In spite of his remarkable discovery, it does not appear that Hawking ever escaped the black hole of atheism. He said, "No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either."
In a 2014 interview, Hawking declared, "There is no God. I'm an atheist. Religion believes in miracles, but these are not compatible with science."
The timing of Hawking's death so close to Easter provides a stark contrast. While black holes are mysterious, Easter is miraculous. Christ's resurrection was a singularity of epic proportions. It was a historical event in spacetime when death was literally "swallowed up in victory." (1 Cor. 15:54)
The resurrection of Jesus Christ produced what is essentially a "white hole," so that everyone who enters through the "event horizon" of spiritual conversion has their sins washed away forever. Believers instantly become as "white as snow" in God's eyes through faith in Jesus. (Psalm 51:7; Rev. 7:13,14) The cross and the empty tomb combined to produce a supernova of sorts and a white hole in "the heavenly realms," (Eph. 2:6) and it is here that a believer's soul is secure in Christ today, tomorrow and forever.
Stephen Hawking lived a courageous life in the midst of a horrible disease (ALS), and he was able to grasp some deep mysteries of the universe. Christ, on the other hand, created the universe, and is able to deliver everlasting life to those who accept Him as Savior. "It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27) Everyone will spend eternity in one of two extreme destinations. While there may be 100 billion galaxies in the universe, there isn't a third option on the other side of the grave.
Stephen Hawking was a visionary who was gifted by our Creator with the intellect to discover and discern deep mysteries of the universe. This discernment, however, was limited to the natural realm due to Hawking's unbelief and his rejection of anything supernatural.
Likewise, it is natural for us to marvel at the intelligence of a brilliant scientist, but it is supernatural to marvel and bow down before the majesty of the One who entered five black holes and lived to talk about it. Christ alone is worthy of our praise, and His eternal kingdom will have no end, no darkness and no death.