YES, dear reader, you read our title correctly. You are going to learn about what promises to be the greatest intellectual battle of our generation. It began with the news that Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, made some interesting statements lately. (It’s not directly relevant, but we should point out that Hawking is “Steve” number 300 in Project Steve.)
Here’s a news account of what Hawking recently said: Stephen Hawking: mankind must move to outer space within a century. That’s sub-titled: “The human race must look to outer space within the next century or it will become extinct, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned.”
Actually, this may not be so bold for Hambo. According to what we read at his website, he’s already confronted — and defeated! — Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Big Bang, and virtually all of modern science. Most recently he attacked the Smithsonian. It makes sense that such a man would be looking for even greater challenges.
Hambo’s article is Stephen Hawking — Both Right and Wrong. Hambo starts out quoting a news story about what Hawking said:
One way or another, the life on Earth will likely become uninhabitable for mankind in the future. We need to start seriously thinking about how we will free ourselves from the constraints of this dying planet.
That’s not necessarily a direct quote from Hawking, but that’s what Hambo quoted. Here’s a better quote from the London Telegraph — it’s the article we linked above:
Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth but to spread out into space. We have made remarkable progress in the last hundred years. But if we want to continue beyond the next hundred years, our future is in space. That is why I’m in favour of manned, or should I say ‘personed’, space flight.
Hawking has said things like that before. Now here are some excerpts from Hambo’s response, with bold added by us:
Well, Stephen Hawking is right in calling the earth a “dying planet.” This is what the Bible tells us:
[Quoting scripture:] For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. (Romans 8:22)
The earth (in fact, the whole universe) is dying because of sin — it is now groaning because of the effects of the Curse.
So Hambo has carefully checked part of what Hawking said and he agrees with it. That must be a great comfort to Hawking. Let’s read on:
However, Stephen Hawking is wrong in declaring that man could cause his own extinction or that man has to escape to space to survive. The Bible tells us what will happen in the future … .
Then Hambo quotes 2 Peter 3:10-13, part of which says this:
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
After presenting that data, Hambo tells us (and Hawking too):
It is God who will decide when the earth as it is now will no longer exist — it is God who will judge it with fire — and it is God who will make the new heavens and new earth. This earth will end with great heat — but from judgment, not some natural event.
Aha — Hawking is wrong! Here’s one more excerpt:
Man’s word concerning our future is full of despair and uncertainty — God’s Word is true and certain about what will happen.
What now? Will Hawking accept the Hambo Challenge and try to defend himself? Or will he have the decency to admit his error and retract what he said? The next move is up to Hawking.
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