I have seen an article the last few days where well-respected scientist Stephen Hawking confirmed what many have thought: he is an atheist. As a famous scientist, he is considered an authority. To me he may be an authority in physics but that does not make him a theologian or a wise man.
The media like his conclusion so they trumpet his pronouncement as if it is divine. And definitive.
Ultimately, who is he? Being a scientist does not make him God. In fact, I see him as another angry atheist. He may be smarter in some ways than the average atheist. But that does not mean that his unverifiable statements are true. The reality is that science does not completely explain the universe which has many mysteries. Whether the Big Bang or some other theory is accepted for the birth of the world, the question remains: Who set it all in motion?
I have never heard an answer to that besides God that makes sense. Hawking’s assertions about the provability of science does not negate the existence of God. It is arrogant of him to think so. He also says science and religion are at war which is absurd. Faith and reason go hand in hand as the Church has always taught. If you want to learn more about this, I recommend a good book by Rodney Stark called The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism and Western Success.
If Mr. Hawking is so convinced that science is the answer, then his speculation about aliens seems rather unscientific. And liberal if he really thinks that the aliens, if they exist, should fear us.
In my opinion, the reason Mr. Hawking does not believe in God has nothing to do with science but with emotion. While brilliant, he is severely disabled. Instead of thanking God for his intelligence, he seems angry that he is not able-bodied. I understand that this is difficult, but we all have crosses to bear. What he lacks physically is more than made up for by his intellectual gifts. God, the One he says doesn’t exist, has blessed him abundantly.
We all have gifts from God Who graces us if we accept them from Him. He doesn’t ask much from us. Belief is one thing He asks. Obedience is another. Repentance is the last. Instead of mindless speculation to be politically correct, the answer is to get to know and love God. And let go of anger.