Stephen Hawking is no doubt the most famous atheist in the 21st century. If you ask most Christians, he should be in hell now since he died without accepting Jesus in his life.
But is this true? What does the Bible say about non-Christians? Will they all burn in hell?
Read this eye-opening article and discover what the Bible truly says about death and hell!
“I’m an atheist.”
Those were the words of Stephen Hawking when he spoke plainly about his views of God in an Interview with El Mundo, a Spanish publication.
“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. 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.”
Based on the popular teachings of Christianity, Stephen Hawking is considered to be a “lost soul.” Since he died not praying the Sinner’s Prayer and not accepting Jesus as his personal savior, he would forever burn in the lake of fire.
But is this view biblically true?
Can a loving God burn people, including Stephen Hawking, forever in an unending gruesome fire, while the righteous children of God look upon these “lost soul” mercilessly and apathetically?
If you ask me, there’s a problem in this common Christian teaching.
It is either God is sadistic OR we have been taught wrongly about hell.
Who is Stephen Hawking?
Stephen Hawking is among the most brilliant scientists this world has ever known. His unmatched contribution to the field of physics and cosmology has changed how we view the universe. He became more popular as an author when he wrote the book, “A Brief History of Time.”
At age 21, he was diagnosed with an incurable neurodegenerative condition. His doctor expected him to live for a few years, but against all odds, he reached the age of 76. He died March 14, 2018.
As a well-respected and admired physicist, it is not surprising for people to take note of his religious background and belief.
When Stephen Hawking declared that there is no God, he became the most popular atheist during his time.
Hell or Heaven: Where is Stephen Hawking now?
Like any other people who are already dead, Stephen Hawking is in the grave. He is neither in heaven nor in hell.
Contrary to popular Christian belief, he is lying in his coffin in a sleep-like and unconscious state. Nowhere in the Bible can we read that we have an immortal soul that continues to live on after we die.
Ezekiel 18:20 tells us:
“The soul who sins shall die.”
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 further states:
“For the living know that they will die, BUT THE DEAD KNOW NOTHING; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.”
All people who died are in the grave, waiting for the resurrection. Yahshua/Jesus Christ tells us, “NO ONE has ever gone into heaven” (John 3:13).
Christ added, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live… Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice” (John 5:25, 28).
Now, what would be the point of resurrecting people if they are already in heaven or hell? Let’s face it: there’s a problem in the traditional Christian view of life and death.
A chance for Stephen Hawking and the rest of the world
Here’s an astounding and unbelievable truth: today is not the only day of salvation. God’s plan of salvation includes giving every single person who has ever lived and died a chance to learn His way of life.
Let’s read Revelation 20:4-6:
And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. BUT THE REST OF THE DEAD DID NOT LIVE AGAIN UNTIL THE THOUSAND YEARS WERE FINISHED. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
God is faithful. He does not want anyone to perish but come to repentance (II Peter 3:9). He does not take any pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23).
Is Stephen Hawking in hell?
To answer our original question, no, Stephen Hawking is not in hell. Thankfully, we have a merciful and loving God who will raise Stephen Hawking and those who have not known God’s truth in the future. There will come a time when God will open their minds and show them the way to eternal life.
May we have the comfort to know that we serve a just, powerful, and living God who deals with us with unending love and unfathomable mercy.
I recognize that this is a huge topic. So, please feel free to read related articles:
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