Stephen Hawking, a world-renowned physicist, said recently in an interview that there is no God. (Source: CNET)
Hawking didn’t say that he doesn’t believe in God, he said that there is no God.
So when I read the article, naturally, I was upset.
Because there are so many people who are putting their trust in this man for truth, and he is failing them in a big way!
So that’s why in this blog post, I’m going to show you five reasons why I believe Hawking is dead wrong about the existence of God.
If you’re an atheist or an agnostic, then this blog post will give you some points to consider.
And if you do believe in God, then this blog post will help you answer objections when defending your faith.
Our school and our government is trying to take God out of everyday life. Our society is becoming more atheistic everyday.
That’s why we need to stand for the truth, and tell people that there is a God in heaven who loves them.
I know a thing or two about this subject because I’m a former atheist myself.
5 Reasons Why I Think Stephen Hawking is Wrong About God
1. Stephen Hawking Doesn’t Have Absolute Knowledge
What stumped me the most about Hawking saying that there is no God, is that he makes a mistake that only newbie or uninformed atheists make.
When you talk with atheists, and you ask them to prove that there’s no God, most will tell you that it’s logically impossible to prove that God doesn’t exist.
And they are absolutely correct!
No one can prove, using logic, that something or someone that’s invisible doesn’t exist. That’s because it would require absolute knowledge.
Here’s an example of absolute knowledge.
For example, let’s say I make the statement, “There are no hamburgers in Kansas.”
How would I be able to prove that?
Well, I would need to go to every single restaurant, home, and grocery store in Kansas, and look for hamburgers.
If I find just one hamburger, then my statement about hamburgers not existing in Kansas would be wrong.
Additionally, if I go to a grocery store that doesn’t have hamburgers, but they get hamburgers five minutes after I leave, then I would also be wrong about my statement.
So you see, I would need to be omnipresent. That means that I would need to have the ability to be present everywhere at the same time.
This is why statements like Hawking’s about there being no God is foolish.
For someone to make an absolute statement like, “There is no God,” you would need not only to be omnipresent, but you’d also need to be omniscient.
Someone that’s omniscient is someone who has 100% knowledge of all the knowledge in the universe.
You and I maybe have 2% or 3% of all the knowledge in the world at best.
So for Stephen Hawking to make the absolute statement that there’s no God, is quite a misstatement.
That’s because Hawking is neither omniscient or omnipresent. These are the two qualities that are needed to make such an absolute statement like Hawking’s.
An Atheist Changes His Mind about God
That reminds me of a video that I saw recently.
Nick Berryman is an engineer that was an atheist since his college years.
He didn’t think that there was any compelling evidence that a God existed. But then something changed.
A friend of his began to talk to him about God. This is Nick’s story.
Click here if you can’t see the video.
2. A God is Necessary to Explain the Law of Gravity
Stephen Hawking is quoted in his book, The Grand Design, as saying:
“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.”
I address why I, and many others, know that this statement is wrong in the article about the best proof for the existence of God.
Basically, it boils down to two things:
1. The law of gravity isn’t “nothing” like Hawking refers to in his book. It’s “something.”
2. Where did the law of gravity come from?
The fact that there is a law of gravity in the first place points to the existence of a series of laws that govern the universe.The laws of the universe were created by God, and no one else. Click To Tweet
Some people will argue that aliens might be the ones responsible for creating these laws.
I address that objection too in my article about the best proof for the existence of God.
The Best Argument For the Existence of God According to the Late Atheist Christopher Hitchins
It’s fascinating to note that the best argument for the existence of God comes from science itself.
Here, watch this 5 minute video to see what I mean.
3. A God is Necessary to Explain the Laws of Logic
How can we know whether a statement is rational or irrational?
The answer is by using the laws of logic. Without the laws of logic, we wouldn’t be able to know whether a statement is true or false.
Here are some of the laws of logic that we use every day without even knowing it:
1. The Law of Identity
This law states that A is A.
For example, a book is a book. It has a front cover, a back cover, and pages in the middle.
This may sound simplistic, but this law is necessary for us to know that we are reasoning rationally.
2. The Law of Non-Contradiction
This law states that something can’t be both true and false at the same time, and in the same way.
For example, I can’t say, “Yesterday, I had dinner with my wife,” and also say, “Yesterday, I didn’t have dinner with my wife.”
The law of non-contradiction tells us that it’s impossible for both of these statements to be true.
3. The Law of Excluded Middle
The law of excluded middle says that a statement is either true or false.
For example, consider the statement, “I have at least one brown eye.” That statement is either true or false, there is no middle position.
Christians believe that the laws of logic come from God.
God is the standard for truth, and He’s the one that has given us these laws to be able to reason properly.
If we didn’t have the laws of logic, then we wouldn’t be able to know the difference between true and false statements.
In fact, Hawking wouldn’t even be able to know whether any of his statements are true or false if it weren’t for the laws of logic.
For more information about this topic, check out Matt Slick’s article on Carm.
4. Everything That Was Brought into Existence Had a Cause
The universe began to exist at a certain point in time.
Since we know that it’s impossible that the universe created itself, then it must have had a Creator.
When atheists ask, “Well then, who created God? Someone must have created Him too.”
Then I answer, “No one created God. He is eternal, He has always existed.”
There must always be an uncaused first cause that created everything that began to exist.
So Stephen Hawking’s statement that there is no God is obviously false.
5. You Can’t Measure God Through Science
Science is the study of the physical and natural world.
But God, by definition, is not limited to the physical and natural world.
In fact, God lives outside of time and space.
“Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You.”
-1 Kings 8:27
Therefore, a physical detection of God using scientific measurement isn’t possible.
So when atheists say that they want absolute evidence that God exists, I usually ask them what they want that evidence to be.
I recently had a conversation with a couple of atheists. One of them was a really nice guy named Patrick.
Patrick said that if he was to believe in the God of the Bible, then he would want to see evidence for a global flood.
A few other atheists chimed in and it turned out to be a pretty interesting conversation. Below is that conversation that I had on Google Plus.
Just click on the comments button below in order to reveal the comments from Google Plus. Then expand the comments using the down arrow.
Atheists Want Different Signs in Order to Believe in God
I spoke to another atheist recently who told me that if God would show up right next to him while walking down the street, then he would become a believer.
But the problem is that every skeptic wants their own sign in order to believe in God.
The atheist that wants for God to show up right next to him, won’t accept the sign that the other atheist wants for evidence for a flood.
Multiply that by millions of skeptics worldwide, and you get millions of signs that skeptics ask God to do.
That’s why God gave us only two universal signs for His existence.
1. Creation – “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” -Psalm 19:1
2. The Conscience – You have a conscience that tells you what’s wrong and what’s right.
It doesn’t mean that you always follow your conscience, or do what it says. But that conscience was given to you by God, so that you can know right from wrong.
Stephen Hawking is Wrong About God
I think part of the problem is that Stephen Hawking is said to have one of the highest IQ’s in the world.
So naturally, people will tend to trust in what he has to say.
However, while Stephen Hawking might be a great physicist, he isn’t qualified to make absolute statements about God’s existence.You can put your trust in someone that's smarter than you, but that person can still be wrong. Click To Tweet
So while Stephen Hawking might have an extraordinarily high IQ, there’s someone who has an IQ that’s higher than Hawking’s.
This Person’s IQ is off the charts!
Believe in God, He exists, and He loves you.