From the perspective of Steven Saiya, 28, an English-language teacher from Papua

What are we here for?
In my very personal opinion, we are here for a reason and the reason, according to what I believe, is to enjoy the life that has been given to us.

Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the now circa-13.7-billion-yar-old universe and all that’s in it was created by a massive explosion of enormously dense matter at what may have been the beginning of time?
No, I don’t, as such massive an explosion like every other explosion has never resulted in such organized structures, only chaos and destruction. Our universe is organized by laws and everything that moves in it obeys these laws.

If there is a God, where is He?
In my belief, God is in his house, that some call “heaven.”

Is there a mystery to life?
For some people, why we are here is still a mystery. Also how people and the universe were built.

Do you think we are alone in the universe?
Yes, I do.

There is a theory that there may be parallel universes with exact copies of us — doppelgangers — doing exactly the same thing as us right now. What do you think about that?
I think it is just a hypothesis, not a theory. As we know, theory is a proven hypothesis and up to now no evidence or undeniable evidence has been found.

What do you think happens when people die?
To live is the opposite of to die. So when people die, they do not exist anymore.

Where is your soul and what is it?
The soul is just the power of life that is supported by the breathing system, just like the electricity to the fan.

Science says that all matter and energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?
Perhaps I am wrong but as far as I know, energy can be produced by matter, as in Einstein’s formula E=mc2.

Do we have any control over our lives or has everything already been mapped out since birth, predetermined, and fate?
Some things have been mapped out not only since birth but far before that, such as the growth of the fetus that has been mapped out in the DNA code. However, we’re not like robots. We are still given the freedom to choose, which leads to the consequences of our options.

Some people believe that because we are made from the same matter as the universe – carbon, and other elements, like nitrogen – anything we ask it will be attracted to us, popularized recently in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?
I have never seen that movie and I don’t really know about it.

Are we being observed?
Yes, we are.

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
One of the reasons why God allows such things is to make us prove that we can govern ourselves. Free from the creator, as the first man, Adam and Eve chose to be free from a theocratic system, by developing science and trying out new political systems.

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