Mar 22, 2018
The recent passing of scientist Stephen Hawking prompted Rev. Gibson (Christ Church Cathedral - Episcopal) and parishioner Johnny Gwin to discuss faith, science, the power of the human brain, the purpose and need for God, forgiveness, and God's divine law written on our hearts.
Hawking frequently wrote that his life's work of math, quantum physics and looking into the fearful darkness of the nature of black holes led him to not be afraid of the dark and to a mindset that humanity no longer needs to believe in God and a fairytale afterlife. In all of Hawking's scientific accomplishments and his heroic story of the human spirit and genius many Christians also see a tragic tale of a great human that failed his biggest test. Dr. Hawking's life of struggle is an inspiration to millions and his death is a loss to the world of science, family, friends, and fans. His passing is also a reminder that we all will have a final sunset and a meeting with that dark "unknown."
We all should be inspired by men like Stephen Hawking by turning suffering into something beautiful and having the courage to not fear the darkness. However, as Christians, we are compelled to do more. We should continually be working to evolve into a new way of being by being repentant, seeking forgiveness of changed hearts and embracing the unknown darkness of the universe with the faith of a loving God that promises he will never leave those who ask for his mercy and divine life.
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