From the perspective of I Ketut Asta, a 36-year-old father of one.

What are we here for?
Sometimes I don’t really know, but it must be to continue our families.

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?
I think it’s possible that God created the Big Bang.

If there is a God, where is He?
He is all around us in animals, plants, people and also in the air we breathe.

Is there a mystery to life?
Yes, the purpose of life is still a mystery.

Do you think we are alone in the universe?
Yes, I don’t believe there is anyone else out there.

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?
As I said before, I think it’s just us.

What do you think happens when people die?
My religion says that we will be reincarnated into another body until God decides we have fulfilled our life’s work.

Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul is in my brain, telling me right and wrong.

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?
Yes, I believe this is true; it is part of reincarnation.

Do we have any control over our lives or has everything already been mapped out since birth, predetermined, and fate?
God has mapped out our lives before we were born. We think we are making decisions but really God has made us choose that path.

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’ve never seen that video so I can’t really say.

Are we being observed?
We are observed by God in everything we do.

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
We are punished for the bad things we do. Our karma as humans is very bad sometimes.

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