Black Hole Paradox

Bridge Sighs

Floating down the Grand Canal, our gondolier fanned the dark water with his oar, keeping us stationary below the Bridge of Sighs, while he shared a bit about its history. Built in the 1600’s, the bridge connected the palace of the Doge with the court chambers, prisons, and the execution chamber. From courtroom to executioner, the condemned walked across the span of the bridge – a short two-minute journey – allowed to pause, taking a final last look at their beloved Venezia. It was that which is said to have caused deep, passionate sighs, wafting down to the water below, heard by those passing underneath, inspiring the naming of the bridge.

It was, no doubt, a rich, probably embellished, romantic story, adding a level of charm to our remaining journey down the canal. But, as lovely and beautiful as I found Venice to be, I doubt its brick and mortar was the cause of passionate sighs, escaping the lips of the condemned. Instead, the inspiration was the realization their lives were seconds away from ending. Perhaps, for some, there was a spiritual awakening, that beyond the executioner stood their Maker, and the two-minute journey provided them with sufficient time – while it could yet be found – in order for a turning of their minds and hearts over to the business of Christ. (James 4:14).

We should all be living our lives in two-minute increments, as if they were our very last seconds on this planet. I was reminded of that this morning when I read the news….

Eminent scientist, physicist, cosmologist and author Professor Stephen Hawking, who has suffered from the physically debilitating motor neuron disease since the 1960s, lies gravely ill in a Cambridge hospital.

British press reports said the 67-year-old scientist was admitted to Adenbrooke’s Hospital near his university for tests following a persistent chest infection. Professor Hawking is Cambridge University’s Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.

A spokesman for Cambridge University said “Professor Hawking is very ill,” and that he would be “undergoing tests”. The spokesman added the professor “…had been unwell for a couple of weeks.”

Prof Hawking is one of the world’s longest survivors of motor neuron disease, yet despite this physical limitation which includes having to communicate through a specially builtvoicebox, has manged to continue his work as one of the world’s top scientists.

Hawking, a brilliant man when measured by the standard of Athenian philosophers, has had much to say about the Creator’s universe, and about God Himself, all the while keeping His Creator at arm’s length. Vehemently denying he’s an atheist, Hawking is the first to confess he’s simply not sure where, or if, God fits into His own amazing creation.

In, “A Brief History of Time”, Stephen Hawking wrote, “It is difficult to discuss the beginning of the universe without mentioning the concept of God. My work on the origin of the universe is on the borderline between science and religion, but I try to stay on the scientific side of the border. It is quite possible that God acts in ways that cannot be described by scientific laws, but in that case, one would just have to go by personal belief.”

Other Hawking speculations often include, at the very least, a nod toward God…

“The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.”

“We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God. There’s not much personal about the laws of physics.”

“God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen.”

Mr. Hawking – it would appear your minutes on earth may be dwindling. It is my prayer, the Lord will quicken your spirit, open your mind, soften your heart, and allow you to see with the same eyes of faith, when you developed your ‘black hole paradox’ of space. Consider the paradox of the black hole of your soul, so evident in your speculations…..

My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.

I’m quite sure, Mr. Hawkings, that without benefit of Divine Intervention, it will be difficult for you, in your own wisdom, to accept the answer. It is simple, straightforward and pure in its intent…

“Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” Westminster Confession of Faith

And to that end, I shall pray for you, Mr. Hawking, that the Lord performs yet one more incredible work – that he would quicken your dead spirit, awakening it to the Living God, changing you in a moment of time, too small a unit for you to measure or mathmatically calculate, drawing you into eternal life through the death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ, a very personal God.

For More About Steven Hawking….

Steven Hawking, the Big Bang and God – “When asked whether he believed that science and Christianity were competing world views, Hawking replied, “…then Newton would not have discovered the law of gravity.” He knew that Newton had strong religious convictions.”

Steven Hawking Quotes

Black Holes & the Hawking Paradox

Steven Hawking Gravely Ill in Hospital

  1. Thoughtful post. Why is it that so many brilliant men of science, the arts and letters have a sense of God (), but stop there?

    Some of the most creative and brillant have the humility to admit the limits of their imaginations – but don’t take the next step.

    I’m only guessing – but I think it comes down to pride. Just as in the Garden – they want to partake of the Tree of Knowledge and be like God.They refuse to bend their knee and will not acknowledge the Creator, creation distinction.

    Just some thoughts. Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

    Chris Dattilo    Apr 24, 10:10 PM    #
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