Stephen William Hawking: an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist at the University of Cambridge, who scored one of the highest possible score — 160 — on his Mensa IQ test, died recently on March 14, 2018.
Hawking said he didn’t believe in a personal God and that God did not create the universe. He claimed that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God:
The science-religion debate has been going on since science was born, centuries ago. Until relatively recently, it seemed to have quietened down, but now Hawking and others have brought it back into the limelight.
We need to stop thinking therefore that science is the fount of all knowledge. It’s simply not. Science does not tell us how we ought to live—science isn’t ethics. Scientists and religious believers should keep out of each other’s territory. But this is naive. The science-religion relationship is a sure-fire source of publicity, which is always welcome when one has a book to sell.
No religion has ever been set out in terms of scientific statements. This is why scientists are able to mock the claims of religions but have never been able to deal a knock-out blow: in the end, a religious believer can always fall back on a faith that does not depend on verification.
Einstein claimed that the greatest mystery of the universe was that its most fundamental laws can be expressed in terms of beautiful mathematical equations. Einstein followed closely the views of the concept of God as an expression of the underlying unity of the universe, something so wondrous that it can command a spiritual awe.
Hawking’s view appears to be that the belief in a God-created universe can be supplanted by a belief in M-theory (a form of string theory). One problem with the theory is that it looks as though it will be extremely difficult to test, unless physicists can build a particle accelerator the size of a galaxy. Even if the experimenters find a way round this and M-theory passes all their tests, the reasons for the mathematical order at the heart of the universe’s order would still remain an unsolvable mystery.
NONSENSE REMAINS NONSENSE
Let us look at the flaws in Hawking’s logic that claims “Because there is a law of gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.”This statement is so contradictory that it amounts to nonsense, according to John C. Lennox in his book, God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?
Firstly, the law of gravity cannot exist if there is nothing. There is no gravity in nothing. If there is nothing, there are consequently, no laws. If there is nothing, there is no gravity, and therefore no law of gravity.
Secondly, there is a problem with the last part of the statement, that “…the universe will create itself…” This is a contradiction of massive proportions. Logic dictates that if we say X creates Y, then we presuppose X already exists and Y does not. However, if we state X creates X (itself, not another version of itself), then we must presuppose that X not only pre-exists, but also that it does not pre-exist.
Scientific discoveries have caused some people to fall into the trap of believing that science has become a substitute for religion and that, as its great high priests, they can claim to have all the answers to all the questions.
Loud scientific atheism is NOT scientific at all. Many people do not realize that it is just a personal preference under the mask of science. The fact that Hawking is a genius is indisputable but he is human and he is victim to human ways of isolating himself in the power of his own arrogance.
HAS SCIENCE BURIED GOD?
Of course not! In our lifetime science has become more God friendly, I can think of the hot Big Bang theory that shows that the universe has a beginning (1965), and therefore requires a cause; and the Anthropic Principle (Brandon Carter in 1974), which shows that the universe is fine-tuned for life.
God is very much alive and kicking, and pops up in the most unusual places. Science can answer many questions about the physical world, but it has no answers about the spiritual world.
However, because of their reluctance to admit spiritual and philosophical values, some scientists do not appear to be aware of the nature of some of the questions of creativity.
The spiritual sophistication of musical, artistic, political, and scientific creativity far exceeds that of any primitive function programmed into the brain as a basic survival mechanism.
THE “WHY” QUESTION
Atheists complain that human beings are always asking “Why?” Might it not be that our minds have been programmed to ask “Why?” And if this is the case they might then ask who programmed the human computer. The “Why” question needs to be addressed.
Physicists cannot claim to answer the questions of why the universe exists and why we, human beings, are here to observe it, any more than molecular biologists can satisfactorily explain why, we sometimes listen to the voice of conscience and behave with altruism, compassion and generosity.
THE CLOSED MIND OF A DOGMATIC ATHEIST
As he got older, Stephen became more and more hardened in his atheism. As a result, Jane Hawking, wife of Stephen, who wrote the book, Music to Move the Stars, notes that although in the early days their arguments on religion ‘were playful and fairly light-hearted’, yet in later years they increasingly became more personal, divisive and hurtful. For example, Stephen was insulted by any mention of compassion;” he equated it with pity and religious sentimentality’—something for which he had contempt.”
