Stephen Hawking is again in the news. He declares there is no Heaven and that there is no afterlife. He likens the human mind to a computer—when it shuts down that final time, that’s it. No reboot. No Geek Squad to come fix it. No pearly gates on the other side. He is a sad little man.
One thing Mr Hawking asserts is that people believe in an afterlife because they are afraid of the dark. He suggests that people are afraid to die, adding that he is not. I’m not afraid to die either. I will be gone longer than I was here and that’s just how it goes. There’s nothing I can do to stay longer. Quite frankly, the way things are going in this world, those who want to live forever are probably fools. The longer we live, the more pain and heartache we see. The more depravity we see pouring out into the world. Would I want to live a hundred years? I would have lived to see the first moon missions, multiple wars, 9/11, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, Barack Obama, space shuttles—and in the end, what would I have gained? Nothing more than some faded memories of events far from my life in most cases. It’s kinda like the kid who finally gets to stay up all night and watches TV. Big Deal!
No, it’s better that life isn’t forever in this form and this plane of existence. I don’t look forward to an afterlife because I’m afraid of the dark—the dark is already here all around us. Turn on CNN or MSNBC and check it out. I look forward to an afterlife because of the Light.
If Stephen Hawking were a Christian physicist, he’d perceive the Light of the World and would look forward to leaving this miserable human existence. He is a sad little man to think that this is all there is. He will be sadder still to get to the other side and to realize that his intellect blinded him into thinking this is the light and that the”afterlife” is really darkness.