A Facebook post from "Catholic Online" claimed that Stephen Hawking made a deathbed conversion to Christianity. Image via Wayback Machine

No deathbed conversion for atheist Stephen Hawking

A Facebook post from "Catholics Online" claimed that Stephen Hawking made a deathbed conversion to Christianity. Image via Wayback Machine

(RNS) — It happens a lot after famous nonbelievers die: People claim the nonbeliever had a deathbed conversion to Christianity.

And it happened again after the death last week of physicist Stephen Hawking, who, by his own account, did not believe in God.

“We are each free to believe what we want and it is my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God," Hawking said in 2011. "No one created the universe and no one directs our fate.”

But that did not stop a Facebook page called Catholics Online from claiming that Hawking uttered "I believe" in his mechanical voice after a meeting with Pope Francis just before his death.

They even posted a picture to "prove" it.

Trouble is, it isn't true. The investigative site Snopes called the claim and its source "disreputable" before slapping the story with its bright red "FALSE" sticker.

READ: A brief history of Stephen Hawking's atheism

"This Facebook post is just another in a litany of fabricated claims about famous non-believers," the Snopes crew writes. "The source is a Facebook page associated with the disreputable website FrancisMary.org, which appears to have no formal affiliation with the Catholic church and routinely posts clickbait articles touting videos of Jesus Christ appearing in the flesh during a church service, or as an angel on a white horse fighting in Israel."

The photograph itself was not doctored, Snopes ruled. But the pontiff and the physicist met at the Vatican in November 2016 for a scheduled meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, of which Hawking was a longtime and valued member. The academy has no belief requirements for members.

Claims of deathbed conversions of atheists to Christianity are so common they are almost a meme. Naturalist Charles Darwin, orator Robert Ingersoll, astronomer Carl Sagan, Dutch soccer star Johan Cruyff and writer Christopher Hitchens were all the subjects of supposed deathbed conversions to belief in a Christian God.

The most recent example came from Larry Alex Taunton, a Christian apologist, who knew Hitchens and wrote a book titled "The Faith of Christopher Hitchens" a year after Hitchens' death in 2010.

READ: Dying Christopher Hitchens considered Christianity, new book claims

In it, Taunton claimed Hitchens was "teetering on the edge of belief" shortly before he died of esophageal cancer, too famous for his outspoken atheism to admit he was privately “entering forbidden territory, crossing enemy lines, exploring what he had ignored or misrepresented for so long.”

“At the end of his life, Christopher’s searches had brought him willingly, if secretly, to the altar,” Taunton writes at the end of the book. “Precisely what he did there, no one knows.”

Exactly, Taunton's critics responded (along with a few other choice words like "petty" and "disgusting"). No knows what happens in the hearts of people at the moment of their deaths. But in the case of Hawking, Snopes points out that there was zero evidence to indicate he had embraced a belief in God.

And no secret conversion should be read in the news that Hawking's ashes will be laid in Westminster Abbey this fall, an honor for eminent Britons. Darwin rests there, too.


  1. Please be advised:

    “With the spurious Scripture in Luke and the diabolical teaching of deathbed conversion, people are presented with a false gospel of ‘accepting Christ’ in their moment of ultimate weakness and vulnerability, as if they will then be ushered into the Kingdom with complete salvation. Nowhere is repentance or the necessity of exercising newfound faith for spiritual growth mentioned. It’s all about, ‘Remember me, Lord,’ and finding oneself transported into Paradise as if by magic.”

    Source: Victor Hafichuk, “Diabolical Doctrine: Deathbed Conversions to Christ”, The Path of Truth, June 2, 2016.

  2. I respect Stephen Hawking. The Best of what human beings can be.

  3. Really doesn’t matter. He is a believer now.

  4. A deathbed conversion by Hawking.
    About as likely as t-RUMP telling a truth….

  5. No, he was not. Sure, he was a world-famous physicist. A genuine science-achiever and disability-overcomer. No problem with that.

    But Hawking messed up, all the same. He turned his back on the God who gave him those victories. He became a Psalms 14:1 “of what human beings could be.” That’s how atheism works.

    Other atheists even looked to Hawking’s example to boost their own personal rebellions against God. That mess ain’t no good, by ANY measure.

