Skip to comments.Stephen Hawking: 'There Is No Heaven; It's A Fairy Story'
Posted on 05/15/2011 7:58:19 PM PDT by Steelfish
Stephen Hawking: 'There Is No Heaven; It's A Fairy Story' In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the cosmologist shares his thoughts on death, M-theory, human purpose and our chance existence
Sunday 15 May 2011
A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said. In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain's most eminent scientist said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time.
Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, shares his thoughts on death, human purpose and our chance existence in an exclusive interview with the Guardian today.
The incurable illness was expected to kill Hawking within a few years of its symptoms arising, an outlook that turned the young scientist to Wagner, but ultimately led him to enjoy life more, he has said, despite the cloud hanging over his future.
"I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first," he said.
"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark," he added.
Hawking's latest comments go beyond those laid out in his 2010 book, The Grand Design, in which he asserted that there is no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe. The book provoked a backlash from some religious leaders, including the chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, who accused Hawking of committing an "elementary fallacy" of logic.
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
Wow, I had completely forgotten about this discussion.
But yes, as I said, the emphasis was on the word “APPEAR.” To the untrained eye, one uninspired by the Holy Spirit, it may APPEAR that Islam is indeed conquering and overcoming all other religions. So, to those who wish to see it as such, the prophecy is being fulfilled.
On the other hand, there is another prophecy that may well be in the process of being fulfilled. I have no doubt that any Tribulation and rule of the adversary will include Islam. So it’s but a matter of sticking to our guns, so to speak, and holding the line.
There’s no way to hedge our bets in this gamble. It’s all or nothing.