If humanity doesn’t become a truly spacefaring species in the next five centuries or so, we may well go extinct, Stephen Hawking said, according to media reports.
During a video presentation Sunday (Nov. 5) at the Tencent Web Summit in Beijing, the famed cosmologist warned that the ever-
Hawking therefore advised that we get our act together and “boldly go where no one has gone before,” The Sun reported.
During his talk, Hawking also highlighted the exploration potential of Breakthrough Starshot, a $100 million project that aims to develop tiny, uncrewed, sail-equipped probes that will be accelerated to 20 percent the speed of light by powerful lasers.
Such nanocraft could get to Mars in less than an hour and theoretically fly by the closest exoplanet to Earth — the possibly habitable Proxima b, which lies about 4.2 light-years from us — after a space journey of just 20 years, Hawking and other Starshot team members have said. Read Fox News article
I wonder how Professor Hawkins proposes for mankind to leave the planet and where exactly would 7 billion people go? The next subject he introduced was perplexing to me if it was in any related to the first. First he says mankind has 600 years to make a mass exit to avoid extinction, and then he says there is work being done on an “uncrewed” nanocraft capable of passing by the earth’s closest exoplanet in 20 years. I don’t see the hope in this information. First nano is really small and “uncrewed” for sure means no passengers. I suppose the size of the nanocraft might be one reason it would be able to reach a speed of 20 percent of the speed of light. My question is, how long would it take a craft capable of transporting humans to get to the nearest expoplanet? And is there any work being done on such a craft?
Often times, these brilliant scientist and physicists reject the Bible because the can’t accept the fact that “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). It was interesting to hear how things go full circle in the world of science. Take a look at the famed physicist’s latest thoughts on what happened before the big bang:
It’s the biggest question in the universe. What happened before the Big Bang? Now world-famous physicist Steven Hawking says he has an answer. “The boundary condition of the universe … is that it has no boundary,” Hawking tells the National Geographic’s Star Talk show this weekend.rising human population, and its mounting energy needs, could render Earth uninhabitable by the year 2600, according to the British newspaper The Sun.
In other words, there is no time before time began as time was always there … “All the evidence seems to indicate, that the universe has not existed forever, but that it had a beginning, about 15 billion years ago,” Hawking says in one of his lectures. “There must have been a beginning. Otherwise, the universe would be in a state of complete disorder by now, and everything would be at the same temperature. In an infinite and everlasting universe, every line of sight would end on the surface of a star. This would mean that the night sky would have been as bright as the surface of the Sun. The only way of avoiding this problem would be if, for some reason, the stars did not shine before a certain time.”
Now that’s way over my head, but there are two things that jump out to me, First, there are no bounds to the universe which thankfully he translates for us, “there was no time before time, as time was always there.” Secondly, he stated that “the universe has not existed forever, but it had a beginning.” That may have been a revelation to the science world, but it is Bible 101. I think it might be easier if we think in terms of the questions most of us asked in kids church, how big is God, and how old is he? To that our teacher said, God is infinite (he’s got the whole world in his hands), and he has always been (He is eternal). Sounds to me like Professor Hawkins is getting at the same thing when he says that there are no bounds on the universe and it had have had a beginning?
Though I have never heard anyone come out and say that there was a Gospel according to Science, but if you really examine their claims, it becomes clear that the followers look to science as the savior of mankind. It really boils down to which gospel you are going to believe in. The gospel message that I hear in the above statements, is that the humankind, and earth for that matter, runs the risk of going away if we don’t change our energy consuming habits. Mankind must pull together, build a spacecraft, and become “a truly spacefaring species” in order to survive. The hope is that there is a better place out there. I mean, let’s face it, who would spend $100 million on a tiny spacecraft to explore some “potential” if they didn’t fully believe that there was a place of safety somewhere out there. The problem is we just don’t quite know how to become spacefaring, and we don’t know exactly where this “potential” destination of safety is.
Now mind you, the people who believe so strongly in the Gospel of Science think the Gospel of Jesus Christ is far-fetched. I don’t know about you, but I find that amazing given what we just read. But I am going to recap it for you anyway. Mankind is in trouble and in need a Savior. Don’t get me wrong. Gas-guzzling, pollution, waste, and the race to pile up weapons of mass destruction, are very real problems and threaten us all. But these are only symptoms of a bigger problem which God calls sin. Mankind departed from God’s way and charted a course of its own. God knew that man, left to his own fallen nature, would always fall short of his ideals as given in the Ten Commandments, so he sent his only Son Jesus Christ to live out God’s ideals on this earth. After living a life without sin, he laid his life down for the sin of all mankind. That is why John the Baptist, upon his first encounter with God’s Son Jesus, called him the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
The Gospel according to Jesus states that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The consequence of deviating from God’s course and going your own way, is death or eternal separation from God. This place of eternal separation is what the Bible refers to as hell, a place where no one wants to go! According to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because of what Jesus did by laying down his life for us as our sacrifice, salvation is now available to all who will call upon the name of Jesus Christ to save them from their sins. The result of placing one’s trust in Jesus as their Savior and now with his help, living up to God’s ideals, is leaving this earth after death and being taken to a place called heaven. There is no need for a costly research program to develop a transport craft, God already has a place prepared and can safely transport all who will place their faith in his Son, Jesus Christ. And guess how long the trip takes? The Bible says, “In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:52).
So which Gospel is really far-fetched? Which one will you believe?