Stephen Hawking said recently that there is no Heaven. Is this another Galileo-type conflict of religious teachings versus scientific theories? Would Science Overtake Religion as the Foundation of Our Beliefs in a Supreme Being?
-- Engr. ARNEL AMADOR
Lope Columna: Arnel, You have nice questions, again. With regard to Stephen Hawking, he just became a recent victim of God's prophecy to remove wisdom from the "wise" of this world. I have an article about him: The GOD WHO CREATED THE UNIVERSE QUESTIONS MR. STEPHEN HAWKING AND THE PEOPLE LIKE HIM! Where Were You When I Laid the Foundations of the Earth? (Job 38:4)
Arnel Amador: The story of Galileo who was once ex-communicated by the Church because of his scientific argument that the sun is the center of the universe not the earth contrary to what the church's interpretation of the bible says at that time, could relate in a similar context to the Hawking theory of the Big Bang, black holes and the creation of the universe.
Lope Columna: Arnel, about your comparison between the cases of Galileo and Hawking; they are not the same. Galileo tried to bring back the truth of the Creator God into the picture of Creation, while Hawking is doing the opposite: he is now trying to suppress the truth and exclude God from the creation of the Universe.
Arnel Amador: Did Isaac Newton challenge the Church with his Laws of Thermodynamics?
Arnel Amador: Hawking's use of gravity in combination with other parameters such as pressure, temperature, and chemical reaction of various elements, in his thesis seems to make sense.
Did you know that the Hubble telescope has been sending pictures that seems to support Hawking's theory of the existence of black holes? The space shuttle Endeavor recently brought to space a very powerful analytical equipment that would conduct experiments on "anti-matter" or the creation of the universe.
Is this an attempt to challenge the concept of God?
A Jason Errol Dixon: Not at all, because even in the Bible God is a "Cosmic God"; cosmic implying "Unfathomable." Therefore, leaving no challenge, only a great deal of knowledge left to be discovered.
Lope Columna: Arnel, NASA and CERN scientists believed that the Universe is mostly composed of dark energy and dark matter, both of which are poorly understood at present. They admitted that only about 4% of the universe is understood by man at the moment. This 4% is what we know as the ordinary matter. This means that men, including Stephen Hawking, are still ignorant of the 96% composition of the Universe.
Arnel Amador: @Lope: If 4% can be mathematically explained, 96% is scientifically achievable, don't you agree? Man is moving at lightning speed in his quest to unravel the mysteries of life. Genome mapping, DNA, nanotechnology, cloning, etc. are concepts that were realized within the last 30 years! Just think about the next 30 years. Is this good or bad?
Would science overtake religion as the foundation of our beliefs in a Supreme Being?
DID MAN DISCOVER THOSE SECRET PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE BY HIS OWN TALENTS AND INTELLIGENCE?
Lope Columna: Did Man discover those secret principles of science by his own talents and intelligence? NO! Man is only able to discover and know those scientific secrets of creation because the Creator God Himself allowed them to know. In other words, God revealed to them some of His Creation Secrets.
"...because the thing which may be known of God is clearly revealed within them, for GOD REVEALED IT TO THEM!" (Romans 1:19 MKJV)
Many proofs of these revelations are recorded in the history of man's scientific discoveries, as many scientists admitted that they discovered many of those vital theories and laws by accidents. Were they really by accidents? No, these just showed that it was God who guided them, and God showed His secret laws and principles to them.
Sometimes God showed them His secrets by means of dreams, just like He did in the prophets. One example of these is the configuration of the atomic structure presented by the great physicist Niels Bohr which he admitted he saw it in his dream. Niels Bohr's model of the atomic structure became the foundation of classical physics, nuclear physics, and quantum mechanics.
IF GOD DID NOT REVEAL HIS SCIENTIFIC TRUTHS, THERE WOULD BE NO INTERNET, NO COMPUTERS, NO CARS, AND NO ELECTRICITY TODAY!
If God did not reveal those secrets, then man can never know. This means that if this is the case, then there are no cellphones, no cheap computers, no Internet, no airplanes, no nuclear plants, no nuclear medicine, etc. Here are some scriptures that challenge all scientists and engineers, and everyone who thinks they already knew.
He has made everything beautiful in His time; also He has set eternity in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end. (Ecc 3:11 MKJV)
I observed all the work of God and concluded that man is unable to discover the work that is done under the sun. Even though a man labors hard to explore it, he cannot find it; even if the wise man claims to know it, he is unable to discover it. (Ecc 8:17)
Can you fathom the depths of God or discover the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens--what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol -- What can you Know? (Job 11:7-8)
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways! (Rom 11:33)
For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? (Rom 11:34)
But because God revealed His secrets of Creation to man, Science and Technology was born. Man has so many great reasons to thank God for all these wonderful revelations of His Laws and Creative Principles that benefited each one of us!
Now, concerning your last question: Would science overtake religion as the foundation of our beliefs in a Supreme Being?
Here is my answer:
"Morality without Religion and Technology, Man can still exists and survive.
Religion and Technology without Morality, Man cannot exist for so long; he will be wiped out to oblivion."
Without the Godly Religion, or the TRUE KNOWLEDGE AND WORSHIP OF GOD, the ultimate destination and result of Man's Science and Technology is the advanced and Hi-tech WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (Nuclear Weapons, Chemical Weapons, Biological Weapons, Scalar Weapons, etc.) that will wipe out all life on Earth many times over!
Arnel Amador: Well done Lope. You've done your homework! Thanks.
Eric Kwame Sakyiama: Bravo Brother.
Lope Columna: Well, thank you, my friends. And we should not forget to thank the great Creator God of the Universe even more!
-- LOPE COLUMNA --
The BIBLE EXPLAINER AND REVELATOR