THE ENIGMA OF EVIL
Jane continues her thoughts on the enigma of evil,”God could eliminate evil, but if He did, freedom of choice also would be eliminated. She stresses that most evil is often reducible ‘to human greed and selfishness”.
“However far-reaching our intelligent achievements and however advanced our knowledge of Creation, without faith and a sense of our own spirituality there is only isolation and despair, and the human race really becomes a lost cause.”
Some intellectuals, like Stephen, who are governed by rational thought, and cannot recognize reality when it stood, bared before them. They appeared to jump to conclusions, which distorted the truth to make it fit their preconceptions. It is almost as if they have blinders.
Revealing Stephen’s dark side, it had been Hawking’s ambition for some time. Two years ago, he admitted that he’d love to be a Bond villain. The devil has a role to play in this discussion.
THE UNINVITED EVIL GUEST
Michael O’Brian is a popular Christian novelist, who published many books. In his biography, “On the Edge of Infinity”, he described what happened to him in the middle of the night.
Michael awoke to a terrible feeling that there was an evil presence in his bedroom: a malevolent spirit who wanted to devour his soul. He was guilty of replacing his loving God with some sort of vague cosmic force: an ungodly spirit which is the worst kind. He felt like a defenseless prey in front of a large predator. He cried out in the depths of his soul,” GOD SAVE ME!” Instantly, the evil spirit backed off and a supernatural peace filled Michael—something that he had not felt in years.
He perceived divine grace at work. He now believed that God was real and that everything that the Church had taught him was reality—ultimate reality.
After a while, he stopped praying, thinking that now he could go back to sleep. Immediately, He felt the evil presence resume the attack with full force. Spontaneously, he began to pray the 23rd Psalm, The Lord is my Shepherd. Success! “By their fruits, you will know them.” Matthew 7: 20
This story reveals the real presence of evil spirits and the possibility that these spirits could be the cause of one’s depression or mental state. These evil spirits must be delivered away from depressed persons. These evil spirits must be delivered away.
THE DARK SIDE
Humans possess a spiritual sense and there is a spiritual realm. A demon is considered a harmful spiritual entity, which may cause demonic possession or obsession. These demons were angels that turned to the dark side. God Himself tells how Lucifer turned evil:
“You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.” Ezekiel 28:14, 16
Matthew, Mark and Luke record numerous examples of individuals who were either cruelly afflicted or possessed by demons (demon possession occurs when an evil spirit completely takes over a person’s mind). Christ expelled demons (often called “unclean spirits” in the Gospels) from many people. Demons are so real and so powerful that Jesus also taught us to pray on a daily basis for God to “deliver us from the evil one”. Matthew 6:13
We don’t have to scream and holler at the demons to remove them from someone who is influenced by evil spirits. One who has authority only has to speak the word. “With authority and power, He (Jesus) commands evil spirits and they come out.” Luke 4:36
Jesus spoke about demonic influences in many parts of the Bible:
- He called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” Luke 9:1-2
- “Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” Matthew 10:1
- And He appointed apostles” to have power (authority) to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.” Mark 3:15
- “In My name, they will cast out demons.”
JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.
More people are Coming into the Light.
“I love you.
When I was born there was darkness over the whole world. The people were under the sway of the evil one. Sin had entered into the world and in a way we can say that the earth was polluted by sin. I came as the light of the world, just as the light of the sun we see now, and I was given the task to drive the darkness away from the hearts of the people.
Through the shedding of My Blood, I accomplished this great work. I defeated Satan and his hordes.
For many people to believe and to pray is a struggle. Their faith is not strong with the result that they are filled with doubt. Often they will see that there is something in their life that is disconnected.
An example would be: a person believes in Me but does not follow My teachings as regards marriage. Sometimes these people go through years of living a double life.
It is true that many people have doubts at times but all should see that doubting is not the same as not believing.
My advice to these people is this: go and see someone who has great faith and speak to him or her about your problem. I will help you through that person who is close to Me.
There are, My people, priests and Christians everywhere who are close to Me. It is by talking to one of these about your doubt that they can be resolved.
If prayer is a problem, then examine your conscience and see why this is so. The problem is not out there but inside you. There is something in your way of life that blocks your relationship with Me.
Remove that blockage and prayer will be possible. Often the problem is an area of your life which is sinful and you have not repented of it.
After you have repented, you will open to Me and I will come and live in your heart. Then prayer will flow from your heart without hindrance. I love you.”
The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:
Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.