Steven Hawking is acclaimed as the greatest scientific mind since Albert Einstein, which I have no reason to doubt; however, his erudition does nothing to bring peace to his soul, but rather launches him into pessimism and looking in all the wrong places for meaning and security.
Hawking was questioned on CNN about why he wanted to take a zero gravity flight. “Many people have asked me why I am taking this flight. I am doing it for many reasons,” he said before the flight. “First of all, I believe that life on Earth is at an ever increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers. I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go into space. I therefore want to encourage public interest in space.”
Interviewed by The Telegraph in the UK he said, “I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.”
Hawking told the BBC “that life could be wiped out by a nuclear disaster or an asteroid hitting the planet.” Then the Cambridge academic added, “Once we spread out into space and establish colonies, our future should be safe.” He says humans have to go to another star.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.” (John 6:47)
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 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1359562/Colonies-in-space-may-be-only-hope-says-Hawking.html Telegraph; 10/16/01 accessed 3/14/10
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6158855.stm, Accessed 3/14/10