There is a clear message in two pieces of “news” that occurred in the in the last several days.

Last week, The English theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, a self-proclaimed atheist, surprised all who were attending a lecture he gave at Cambridge University, when he said that he believed that “some form of intelligence” was actually behind the creation of the Universe.

This brilliant, internationally know scientist, highly regarded for his belief in the origins of the universe, declared that his years of research on the creation of the cosmos have led him to isolate a strange scientific factor which is in many ways contrary to the universal laws of physics. (do not ask me to explain this!)

This strange phenomenon which he names the God factor, would be at the origin of the creation process and would have played a great role in determining the actual form of the universe. While Hawking has said many shocking things due to his intense thinking and brilliance, this was never a consideration.

However, a near death experience of his brother, after a heart attack last October, radically changed his view on the nature of human consciousness and the universe as a whole.

Hawking said  “My brother has always been a role model for me. His rational, cunning, and no non-sense mind has shaped my personality into the person I am today and has led me into the study of the fascinating world of physics. But since his accident last October, he has come back a changed man” he recalled.

“He has told me of the existence of a sentient being, of another world we mortals are unaware of, he has told me of God”.

“Modern science relies on the perception that consciousness lies within the human brain, but what my brother experienced, I cannot explain. Does consciousness lie outside of the human body?”

He now knows for our God called him home this week. This strikes me as more than coincidence.

Since 1963, Hawking suffer a slowly progressive form of the motor neuron disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Yet it did not impede his brilliant mind or his ability to communicate, even as it took a tremendous physical toll.  More striking yet, is that God allowed him to speak and write as Hawking saw the universe – an allowed him to live until he found God.  This is his ultimate teaching.

May he rest peacefully in the arms of our loving God.