From the perspective of Fabian Fruigling, 24, an exchange student at Udayana University from Dortmund, Germany
Do you believe people arrived in their present form on Earth?
No. Well, I believe that Adam and Eve were sent to Earth, so humans are not from Earth themselves. I believe in God and Adam and Eve.
Scientifically, it has been proven that humans evolved some 250,000 years ago from primitive organisms, that we didn’t just “appear” on Earth as we are.
I don’t believe in it. I must say Adam and Eve are the ones who were on the planet for the very first time.
But could a supernatural force or being have guided our evolution?
There is a single entity of supernatural force in this world. I believe in God.
What does it mean to be human?
Being able to share with others and live together respectfully.
Philosophers say that human suffering proves the existence of God, that some people must endure enormous tragedy and sadness in order to find their path to God. What do you think?
That’s the Earth and natural disasters. God is not harmful.
What about the Asian tsunami of 2004 that killed around 250,000 people? Where is a god in such a biblical natural disaster?
His not in the disaster. But he is in prayer.
Do you think the chaos and trouble caused by people, including wars, is the product of a Devil-derived evil or purely free will?
It’s human will, of course.
Why do you think the Universe is such a gigantic place yet the only apparent intelligent life as far as we’ve been able to detect is on Earth?
I believe there’s something and someone else out there; there’s life other than earth. But not aliens like we see in TV.
Scientists tell us the Universe started off from an incomprehensibly dense dot and exploded into what we see today, and is expanding. In your imagination, what did the cosmos blow up into?
I never think about it. It was a big moment, maybe like a bomb.
Although impossible now, if a probe could reach the furthest parts of space, at the point where matter was still expanding, and if that probe could jump ahead of the matter, where would it be?
Somewhere really far and different.
Atheists maintain that religion is nothing more than a fairytale and that adherents are deluding themselves. They say there’s no proof of the existence of any controlling entity or creator and that it’s foolish to believe in one. Are they deluding themselves?
Yes and no. I respect what they choose. I have my religion and it leads me in life. And what they choose is what they choose. I think God exists.
What’s the wonder of being alive?
To be happy every day.