The late professor Stephen Hawking recently died, leaving behind a legacy of work that revolutionized astrophysics. His theories on black holes and the multiverse theory have inspired a new generation of scientists. What drove his passion? It was his pursuit for the theory of everything. In his own words, “A theory of everything would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we should know the mind of God.”
Hawking did not believe in God and died believing that he would simply cease to exist. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark…I believe the simplest explanation is there is no God. No one created the universe, and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife, either.”
For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Corinthians 15:16-19 (ESV)
Skeptics like Hawking existed even in the first century, doubting that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. The Apostle Paul agreed that if Jesus was not resurrected, all Christians should be viewed with disdain and pity, believing a futile lie.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:20 (ESV)
It was not a lie! There were over five hundred eye witnesses to the Resurrection; there were hundreds of prophecies all fulfilled by the life of One Man. And what about the lives that were radically changed? The disciples of Jesus were transformed from cowering men, hiding in the shadows, to boldly proclaiming the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, willing to die to proclaim the Truth.
I can state with complete certitude that Professor Hawking now knows the Truth. The theory of everything is no longer a theory for him because, ironically, he now knows the mind of God. He will have the rest of eternity to contemplate this, separated from God who mercifully offered His only Son, Jesus Christ, to him as Lord and Savior.
The theory of everything is solved by Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.