But What Do You Say?

19 May

Lots of attention was given this week to comments made by Stephen Hawking, an accomplished physicist who battles Lou Gehrig’s disease.  

What caused the media stir?

Comments Hawking made in a recent interview saying, “The brain is 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 figure a huge percentage of the population didn’t know who Stephen Hawking was before these comments. The media’s promotion of  his comments has since spread his name into many household, water-cooler, and online discussions.

Society loves to debate, it thrives on controversy. We move from one “15 minute of fame” incident to another. And we also make much of ourselves and our ideas. How many books and articles are centered on self-esteem and self-worth, emphasis on self?

I pray to keep a perspective that is found in Matthew 16: 13 – 19. The critical question for myself and my life is asked by Jesus to Peter.

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Matthew 16: 15 NIV

This is the most critical question in life.

Based on his comments regarding heaven, it appears Stephen Hawking has answered the question for himself.  But instead of focusing on what he’s said or getting angry about it, I pray he may yet change his heart and mind to discover faith in the truth. Beyond that, I keep answering and living the question for myself. I agree with the disciple Peter’s response.

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 

Matthew 16:16 NIV

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3 Responses to “But What Do You Say?”

  1. Robin May 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Well obviously, thankfully, I don’t get caught up in all the hype, because I didn’t even know he had said anything! (lol)

  2. Jeanette Edgar May 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Ha! And did you/do you know who he is? Hey, tell Blair I’m looking for her on the charm challenge at designer genes!

  3. Robin May 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Yes I know who he is and yes Blair has been talking about the challenge. She hasn’t had much time lately though. She is STILL having lots of homework. It’s very frustrating this close to the end of school. She is getting very burnt out.

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