    So where is Hawking now? The Bible says two possible outcomes — which one did Hawking choose?

  6. Well, if you are right, he is being tormented in Hell…along with six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, He is suffering with Einstein, Confucius, Gandhi, Anne Frank, Buddha, etc. They all messed up.

    Stephen Hawking is suffering in the company of all of the above…far more than he did with his physical condition in in life if you are correct.

  7. You can’t really blame Christians for spreading fake news. They believe Jesus forgives all their sins, so why wouldn’t they sin?

  8. Wow, you’re a very disturbed human being.

  9. The gloating that comes out of the closet among a certain subset of Christians when someone like Stephen Hawking dies — the fixation on “saving” the soul of someone who should be allowed to rest in peace, on using his life as a “Christian” cautionary tale: it’s necrophilia at its finest.

    A certain strand of Christianity is in love with death, infatuated with death as it exploits the death of people like Stephen Hawking to make “Christian” points about how “God” is wrathful, ready to strike the world, jealous when people do not believe in “Him.”

    And on and on.

    Who with any moral insight would be interested in connecting to a “God” who behaves this way, to a religious tradition that generates followers of this ilk, ready to pounce on the death of a noted person who happens to be an atheist in order to gloat, to say he’s now being slapped in the face with the idea of “God” and “salvation”?

    Let the man rest in peace. If you have a viable and compelling message to preach to the world, let it speak for itself — and model that message. Don’t use a deceased man to try to bludgeon people with a message they cannot and should not accept, given the kind of folks who want to offer it to the world and call it “salvation” and “love.”

  10. Oh, that’s okay. It’s part of my skill set, some would say.

    But meanwhile, I’m offering you a considered, even-handed response to your post. So can you take a minute and reciprocate?

  11. I just reciprocated. You consider what you wrote “even-handed”? Your fundamentalism is ignorant, hateful and repugnant. In case you didn’t hear me the first time, you’re a very disturbed human being.

  12. He is where everyone who dies is. Dead period. There is no afterlife.

  13. And that’s the rub, isn’t it Damien? The possible outcome regarding Hawking (or Gandhi, or Buddha, or other famous people), that we don’t really wanna talk or think about.

    Fwiw, I’m glad Kimberly Winston gave the correct caveat, “No one knows what happens in the hearts of people at the moment of their deaths.”

    But THAT statement, even though written very carefully, still points to the horrific eternal outcome that Hawking was flirting with, via subscribing to atheism. And others are following his example. Where will they end up?

  14. Every living breathing atheist in America, is absolutely hoping that you’re correct.

    Because if you ain’t ….

  15. Look around you Navy. The flowers, the clouds, the trees, birds, animals, the fact that you can even breathe are all a gift of God. You may choose to deny that, but it’s all right in front of you to look at and another thing you deny, but is true honey – He loves you.

  16. It’s all a gift of Brahma. It’s all a gift of Allah. It’s all a gift of whichever god you believe in.,
    Or maybe it’s just all a gift from no one in particular.

  17. Seriously messed up. He didn’t turn his back on your god. He didn’t believe in your god. And your god couldn’t be bothered to show him that he was wrong. And you can’t show him that he was wrong.

  18. good comments floydlee

    Revelation 22: 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

  19. So god would condemn Hawking for his atheism when god couldn’t be bothered to convince someone who relied on convincing evidence that your idea of god was real? And this is a god of love?
    Sorry. You are not convincing me. but then…

  20. Then I am not. In the OT Bible, the afterlife is Sheol. It is not fiery, or anything Christians seem to think. It is a waiting stage until the messiah comes. I have no idea where the fire and torture comes from. So, if you believe in the Old Testament, you wouldn’t go to hell. Either way, I will go where I go.

  21. Or, it is a gift from God – the creator of the Heavens, the Earth, the Seas and all that is in it. Your choice – your destiny.

  22. How do you know that Christ didn’t show him he was wrong, as He does you, but, like you, he chose to ignore that?

  23. Steven Hawking found out, immediately upon his death, that his views of the universe and its origins were wrong his entire life. He wasn’t a great scientist. He will spend eternity with the reality that his rejection of God cost him more than fame. It cost him his immortal soul.

