Feeling a bit of pressure and needing to digest all I've seen and heard for the day, I decided to sit next to the guide who was also the driver on the way back to the hotel. The rest of the tour group was sitting behind. I felt a lot more relax as the refreshing cool wind from the window relieved some of tension I was feeling....it was then when I realised that the guide who showed us all the evidence was actually Jewish and was not a believer. How can it be? I turned to the guide to ask him, "Since 60 Old Testament prophesies were fulfilled by Jesus and there is so much compelling evidence, why haven't you and other Jews converted to Christianity...?". The guide turned to me and whispered......
I'll tell you what he whispered to me later when I come back to complete this posting. I share this experience of mine, to tell you something about the importance of faith, what is faith and what the truth means to different people and why we should respect each others beliefs although we may disagree...and why we should not be so arrogant to think we possess the absolute truth.
This is what the guide whispered to me, "I didn't tell you about the prophesies that were not fulfilled...."[Link]( some of commenters cleverly figured it out before I posted this). See the problem with me is I ask too many questions preventing me from taking a leap of faith. Once you leap to the other side, you start to view everything in a different light and the truth become evident in ways you cannot imagine - there are explanations for the good and bad things that happen to you. The dream girl you met, fell in love with and married ...must have been preordained. Serious illness is a test of your faith and recovery brings a fuller and deeper appreciation of the value and sanctity of human life. Religious faith gives you the meaningful answers to questions...answers that you can never have and accept without faith. Sad to say people like me who are unable to make this leap of faith have to through life's trials and tribulations unassured that the outcomes are the result of divine will...these tribulations may leave us in dispair. Religious faith is therefore important and those with faith are indeed blessed.As for the TRUTH, it depends on which religion you leap into. Religious truth unlike scientific truth exist for the purpose of transforming hearts. Religious truth is based on beliefs - faith, hope and love.....it is true because you want it to be true. Who does not want life after death? Who does not want evil to be punished and good to be rewarded? Who does not want to be forgiven for doing wrong? Different religions offer different answers to questions that science cannot answer meaningfully and satisfactorily. When it comes to religious truth, we have a choice what we want to believe. All major religions are true for their believers and trying shake another person's faith by ridiculing his religion and what he feels is true in his heart can only result in a climate of hate. Rony Tan did cross the line but he has also apologised to those he offended. All major religions teach their followers to be forgiving....and doing what is right is a testimony to your faith .... your ability to overcome the hatred in your heart, forgive those who have offended you and show generosity to those who have apologised will be a demonstration that your heart has been transformed by your religious beliefs.
Pastor's comments on Buddhism/Taoism "inappropriate & unacceptable": MHA
Posted: 08 February 2010 2345 hrs
SINGAPORE: The Internal Security Department (ISD) has called up Pastor Rony Tan of Lighthouse Evangelism in connection with his comments and insinuations about Buddhism and Taoism at his church sessions.
These sessions were video-recorded and made available on Lighthouse Evangelism's website. Video clips of these sessions subsequently became available on YouTube and other websites.
The Ministry of Home Affairs said Pastor Tan's comments were highly inappropriate and unacceptable as they trivialised and insulted the beliefs of Buddhists and Taoists.
They can also give rise to tension and conflict between the Buddhist/Taoist and Christian communities.
ISD told Pastor Tan that in preaching or proselytising his faith, he must not run down other religions, and must be mindful of the sensitivities of other religions.
Pastor Tan has expressed his deepest apologies and remorse. He deeply regrets that he has been insensitive and offensive towards the Buddhist and Taoist faiths, and that his comments have saddened and hurt their followers.
He has promised that it will never happen again and has also affirmed that he will tell his members to respect other beliefs and build a harmonious Singapore.
- CNA/ir http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1036211/1/.html