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According To Trip Lee, Pantheist Steven Hawking Has It Twisted

Posted by Job on September 14, 2010

Now in your opinion, who is smarter? Steven Hawking, the brilliant world-renowned physicist/cosmologist/mathematician? Or Trip Lee, the rapper from the inner city? Being someone who has struggled mightily with physics and mathematics (thermodynamics, mechanics, electromagnetism, differential equations, LaPlace and Z transforms, aaargh!) it is tempting to side with the physicist, who clearly has a form of knowledge based on both his God-given intellectual capacity and his vigorous dedication to studying the natural world. But I believe that I will side with Trip Lee. Why? Because where Hawking is clearly advanced in his knowledge of things that are natural, being a born-again Christian, the rapper Trip Lee has knowledge of spiritual things. Whether Lee has a Ph.D. or preschool diploma in spiritual things does not matter. The point is that Lee and Christians like him have accepted enough spiritual knowledge to be saved from sin through Jesus Christ and as a result will be with Him in New Jerusalem for eternity. So, whatever knowledge that Lee has, it is thoroughly adequate and exceedingly useful where it really counts. As for the esteemed Mr. Hawking, unless he repents of his sins and acquires the knowledge of spiritual things that are only revealed to those that are under submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the truth is that he will spend an eternity separated from Jesus Christ burning in a lake of fire. Thus, his great intellect, dedicated study, and many accomplishments will have been of no practical, lasting use to him. With respect to eternity, it will be vain, to no effect, and it would have been better for him had he never been born (Matthew 26:24).

In stating “God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator“, this Hawking embraces the knowledge of the world in place and instead of the foolishness of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18). He thereby despises casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Actually, it goes deeper than that. We know from Romans 1:18-32 that Hawking should have learned enough about God from his pursuit of studying what general revelation reveals about God’s existence and attributes in order to worship Him. But instead, Hawking rejected the knowledge of God available to him in general revelation, and neither did Hawking honor God as God or give Him thanks, but instead Hawking worships the creature in place of the Creator. Thus, Hawking is now doing things which are not convenient, which includes denying what general revelation taught Him about God’s existence and attributes, and thereby becoming a blasphemer. God chooses the foolishness of the world to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27), which of course makes those who profess themselves as wise to be so in their own eyes only, and instead become fools because of the foolishness of their darkened hearts.

And let us not be deceived … Hawking is worshiping the creature instead of the Creator. By claiming that the universe created itself from nothing, Hawking aligns himself with the religion of metaphysical naturalism, which truthfully is nothing but pantheism with a scientific veneer or exterior. By claiming that the universe created itself, Hawking is stating that the universe itself is god. Or, since Hawking refuses to deny the existence of God and therefore be an atheist or even an agnostic in the classic sense, Hawking is a henotheist (think Mormonism) in that while he does not deny the existence of another god or gods, there is only one god that Hawking is concerned with and therefore worships, and that is the god of the universe, the natural world. Because let us be honest, people. In order to create, one must have the A) power and B) will to create (and not only that but to do so ex nihilo).. Also, after one has exercised this A) power and B) will in accomplishing creation, that entity, that one, is C) lord, ruler, master, or owner of that creation. So, the universe had power within itself, will within itself (self-will) and is lord over itself. It relies on nothing, is sustained by nothing, needs nothing, and answers to nothing. If that is not a description of a god, then what is?

Now Hawking himself would deny that statement because Hawking subscribes to an epistemology that emphasizes randomness, spontaneity. So, he would say that the universe’s creating itself was not an act that required the exertion of power controlled by a conscious will, but instead was only a random, spontaneous event. Just as it is possible for matter and energy to form itself out of nothing, but it was also possible for laws and organization to form themselves out of chaos, and ultimately for consciousness and intelligence to similarly develop. But, in the words of Trip Lee’s rap song below, Hawking “has it twisted” because Hawking’s religion makes the universe his lord and the chaos that he claims has arranged itself into order his master. And of course, who does the Bible call Hawking’s master, which is the author of the confusion and chaos that Hawking claims that the universe organized itself from? Revelation 9:11 tells us! “And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is] Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath [his] name Apollyon.”

Do not get it twisted. You have a Creator. One day, every knee shall bow and tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. Submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ today so that your Lord will also become your Savior. Do not let Steven Hawking – despite his many accomplishments and great intellectual gifts – be your role model, for (unless he changes as I did when I renounced my own atheism) his eternal fate makes him an unsuitable one. Instead,

Follow The Three Step Salvation Plan

(Ummm ... for those of you who find rap music unintelligible at any speed, here is a link to the printed lyrics.)

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My Thorn In The Flesh

Posted by Job on May 15, 2009

2 Corinthians 12:7
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Much has been made of the mystery of the precise nature or identity of Paul’s thorn in the flesh. Theories include bad eyesight, frequent illness, guilt over crimes against the church, and even (according to the depraved mind of one utterly wretched school of thought) repressed homosexual urges. Well, let me share my own.

I have a very vivid imagination, a mind that is prone to wandering, and difficulty concentrating or applying my thoughts to things for any length of time or at any depth, especially if they are good things. As a result, I frequently find my thinking assaulted with a great many vile thoughts including but not limited to images of sin, blasphemies against our Lord Jesus Christ, and attitudes of cynicism, disrespect and rebellion. Almost all of it is the direct result of my memory of all of the wretched abominations that I acquired through my voracious consumption of television, movies, music, magazines, talk radio and the Internet. It is almost as if I have some sort of powerful relational database where practically the instant that my mind conceives of a thought – whether it be neutral, innocent, or holy – it brings to my thinking some blasphemous thought or cynical emotion, and this issue is particularly intense and grievous when I am attempting to read my Bible or pray.

This morning, after enduring yet another episode of this sinful mind activity while driving, I despaired and cried out to God to remove this evil from me. I discerned while praying about the matter that these attacks on my mind would cease when I reached heaven, and until that blessed event occurs, it was actually good for my own sake that they remained because they

A) remind me of my need to rely totally upon the grace of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross for my salvation

B) remind me of the hideously grotesque nature of my sinful former life for the sake of bearing witness and testimony of others, and to prevent me from thinking that I was already a basically good, decent moral person living a productive useful existence that the grace of Jesus Christ only needed to add to

C) give me added incentive to avoid defiling myself with sin by consuming still more “entertainment” – especially that which appears to be merely harmless idle vanities but are actually a deception and a snare – that actually is chock full of rebellion, cynicism, and much careless swearings and casual breaking of the third of the ten commandments (do not take the Name of the Lord in vain) that serves no productive purpose in my life whatsoever but will in the future find itself corrupting my thoughts

D) keeps me from thinking that I am perfect or at least very nearly there, the result of which would be – owing to a most regrettable character flaw and temptation that lurks within – my becoming extremely vain, prideful, self – righteous, self – satisfied, and lazy

E) allows me to identify with, have compassion for, and motivates me with a strong desire to help those that are in bondage to sin and death as I was not so very long ago.

After that word of truth came into my heart and mind, I immediately remembered Paul’s writing about his thorn in the flesh – and as if for the first time in my life – understood, and my despair and guilt turned to joy and victory! So, my prayer went from begging God to deliver me from these thoughts and making them stop to one of asking God to work this within me 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 my behalf:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Even so, come Lord Jesus Christ! Praise Jesus Christ for everlasting life, life and life more abundantly, His grace and mercy towards the meek, the weak, and wretched sinners, and for the victory over sin and death that comes through His Name, available to us by the emptying Himself of life and glory on the cross and reclaiming them back when He rose from the dead! Praise be to God!

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