25th April 2013

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

“Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God – I say this to your shame.”
1 Corinthians 15:34 (NIVUK)

One of the most influential scientists today is Professor Stephen Hawking, the physicist and cosmologist. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian newspaper science correspondent, Ian Sample (Sunday 15th May 2011), he shares his thoughts on death: “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.” In his and Leonard Mlodinow’s 2010 book, The Grand Design, he asserted that there is no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe.

As Christians, we believe in the resurrection and an afterlife. So does that mean we believe in fairy stories and are afraid of the dark? Quoting from their book The Grand Design: “Our universe and its laws appear to have a design that both is tailor-made to support us and, if we are to exist, leaves little room for alternation. That is not easily explained, and raises the natural question of why it is that way.”

It is that way because the universe has a Designer, God, in whom we believe and of whom the professor is ignorant. Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” And in Hebrews 1:2, “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” This is not a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark. 

Father in heaven, thank you for the understanding and faith that you have given to us to know that you are God, the Designer and Creator of the universe.


 sherwinscottAbout the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the Grace Communion in Lewes, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilarybucksbox@mypostoffice.co.uk

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