We’re All Gonna Die…

Several weeks ago theoretical physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking posited a question on Yahoo!Answers about the survival of the human race. At first, many believed that it was a hoax since they assumed that the question was posted by someone pretending to be the famous author of “A Brief History of Time.” But it was not a hoax. The question really was posted by Dr. Hawking and it was quite simple: “How can the human race survive the next hundred years?” The responses to his question have been impressively voluminous with 24,785 answers as of the date of this post. Not only has his question drawn a great deal of attention, but it has also garnered a wide variety of proposed answers. I am always fascinated when scientists contemplate this question – it is an indirect acknowledgement of mankind’s limitations. It is also an affirmation of this plain truth – that we live in a very hostile universe, from the most distant galaxies to the very inhabitants of planet earth. Above all other dimensions of hostility in this universe, mankind is the greatest manifestation of hostility because he is the hostile enemy of God (Romans 5:8-10) and this is why men are in constant enmity with one another (Romans 3:15). Therefore, the warfares and crimes of men are simply a secondary illustration of mankind’s primary enmity with the Creator. This is the most serious and obvious hostility that we see illustrated on a daily basis. But there is yet another aspect of hostility in this universe in which we live:

(1) First of all, there is space itself. The average temperature of space is 2.73 Kelvin, or -454° fahrenheit. A human body subjected to such an extreme temperature would freeze instantly. However, even if you could remove the problem of temperature itself, the vaccum of space, along with the absence of breathable air, would kill you anyway.

(2) The nearest star to planet earth (the Sun) is a raging beast. Left to itself, it would eventually become a red giant before it collapsed into a white dwarf. In such a red giant phase, it would expand to such an extent so as to engulf the orbits of Mercury, Venus and the Earth. But even before this could ever happen, it would have increased in its energy output enough to destroy all life on Earth anyway.

(3) Then there is the constant threat of incoming asteroids. What most people do not know is that there is a branch of modern cosmology that is growing rapidly and is focused on tracking asteroids that may pose a risk to Earth. NASA itself is increasing its budget for the NEO program (Near Earth Orbit Program) in order to track possible risks. What has sparked interest in this subject recently are the several near misses have have occurred in the last three years, including a number of asteroids that were completely undetected because they approached the Earth from our astronomical blind spot – the sun. In fact, one astroid came so close that it passed between some of our orbiting satellites and the earth itself (2004 YD5).

Based upon the current models of cosmology, we’re all gonna die – eventually. Of course, as Christians, we know that the present Heavens and Earth will be destroyed – not by natural causes, but by the Creator Himself who will subject all of creation to His final judgment. But what is interesting to note is that the modern scientist understands that humanity cannot endure this hostile Universe – even if he survives the next 100 years, mankind will face some form of catastrophe, they surmise. But instead of looking to the Lord, who has promised to create a new Heavens and new Earth (Revelation 21:1), men are trying to find ways to establish a new earth by their own strength and wisdom. Below is a video of a BBC program (Space with Sam Neill: New Worlds) which surveys some of this very form of scientific fantasy. It proposes how we could possibly make other planets and moons habitable for our use in the future. Frankly, it’s a bunch of science fiction which denies our ultimate fate as fallen humans, but I would encourage you to watch the program and even consider how you might use it as a witnessing tool with unbelievers that you know. Without the Lord, this BBC program is depressing and hopeless! But this is why I would suggest that it would be a helpful tool to use with others for the sake of the Gospel. It is 30 minutes long and at times a bit frustrating to watch, but when you have a moment, I would encourage you to take a peek at it.

My review of this film:

Romans 1:22-23: 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

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2 Responses to We’re All Gonna Die…

  1. Anonymous says:

    You seem to look at the extinction of the human race as a blessing. You seem to welcome it. Do you not love your fellow man?

  2. thearmoury says:

    Anonymous said: “You seem to look at the extinction of the human race as a blessing. You seem to welcome it. Do you not love your fellow man?”

    I do have a love for all of mankind – this is why I made this concluding point in my post: “Without the Lord, this BBC program is depressing and hopeless! But this is why I would suggest that it would be a helpful tool to use with others for the sake of the Gospel.”

    The video is depressing, but the message of the Gospel is a very real message of hope – and this is what I am exhorting others to consider. I am a pastor, but I also have invested a good deal of time and energy in the sciences – to be specific, my undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Physics. Thus, I have rubbed shoulders with many science-types and am familiar with the kinds of discussions that go on about the question of mankind’s survivability in the cosmos. What is amazing to me is that so many people place their hope and trust in science and technology – when in reality this cannot save mankind. This is not cynicism – this is just a plain acknowledgement of the truth – a truth that more scientists are beginning to realize, if they’re honest scientists. I don’t delight in the fact that men perish – in fact, this is why I made this post in the first place. There is a very real hope for a life that will not end. It is a hope that realizes that though men will die, they can still have life that will never end. This is the simple truth that Jesus Christ declared when He said to Martha:

    “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26.

    Men have been trying to ignore, forestall or even reverse the curse of death ever since the beginning – but there has never been, nor will there ever be a way to reverse death, except by one means – the risen Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. The real question that is important here is (as Jesus asked) – “Do you believe this?”

    I would be glad to dialogue with you on this more – feel free to e-mail me @ thearmoury@triad.rr.com if you prefer. God’s grace to you…

    2 Peter 3:10-15: 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. 11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the patience of our Lord to be salvation;

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