Faith

Lemme begin with a story :

An Atheist professor of Philosophy was speaking to his class on the problem Science has with GOD. He asked one of his students to stand and . . .

Professor : You are a religious person, aren’t you, son?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor : So, you believe in GOD?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good?
Student : Sure.
Professor : Is GOD ALL – POWERFUL?
Student : Yes.
Professor : My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent )

Professor : You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Student : Yes.
Professor : Is Satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor : Where does Satan come from?
Student : From . . . GOD . . .
Professor : That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor : Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor : So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer)

Professor : Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor : So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer)

Professor : Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son . . . Have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor : Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor : Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor : Yet you still believe in HIM?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor : Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as Heat?
Professor : Yes.
Student : And is there such a thing as Cold?
Professor : Yes.
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theatre became very quiet with this turn of events)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of Heat, even more Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat, a Little Heat or No Heat. But we don’t have anything called Cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as Cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of Heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre)

Student : What about Darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as Darkness?
Professor : Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light . . . But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called Darkness, isn’t it? In reality, Darkness isn’t. If it is, were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor : So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor : Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view Death as the opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that Death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of Life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor : If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavour, Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter)

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt it, touched or Smelt it? . . . No one appears to have done so. So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable)

Professor : I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir . . . Exactly ! The link between Man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

That student was Albert Einstein.

credit to Skyjuices

Amazing story, isn’t it ?

Now I’m a “religious-free” person. It doesn’t mean that I believe in nothing, though. It just something that the majority of my countrymen face. We sorta believe in Buddhism. We have temples and pagodas, and there are plenty of them. We went to pray and such. Yet we still categorize ourselves as “religious-free”, talking about irony.

What I’m trying to say is, I’m in no way a Christian, nor do I ever believed in the presence of God (well, it just my belief), yet everytime I read or hear of stories about the power of faith, especially of those who have faith in God, I never cease to be amazed by them.

I met this guy about 2 years ago (well, I even had the chance to hug him), the name is Nick Vijicic. He’s living without a single limb on his body. What’s so amazing about him is that despite all the misfortune of living without limbs, he believes in God, believes in God’s love and believes that God has a mission for him : to carry the message of God to everyone, to convince everyone that if you believe enough, you can make it through (with God’s guidance, of course).

When I saw that man stood there (on the stage of HCBC Singapore), I saw in him not the image of a person without limbs, but the image of a strong-willed, positive, and humorous man who stood the test of time and courage. His speech, his aura, his vibe, everything about him was so convincing… and so great (holiness, wow). He made us feel like we were smaller than him. He made many laughed that day, and he made many cried that day, not because of their sympathy toward him but because they were so moved by his speech and his will.

And here’s him for you.

Well, as much as I was moved by Nick, I still don’t believe in God. I mean, it’s just that I’m not a Christian, and… well, I just don’t believe in his presence. I have my own faith, my own principles. Still, I respect all those who believe in God, and Buddha, and Alah, and other religious figures, because I know that they and I share the same thing : faith. Own faith maybe difference, but they serve us the same : they drive us and keep us moving, they help us to overcome obstacles and keep looking at our goals. I think that’s what important for us.

Of course, there are those whose faith actually make them do the wrong thing. I know that they exist. There are people who believed in the wrong thing, or misunderstand the messages of the right thing, or just have a little bit *too much* faith in something that it actually polluted them. Whatever it is, I feel sorry for them.

And I don’t know how true is this, but I believe that one must balance his faith. Faith is not just blindly believing in something. You can’t sit there doing nothing and believe that you will score high for your exams. You can’t just driving aimlessly and believe that you’ll reach your destination one day. Sometimes we must judge something with our own evaluation and come up with our own answers. Now this is still too much for a young lad like me to discuss, I know, but I believe I made my point clear.

Now.

Do you have faith ?

I do.

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9 comments on “Faith

  1. tAnk says:

    ^

    I believe that this note is wayyyyyy too long -.-” 😛

  2. Lien says:

    You are having a faith in your own SELF.
    Deny yourself, take up the cross, and follow Him. It’s my way to have a true FAITH. I strongly encourage you.

    • tAnk says:

      Thank you for offering that. I understand that this religion is truly great and GOD had helped (and freed) countless of people. I understand that He’s very gentle and He’s there to help everybody.

      (Ok, I’m not a Christian, so I may not understand it all)

      However, I feel that if I have to credit to someone(s), someone(s) who made me and loved me and showed me the light, then I’m sorry, but they have to be my parents. Nobody else.

      And because of that, I won’t give up, I won’t wash myself out, etc…(whatever I might say). I feel that that’s enough for me atm. I’ll make my own way. 🙂

      But thank you again, I truly appreciate it.

  3. Lien says:

    Then I say God is your holy father. I used to feel that way too. And various things more. My dear friend, if I’m open to you like this, do you think smt unspeakably both incredible and influential must have struck me so that I could change? But don’t worry, we can temporarily end the debates and focus on our own business, until a right time comes allowing the conversation to resume ^^ I’m sure abt that ^^

  4. Chi Kita says:

    I have nothing to preach to you, yep. But it’s always good to think, to ponder and seek the purpose of life. Seek and you will find. I hope that you will.

  5. Lien says:

    Because we are interested in what you feel and conceive. And I’m sure God is even more joyful when someone, in his busy life, spares a thought for Him. You are precious in God’s eyes, so much as our seldom contact, we’d love to hear from you ^^.

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