Tycoon Eric Chia was acquitted by the Sessions Court of committing criminal breach of trust 13 years ago involving RM76.4mil. I caught a short snippet of the man being wheeled out of court surrounded by newshounds and photographers on TV last night. He spoke in Malay, thanking God for his acquittal: “Mesti percaya Tuhan. Ada Tuhan, mesti sabar..” or something like that. The point is, the tycoon who is Buddhist, attributed his good fortune to God.
Besides the obvious controversy over the long-drawn case and its surprising conclusion, I am often amused at the way God is given credit when good things happen. In Hollywood film stars - Oscars in hand - thank “Jesus my Lord and Saviour” for their win, while in Malaysia their Muslim counterparts thank Allah. With reference to C.S. Lewis, if God does exist, would an honest man continue to believe even if it offered no help to him in his time of need? Or should one continue to believe when there is little or nothing to be gained by it, say, while one is still earthbound?
Of course, other questions arise. For instance, is it possible to believe in God and yet not put your trust in Him? And if one does not ‘trust’ this God (that good and bad are in his absolute control), does it constitute unbelief?