I have seen your face all over the Internet in recent days, as your comment declaring that “there is no heaven,” has made the rounds. You further elaborated by dismissing belief in an afterlife as “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
As I recall, a few months ago, you also authored a book in which you confidently asserted that there is no God.
I am aware that you are a brilliant physicist and mathematician and student of the cosmos, but I am not aware of your credentials regarding theology and/or observance and study of the mystical life of prayer, or countless unexplained miracles, or perhaps most fascinating of all: the seemingly instinctive desire rooted in human hearts to believe in a god or afterlife. This yearning for God has been found in virtually all cultures and civilizations since history was recorded.
I was touched by the words of Helen Keller, whom as you may know could neither see, hear or speak. When she was asked if she believed in God, she said: I did not know His Name, but I knew HIM. In her silent and dark world, she knew God.
What do YOU know? You know a lot about science, and that’s laudable. But how much do you NOT know? We live in an age when we have progressed from planes to rockets and space stations. Some of us were born before there were antibiotics, and now we have treatments even for diseases like cancer and AIDS. But, we still have a long, long way to go.
And you have a long way to go too. Brilliant though you may be, you have only begun to scratch the surface of the secrets of the universe. If you could live a billion years, you would still be re-evaluating and re-writing your discoveries. Remember when Pluto was a planet?
Here is a clue for you. Although God can be found in nature, and in all His wondrous creation, you will not really know Him until you seek Him in prayer, until you invite Him into your heart and your life. Until you fall on your knees before Him in gratitude for the little that you have been privileged to learn about His amazing universe. Until you adore Him as Lord and King and the Almighty Creator of all that is and was and is to come.
One comment you made sarcastically was actually the only thing you really got right:
“Belief in an afterlife is for those who are afraid of the dark.” Yes, we are afraid of the dark, for we long to live in the One Who is LIGHT. We seek Jesus Who said, “I am the Light of the world…”
May you too grow afraid of the dark, and seek His Light while there is still time.