What planet are you from anyway, Mr. Hawking? Have you ever read the writings of your predecessor, Isaac Newton? He did believe in God and tried to use science and math and physics to prove the Bible not disprove it. Nothing creates itself out of nothing just because there is enough mass and gravity. I will agree that if there is enough of one or the other something will happen but who created the gravity and the huge amount of mass which would have had to be there before the “Big Bang” in order for the cosmos to “create itself”?
That is analogous to the “theory” that all life “evolved” from some protein-infused slime into all of the myriad of forms of life that our planet possesses today. It is foolish! Even computer models agree that there has not been enough time in the entire universe for something like that to happen.
This entire cosmos was created with a message to all mankind….that God alone is sovereign over all. Creation cannot create itself anymore than you could create a copy of yourself, with all of your memories, feelings and knowledge intact. God could do that, but the creation cannot. Our life is a gift from Him. A gift which we receive every day that we are alive.
The cosmos and all that is in it was created by the Word of God, not by some random event due to gravity and heat and pressure. Where did the gravity come from? Was it created by the mass of matter before the bang? If so, where did the matter which caused the gravity and heat come from? It did not just appear from nothing.
Nothing can only create nothing. Something, no matter how small the particle is, does not arise from nothing. Yet, that is what you are suggesting. Even if you could create a protein puddle with all of the necessary building blocks for life, nothing would come from it in a sterile environment. It would eventually dry up unless it was acted upon by something or Someone. In the book of Job, in chapter 38, God answers Job’s question with a question: “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?….On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone —- while the morning stars sang together and the angels shouted for joy?” Job 38:4-7
There are many who have questioned how or why our cosmos and all of creation came into being. The only true answer is that God wanted it to, not just because He wanted to create it but because it would glorify Him. His creation points to its Creator from all points of creation, regardless of who is looking or at what you may be looking. The perfection that is displayed from the smallest part of creation to the largest galaxy or the most gigantic star is due to the perfection of its Creator. It may sound simple to scientific minds who analyze everything but since it only takes a word from God to create anything, it is simple at least to Him. Put your faith in Him and life will be as simple as following Him daily(although that is not as easy as it sounds).
God bless you all and I pray that these words find you in good health. In His Service.