STEPHEN HAKWING vs BILLY GRAHAM: Two Deaths – Two Destinies
In the past month, two world-famous men have died; evangelist Billy Graham and physicist Stephen Hawking. Both had a huge impact on our planet. Both men seized the world stage and held it for decades. Both men were prolific writers. Both men tried to persuade people to adopt their worldview. Both men were multi-gifted. Two men who could not be more different in their beliefs about God and death.
Stephen Hawking was the brilliant Cambridge scientist who was confined to a wheelchair due to the ravages of ALS. He was the bestselling author of numerous books seeking “an explanation of everything”, hence the title of the 2014 movie about his life, A Theory of Everything. Hawking was also a militant atheist. He was adamant that there is no God, and no afterlife. He died this week at the age of 76.
Billy Graham was the world famous evangelist who spoke to more people about the Gospel of Jesus than anyone else in history. He was quite literally a supernatural phenomenon raised up by God to impact the planet for Christ. Graham was a sensation on so many levels; counselor to presidents, preacher of the Gospel, best selling author, Christian statesman, world-renowned evangelist. There has never been anyone like him on the world stage, and there may never be again. He had a unique anointing of God. Billy died in February at the age of 99.
Two men, two worldviews, two destinies. All of us have to believe something about God, the universe and death. Billy Graham believed the claims of Jesus, and Stephen Hawking did not. No one doubts that Hawking was the more brilliant of the two. He has been compared to Einstein and Newton. The question is, what will we do with Jesus’ claims? Jesus said, “Unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, except through Me.” (John 14:6). Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life.” (John 5:24) All of us have a choice to make when it comes to the life and claims of Jesus. Graham and Hawking staked their eternal destinies on two opposite worldviews, and one thing is for certain; both men could not be correct.
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor