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Atheism - Great Minds?

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." Psalm 19:1b
I wanted to take a look at some atheists, to see where their joy comes from in life, to see, as great minds, how or if they have it 'all figured out'.

The first person that would come to mind, to look at, would be the world renknown physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking


Professor Stephen Hawking


Professor Hawking on God,

'We are each free to believe what we want and it is my view that 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 realisation. There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.' (2011, when narrating for the television series Curiosity on the Discovey Channel, Source)

He then goes on to say in 2014,

'Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God' is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn't. I'm an atheist.' (2014, as a speaker at the 2014 Starmus Festival, source.)
There we have it, Professor Hawking, one of the most well known physicists who's ever lived, with an IQ of 160, made the decision that 'the simplest explanation is that there is no God', then, 3 years later, he made the decision that science 'offers a more convincing explanation' and that he's therefore an atheist.  How is this logical?

How is this the simplist explanation?  The universe is not explanable by Professor Hawkings, as he assumes, as shown in this article, a colleague of Hawkings, using contemporary mathematics, recently proved him wrong about singularites, ie, Professor Hawkins being wrong about the Big Bang.

Newspaper article,
'Science News: Stephen Hawking proved WRONG! Big Bang was NOT the origin of the universe
STEPHEN Hawking’s view that the universe started with a huge Big Bang has been disproved by a team of mathematicians. Hawking’s view of the universe relies on the concept of ‘singularities’ – where conditions are so extreme that the laws of physics simply break down, making any meaningful scientific observations or science impossible.  ..... “So, our paper proves quantum effects do remove singularities from general relativity, just as Penrose-Hawking singularity theorems proves that singularities are an intrinsic property of classical general relativity. ''' (Source)
In other words, proving there is no so called 'singularity', means there was no big bang.  This would then mean the universe started in some other way than a 'big bang', and, Professor Hawking and science, does not have the answer.

The reality is that Professor Hawking, as great a mind as he has, has simply decided to not believe in God, and for reasons unexplained, that not believing in God is simpler (anyone can come to this conclusion, highly intelligent or otherwise).  In truth, he has decided to rely on his own ability to make sense of what he can, his interest in science, the universe, which, at a later date, using more up to date mathematics, has been shown to be incorrect understanding.  I do not wish to be unkind to Professor Hawking, but, such an approach, to rely on ones own wisdom as having all the answers, is, sadly, somewhat of an arrogant approach.

In contrast, the observable and unobservable universe is the proof that God exists.  As the Bible tells us,
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Romans 1:20
The very fact that the world can be seen, can be observed, even the invisible things, are proof of the existence of God.  Why else would the universe make sense?  How else would it exist?  How else would it display a guiding hand, to have rules? God is the simplist explanation. There really is no excuse to not see that there is a God who created the universe.

The simplist explanation is that God does exist. To think otherwise is to deceive ourselves with our own imagined wisdom,
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” 1 Corinthians 3:19


Sir Clive Sinclair

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Self taught inventor, IQ of 159, former Mensa chairman.  Decided at age 18 to not attend university, instead sold miniature electronic kits by mail order to the hobby market.  Known for producing the first slim-line pocket calculator, and revolutionalizing the home computer market by launching his own mass-market computers, such as the ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum.  Continues to work as an inventor and entrepreneur.  As a teenager, ruled himself out of attending college because, '..he believed no one could teach him more about electronics than he already knew.' (Source.)

Sir Clive describes himself as an atheist. (Source.)

I wanted to take a look at Sir Clive's view of humanity, and the future, and found this interesting speech delivered by Sir Clive to the U.S. Congressional Clearinghouse on the Future, 1985, source.

'The real revolution which is just starting is one of intelligence. Electronics is replacing man's mind...  Tomorrow we may take our ailments to a machine as readily as to a man. In time that machine will be in the house, removing the need to journey to the doctor .....  The computer as surrogate teacher may bring even more benefits. Today, and as long as we depend on humans, we must have one teacher to many pupils. .. A (one on one robot may provide) wonderful improvement in the standard of education.'
Here, Sir Clive demonstrates his belief that people will be comfortable being diagnosed by a robot without leaving their house (perhaps their symptom is depression and a trip outside is what they need, along with more human contact?), and also, children would somehow be happy replacing a human being with human guidance and love, and individuality, as a teacher, with a robot!

What of the countless jobless adults?

