Dear Professor Hawking - The Afterlife is no Fairytale

“I think the convention of afterlife is a fairytale for people afraid of the dark.” Whoa! Stop the Bus.  What?

This was the statement that stopped me in my tracks today.  The afterlife is a fairytale? For people afraid of the dark?  That’s a pretty bold statement.  That statement was made by the renowned Professor Stephen Hawking this week at the Cambridge Film Festival.

As much as I respect Professor Hawking in his achievements in science, I also feel a bit sorry for him that he can’t find the faith to believe in something better beyond the laws of physics, beyond this life.

I’ll tell you right now Professor, I’m not afraid of the dark.  I have made a conscious decision and I choose to live my life in the light, the light of truth and the light of hope.

Don’t get me wrong; I am all for science and what we can learn about the universe and ourselves.  I was a science major in college. Science has taught me how complex the world and the universe really are, how ordered it all is and how one thing can so drastically affect another.

But science only can take me so far.  I want to believe that the laws of the universe aren’t just some random theories that fell into place after one big explosion at the beginning of time.

The way I see it, these laws that govern the universe had to have been written and created by someone.  Someone who was there at the beginning of time, a creator, someone above everything that we know and everything we will learn in the future.  A creator so detailed to create the atom and it’s components and then fashioned every thing, including me, from that simple structure.

It takes faith to believe in something greater than the laws of nature or the laws of physics.

The definition for a fairytale at is “an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse.”  How more implausible is the theory that life came from some primordial ooze?  Does it not take faith to believe that?

As much as Professor Hawking has conviction in the laws he so dearly clings to and seemingly can’t not escape, I have an equal conviction that the creator of those laws sent his son to die and give me that everlasting life that Professor Hawking believes to be a fairytale.

I will be the first to admit that I am no apologetic. This is an argument that is over 2000 years old and one that is impossible to win.  Whether you choose life after death or you choose to believe that you cease to exist at your final heart beat, it’s your choice.

In believing in something beyond this life, believing in God, believing in the death and resurrection of his Son, I don’t wager my life as Pascal so theorized.  I’m not that brave.

I believe in my inner most being that everlasting life is real and is mine through salvation.  Professor Hawking can believe what ever he so desires, but in doing so, he has chosen the other side of the coin.  He has condemned himself to live out this life, and the next, separated from God.


Daniel 12:2 “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.”

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