In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5
Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who suffers from Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a very smart fellow ...
when it comes to physicist stuff.
But Stephen Hawking doesn't always confine himself to physicist stuff. Last week United Kingdom's The Guardian quoted Hawking as having said, "There is no heaven ... That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
I pretty much agree with him.
That's because I am one of those people who are afraid of the dark. I'm afraid of what is going to happen when I die. I'm afraid of what might happen when I have to face a Judge who will be very upset with the way I lived my life.
Reading over what I just wrote there, I should make a correction. I used to be afraid of what would have happened if I had not been given faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus, who is the Light of the world, who came to us and with His suffering, death and resurrection from the grave has given us all we need to be sure Judgment Day won't be a scary proposition.
Yes, I agree with Stephen Hawking in most of what he said.
We go our separate ways when Hawking says heaven is a "fairy story."
Heaven is not a fairy story; it is part of God's divine story of our salvation. Heaven is the end location for all who have faith in the Savior.
That truth is found in Scripture: the Scripture which was given by inspiration of God, the Scripture which is God's own truth. No fairy tale, once-upon-a-time truth, but God's truth.
So, which of us is right: the ultra-brilliant physicist or the preacher from the south side of Chicago?
Gamble on neither of us. Trust God's Word ... and believe someday super-smart Stephen Hawking is going to be a very surprised man.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I pray for all the smart people who put their minds above Your Word. May they be brought to faith and see that Jesus came, lived, and suffered and died so their day of judgment would not be frightening. At this time I also thank You for Your Word -- Your Word which can be trusted to tell the truth and guide us on the one path which will take us to the mansions the Savior has prepared. This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries