Does Heaven Exist?

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.

Stephen Hawking

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.

What heaven may look like

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.

One thought on “Does Heaven Exist?

  1. I think Steven Hawking is going to truely be sorry some day when he never believed and he is thown into a lake of fire. Being a phisicist, you would think he would have researched the Bible and its origin. The Bible is “God breathed” it is real! and has been proven to be dated back to the times before and after Christ walked the earth. Alot of the strories talked about in the Bible cannot be disproven. There are peices of Noahs Ark that has been found, There are places talked about in the Bible that have been discovered and dated back to the exact time it was written about in the Bible. I’m sure people like Steven Hawking believe in things like the “Big Bang Theory” or Evolution even. Well Big Bang enthusiests, Where did the chemicals come from that colided and started making planets. Everything comes from somewhere. You cant tell me the chemicals or whatever it was came from nothing. Take a good look at the world. The trees, flowers, animals, even humans. They are wonderfully and beautifully made. Not by some explosion or evolution from apes. THere is a great Creator that made it all. ITs about time the Lord is given credit where credit is due. Every single person on the earth is different, not two people are the same, Amaizing cause there are billions of people. Snowflakes have the same originality. None are the same. How can anyone take a good look at nature, even the physics of nature and not say there is a GOD!
    Believing in heaven and hell is a life or death choice. If you don’t believe you may end up in an eternity of torment. Can you imagine how long eternity is? It will NEVER end. But if you believe that Heaven is real and you research how you can get there you can have an eternity of euphoria!!!!! You see it’s this easy…… God sent his son, Jesus to earth to die on a cross for the sins of the world. Every liar, every theif, every murderer. The sins of the world are paid in full. We were damned to hell because of being born into that sinfull nature but because of what HIS son did on that cross that day we can be saved. All you have to do is believe (whole-heartedly) That there is a God, There is a Jesus, and there is a heaven, hell, and Devil. You have to know and confess with REMORCE that you are a sinner and undeserving of this gift. Ask the Lord for forgiveness of your sin and accept Jesus as the savior that saved your life from the death sentence of hell. When that is truely done and the Holy Spirit is part of your life you will feel a change. (ITs like a vail will be lifted from your eyes) You will begin to see the truth. Steven Hawking is blind. All his schooling will not get him into heaven. Everything on this earth will one day pass and only what is done for Christ will last. After you except Christ into your life there will be a desire to change things. Your drive and intention will change. YOu will have a guilt about sin from that point. You will desire friends that are like minded. YOu will want to tell others. You will put on a new man and the old you will pass away. The Bible says “YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS” You will know your saved because there will be a difference in you and others will see you bearing those fruits.
    WHat do you have to loose? Why not believe these things are really true? Its a matter of life and death.
    I’m not Catholic, Prodistent, Prespeterian, or any type of religion. I have a personal relationship with the Lord and I can FEEL it! There is a joy unexplainable, a peace that passes all understanding. I’m a child of God and He will guide me ,lead me, protect me, and supply me with all that I need.
    THis is a huge question that everyone will get the chance to make. The Bible says that all will hear and will have the opportunity to except or reject. So some day when you face HIM will he say DEPART FROM ME I NEVER KNEW YOU, or GOOD JOB FAITHFUL SERVENT!

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