Hawking mistaken about ‘no heaven’

Recently, Stephen Hawking said in The Guardian: ”There is no heaven. The human brain is a like a computer that will stop working when its components fail.”

No major religion teaches equivalency between the brain and the soul. Of course, the brain dies along with the body, which is matter. The soul is spirit. It is incorporeal (nonmatter). The body is temporal, the soul is eternal.

Atheists can deny they have a soul or the existence of an infinite and eternal being. But denying does not make the soul or God disappear.

In his book “The Grand Design,” Hawking wrote: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.”

Sounds plausible. But since time immemorial, trillions of human beings were created, each with a unique set of fingerprints. Spontaneously? No intellect behind their creation?

In that same book, he argues the universe originated by the Big Bang and also is due to the law of gravity.

But the author of the so-called “Big Bang” theory, Monsignor Georges Lemaitre, did not present his theory as absenting God from creation, but rather including God as the prime cause of creation.

It requires an infinite mind to comprehend the workings of an infinite creator. Finite minds cannot.

Heaven exists, not because someone says so, but because God exists and God is heaven.

Carmen Chimento

Brookline