Steven Hawking is making it plain that human salvation doesn't lie in a Jesus returning in the clouds of heaven but literally getting to the heavens by manmade technology. He'll be delivering this message tonight on Discovery World HD. I plan to be listening.
Hawking states: "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."
It's been apparent for more than half a century that the human race is toast if we are confined to this planet indefinitely. Any number of manmade or natural disasters could doom us to extinction, or at least the destruction of civilization and the return of savagery and barbarism. If our infrastructure collapses, we would soon be doomed to see our accumulated knowledge and progress not only halted but completely lost -- as lost as the knowldge and technological know how about how the pyramids were built.
You may continue to place your faith in divine rescue if you wish. As for me, I'll be listening and pushing for science and technology against the dumbass purveyors of faith in their sky god.