From the perspective of Ishac Pelahua, 27, an entrepreneur from Bali

What are we here for?
To love and be loved.

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, I don’t believe that.

If there is a God, where is He?
He’s in everybody’s hearts.

Is there a mystery to life?
For me, life is a mystery; there are many things we will never know in this life.

Do you think we are alone in the universe?
I’m not sure. It’s impossible to prove there are other beings besides us.

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 know. I suppose it might be possible.

What do you think happens to people when they die?
I believe in my religion, which says you either go to Heaven or Hell.

Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul is in my body; it’s my life’s pilot.

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?
I don’t believe that anything can last for infinity.

Do you know your place in the universe?
No, I don’t.

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?
Perhaps we are made from the same matter as the universe, but each of us has a different soul, so something I attract may not be attracted to someone else.

Are we being observed?
Yes, 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?
Because when we are suffering we pray to God for help. This is how God reminds us we are only human.

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