And what of the countless jobless adults?  With no purpose in life due to all the employment being taken over by computers?
'What, though, is the purpose if, in this imagined future, there are no jobs? Curiously we can find analogies in the past. Freemen of Periclean Athens led not such different lives as we might live, for where we will have the machines, they had slaves who served both to teach and as menials. Thanks, perhaps, to their fine education, the freemen of Athens seem not to have found difficulty in filling their time. Just as they did, we will need to educate our children to an appreciation of the finer things of life, to inculcate a love of art, music and science. So we may experience an age as golden as that of Greece.'
In Periclean Athens, 'freemen' engaged in learning how to become soldiers from the age of 7, with training beginning in physical conditioning, going on to learn hand to hand combat, and weaponry.  A society geared for war is not a eutopia!

And, what of the 'appreciation of the finer things of life', art, music, science.  I do not wish to be unkind to Sir Clive, but, has he met people?  People are by nature covetous, rebellious, liars, murderers, drunkards, driven by fleshly lusts and desires.  I apologize as I do not wish to be unkind, and I myself am nothing, but such a view of how people will behave if they don't have a purpose in life, if they don't have work which they have to do, is terribly naive of the reality of human nature.  As humans are now, as we were in the past, and how we will be in the future, regardless of the level of electronics and computers.

As brilliant a mind Sir Clive has, and engaging a personality he is, he is niave and childlike in his view of a eutopia of how people will behave.  The reality is that people need work.
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Genesis 3:19
Why else do billionaires keep working?  Because of a need to work, a desire for power, and fleshly things.  Why does Sir Clive keep inventing?  Because of a need to work, to have a purpose, to be useful.  Every one needs a purpose.  In such a society where nothing is apparently needed to be done, the only purpose worth having, would be the purpose we have now, the purpose we were created for, the purpose of serving God

Only a Christian could survive in such conditions, instead of sinking into depression, apathy, laziness, hopelessness, and engaging only in worldly pleasures and fleshly lusts.

Joy in Life

For Professor Hawking, a great joy in his life was his children,

Q. If it is possible to time-travel, as some physicists claim, at least theoretically, is possible, what is the single moment in your life you would like to return to? This is another way of asking, what has been the most joyful moment you’ve known?

A. I would go back to 1967, and the birth of my first child, Robert. My three children have brought me great joy. (
Source.)
For Sir Clive, it's marriage,
'At 69, Sir Clive Sinclair has found the formula for happiness. He talks to Celia Walden about love, life and his recent marriage..' (Source.)
These things are great things, children, marriage, and they give joy, but they don't provide the answers to the future, the answers to the great question of existence. As great minds as these people have, they have decided to be atheists.  It is the same as it was before the flood, there is nothing new,
'For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,'  Matthew 24:38
There can be no eutopia on earth while original sin still exists, because mankind is fallen and corrupt.  The sin nature of man has to be addressed, as does the existence and the purpose of the universe.

Our fallen corrupt nature, our sin nature, is addressed by recognizing ourself as sinners, and believing on Christ's sacrifice, who, without sin, sacrificed Himself on the cross for us, died, was buried, and He bodily rose on the third day, because death could not hold Him.  On believing on Christ's sacrifice for us, we receive His imputed righteousness, and we are born again.  The first birth is of flesh, the second birth of Spirit.  Our physical body will decay, and will die, but, on receiving Christs imputed righteousness, we ourselves have guaranteed eternal life, and we will receive Glorified bodies,
'For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.' Philippians 3:21
The universe, and all things, including us, were created for by Him, for Him, to give Him glory,
'For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:' Colossians 1:16

Conclusion

As great minds as these men have, and others like them, they are human minds, each equally capable of refusing the truth, that the evidence of God is all around us, 'For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:' Romans 1:20

Truthfully, it breaks my heart that Professor Hawkings has sadly passed away, without knowing the truth, and I hope that Sir Clive Sinclair realizes the truth before it is too late.  There's no debate about, 'which God is right'.  Every other religion does not make sense.  Every other religion relies on your work, human effort, chance, and your hope for the best.  They appeal to the pride and fleshly nature of mankind, the natural man.  They are of gods, not God.

That the world and the universe, that it makes sense, that we can observe it, even the invisible things, shows the 100% proof that God exists.  Only the fact that God is perfect and moral, and that God, regardless of who you, me, or anyone else is, guarantees a way out, because we cannot earn it ourself, because we are already sinners, and the wages of sin is death, so, there can be no death in Heaven, makes sense. 

It is not through some false religion or deception of another god (not God), where you hope for the best, that appeals to fleshly pride, including the god of science, where you rely on your own human ability to understand that which has already been created, as if even this explains the why. Only God and the sacrifice of His only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for us as sinners, makes sense.

If you are not saved, or if you are unsure if you are saved, please read how to go Heaven here.  If you are saved, by relying 100% on the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice at Calvary for you, then remain strong, and vigilant, we are on the right track.

'The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
They are corrupt, they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.' Psalm 14:1






 

17th March 2018.

 

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