May 19, 2011

God is real, there are many witnesses.

There are those who say there is no God, then there are those like me who have no doubt. I am here to tell you there is a God. But you ask “If there is a God, how can I be sure?”.

On May 16, 2011 an article by Liz Goodwin entitled, Stephen Hawking Says Afterlife is a Fairy Story, Mr. Hawking explained his belief that there is no God and that humans should therefore seek to live the valuable lives they can while on Earth. Here are a few other quotes from Mr. Hawking in this article by Liz Goodwin.

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

In his 1988 book “A Brief History of Time” which sold 9 million copies, Mr. Hawking referenced God metaphorically as the force that could fully explain the creation of the universe. But in 2010, Hawking told Diane Sawyer that “science will win” in a battle with religion “because it works”.

“What could define God [is a conception of divinity] as the embodiment of the laws of nature. However, this is not what most people would think of that God,” Hawking told Diane Sawyer. “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.”

It is unbelievably sad that a brilliant man like Mr. Hawking can come to the conclusion that God does not exist and believe that “an afterlife is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark”. All this by simply basing his opinion on his inability to comprehend just how vast the size of the universe is and without any real explanation of how it came into being (other that it just created itself). Much less calling human life “insignificant and accidental” compared to that of creations vastness.

The Jewish philosopher and scholar, Professor Steven Katz, of Boston University stated, “The radicalism of modern science resides in its denial of teleological causation; but we must, however, recognize that teleology (the study of the evidences of design in nature) is a metaphysical concept, whose ultimate reality cannot be affirmed or denied on the basis of empirical or scientific evidence.” In other words, science is not, nor will it ever be any help in the study of cause and effect when it comes to the cause of the Universe.

I’m sure someone has asked Mr. Hawking the question that I pose here… what does he and others who state there is no God do with the proven life of Jesus Christ? It is fact that we know more about Jesus than just about any other figure in the ancient world. His birth, life, death and even His resurrection are revealed in much more detail than most ancient figures whose existence is taken for granted by historians. After examining the evidence about the life of Christ from contemporary sources apart from the New Testament, Roderic Dunkerley author of Beyond the Gospels – An Investigation Into the Information On the Life Of Christ To Be Found Outside the Gospels concluded, “In none of these various testimonies to the fact of Christ is there any slightest hint or idea that He was not a real historical person.”

So Jesus was a real person (this is without question) who claimed to be the Son of God, spent His life on earth loving and serving others. He confronted the religious leaders of the day, and pouring His life into 12 specific men to carry on the work of telling others all about His Father in Heaven – God!

In conclusion, the beliefs of Mr. Hawking take just as much faith as the Christian who believes in God and Jesus as the Son of God. Both have weighed empirical evidence but at some point you have to jump, and take the leap of faith. Mr. Hawking’s belief is just that, belief, and that is his faith. It is not a question of IF you have faith, but what you have faith in.

What is your faith in?

– Article contributed by Tim Chastain. Director of Men’s Teams for the Master’s Men ministry.