  24. You don’t know anything about life or death.

  25. I’m sure if he actually got some evidence post Mortem, he was fine with saying “ok Jesus.” That’s how actual evidence works. It convinces people with brains.

    I can assure you that, contrary to the stories True Believers (TM) tell themselves about non believers and unbelievers— you know, how we we so sinful, how we hate god, and all of the other nonsense you use to justify your wholly imaginary superiority— were Jesus to show up when I am dead, and tell me is indeed real, I would have no problem with that. I’d just say, “sorry Jesus. I didn’t believe in you because of the logic and knowledge you gave me, and because of the bigots that hide behind their religious belief like sandimonious, falwell, Robertson, Benedict, JPII, and a host of others. You know, people who use their faith as a weapon to justify their own prejudices.”

    And Jesus would be all like, “yeah, I know. We have a real problem with those types.”

  26. Christians lie. So what’s news about that?

  27. Typical fundamentalist nonsense. Many of the early fathers of the church preached universal salvation – yes, for everyone. Their credentials-and their knowledge of the Bible- are far stronger than yours. So, to answer your question, according to sound Christian belief, he would be in heaven.

  28. You’d probably be better off with “sorry Jesus, I didn’t believe in you because doing so would have interfered with what I wanted to do”.

    It has two advantages over your proposed spiel:

    – it’s honest

    – it doesn’t try to make excuses for yourself by throwing other people under the bus.

  29. Didn’t you read the article — where he will end up — not in Hell, or worse in Heaven, listening to boring Harp music….but with other giants like Darwin and eminent Britons…

    -> “And no secret conversion should be read in the news that Hawking’s ashes will be laid in Westminster Abbey this fall, an honor for eminent Britons. Darwin rests there, too.”

  30. No one needs to try to second guess you on hating God, Ben. They just need to read your comments. And you can whine and cry about Christian bigots when Christianity is obviously have no understanding of, so I suggest you increase your supply of Kleenex. We’re around to help people for the long haul.

  31. And you know that how, tatoo? ?

  32. Well some good news here..the now deceasced Austin, TX bomber, Mark Conditt, sounds like he loved Jesus and came from a good Christian family. He was against gay-marriage and abortion, too !

    So Conditt goes to Heaven and Hawking goes to Hell. Isn’t Jesus just wonderful?

  33. A great deal of Bah humbug! and a tiny straw man. It makes perfect sense to rejoice at the salvation of such a famous soul who turns at the point of death and admits that he is a fool after all.

  34. Thomas Paine’s last companion claimed he had a deathbed conversion. It is difficult to accept that the man that penned THE AGE REASON had a deathbed conversion. She had every reason to concoct that story for her own benefit.

  35. Any article using Snopes as a source is automatically fake news.

  36. The stories you people MUST tell yourselves about others who don’t share your beliefs. We hate god, we know nothing, and oh yes. You just want to “help.”

  37. So does Ralph Vaughan Williams, an atheist who wrote a lot of religious music. As he said,

    “there is no reason an atheist can’t write a perfectly good mass.”

  38. Good, you’re learning. Now you turn around and help someone

  39. Sure, I’ll help you.

    Have you heard of our One True Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? We have restored the true message of Jesus to the world, and want to save you from your fundamentalist errors.

  40. Ben my friend, I’m not entirely certain that His response would be what you describe. However, as a Christian, I’m still earnestly searching to find an effective methodology for engaging in these discussions while expressing genuine love and understanding to those who are not presently persuaded.

  41. “I will go where I go,” doesn’t sound terribly well thought out. I mean as a rational intelligent human being, you have the responsibility to make the best case for or against your position.

  42. “boring Harp music?” That is a stereotypical perspective that does not even begin to address the complexity of the issue, philosophically speaking.

  43. Not so. Whatever his putative background, Conditt’s actions repudiate anything that might have superficially identified him as a genuine believer in Christ.

  44. With illogic and fallacious accusations like what you write, the present societal proliferation of such vial characterizations of God is contributing to the increasing violence and immorality that is undermining the faith of many “young folks.”

    The true essence of God’s actions is his irrepressible love and devotion to his creation, including unwillingness to passively allow us to live our lives and die without making clear of his desire for us to live with him eternally.

