Stephen Hawking
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Stephen Hawking, during an earlier interview, declared that God does not exist and the origin of the universe was the work of scientifically explainable phenomena. In response to that, Christian minister Ray Comfort stated that, "The Bible says he is a fool".

In September, Hawking told the Spanish-language paper El Mundo that he did not believe in God because science provided more convincing answers to the origin of the universe. But according to Comfort, Hawking can't be one of the most brilliant minds alive today if he is an atheist, reports Raw Story.

"You know, if we disagree with the Bible, when someone says, 'I'm an atheist,' they're saying, 'I'm a fool," Comfort said last month on his weekday video programme, the 'The Comfort Zone' (below).

"They're saying nothing created everything, which is just ludicrous intellectual suicide. The Bible says he who denies God's existence is a fool, and if we say the guy is intelligent, then we are denying what scripture said," he added.

Comfort said it was obvious that the universe had been created by a higher power. His so-called "banana argument" became a viral sensation.

"It's like someone who sits in a 747 [airplane] and says I believe this happened when nothing exploded and everything fell into place," he explained. "Everything, the wings, all fell into place without a designer. That is ludicrous."

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