For us Indonesians, we’ve been taught since we were kids that There is One and Only God (Ketuhanan Yang Maha Esa – Ind). No matter what you named God, in Muslim way or Christian way or other religions, we believe that there is God. That God is The Creator of this universe. And God is Unity.
When we grew up, we taught by science that there is any possibility that universe wasn’t created by God. That universe was there, is there, and will always be there, eternally. Some scientists also said, “If everything was created, things were created by humans, humans were created by God, than who created God?”.
For those who don’t believe in God, like these scientist, we simply called them as Atheists. But when we grew up a little older, we also knew that there is such thing like Agnostic. For you who don’t know, it’s an act of admitting that there is God but refuses to name God, not in any religion ways.
Also generally known, that there are people in Indonesia who are said to believe in God and have religion, but never obey its rules. They have religion just to be shown on the Identification Card, not to live with. Let’s call this kind of people as Disobeyers. They believe in God, they have religion, they just never do what’s been told. Never pray. Never go to church. Never do Ied. Never do Easter. Not even a single religion ceremony.
But I found some facts, that there are also people in western countries who are said to have religion, but they don’t believe in God. They said, “If it’s about religion, I’m Christian Ortodhox, I’m not an Atheist. But, yes, I’m not sure about God. No one knows, right?”. My western muslim friend also answered the same, “No one knows for sure God is there or not”. Errr, if we have religion doesn’t it means that we know that God is there somewhere thus we believe in God, no matter whether we obey the rules or not..?
In fact, a friend of mine said, “I don’t believe in God. I know what God is” (read about it here). That’s quite confusing, huh? At first I defended “hey that’s the same. If you admit about God’s existence, means you believe that God is there somewhere, thus you believe in God, right?”. But according to him, believe and know are different. To believe means to have faith, you believe in something even though you don’t know what is that for sure. Know means able to define certain thing.
Seriously, I’m not interested in theology, not now, and not in other million years. But it strucked my mind when I said “Amen” in the end of my hope, and my western friends asked “Why Amen?” or “Why thanked God?”. If I wasn’t in the mood to discuss it, I just simply replied, “oh just the habit”. F! I didn’t know what to reply. We Indonesians never ask about that. That’s just normal for us, right?
Religion is so personal in western countries. People there don’t like to be asked about their beliefs. That’s also why they don’t have to mention their beliefs on the Identification Card. They don’t have to define whether they are Obeyers, Disobeyers, Atheists, Agnostics, or what ever word they use to describe their beliefs.
Crap. I don’t know why I write about this.