Three weeks after evangelist Billy Graham died. atheist Stephen Hawking passed away. Hawking died at his home in Cambridge, England, early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76.
Hawking's family stated that he died peacefully. The college flag at Cambridge's Gonville and Caius College flew at half-mast and a book of condolences was signed by students and visitors. Hawking directed at least fifteen years before his death that the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy equation be his epitaph.
Hawking was a brilliant and well-known professor of theoretical physics. He spent his life studying the mysteries of the universe. His other claim to fame was being the longest survivor of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. A diagnosis of ALS generally leads to death within several years. But Professor Hawking defied conventional medical knowledge and lived with ALS for more than 50 years.
Though Graham and Hawking are distinguished in their areas of expertise, Graham believed in God, while Hawking did not. In his 2010 book "The Grand Design," Hawking asserted that there was no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe.
In Hawking's words, "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham, writes: "I wish I could have asked Mr. Hawking who he thought designed the human brain. The designers at HP, Apple, Dell, or Lenovo have developed amazing computers, but none come even close to the amazing capabilities of the human mind. Who do you think designed the human brain? The Master Designer-God Himself. I wish Stephen Hawking could have seen the simple truth that God is the Creator of the universe he loved to study and everything in it.
The Bible says, "You alone are the Lord. You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You" (Nehemiah 9:6)."