Since eight years I wrote this piece, much has happened. Stephen Hawking died recently without answering the crucial question w.r.t the Black Holes. It was a bold assertion of BH existing that did not let light escape. It threw up instead the Information Paradox and all hypotheses to solve it are theories; and in trying to settle that one Science may come up with yet another eye-popping discovery leading the Physicists in another direction. Science is trying to find Truth like fundamental particles that are gone in a split second. What Truth can that be? Science looks from proof, reason for which lies elsewhere. God is Truth. That is the rub, Science looking from the wrong end of a manifestation, which we call effect shall not reach the cause from empirical evidences.

In order to explain sudden burst of energy available seconds after the Big Bang we had come up with Cosmological Inflation Theory. Between Cause and effect as we observe in visible universe, there is a no man’s land in between. In moral terms it is a cloud built over millennia like a garbage patch growing ever larger. Consider what a statesman declared at the end of WWI,- with all the good intentions of course, it was a ‘War to end all wars.’ But it produced a more terrible war WWII. How come? Cluster principle speaks of so many effects of human folly not having found a clean resolution shall form the third component between cause and effect. It applies in all human enterprises, Science included.-b

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“LONDON – Did creation need a creator?

British physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking says no, arguing in his new book that there need not be a God behind the creation of the universe.

The concept is explored in “The Grand Design,” excerpts of which were printed in the British newspaper The Times on Thursday. The book, written with fellow physicist Leonard Mlodinow, is scheduled to be published by Bantam Press on Sept. 9.

“The Grand Design,” which the publishers call Hawking’s first major work in nearly a decade, challenges Isaac Newton’s theory God must have been involved in creation because our solar system couldn’t have come out of chaos simply through nature.

But Hawking says it isn’t that simple. To understand the universe, it’s necessary to know both how and why it behaves the way it does, calling the pursuit “the Ultimate Question of…

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Pharez and Zara (Ge.38:11-30)


Birth of Judah’s sons from Tamar is very similar, superficially at least, to the birth of Jacob and Esau. Pharez did not catch the heel as Jacob did but having put forth hand withdraws as quickly as he put it out. Not before the midwife could tie a scarlet thread to his wrist. His brother Zara came forth followed by Pharez with the scarlet thread still on his wrist. Instead of heel catching Jacob we have in Pharez as a symbol for the nation of Israel, which started out as the heir of promise but their history showed the truth: in their falling off the gentiles symbolized by Zara shall fill in the breach.

In short one narrates the progression of the seed of Abraham and the other foretelling the rejection of Israel. Two variable speeds: God’s Plan and its fulfilment by the Son.

Narrative of the patriarchs runs parallel with its symbolism predictive of the coming of Messiah. For example Joseph is the forerunner of Jesus. The number of 12 is common for the patriarchs and the disciples. It also echoes as a memorial in heaven. Twelve refers to God’s ministry in heaven as well as on the earth. We have 24 elders of whom Apostle John refers thus: ‘The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne (Re.4:10)’. Disciples of Jesus were 12 in number as many as patriarchs were.


Ways of the World

“And Esau ran to meet him(Jacob) and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him; and they wept (Ge.33:4).”

Ways of the world are different from ways of the Lord God. As Sovereign Lord of heaven and the earth He sees the weal of His kingdom in a way different from that of Esau who sold his birth right for a mass of pottage. Yet he was a man of good parts who warmed up to overtures of good will from Jacob who had done him wrong. Saul, the first king of Israel similarly had some nobility but in trying to make his royal house secure against other contenders he found himself sliding into the other side of God. The shade of Samuel warned him thus, ‘…the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? (1 Sa.28:16)’ None of his nobility in parts ever had a chance to add up. It was thus with Esau. He was a profane person since he had no respect for His ways. Do we not see fellows who are life and soul of a party sometimes make the news for domestic violence? Their fault owes to where their priorities lay. They are often pampering their public persona and laying so much importance to the point of negecting their real selves. Ways of the world teach the simple to take a worm’s eye view of their narrow world and not learning from that of God. The world accepts people at face value. Without God they are fragmented and while they are suffering from ravages of sin they can outwardly show friendliness and make time spent with them pass pleasantly.

For a child of God it has to be consistent inside out. ‘Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Co.10:5)’

“But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison…because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper (39:21-23).”

The Spirit makes use of Joseph as an example because he chose to suffer for being good. Joseph tended sheep along with his brethren. He being seventeen was not mature enough to keep his mouth shut. He carried an evil report of his brethren to his father. His brethren did things that in his eye amounted to injury of his father’s name as well as loss, so he reported before it could get out of hand. He was good before the ways of the world had got into the act and they fumed as though he were a betrayer. His brethren thought he breached the cardinal rule of brotherhood: ‘See no evil, hear no evil, Speak no evil.’ In the eyes of Joseph it was safeguarding the interests of his father. Ways of the world want others to join and not spoil the effect of brotherhood by tattletale. If one looks at what they were capable of we know what has penned rules of the ways of the world. The prince of the power of the air, it is called.

