“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your 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, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8
Stephen Hawking, the famous, some say brilliant, theoretical physicist, now dead, denied the existence of God. He said the universe has no need of a Creator; a universe, he claimed, which was able to create itself, and, apparently, sustain itself.
This is exactly why I say, “some say brilliant.” Because he may certainly be very smart, but he is not very wise, and his concepts of philosophy and those truths which are beyond the material universe are self-contradictory. He claims, for example, that philosophy is dead, only science exists, while in the same breath he is philosophically musing. Yet many still bowed in obeisance to his prowess.
The massive problem with his discussion of things spiritual and universal is that Hawking displayed a very diminished view of the God who actually is. His view of God equates somewhat to many primitive and erroneous views of God now and in the past, like the worshiping of an assortment of inanimate things, the worshiping of elements of living creation itself, or worshiping a human construct of who and what God is.
You can see this in the description Hawking believes of God in his writings. He has no concept or understanding of the God revealed in the Bible as well as what is manifest by observing the incredible universe, for he never describes any such God while continually pointing to a “straw-man” of who He isn’t. This is what atheists do.
You would think Hawking would be moved to at least speculate on the majesty of God by the sheer immensity, complexity, intricacy, and purposeful design of all creation. But Hawking instead relies on his own leap of faith, with no shred of extant evidence, to say his personal view of God is not. And yet there is really no plausible, observable evidence to suggest the universe devised its own making out of nothing.
Hawking is aware the universe is inexorably moving, expanding. So he conjectures it must have begun from a single spot, a spot infinitesimally small, and all on its own accord. Actually defying the laws of nature, which Hawking believes rule the universe, these same laws, nevertheless, caused a random creation itself out of nothing. This is a supposition with absolutely no evidence.
Life, however, does not evolve from non-life, as evidenced from continuous observation and scientific research. This fact is a law of nature. And the immensity and order of the universe remains beyond our comprehension. To think it all began unmoved, unenergized by something or someone is a massive stretch of disconnected imagination.
Yet, for all our study of space, and planets, and galaxies we have yet to find life or signs of life beyond earth. Is, then, the whole of this immense universe meant only to impress and serve as overwhelming pointers to the greatness of God, for those who dwell or have dwelled on the earth; those creatures who are made themselves in the image of their most powerful and magnificent Creator?
If this is so, the Creator has an abundant focus and purposeful intent on those who dwell and have dwelt on the earth. But do those who have lived on the earth from the beginning merely pass out of human memory while falling short of the prospect of future being, forever? Is this the general sense of mankind?
Or is there an instinct, a faith-sense of eternity in the heart of man? What thoughts of this really dwell in man’s inner consciousness? Are these eternal instincts worthy of your consideration? I truly believe Hawking died not really convinced he was moving into a realm of empty nothingness. In his inner consciousness he expected something would succeed his last breath. “[God] has put eternity into man’s heart.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
The greatness and immensity of the universe point to the existence of a majestic, infinite, unfathomable God. One to be worshipped and praised on the basis of His works alone; One who draws from His creatures endless praise and love. The god of Stephen Hawking and similar atheists is not worthy of belief, because such a god simply is not.
But there is a God who is worthy of your belief. It is the God who is! O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
“High in the heavens His throne is fixed forever, His kingdom rules o’er all from pole to pole; bless ye the Lord through all His wide dominion, bless His most holy name, O thou my soul. Bless Him forever, wondrous in might, bless Him, His servants that in His will delight.”
(5th verse of Psalm 103 from The Psalter, 1912)