Faith

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Assalamu’alaykum…

I just found this note…

An Atheist Professor of Philosophy speaks to his class on the problem Science has with GOD, the ALMIGHTY.
He asks one of his New Christian Students to stand and . . .

Professor : You are a Christian, 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 is 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 does 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 has 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 becomes 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 is 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 its 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 shakes his head with a Smile, beginning to realize where the Argument is 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 Endeavor,
Are you not teaching your Opinion, sir?
Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?

( The Class is in Uproar )

Student : Is there anyone in the Class who has ever seen the Professor’s Brain?

( The Class breaks 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 is Silent. The Professor stares at the Student, his face unfathomable. )

Professor : I guess you’ll have to take them on Faith, son.
Student : That is it sir . . .
The Link between Man & GOD is FAITH.
That is all that Keeps Things Moving & Alive.
NB:
I believe you have enjoyed the Conversation . . . and if so . . .
You’ll probably want your Friends / Colleagues to enjoy the same . . . won’t you?
Forward them to Increase their Knowledge . . . or FAITH.
It turned out later that the student is Albert Einstein.

Malaysia, Membangun Mimpi

Assalmu’alaykum WR. Wb.

Akhirnya untuk yang pertama kalinya bisa menulis tentang dunia. Yeah! Blog ini kan bertitel KarafuruWorld. Jadi, nggak enak kalau nggak ngebahas tantang dunia. Untuk tulisan pertama, kita mulai dengan tetangga kita, Malaysia.

Masih ingat jargon Malaysia yang sering muncul di iklan televisi kita sepanjang tahun 2007 kemarin? Yup, “Malaysia, Truly Asia”. Sejak tahun kemarin Malaysia memang mulai menggencarkan untuk membangun mimpi sebagai ‘Asia yang Sebenarnya’ dengan memantapkan sektor pariwasatanya. Terbukti, angka pendapatan devisa dari sektor pariwisata, khususnya dari wisatawan asing, meningkat sepanjang tahun 2007 (Nggak percaya? Coba cek situs resminya).

Tahun ini, Malaysia kembali membangun impian dengan meluncurkan sebuah film kartun berjudul ‘Bola Kampung’ (sudah tayang di Malaysia sono). Loh, membangun impian dengan film kartun? Kok bisa? Ya! Dalam hal ini Malaysia memang cerdas. Mereka bisa belajar dari Jepang yang sukses merealisasikan mimpinya dari komik Captain Tsubasa.

Captain Tsubasa merupakan salah satu dari beberapa komik yang membangkitkan semangat rakyat Jepang di beberapa aspek dalam beberapa dekade terakhir ini. Aspek yang terlihat di antaranya adalah dunia perkomikan. Dulu, sebelum komik Detective Conan atau Naruto bisa kita baca seperti sekarang ini, yang memonopoli dunia adalah komik terbitan Marvel atau DC Comics, yang notabene milik Amrik. Tapi setelah pemerintah Jepang concern untuk membatasi impor komik asing dan gencar mempublikasikan komik-komik dalam negeri (termasuk Captain Tsubasa) sekarang ini kayaknya nggak ada satu orang pun yang nggak tau satuuu aja tokoh komik Jepang. Saat ini menjadi komikus adalah salah satu kebanggaan di negeri sakura itu. Ada impian-impian besar yang setidaknya hampir direalisasikan (khususnya dari komik Doraemon dan Captain Tsubasa). Diyakini hingga saat ini, kedua komik itu yang membangkitkan semangat ala samurai yang muncul dalam diri orang-orang Jepang untuk berprestasi di bidang robotika dan bidang olahraga sepakbola. Hasilnya? Baru-baru ini ditemukan robot yang bisa memperlihatkan ekspresi yang berbeda tergantung dari kondisi sekitarnya. Jangan lupa, dalam persepakbolaan, dalam satu dekade terakhir, Jepang adalah macan Asia yang menjadi langganan Piala Dunia.

Balik lagi ke Malaysia, ada wacana yang beredar kalau negara beribukota Kuala Lumpur itu akan membatasi rakyatnya terhadap kebudayaan asing, khususnya komik-komik atau film kartun yang beredar. Artinya, jika itu memang benar-benar terjadi, ada kemungkinan Malaysia siap mengulangi kesuksesan Jepang yang berhasil membangun impiannya. Tak hanya itu, Malaysia pun sepertinya siap untuk melahirkan komikus-komikus yang siap bersaing di mata dunia.

Dengan film kartun ‘Bola Kampung’-nya, diharapkan semangat yang sama muncul. Patut dicatat, dulu Indonesia sering banget mengalahkan Malaysia dalam pertandingan sepakbola. Tapi akhir-akhir ini kayaknya hasil seri lebih sering didapat.

Terlepas dari polemik yang terjadi antara Indonesia dengan Malaysia akhir-akhir ini, sepertinya kita dan pemerintah kita harus mengambil pelajaran penting dari impian yang ingin diraih Malaysia. Semoga program Visit Indonesia 2008 adalah langkah awal kita untuk bisa bersaing di mata dunia…


(Sssst… Sekarang film kartun ‘Bola Kampung’ tayang di TPI, lho! Mau lihat kualitas kartun Malaysia? Bisa coba dicek…)

Wassalamu’alaykum Wr. Wb.