Stephen Hawking’s big mystery

Stephen HawkingIt is said that Stephen Hawking knows more about the universe than almost any other person to ever walk the planet. His accomplishments are legendary. Yet some answers still escape even him.

  • When asked by ABC News’ Diane Sawyer which is the biggest mystery he would like solved, he said, ‘I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something greater than nothing.’ 1
  • Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking‘ is a Discovery Channel TV mini-series written by him. A problem he raised was, ‘exactly what triggered life here is still a mystery.’  2
  • Stephen Hawking wrote a book with Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design, in which it is claimed that ‘because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.’ 3  Laws of nature only come into effect after creation, it cannot create. Another scientist, Lawrence M Krauss, wrote a book ‘Why is there something rather than nothing, A Universe from Nothing.’  The notable evolutionist and well known atheist, Dr Richard Dawkins wrote in the afterword: Krauss believes that nothing is something. 4

So the origin of the universe and life on earth has not yet been solved by science. If Stephen Hawking, with his brilliant brain, and years of study and meditating on it, has not solved it, who will? Yet Hawking claims that science will win (it is no secret that Hawking has no faith in either the Bible or God.): ‘There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.’ 5

The question Stephen Hawking is asking, has nothing to do with science. Science has to do with what can be observed, and repeatedly tested by experiments.  That excludes the origins issue. How can one repeatedly test how the universe came into existence? How can science explain the reason the universe exists? Is it illogical to say it happened by chance? Why would that happen? Is such science logical and rational?

This is one of the issues we want to explore. How irrational is belief in creation by God? Why do people deny it is the truth, but they cannot agree on the basics? The Bible says God created the universe (Genesis 1:14-18). 6  We want to explore what science has revealed about the universe, and what conclusions we can draw from Genesis 1:14-18.

We want to know why the origin of the universe is so fascinating, but for sceptics any other answer than the Bible’s will do.

References

  1. http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Technology/stephen-hawking-religion-science-win/story?id=10830164.
  2. http://creation.com/stephen-hawking -aliens.
  3. Cited by J C Lennox, God and Stephen Hawking, location 120 of 1361 in e-book.
  4. http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/02/what_part_of_no056761.html
  5. http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Technology/stephen-hawking-religion-science-win/story?id=10830164, p2
  6. “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so. God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.”

The two sides of the coin

Two sides of the coinGuy P Harrison wrote a book, ’50 Simple Questions for every christian.

We respect his attitude. His basic civility is demonstrated by the following quotes:

  • This book is not an attack on Christian people.
  • My goal is to help Christians gain a better understanding of why, after two thousand years, the majority of the world is still unconvinced by the basic claims of their religion.’ 2
  • This book presents a skeptics perspective, the view many Christians never hear.’ 3
  • Those looking for a cliched or cartoonish angry atheist attack on crazy Christians will have to keep looking, because they won’t find it here. While I pull no punches in explaining many of the reasons why I and so many others remain unconvinced of Christianity’s claims, I have no interest in scoring debate points or attempting to make myself feel intellectually superior to anyone.4

Despite his good attitude, make no mistake about his intention.  It is to make atheists, to convert Bible believers into Bible doubters. He considers faith in the Bible as irrational, illogical and unscientific.

Our research into the Bible and God’s Plan for man lead us to exactly the opposite conclusion. So we present the other side of the coin. To us the Bible is rational, logical and scientific. An example of the kind of strategy that is used against the Bible, is to claim that it has thousands of errors. Seldom does the critic give the list of errors, or mention that there are other opinions.

Dick Wilson studied especially the Old Testament, and knew at least 25 ancient languages and dialects.  He concluded,

  • I have made it an invariable habit never to accept an objection to a statement of the Old Testament without subjecting it to a most thorough investigation, linguistically and factually.’ 5 
  • In my conclusion, let me reiterate my conviction that no one knows enough to show that the true text of the Old Testament in its true interpretation is not true.’ 6

We are skeptical of the opinions of skeptics who say they are rational, logical and scientific when they criticise the Bible. We have found that the Bible is a logical, understandable book with a magnificent message, and it has no reason to hide its face in the sand when it comes to science.

References

  1. Guy P Harrison, Prometheus Books, 2013, location 110 of 5739, e book.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid, location 116 of 5739.
  4. Ibid, location 130 of 5739.
  5. R D Wilson, A Scientific Investigation of the Old Testament, Moody Press, Chicago, 1959, p 20.
  6. Ibid, p 13.

Why we write

Why we writeIn the debate between evolution and creation, the Bible (an old book of at least 2,000 years), has a prominent place, because it has much to say about the origin and development of the universe and life on earth.

Almost from the beginning the Bible was controversial. Many denied that it was the truth, while many more claimed it was the true words of an invisible God with a very important message to man. Thousands of books lauded its amazing content, while many others denounced it as forgery or fraud.

Today numerous people believe the words of one of the characters in Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, ‘The Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of God.’ 1  Atheists loath the Bible, evolutionists think it is a myth, other religions regard it is a fraud, while countless followers of Christ are confused about what to believe and what not. Even many theological colleges no longer teach the eternal value of the Bible and
deny that it is the true Word of God.

What do we propose to do? 

We like to define concepts and expose some reasons for things we see in society. For example:

  • Why is there such an assault on the faith of millions of Bible believers?
  • Why is the Bible singled out for pernicious comments and aggressive tactics to silence it?

Anybody who proposes either that the Bible is the truth, or that evolution or atheism is logical, rational and scientific must at least present evidence that is:

  • Comprehensive
  • Consistent
  • Logical and understandable.

One cannot include, exclude, or use certain parts selectively (cherry picking). When we discuss the Bible, we understand it begins with Genesis 1 and ends with Revelation 22. All 66 books contribute to the message of God’s Kingdom plans for man. It gives a logical, understandable revelation from God. The same applies to cosmology, geology and biology. The explanations given by evolutionists should be scientifically supported. If only part of the issue is discussed, are we dealing with a cover-up, deceit or lies?

One cannot claim how life began and that it all makes sense, but you have to accept it by faith. The facts (of natural laws) must agree, or give legitimacy to the faith. In our times it is irrational to expect from especially the younger generation to  believe in the Bible by faith alone. There are too many voices yelling that it is not true.

One of the disadvantages of teaching evolution in schools, and not allowing any serious dissent or discussion, is that young people have lost their ability to think rationally and logically. We aim to demonstrate that the Bible is not some vague, mythical, fairy tale kind of a book, but a book that teaches about real life, and that the decisions we make here have consequences.

References

  1. D Brown, Da Vinci Code, Corgi Books, 2004, p 312, paperback edition.