Daily Devotional for Thursday March 15, 2018

How Does a Genius End Up in Hell

(John 3:16, 14:6)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to always be prepared to serve you in any way that I can. My life belongs to you. I am ready, willing, and able to answer your call as I go through my life each day. Use me for your glory. I am yours! In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!

A genius by the world’s standards is now burning in hell for all eternity. The Bible tells us that “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise!” Word came that 76 year old world renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking died. Hawking was diagnosed at 21 with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It can kill someone within a few months of diagnosis, and there's only a 10% chance patients live more than a decade. However, Hawking lived for 55 years with the disease.

As brilliant of a scientist as Hawking was, sadly his brilliance prohibited him from understanding and knowing the greatest Truth of all. To Hawking, that truth was what he called, “the theory of everything.” Sadly, what Hawking never understood is that the “everything” he spoke of was this temporal world that one day will be gone as the Bible tells us. In His “brilliance,” Hawking rejected God, which of course meant he also rejected God’s Son Jesus as the Savior of the world.

Let me share some direct quotes from Hawking:

“Spontaneous creation (the Big Bang) is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist,” he wrote in The Grand Design. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation,” he said. “What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”

“God is the name people give to the reason we are here,” he said. “But I think that reason is the laws of physics rather than someone with whom one can have a personal relationship. An impersonal God.”

Hawking said a creator is "not necessary" in the narrative of how the world was created.

"There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."

Having debated many great minds over the past 25 years who held to the same beliefs as Hawking, minds that would forget more about things of this world than I would know in 100 lifetimes. It always left me sad knowing that their vast intelligence regarding things of this temporal world would prohibit them from knowing the greatest truth of all, and when their brief journey was over their soul souls be needlessly lost for all eternity.

As I always do in these situations, let me remind you of several critical facts. God, not Bill Keller is the author of the plan of salvation. As I remind people often, there is always the chance that a Hawking, a Hitler, or any other public denier of Christ throughout their life could in their final breath seek forgiveness for their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and be forever in Heaven as is the thief on the cross. Sadly however, most who hold beliefs like Hawking have hardened their heart and take their last breath shaking their fist at God their Creator, unaware that they will be cast in the horrors of hell for all eternity.


In debating atheists over the years, those who deny God as the Creator of the universe and all that is in it, they are always stuck when forced to answer the question, “Accepting the Big Bang theory as the way everything was created, where did whatever particles present during the “bang” come from?” Even great minds like Hawking have NO ANSWER! The reality is, there is NO...ZERO scientific evidence for creation outside of God!

Sadly, Hawking never understood we do NOT have an impersonal God. We have a God who loved His creation so much, He desires to have a personal relationship with each of us. He loved us so much that despite our sins that should damn ALL men to hell, God sent His Son Jesus to die for those sins so that each man could make the choice to be reconciled back to His Creator.

Probably the saddest quote of all was when Hawking stated, “"There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."

Sadly Hawking in all of his knowledge of this world never understood the simple fact that if the world came into being as he believed, than man is nothing but a cosmic accident. No purpose. No reason. Nothing we do matters. Man just lives and dies and that is it. When you think about that for a moment, how sad is this life if we had no purpose or reason for being. I honestly can’t think of anything that is more sad!

I love and care about you so much. Jesus came, lived, and shed His precious blood on that cross for ALL mankind. That included Stephen Hawking. However, God gave man freewill. His free gift of everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ is available to every person who has lived, is alive today, and will live. GOD HAS NEVER SENT ANYONE TO HELL! One more time. GOD HAS NEVER SENT ANYONE TO HELL! The only way a man can end up in hell for all eternity is to reject faith in Jesus Christ.

While the world celebrates the life of Stephen Hawking, paying him great tributes, satan is also celebrating. A man who was arguably one of the greatest minds of his generation for things of this world, a man that like so many rejected the very existence of God and thus His Son Jesus. In the end, just one more soul that is most likely adding to the population of the eternal fires of hell

YOU know people today that may not be world renown scientists like Hawking, but who are just as lost. Possibly people under your own roof, other family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, people you interact throughout the course of your day. Pray for someone today YOU KNOW has rejected Christ as their Savior.

Ask God for boldness and go share how much Jesus loves them and wants a personal relationship with them. If you don’t share the hope of Christ with them, who will? Worse case if you can’t find the courage, email them this link to the Plan of Salvation: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm

In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller