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"Smart, But Not Smart Enough"

October 7, 2010

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For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

Stephen Hawking is a very smart fellow.

There are those who say that physicist Hawking is the smartest guy on the planet. If that's so, a lot of folks are going to be impressed when Mr. Hawking comes out this month with the statement that God was not the force behind creation.

Reversing his earlier writings, Mr. Hawking now contends that the inevitable law of physics brought everything into being. That's the claim in his new book, The Grand Design, a book that is going to be published this month.

By way of explanation, he says this: "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist."

Now, I'm sure not the smartest guy on the planet -- not by a long shot.

But Mr. Hawking got me to asking this: "Where did the law of gravity come from? After all, a law calls for organization. So, who is the great organizer? Who is the originator of the law of gravity? Indeed, who decided there would be any laws?"

You know, it used to be that Christian apologists would say, "Creation calls for a Creator."

Mr. Hawking says they're wrong.

Me, I still say, "Creation calls for a Creator" and "All laws call for a lawgiver." Of course, the only Person who can fill that job description of Creator and Lawgiver is the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

No matter how smart we are or how much we think, God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways are more lofty than those of humanity's.

So, whether Mr. Hawking gets it or not, God's truth still stands.

THE PRAYER: Dear Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, We give thanks for the brilliant brains who have been a blessing to this world. Now we ask that You will let Mr. Hawking and all the other deep thinkers see Your power in Creation, Your salvation upon the cross, and Your eternal hope at the empty tomb. This we ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

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