Why Did God Create Atheists?

There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.

One clever student asks “What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?”

The Master responds “God created atheist to teach us the most important lesson of them all – lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs and act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right.”

“This mean,” the Master continued “that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say ‘I pray that God will help you’. Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say ‘I will help you’.”

ETA source: Tales of Hasidim Vol 2 by Mar.

I got it from a friend. In my opinion, I didn’t totally agree with the story but some points really hit me. Reading it made me compare myself with the atheists.  Was I really better than them? Sometimes I hesitated helping others and said that I would pray for them, but in fact, I didn’t do it. The writing rebuked me for not doing love for other. It made me become worse than the atheists.

Quoting from James 2: 26 that is: As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

I hope that our daily deeds really show our true faith and make it flourish.

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KUNCI UNTUK MEMBUAT HIDUP ANDA LEBIH BAIK

Dikutip dari Buku Karya Ausberg 49 tahun buku yang berjudul
“THE LAST LECTURE”
(Kuliah Terakhir)
yang menjadi salah satu buku best-seller pada tahun 2007.””

KUNCI UNTUK MEMBUAT HIDUP ANDA LEBIH BAIK

terdiri atas
–Personality,
–Community and
–Life.
Berikut penjelasannya:

A. PERSONALITY:

1. Jangan membandingkan hidup Anda dengan orang lain karena Anda tidak pernah tahu apa yang telah mereka lalui dan rasakan.

2. Jangan berpikir negatif akan hal-hal yang berada di luar kendali Anda, melainkan salurkan energi Anda menuju kehidupan yang Anda jalani saat ini, secara positif

3. Jangan bekerja terlalu keras, jangan lewati batasan Anda.

4. Jangan paksa diri Anda untuk selalu perfect, tidak ada satu orang pun yang sempurna.

5. Jangan membuang waktu Anda yang berharga untuk gosip.

6. Bermimpilah saat anda bangun (bukan saat tertidur).

7. Iri hati membuang-buang waktu, Anda sudah memiliki semua kebutuhan Anda.

8. Lupakan masa lalu. Jangan mengungkit kesalahan saudara , pasangan dan teman Anda pada masa lalu. Hal itu akan merusak kebahagiaan Anda saat ini.

9. Hidup terlalu singkat untuk membenci siapa pun itu. Jangan pernah membenci.

10. Berdamailah dengan masa lalu Anda agar hal tersebut tidak mengganggu masa kini Anda.

11. Tidak ada seorang pun yang bertanggung jawab atas kebahagiaan Anda kecuali Anda.

12. Sadari bahwa hidup adalah sekolah, dan Anda berada di sini sebagai pelajar.
Masalah adalah bagian daripada kurikulum yang datang dan pergi seperti kelas aljabar (matematika) tetapi, pelajaran yang Anda dapat berlangsung seumur hidup.

13. Senyumlah dan tertawalah sesering mungkin agar Anda lebih dapat menikmati hidup ini

14. Anda tidak dapat selalu unggul dalam perbedaan pendapat. Belajarlah menerima kekalahan dan bertoleransilah
B. COMMUNITY:

15. Hubungi keluarga Anda sesering mungkin

16. Setiap hari berikan sesuatu yang baik kepada orang lain.

17. Ampuni setiap orang untuk segala hal

18. Habiskan waktu dengan orang-orang di atas umur 70 dan di bawah 6 tahun.

19. Coba untuk membuat paling sedikit 3 orang tersenyum setiap hari.

20. Apa yang orang lain pikirkan tentang Anda bukanlah urusan Anda.
Itu urusan mereka. Jangan pikirkan hal tsb.

21. Pekerjaan Anda tidak akan menjaga Anda pada saat Anda sakit, tetapi keluarga dan teman Anda.  Tetaplah berhubungan baik dgn mereka dan lingkungan Anda.

C. LIFE:

22. Jadikan Tuhan sebagai yang pertama dalam setiap pikiran, perkataan, dan perbuatan Anda.

23. Tuhan menyembuhkan segala sesuatu.

24. Lakukan hal yang benar.

25. Sebaik/ seburuk apapun sebuah situasi, hal tersebut akan berubah.

26. Tidak peduli bagaimana perasaan Anda, bangun, berpakaian, dan beraktivitaslah !.

27. Yang terbaik belumlah tiba, tapi nikmati saja yg ada.

28. Buang segala sesuatu yang tidak berguna, tidak indah, atau mendukakan.

29. Ketika Anda bangun di pagi hari, berterima kasihlah pada Tuhan untuk itu.

30. Jika Anda mengenal Tuhan, Anda akan selalu bersukacita. So, be happy.
Mati tdk menunggu Tua.

Mati tidak menunggu sakit.

Nikmati hidup….

Sebelum hidup tidak bisa lagi dinikmati.

Sahabatku !

Doubts and faith

Did you ever have doubts in your heart? Some people maybe thought that doubts were the sign of lack of faith, but I didn’t think so. If you didn’t have faith how come you could have doubts in your heart?

It was not ashamed if we had doubts. It was normal. Nobody’s perfect. Everybody had ever felt uncertain about his choice. In my life, sometimes I questioned myself whether my choice was right. I thought it was OK if I did a mistake, at least I could learn something from it. But if I had a doubt and it prevented me to do anything, I thought it was not OK.