    The first understanding is the tragedy that death cures atheism. The second is the true reality expressed by Carl Sagan: “Understanding is ecstasy.” Like Sagan, I am sure Hawking spent his life striving to understand, all the time denying the existence of the Creator of the universe, who is omniscient.

    Because God is a perfect gentlemen, he will not force anyone who rejects him to spend eternity with him. But, the eternal separation makes Sagan’s and Hawking’s dream of ecstatic understanding impossible, an everlasting tragedy.

    Prayerfully and hopefully, Stephen will rest in peace, would that he made the right decision for understanding.

    A caution is offered to not conjure up a God that is not real for personally selfish or misguided motives, rather earnestly seek Him to receive the ecstasy of understanding.

  45. Christ is all about weakness and vulnerability. Please cite this “spurious” passage in Luke. Christ is not bound by time or duration. However, I would concur that genuine repentance is required; the fact that there is no “time” for spiritual growth in the new found faith is not material.

  46. It does seem evident that Snopes lacks objective analysis.

  47. If your belief was so moral and compelling, then there would be no need to lie so often and baldly in service of it, as the person in the article did.

    You also would be more honest about your own belief. There is no rational or logical case to be stated for belief. Only faith. Belief in the absence of facts.

    Maybe also develop a side order of respect for the Iives of others. You find atheism to be an affront because it means people do not believe as you do. Nothing bit an expression of arrogance and contempt. Something unbecoming of those who claim their belief allegedly compels moral values and behavior.

  48. So you feel the need to lie about others to promote your belief. How typically Christian.

  49. And the belief that think is so important is utterly superfluous.

  50. No evidence of an afterlife. Not even ghosts.

  51. It helps that you have no evidence to support your claims.

  52. So belief is not a criteria for eternal bliss. It is superfluous.
    Floydlee, Sandi, and Bob are wrong then.

  53. So your god is vain and petty in nature and prefers insincere devotion upon threats than a life devoted to helping humanity.

    Wow, your religion is vile, immoral garbage. It has no value to the world whatsoever.

  54. Hi, Edward. It seems you are making a cautious and gradual reappearance.

  55. It’s the conundrum of the ages, Edward. I don’t know what Jesus would say. But I do know what a kind, loving, decent human being would say, and I’d have to think that Jesus’s response would be at least that good.

  56. Snopes is one of the most respected fact-checking sites in existence. The fact that they have to tag so much right-wing fake news as false is a reflection on the right, not Snopes. If you read their site every day — I do, it’s fun — you’ll find plenty of left-wing fake news too.

  57. That might all be well and good if it actually happened, but it didn’t.

  58. Thank you for sharing your intimate knowledge of the Deity with us, and assuring us that “He” is a “perfect gentleman.”

    It’s reassuring to know that “He” waits until someone has died to pounce. And that “His” followers therefore feel entitled to use the deaths of fellow human beings as morality tales to shop around what they imagine “salvation” to be.

    This is not the image of God I end up with as I read the Christian gospels and think about the story of Jesus. Who was insistent that judgment be left to God, and who told us that many of us who imagine we’ll prance into heaven with the sheep may be sent down the path of the goats at the end of our lives — and that everything depends on whether we saw and loved Jesus in the least among us, the prisoner, the homeless person, the stranger, the sick, those without resources.

    I also note that, when Jesus laments over Jerusalem, he speaks of God as a mother bird seeking to fold her chicks under her wings — which is, in fact, the very first image of God we encounter in the scriptures, in the creation narrative of Genesis.

    As you say, we would do well not to “conjure up a God who is not real” — or to make God in our own image.

  59. Conditt’s actions? How many times have we heard that works are no matter for salvation.

    We can only speculate about death bed repentance and conversion for both Condit and Hawking….But according to many Christians…cannot rule out that at the last minute — Hawking was damned and Conditt was saved !!

  60. Try Christianity Ben. Many here will help you.

  61. It does compel moral values and behavior…

    In others.

  62. Try Mormonism. Many of them will help you.

    Try Catholicism. Many of them will help you.

    Try SDA. Many of them will help you.


    nah. just be trying.

  63. You haven’t reached the point of being trying yet. That would mean that I would give up hope for you, and I haven’t. Jesus loves you.

  64. Works are the fruit of salvation, not the cause of it.

  65. No, Sandi Luckins, you lecherous old cougar and despicable old bigot, your Jesus is long dead, rotted away, and not able to love anything.

