So..Stephen Hawking died. It's pretty sad across the board. Smarter than I'll ever be.
Of course, like an idiot I read the comments. Half of the comments are people admiring his work, regretting his loss, generally being somber but also celebrating a life of interesting work.
Then there's the christian commenters, who are more than happy not to accept grief or sadness or offer support, but to take the opportunity to remind everyone that "he rejected god so hes suffering in hell."
Thanks for that, believers. You could talk about his life, his family, his work, contributions to the scientific community or a dozen other things, but nope. They'd rather just use it as an opportunity to say "hahaha we're right and hes burning in hell"
So graceful. So kind, so very jesus like...ugh.
(Really wasn't sure what category to post this under. It's news, its science, and its religion..)
Shoes so big left to fill. A huge part of our global heritage and intellectual culture has just died. My heart aches and my mind is broken. The inevitability of it still leaves a deep wound. Did Hawking not see the black hole that would be left in his wake? Has humanity earned his existence at all?
Don't let the "praise be to God" people get to you - I've often said isn't it amazing that when bad stuff happens their God is just "testing them" and they chalk it up to "God's will"....like it had nothing whatsoever to do with their decisions and their life choices. However, they can turn on a dime and talk about how we were supposedly given "free will"....which sounds to me like they have given themselves the perfect cop out for pretty much anything. Stephen Hawking was told in his 20's that he had about 2 years to live....I think it is a testament to his intellectual prowess and curiousity and amazing strength of will that kept him moving forward day after day to the age of 76. He will certainly be missed....
After his medical diagnosis in his youth, I believe Mr. Hawking was only supposed to live another year or two according to the medical experts. However, he pushed that instead to another 50 years. I certainly can not prove it, but I attribute that to his brilliant mind and his unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I think he was a glowing example of how the human mind can greatly effect our health.....another reason for tribute to a man already worthy of great tribute.
Sheep are not the smartest animals and most humans are just that. They follow the Herd of other sheep and will believe all they are told, no matter how ridiculous it sounds. Like there is "an invisable man in the sky watching every move you make".
Have you ever noticed that religious types are always trying to sell you their "Brand" depending on what they were brain washed with? They stand on street corners and in their pile of bricks monstrosity gaggle of buildings and try to Preach to all! Why should they care what we believe? Because they want to "save us". Why is that? Sheep again comes to mind. And of course...money. I say; please save us from them!
It's worse than this with the Christian comments. They believe so strongly by "faith" but have never read any of their doctrines. According to scripture nobody dies and instantly goes anywhere. There is no instant heaven and hell. It's just not there and neither is the Devil. Again, according to scripture, the Devil goes about like a roaring lion seeking those whom he may devour. Can he do that and be in hell at the same time? Actually the "hell doctrine" is a future time but they get this instant idea from Paul who had visions and could never tell "if he was in or out of his body." He also said that to be absent from the body was to be present with the lord. This makes Christians judge you instantly and put you present in hell. They know you are not "with the lord" because you were not a believer. So many of these idiots use this as "you're dead so you have to be in hell now." They said the same about Robin Williams and Christopher Hitchens. It's total absurdity.
Sorry to hear of the passing of Stephen Hawking today, and a bit surprised. He had a great mind. Now he is in the same place he was before he was born. He won't recall any of it either way.
@Ersomething.....well, this Christian doesn't dare to try to determine whether someone is in hell or not! I think a lot of my fellow "believers" (and I put that in quotations because I wonder by their lack of compassion if they really Do believe) are going to be very surprised to learn who winds up in he'll and who doesn't. When I heard he'd died, the first thing I thought was, "Wow, now he's free! I would love to see his face to wake up being out of that sick body totally whole again, doing a moonwalk across Saturn!" I can't judge someone for being an Atheist, as I know several who are a lot more loving and compassionate than some believers. And from my own experience, some Christians are some of the meanest, most coldhearted people in the world. Sometimes I can understand how someone is an Atheist easier than I can understand how someone else is a Christian. Some Christians just don't fit the profile!