Hello readers! Welcome to day 2 of Harold Camping’s rapture. I hope day 1 was pleasant for you guys! Okay, I’ll stop being a jerk to Harold Camping, even though he is a complete idiot.
Last week, physicist Stephen Hawking declared that there is no heaven. According to Hawking, heaven is “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” His basis for this? Well according to Hawking, our brains functioning is what makes us alive. Once we die and our brains stop working we become “broken down computers”. And for broken down computers there is no after life.
Hawking was directly quoted as saying “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or after life for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
Because of Hawking’s recent remarks, many are wondering whether or not heaven exists. Here are my two cents about the matter.
I agree with Hawking in the sense that our brains function as computers. Every sensation we feel, every thought we have, everything we see, hear, touch, smell and taste is information processed by the brain. However, humans differ from computer because we have emotions and (most of us) have souls. So although there may not be an after life for computers, there may be one for people.
As humans it’s natural to fear the unknown. Although death is natural, it against human nature to want to die. Our instincts tell us to preserve our lives. When have no control over our deaths, we want to believe that we have the ability to live on in another realm. We want to believe we’ll be able to be with our loved ones again. We want to believe that we won’t die alone. Because of this, we need to believe that Heaven exists. And so we do. Heaven can also be seen as a motivator to be a good person. If you live a good and moral life, you will be rewarded with eternal life.
However, this brings up a side issue. If Heaven doesn’t really exist then hell must not exist either. Good cannot exist without evil, therefore heaven can’t exist without there being some sort of hell. There are many legends, even actual landmarks, that are said to be the gates of Hell. If you are certain that gates of Hell exist, what makes you think that there are no pearly gates of Heaven?
Although Stephen Hawking is a smart man, saying heaven doesn’t exist is a dumb move. Why? Because it makes him that guy. You know, that guy who does whatever he can to make you see the world as a crappy place. He became that guy who told you there’s no Santa Claus, the tooth fairy isn’t real, you’re not a prince or princess. Instead of that guy, he became that guy who told you Heaven is a lie.
I personally would like to think there is an after life. I would love to see my deceased friends and family who were taken away from me much too soon. I don’t want to stop existing. I would like to continue living in one form or another. But in this debate, I think I’ll sit with author Mark Twain who said “I don’t like to commit myself about heaven or hell- you see, I have friends in both places.”
What are your thoughts? Do you think Hawking is being that guy or do you think heaven doesn’t exist. Sound off with some comments.