    Now, get those lazy fat fingers of yours away from that keyboard, and get that awful scruff of a beard of yours combed out. Windy Edward will escape your scissorlegs and be back with his lifetime love Jimmie if you don’t improve.

  66. No, Sandi Luckins, you lecherous old cougar and despicable bigot. floyd’s comments were awfull, and awfully wrong, as usual.

    And now that Edward the Windbag has escaped your clutches, you are trying to trap poor little floyd in your scissor legs. Disgusting!

  67. Thief-on-the-Cross had a prototypical – hence the go-to standard for – deathbed conversion according to Luke, they falsely teach. His wasn’t one at all.

    Here, do your spin & angle on this:

    LUKE 23 – 33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. 35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” 38 Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” 44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was ]innocent.” 48 And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return, beating their breasts. 49 And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things.

  68. Jesus declared, “By their fruits you shall know them.” Conditt’s fruits seem apparent. James taught that our faith is known by our works, which should be the fruit of our lives, but works are not the basis of our salvation, Jesus’ propitiation on the cross is. Presently, no one but God knows the state of either Hawking or Conditt, but Christians can make a commonsense surmise based on a full reading of scriptural narrative.

  69. I will give your suggestion sincere consideration.

  70. I hope to maintain that caution and still minimize my presence, I truly wish to stay informed on these important issues but keep a low profile. I will endeavor to be thoughtful and avoid sarcasm and offence. I will especially not respond to someone else’s lack of courtesy, coarseness, or abusive language. Best wishes.

  71. Rather I suspect that Conditt’s belief system, whatever it was, does not fit the proper paradigm of a sound, rational, and genuine Christian faith.

  72. According to Alana Goodman, “‘Fact checking’ website Snopes on verge of collapse after founder is accused of fraud, lies, and putting prostitutes and his honeymoon on expenses (and it hasn’t told its readers THOSE facts)”, Daily Mail, July 26, 2017:

    (1) “‘Fact-checking’ website Snopes is asking its users for help in a GoFundMe saying an ‘outside vendor’ is ‘holding it hostage'”

    (2) “But the site which claims to be ‘transparent’ and to tell people the facts they need to know hasn’t told those donating everything that is going on”

    (3) “In fact it is at the center of a bitter legal battle with its CEO being accused of fraud, lies, conspiracy and putting prostitutes and his honeymoon on expenses”

    (4) “David Mikkelson set up company which owns Snopes.com in 2003 with then wife Barbara but she sold her 50 per cent stake during bitter divorce”

    (5) “Owners of company which provided it with tech and advertising services bought her stake but have now fallen out with Mikkelson and call him a fraudster”

    (6) “Case could see judge order site closed – despite it being chosen by Facebook to arbitrate on fake news”

  73. It was certainly was sincere belief.

    It never seems too be genuine when a Christian does something embarrassing. Hmm.

    If a sincerely believing Christian won’t go to heaven but an atheist will, then obviously belief is not so important after all. 🙂

  74. the Mikkelsons’ and the site’s financial woes notwithstanding, no credible source— and certainly not a slimy rag like the Daily Fail — has ever been able to take a shot at the accuracy of its fact-finding or its folkloristics.

  75. Origen came up with that notion in the 3rd century. All kinds of Gnostic and pagan-inspired fluff appeared in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. It isn’t what the apostles taught, however.

  76. Whatever happened to “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”? These guys seem to think their pseudo-religion allows them to lie.

  77. God does not pounce, he owns everything, he is not a human concoction of self-serving dimensions. His followers do not feel “entitled” only forgiven and wanting all to know and accept the truth, as Jesus said to do. Human death is a profound morality tale for all who objectively desire truth. No one is making judgment and none was made.

    It is not Christian “imaginations” of what salvation is, it is Jesus’, read it yourself. His warning was for all to know that without receiving him as Lord, playing religion or self-serving manipulation of God’s truths will not save. Doing what you list is a result of being saved, not salvation.

    We can and likely will find many faults in Jesus’s followers, especially me, but we must be sure to press into seeking and knowing Christ avoid the spiritual pitfalls.

  78. Snopes is about as reliable as CNN or the tabloids, if you want to know if something is true, do some actual research. I have no idea if the article is right or wrong. I do know Snopes is a joke!

