An interesting thread came up in the comments section about Stephen Hawking:
Neil, I’m interested in reading your take on what you think of Stephen Hawking’s opinion on God? “Stephen Hawking says afterlife is a fairy story.”
I think Stephen Hawking’s comments are morbidly and eternally ironic. He’s the one crafting a fairy tale. He thinks the universe came into being from nothing and that an explosion was responsible for the spectacularly complex and fine-tuned universe he’s dedicated his life to trying to explain. He thinks life arose from non-life and evolved to all we see today. And he thinks that by crafting this fairy tale he can comfort himself that he won’t have to give an account of his life to his creator. He is a sad, sad man, and not because of his disability. I hope he repents and trust in Jesus before he dies. Eternity is a might long time, even for a really smart physicist.
Then the commenter replied with this:
Neil, you criticize Stephen Hawking for claiming the universe came into being from nothing. Please explain how your God came into being.
God is eternally existent, so it is illogical to ask how an eternally existent being came into being. Please see the Kalaam Cosmological argument. It is a perfectly logical and coherent explanation for a “first cause.”
Then he asked this interesting question:
Do you sometimes wish Stephen Hawking’s mother had had an abortion while she was pregnant with him?
Of course I’m glad Hawking’s mother didn’t have an abortion. I wouldn’t wish an abortion on any of my ideological enemies. Why would you ask that question? Do you wish that the mothers of your ideological enemies had killed them? Do you wish they would be killed now that they are outside of the womb?
Sadly, the pro-legalized abortionists cheer when disabilities are discovered in utero so that the (potentially) disabled people can be killed in the womb (see former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders’ comments about how Down Syndrome cases were “reduced.”). But we don’t kill disabled people outside the womb (yet). We rightfully give them parking spaces, wheelchair ramps, Special Olympics, etc.
Over 90% of people would have killed Hawking, just like over 90% kill those with Down Syndrome. Would you have wanted to abort Hawking if you knew about his physical issues? I wouldn’t have.
What would you have recommended to Hawking’s mother if his physical problems would have been discovered in utero — whether or not you knew that he would become a famous physicist? I’d vote for life in either case.
It is a scientific fact that the unborn are unique, living human beings from conception. Abortion kills those human beings and is therefore immoral except to save the life of the mother.
Abortion is a sin but forgiveness and healing can be found in Jesus.