactly what the post was truly about. Here we are – atheist and believer comparing views and opinions. Should I now enter into a scince-based debate in an attempt to prove that God exists, that He isn’t a liar? Should I use science to prove my point?

        Let us imagine for a moment that I have a box of irrefutable physical evidence pointing to a creator, and I ship it to you (insured delivery, of course). The kind of evidence that, upon inspection, you yourself are forced to immediately conclude that there is indeed a deity. Will you then repent of your sins, recognizing them as rebellion against your creator’s law? Will you cry out to Jesus Christ for mercy, and put all trust in Him that His death on the Cross will pay for your sins when standing before the Judge that is always just? Will the irrefutable evidence cause you to do this? No, it won’t. It may make you think differently for a bit, but it won’t make you abandon the sinful things that bring you pleasure to instead serve God as a slave instead of yourself as a your own king.

        On a different note, I found your rebuttal of the cosmological argument to be little inconsistent. You do indeed hold the “something from nothing” view, and then elaborate how (in your logic), that it’s okay to hold that view. You bring in energy particles, theories and lots of other stuff that simply removes the origins of matter back a bit, but in no way answers the real question, that being: Does matter (or energy, or whatever your base particle is) come from nothing (ridiculous) or is it eternal?
        Also, to say the believer has a problem because we must explain who created God is simply playing word-games. The definition of God includes the attribute of being an eternal being, an uncreated creator. That is the very thing the debate is about! The “who created God” bit is a word game on par with asking if God can make a square circle. It is simply bending definitions so as to try to make a point. I have never understood why folks bring that one up…

        Regardless, there is little point in continuing a debate. One thing I know. I have broken God’s laws many, many times. I have a depraved nature and no hope at all when I appear before the judge to be tried for the laws I’ve broke. I have no way of rescuing myself, or digging my way out of the legal trouble I am in with that court. I’m doomed. Except… I trust that the One who stated He paid my fine on my behalf isn’t a liar. I will sleep in peace tonight knowing I have a rescuer and advocate. You have no rescuer. No advocate. If I were in your shoes, I couldn’t sleep a wink, for you are as guilty as me.

        If God ever brings you to a place in life where you wish to know about such things, come on back and I will be more then happy to discuss. Until then, I wish you well.

        -Joe

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