  79. Snopes is one of the most reliable fact-checking sites out there. THEY do the research. As you candidly admit, you can’t prove them wrong.

  80. I’m just not convinced about Conditt, however his views reflected a distorted view of Christian teaching. As to Hawking, an admirable theoretical physicist, though I’m always more impressed by Practical Physicists’; philosophically speaking, he was hardly in the top tier, and for me, to your scorn, philosophy both compliments and rises above mere physics. Cheers.

  81. I’m just not following you, unless your effort is to demonstrate that the thief on the cross painstakingly reviewed his life and confronted and repented from that life in his final hour. Certainly Jesus judged it so. But I submit that Jesus is not bound by duration of time; if an individual honestly reviews their life on their death bed and recognizes their sin and confronts it honestly and squarely, then there is no reason to suspect their repentance. Deathbed conversions usually occur over a period of days, with ample opportunity for sincere reflection. Anyway, Jesus knows His own.

  82. You’re thinking of Some-Thief-Dying-in-Her-Bed, not – and irrelevant to – THE-Thief-Dying-on-the-Cross in Luke 23. Read that gospel again so as to free yourself from “the diabolical teaching of deathbed conversion”. Not if you don’t want to, though.

  83. Agan, thanks for sharing your intimate knowledge of God with us. Personally, I don’t find that image of God as the big capitalist in the sky — “He” owns everything — very compelling. Doesn’t fit the image of God Jesus models and speaks about in the Christian gospels.

    A big capitalist in the sky who owns everything and is ready to slap folks down, issuing warnings, waiting to pounce when people die: who needs a God like that?

    It’s how a huge percentage of straight white men behave all the time in the world that has been constructed through their dominance and unquestioned authority. And then they/you want to convince us that you are somehow God writ large in the sky?

    Sorry. I don’t buy it. I prefer Jesus and the gospels.

  84. It is not “my” intimate knowledge, read it for yourself, but read it all, especially about the Earthly Jesus who laid down his God likeness to take on the image of a man and humbly submit to whatever the Father willed.

    Capitalism is a human economic convention, hardly God’s means for managing his creation. No need to “slap” people down, he just has to wait after spending our lives trying to get our attention. What happens after death is the logical conclusion, there is no “pouncing” but there is a final judgment that determines eternity. Reject God, he will not force you to live with him.

    The irrational ranting about “straight white men” “dominance” is irrelevant,, you can believe or deny what God has inspired and done, but finding fault with others who fail to live perfect lives will not give you a pass for not doing what God desires. Jesus was the example for all humanity, that is why we are without excuse to live and love as he did.

  85. Its editorial content may be to the left, but its fact-checking is done on both sides of the aisle. Just last week they were dealing with photoshopped images of Trump, Melania, and either the porn star or the Playmate (it’s hard to keep up).

  86. Buy what? The vision you have of a God ready to pounce is warped. If you prefer Jesus and the gospels, great!

  87. I will say that I believe in God, and if you don’t fine, no skin off my nose so to speak. That is your personal business. Most Christians feel that way. Are most atheists mean and snotty?

  88. If you’re right, fine., we are all there. If you’re wrong, eternity in hell which you chose, not God. It breaks his heart when people choose hell over him, but they do ll the time. I hope you don’t do that.

  89. The evidence is the New testament. Do you believe it?

  90. We don’t know that. The evidence left behind suggests Mr. Hawking is indeed in hell, technically “torment”, because hell isn’t being used yet. The moment after a person appears to be dead to the human eye and actually are dead could be slowed down time that seems to last for hours/days to the dead person but is in actuality a flash in time. It could include a personal visit from Jesus with a final offer of salvation. We just don’t know what happens in that time period. I hope Mr. Hawking is in heaven, but it will only be from a silent death bed conversion.

  91. There is no companionship in hell, all are alone in the dark, alternatively crying out to and cursing the God they don’t believe in.

  92. He already did. Haters gotta hate.

    Religious fools always want to put a “tramp stamp” on accomplishments they had nothing to do with. They want to crap on people who don’t or didn’t believe in the same invisible sky daddy as themselves.

    Nothing says hateful contempt like attacking a famous person post mortem for not sharing the same beliefs.

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