When you turn on your television or open a newspaper or attend any public gathering of people where there is a speaker, you've got to be prepared, because they are always hawking something:
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.- Colossians 2:8
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: - Ephesians 4:14, 15
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
According to the esteemed philosopher, Stephen Hawking, heaven does not exist, and therefore God does not exist. An astute questioner should ask if the opposite is true: if heaven does exists, then must God exist?
We are supposed to care what Stephen Hawking thinks, according to the dozens of awards bestowed upon him, and the testimony of enlightened ones, but we're not supposed to have any respect for the simplicity of God's word, because it seems that hardly anyone does. It ought to be surprising his ludicrous statements make headlines all over the world, but it is not.
God very kindly defines heaven in the opening chapter of of the book of Genesis:
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
A "firmament" is an expanse. The presence of water was due to the cataclysmic flood that occurred some time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. You know about that one don't you, say, from your earth science class?
Biblically, heaven is the expanse above the surface of the earth. It seems to be quite large, and nothing in God's word prohibits it from continuing to expand. Birds fly around in heaven, you breathe heavenly air, and if you jump up just a little bit, you'll be entirely in heaven for a short period of time. The sun, moon, planets, stars, and other heavenly lights are in heaven. You'll have to read a bunch of commentaries and opinions of foolish men to find another definition, and to come up with the man-made doctrine of dead people floating around in heaven.
The theory of a flat earth was debunked and proven wrong quite a long time ago. Now Hawking insists that the entire universe is limited to the surface of the earth and below. His universe may be three dimensional instead of two, but it is limited to the volume of a sphere with a diameter of about 8,000 miles. He's got to ignore all those marvelous photographs from the Hubble telescope to do so. He's so smart. Every elementary school student must be ROFL. I wonder if there is any consensus yet among the scientific community for his theory, especially among physicists.
People who open their mouths like this have one goal: to disparage God's word. Notoriety is only a secondary goal, but no doubt a lucrative one. They are inspired by the conspirators enumerated in Ephesians 6:12. The poison of asps is under their tongues.