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Stephen Hawking — A Picture of God’s Forbearance

Stephen Hawking — A Picture of God’s Forbearance

Stephen Hawking has a legacy of a stunning body of work that is unparalleled and he is heralded as “the modern Einstein.” Diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21, Hawking was said to be “on the cusp of death” in 2009; however, he is still alive today at the age of 74, and is thoroughly credited for his own survival per the Washington Post — “But, as is his custom, Hawking survived” (blasphemy).

ALS is medically known one of the fastest killers of those who suffer from it, and yet Stephen Hawking has denied all the odds, living for four decades when statistics show that less than five percent of patients live even two. Why? Naturally, the answer to this question is speculative, since no one really knows. It has been attributed to his “capacity for survival,” and some wonder if his “transcendent… intellect” is the reason for his survival.

I have another theory; actually I have two. Stephen Hawking unapologetically declares that there is no God. His undeniable genius and revolutionary work in theoretical physics and cosmology have elevated him in the eyes of his followers to near hero status.

Hawking’s iconic image is the other major factor in his popularity. The man with the vast brainpower and minuscule muscle power. A person whose only ability is to think, but who is gifted with tremendous intellectual capacity to do it with. Both tragic and triumphant, beholden to a medical condition and surmounting it to achieve greatness. ‘His talent and intellect are unimpeachable.’” (Does not “gifted” require a “giver?”)

Where he leads, many will follow, believing if he says it, it must be true. He asserts that God was not needed to create the universe. He states, as if it were a fact, that science and God do not mesh, and behaves as if previous belief in God was due to the fact that science was not understood. However, there is impeccable evidence of God in science. Many point to the amazing conditions that must exist within very close parameters for the planet Earth to be able to support life. Others discuss the complexity of the human body and its parts such as the brain and the eye. It is foolishness to believe that either of these things came about by chance or evolution.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

Is this perhaps why Stephen Hawking has survived more than 40 years with the disease that should have killed him decades ago? We may never know. Every human is born with the knowledge of God; however, some like Dr. Hawking will use the intellect that the Lord gifted them with to glorify themselves and to deny the Lord, and yet, he knew they would. This is the picture of God’s forbearance, that He would create this man as a genius allowing him to make astounding contributions to science while heaping praise unto himself and denying the existence of God.

Why does God do this? I confess I do not understand, but it makes me both angry at and sad for Dr Hawking, angry at how he “tramples the Son of God underfoot.”

How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:29 (NIV)

And sad for him knowing that if he would embrace the Lord that someday he would leave his wheelchair and useless body behind and be created brand-new back in the image of God for eternity. But intellectually, I know that I should not rage against Doctor Hawking but against Satan who “[blinds] the minds of unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:4)”. Nevertheless, I shudder to think how much damage he has done to the kingdom and how many he will cause to follow him into the abyss.

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