From the perspective of Viena Estralia Suhardie, a 28-year-old holiday consultant from Jimbaran.

What are we here for?
To defend our right to live in this universe.

Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the circa-13.7-billion-year-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. It doesn’t make sense to me.

If there is a God, where is He?
Inside your heart and blood.

Is there a mystery to life?
Yes, because we don’t know what will happen in the future. Life is unpredictable.

Do you think we are alone in the universe?
No. I’m pretty sure there are other living creatures.

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 don’t believe that.

What do you think happens to people when they die?
In my religion we believe we are responsible for all our actions, and will go to either heaven or hell depending on the way we behaved in our lives.

Where is your soul and what is it?
It’s inside us; it’s something that makes you alive.

Science says that all matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?
No. It will vanish when “the owners” want it back.

Do you know your place in the universe?
On this Earth, where I am now, is my place.

Some people believe that because we are made of 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 don’t believe we are made of the same matter as the universe like carbon or other elements, but I do believe we can attract the things that we want in our lives.

Are we being observed?
Of course – by God.

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
God lets us know there will always be consequences of our actions.

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