Joseph’s brethren were scapegrace. As we shall see further down they were ready to shed blood of their sibling, steal a kid of the goat to explain their crime and lie outrageously before their father and sell him to caravan of strangers. This brings us to the lie Jacob told his own father in order to usurp the blessing reserved for Esau. ‘…Be sure your sin will find you out (Nu.32:23).’

Joseph suffered for being good. It was not to be bracketed with reckoning for his father’s past or future of his brethren. It was goodness of God directly connecting with him. Grace of God, fullness of which would be revealed with advent of Jesus cast an aura about Joseph. The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all his fellow prisoners and grace was proof that God was with him.




“With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury (2 S.22:27; Ps.18:26)”. “As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity:..(Ps.125:5)”.

God prospered Laban, in visible terms, which he could appreciate. ‘For I learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.’ Wealth is a blessing but Laban did not have the insight to seek it from God of Jacob. Instead he wanted it at his terms and pressing his advantage further. He pressed Jacob, ‘Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it (30:28).’ Behind his professed enthusiasm to pay wages we have on record that he had deceived him and changed his wages ten times. The face of greed has never changed neither then or now. Only that now people like Laban have become organized. When he says, ‘Corporations are people’ what he means is that he shall have the option to change wages and keep profits most unto who he chooses with excuse of bonus for the top management, operational costs, depreciation cost, sundries ad infinitum.

Here we see Jacob bearing witness, “But the God of my Father hath been with me.” How God took away the cattle of Laban and gave to him is a demonstration of the old adage, ‘The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.’

Laban agreed to let Jacob separate speckled and spotted cattle and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and specked among the goats for his hire. Laban’s common sense smelled a sure thing. How often do speckled and spotted cattle are seen in nature? They are rare freaks of nature according to his understanding.

‘Jacob took him rods of green poplar hazel and chestnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear…And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ring straked, speckled, and spotted (Ge.30:32-42)’. The feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger were Jacob’s (vs.42). When God had decided to turn the tables on him Nature took the cues and made it happen. Palimpsestic memory of Nature works according to divine Plan for His glory. In order to make it simpler, consider our sense of vision: how we look at things and see them are not simple. Eyes see but in order to make sense requires areas in the brain to process the impressions. Laws of Nature know her sovereign Lord. Before I immigrated to Europe I had no inkling what a Citroën would look like from a stream of automobiles in a highway. After buying one and soon I saw only Citroën in tangled rush hour traffic. How come? Memory made it so natural. While we discuss the palimpsestic memory of Nature as indicative of glory of God we need understand Nature always works to glorify God. Man in his conceit often fails to know God in his daily lives and such failure to glorify God on a wider canvas finds substitutes. Status symbols for those who are in a hurry and we see the consequences around us (Ro.1:20-21).

For God’s children even what seems at first disappointments are fitting out wings for closer walk with God.



“…The words of Laban’s sons saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and behold, it was not toward him as before. And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers…(31:1-3)

God’s plan always works. Jacob needed a lesson in patience. Also he needed to fathom His mysterious ways. God’s ways and ways of the world are antithetical. Glory of the Lord God gave the earth its shape. The earth in return reflects it: the works of His hand are sustained and that is one kind of glory due to His majesty. It works despite of the fallen man who has no fear of God. How fallen man does merely created a cloud and we may name it as ‘ways of the world.’ Let us consider it in general terms and discuss how it worked in the breach of trust between Jacob and Laban.

Wherever the fallen man sets up his crooked ways the earth shall find ways to prove the point: The crooked shall be made straight and the rough ways shall be made smooth(Lk.3:5). This is what we read in other passages as well. God does not have to tempt any man but the earth shall find ways to serve His purpose. So a man eager to make easy money sets up a Ponzi scheme and digs deep into his friends and relatives to join the set up. All they need find are friends from their social circles whose swelling ranks make the man at the top of the pyramid rake in his profits without a sweat. Afterall living among your own kind and moving in same social circles gives each a certain understanding: worth of a dollar when invested wisely can make hundred in no time. It also has taught him social capital is how many friends and contacts he can always touch in need. With so much worldly wisdom stirring up man to play at stocks or other means to make profits ask yourself how come a sure thing as was promised to you all of a sudden crash down? Or a financial bubble make those talking in billions lose even the shirts off their backs? Glory of the earth may be obscured by man and his ways but shall nevertheless reach God to whom alone is Glory, Amen.