Doubts showed that we did have faith and our humanity who couldn’t accept that our condition was different with our imagination raised doubts in our heart. How can we defeat our doubts? The answer is to keep our faith in God. There are only two options, the first one is our doubt defeat us and we completely lost our faith and as the consequence we will live with no guidance and lost; or the second one that is we defeat our doubts and it will increase our faith in Him as we know and believe that He will always walk before us.

If you are having a doubt today or feel uncertain about some problems that you are facing, I will not blame you. It’s humane. I hope and pray for you that you will defeat your doubts and increase your faith.

When God answer my pray…

I will never leave you not forsake you…  Hebrew 13: 5

It was like another day when I came home, since I lived in another city. For me, coming home was like torturing myself. My parents didn’t approve with my job. They didn’t want me worked as a lecturer because they hoped me became a businessman. As we all knew that being a businessman promised you a better future than being a lecturer. However, it was my choice. And as the consequence, listening to their argument was my routine schedule when I was at home.

Since I couldn’t discuss my difficulties with my parents, that’s because they blamed me for my choice, I found it was hard to tell them about my feel, my fear and my struggle. It seemed that I left alone and no one supported me.  In the moment like that, sometimes I asked God why He put me in that situation and when He would help me out of it. I have prayed and prayed for many times, but I felt that it didn’t change anything.

But today, I thought that He answered my pray. Today my sister borrowed some books, one of them was the Chicken Soup book. Actually I love reading, but I didn’t put my eyes on them.  I forgot how long I read my last Chicken Soup book. It was some years ago. I used to love reading that kind of book, but now I thought that it was not interesting anymore.

I didn’t know what made me take the book and read it. It was a Chicken Soup about the answered prays. Reading it made me refreshed. It seemed like that God spoke to me using the book, using the stories inside. Somehow I thought that it was His way to strengthen my faith. I believed that nothing happened by accident but it was His work. It was His work when my sister asked me to accompany her to the library that day. It was His work too when He lent the books to my sister since I was not interesting about any book in the library. And it was His work too when suddenly I wanted to read it. The most important thing, I really believed He chose the right time that He put the book when I was at home.

I don’t know how about you, but I believe there were some moments when He spoke to you, answered your pray using some unpredictable ways. That’s how He works. Our task is just opening our ears and our heart to listen to His answers.

Mengampuni

Ketika hatiku t’lah disakiti
Ajarku memberi hati mengampuni
Ketika hidupku t’lah dihakimi
Ajarku memberi hati mengasihi

Ampuni bila kami tak mampu mengampuni
Yang bersalah kepada kami
Seperti hati Bapa mengampuni
Mengasihi tiada pamrih

Seperti hati Bapa mengampuni
Mengasihi tiada pamrih
KasihMu Tuhan di hati kami
Mengasihi tiada pamrih

 

Menyanyikan lirik lagu tersebut membuat ku banyak berpikir.

Mengampuni, adalah hal yang terasa mudah diucapkan tetapi sangat sulit dilakukan. Banyak orang yang memilih untuk hidup dalam penjara kesedihan, kemarahan, kebencian, dendam dan permusuhan daripada melepaskan semua nya itu dan memilih mengampuni serta melupakan perasaan sakit, kecewa dan luka yang telah mereka dapatkan.

Apakah mengampuni benar-benar tidak sanggup dilakukan? Kurasa tidak, semua itu adalah pilihan. Tidak mudah memang, tetapi mengampuni adalah jalan menuju hidup yang merdeka karena memendam perasaan negatif terhadap orang lain justru akan merugikan diri sendiri. Apalagi kalau orang yang menjadi musuh tersebut sama sekali tidak merasa bersalah terhadap kita. Sia-sia lah energi yang kita gunakan untuk membencinya.

Tidak ada hal yang sulit dilakukan. Semua itu hanya dibutuhkan niat dan kemauan untuk menjadi bisa. Demikian juga dengan mengampuni. Karena Tuhan telah menunjukkan teladan mengampuni, maka kita pun seharusnya juga dapat melakukan hal yang sama, tak peduli seberapa besar kesalahan orang tersebut dan seberapa dalam mereka menyakiti kita. Satu hal yang penting juga untuk kita renungkan adalah kita juga manusia yang membutuhkan pengampunan karena mungkin ada tindakan kita yang juga menyakiti orang lain tanpa kita sadari.

Mari bersama kita belajar mengampuni dan diampuni…

my thoughts about writing on blog

Some days ago, some people asked me how could I write frequently on my blog, while they didn’t have enough time to write something on it.

Answering it, the first answer is it is a matter of priority. I know that it is an old answer, but I believe if someone decides to make something as his top priority, he will do everything to accomplish it. So having no time isn’t a reasonable excuse. Instead, he has something else that more important to be done. Actually, I am not diligent enough to have a fix schedule to post something on my blog. And yes, it’s a matter of priority.

The other answer is I just wrote something in my mind. As you see in my blog, I have various topic that written on it. Well, my goal when I created my blog was I wanted to share my thoughts with other people as well as throw them out of my mind. Honestly, I used my blog as a trash bin where I could put my thoughts on it. Of course I selected some thoughts that I thought they were positive and could be blessed the other.

Whether other people read my blog or not, it was not my consideration. I didn’t care whether they thought that it was rubbish, but I cared when someone put a comment and needed a feedback. As my commitment was providing a positive impact, I tried to respond them with a positive comment and encouragement.

And one more thing, I’m trying to improve my writing skill in English. I know that my skill is as horrible as my English but it is said that practice make us better.

I think that’s all. My principle is just writing and I hope it can bring a positive impact.