Stephen Hawking: Brilliant, but Foolish
Many people consider Stephen Hawking, the renown physicist and best-selling author, to be the most brilliant person alive. That may be, but brilliant and wise are two very different concepts.
Ki Mae Heussner of ABC News reports that Hawking “knows more about the universe than almost any other person ever to walk the planet, but some answers still escape even him.” When asked by ABC News’ Diane Sawyer about the biggest mystery he’d like solved, Hawking said, “I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something greater than nothing.”
Hawking told Sawyer, “What could define God [is thinking of God] as the embodiment of the laws of nature. However, this is not what most people would think of that God. They made a human-like being with whom one can have a personal relationship. When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant an accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible.”
When Sawyer asked if there was a way to reconcile religion and science, Hawking said, “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”
Asking the Right Questions, Finding the Wrong Answers
God reveals himself to the humble in the humblest things, while the great do not discover Him even in the greatest things. Contrary to what Hawking thinks, science and Scripture are not at war. They are at one. The “book of nature” and the book of Scripture each reveal a personal God.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands…. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statues of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:1, 7).Hawking asks the right question when he ponders why the universe exists and why there is something rather than nothing. It is the age-old question asked and answered by the Psalmist, who, like Hawking, observed creation with fascination.
“When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet” (Psalm 8:3-6).
Hawking peers into the night sky and perceives only impersonal nature and insignificant human life. The Psalmist examines the same creation and sees a personal God personally handcrafting personal beings with purposeful existence and eternal significance.
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