“With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury (2 S.22:27; Ps.18:26)”. “As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity:..(Ps.125:5)”. (To be concluded)


Stephen Hawking died today (March 14), leaving behind a massive legacy of work as an astrophysicist, science communicator, activist, and figure of pop culture admiration. And on the day of his death, a question he raised and worked on until the last years of his life remains unanswered: Can information really be lost to the universe?

Hawking’s most famous paper, “Black Hole Explosions?,” published 44 years ago in 1974, took a hatchet to the whole notion of black holes as physicists had previous understood them. And it was Hawking’s first whack at that basic question.

“Classically, a black hole should be ‘perfectly cold’ in the sense that it absorbs everything but emits nothing. This is how they were understood in the early 1970s,” Robert McNees, a physicist at Loyola University in Chicago, wrote in an email.

A black hole like that would radiate energy no matter could escape escape from it. It would just… exist, cold, silent, and eternal. Hawking’s paper made the black holes alive ­— and possibly mortal.

“When Stephen considered quantum mechanical effects in the mid-70s, he discovered that black holes should, in principle, radiate as if they were thermal objects with a temperature,” McNees told Live Science. “If they radiate energy then their mass will decrease. And he found that as this happens, as they shrink, their temperature goes up and they radiate even faster.”

Eventually, perhaps, the black hole would disappear entirely, or shrink to a little nubbin. Without fully reconciling relativity and quantum mechanics in a robust theory of “quantum gravity” (what physicists call a “theory of everything”), the final stage of that black hole evaporation remains a mystery.

“The problem is that, according to his calculations, the radiation is perfectly thermal. It doesn’t retain any information about the state of the material that formed the black hole, and this would violate a fundamental rule in quantum mechanics,” McNees wrote.

Quantum physics requires that the whole future and past of every particle should be, in principle, possible to figure out and link through a series of chained, causal, probabilistic events. But if a black hole release an undifferentiated soup of particles with their information — their histories — unrecoverably erased, then that requirement is fundamentally broken.

“[Physicists call this] the ‘black hole information paradox,’ and attempts to resolve it have driven much of the work in quantum gravity since it was first articulated,” McNees wrote.

Hawking was already an accomplished physicist by 1974. And many brief biographies imply that, following the publication of his 1988 popular science book “A Brief History of Time,” his most important scientific work was behind him. But Hawking continued to produce significant and controversial scientific papers until as recently as this decade, wrangling with the paradox he introduced decades earlier.

The most dramatic late-career paper Hawking wrote suggested the black holes as they’ve classically been understood don’t exist at all.

In “Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes,” published in 2014, he suggested that the “event horizon” around black holes, the point beyond which even light could not escape, doesn’t really exist. Instead, he wrote, there’s simply an “apparent” horizon of trapped light, which could fade away and allow the light to escape.

“The absence of event horizons mean that there are no black holes — in the sense of regimes from which light can’t escape to infinity,” Hawking wrote.

He also suggested some fundamental conceptual problems with a number of features physicists had attributed to black holes, like “firewalls” around their boundaries that destroy observers who try to enter.

That wasn’t Hawking’s final word on science. As recently as 2016, Hawking published a paper with the University of Cambridge physicist Malcolm Perry and Harvard University physicist Andrew Strominger called “Soft Hair on Black Holes.”

The research team argued that black holes are surrounded by “soft” or zero-energy particles, which they call hair. That hair, they wrote, stores the lost information of particles emitted by black holes on “holographic plates” beyond the black holes’ boundary regions. So the information, while displaced, is never truly lost.

“A complete description of the holographic plate and resolution of the information paradox remains an open challenge, which we have presented new and concrete tools to address,” they wrote.

Even near the end of his life, Hawking remained very much a working scientist, presenting ideas that advanced his field, and ideas his colleagues rejected.

“It’s my impression that the 2014 paper is not widely accepted. The 2016 paper, on the other hand, which is work with Perry and Strominger, is a direction that people are still actively working on,” McNees wrote.

“The black hole information paradox has been one of the defining questions for people working on quantum gravity. And, as it remains unanswered, I think it remains the most interesting question that [Hawking] raised.” (Ack: LiveScience/ Stephen Hawking Never Answered His ‘Most Interesting’ Scientific Question/Rafi Letzter of March 14,2018)

He was a visionary alright. I am more concerned with the question that remains unanswered:  the Information Paradox which the existence of black holes threw up shall be vigorously followed yet more riddles grist for the mills namely Scientific Inquiry..

Information can never be lost the idea was first proposed by Einstein. We have black holes, white holes, worm holes. These are all highways, back alleys, hyper loops for information to be sent across. Only problem for Science is that they do not know the addressee. May be out there is a Celestial Post office and one sitting there with a seal ready, Address Unknown, Return to Sender.