“There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
There’s really no surprise here. This statement is simply the logical conclusion of Professor Hawking’s naturalistic world-view. No God, no divine revelation, no supernatural, no eternity, no heaven.
What stands out is how frankly he expresses the view of humanity that accompanies this view. The article states, “In an interview published Monday in The Guardian newspaper, the 69-year-old says the human brain is a like a computer that will stop working when its components fail.” The human brain and body is nothing more than a machine guided by a computer.
This view of human existence is disconcerting. Imagine the ramifications. Abortions suddenly make sense. So does euthanasia and selective breeding. It stands any ethical decisions related to the human body on their head. The consequences are disturbing.
Though AOL seems to find it unusual (filed under “weird news”), this understanding of the human mind, body, and consequently existence is merely being logically consistent with the basic belief of naturalism that there is nothing supernatural or divine. Nothing exists outside of the natural world, and science has an explanation for it all Man has no spirit or soul – he is a machine controlled by a computer which is guided solely by electric pulses and patterns.
At least Professor Hawkings is being honest about his views. What is less commendable are those who profess a belief in God/heaven/supernatural while living by a predominantly secular world view. Or, those who claim a Christian world-view yet espouse beliefs in blatant contradiction to it.
Christians should carefully and continually evaluate the basic presuppositions of the positions they hold. They may find that their actions and opinions are in contradiction to their professed foundational Christian principles.