Posted by: todung | 27 December 2008





Menjelang libur sekolah untuk merayakan Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru, diadakanlah Pesta makan-makan. Masing-masing anak disuruh membawa piring, mangkok dan nasi putih.

Anak-anak disuruh berbaris rapi duduk di halaman rumput sekolah yang luas dan bersih. Anak laki-laki di sebelah kanan, dan perempuan di sebelah kiri, dekat dengan petugas yang terdiri dari guru-guru sekolah, isteri dan suami guru, juga penghuni kompleks Gereja yang satu kompleks dengan sekolah SD sekolah kami. Mereka yang bertugas sangat banyak. Mereka sudah makan lebih dahulu sebelum acara bersama anak-anak dimulai, mereka juga membawa banyak makanan dalam bungkusan ke rumah masing-masing.

Anak-anak disuruh mengeluarkan nasi dan menaruh di atas piring yang dibawa dari rumah. Setelah barisan duduk dengan melipat tangan menantikan guru-guru yang bertugas bergerak dari ujung ke ujung barisan untuk membagikan daging. Anak-anak tetap sabar melipat tangan di dada menunggu doa makan oleh Pendeta atau Penatua Gereja yang turut diundang. Setelah berdoa makan barulah anak-anak menikmati makanan langka itu.

Saya cukup memakan nasi bersama kuah daging, saya merasa perlu menyisakan dagingnya untuk saya bawa ke rumah agar orang tua dan saudara saya juga turut menikmatinya. Saya bangga membawa sisa makanan itu ke rumah. Rupanya bukan hanya saya berbuat demikian, yang lain juga bahkan ada yang tidak memakannya, cukup dicicip sedikit satu potong (santanggo kecil), nanti di rumah mereka makan bersama. Dagingnya lumayan, satu cangkir satu orang anak bersama kuahnya. Saya memperhatikan bagian saya agak dilebihkan oleh petugas yang membagi, ada sedikit nepotisme, karena guru yang membagi itu tau benar bahwa saya anak dari Kepala Sekolah, pimpinannya juga. . Anak-anak disuruh duduk rapi lagi untuk berdoa selesai makan. Sesudah amen, anak-anak langsung siap-siap berlari pulang ke rumah.

Anak-anak juga harus hati-hati, terutama mereka yang rumahnya agak jauh dari sekolah. Mereka takut apabila ada anak-anak yang lebih besar meminta dengan memaksa makanan yang dibawa dari sekolah. Mereka tau bahwa yang dibawa anak-anak ialah makanan daging, karena mereka juga mengalami hal yang sama saat mereka masih duduk di bangku SD. Mereka ada yang masih sekolah di SMP dan ada juga yang drop out, putus sekolah. Apabila hal itu terjadi bisa menjadi masalah hingga diadukan kepada orang tua. Tiba di rumah, anak-anak berteriak memanggil orang tua dan saudara-saudara, lalu mereka mencicipi dan makan bersama.

Peristiwa seperti itu terjadi sekitar pukul 12.00 siang hari dan selesai pukul 14.00. selesai makan-makan, anak-anak harus segera kembali ke rumah untuk mengganti pakaian, karena nanti sore mereka sudah harus masuk ke gereja untuk Pajojorhon. Sebenarnya pajojorhon dimulai pukul 19.00 tetapi anak-anak sudah harus tiba di sekolah pukul 17.00. dari sekolah mereka harus bergerak berbaris menuju Gereja yang jaraknya kurang lebih 500 meter dari lokasi sekolah.




  1. I commend you for your desire to seriously pursue the practice of Islam. You should never lose patience. If you open your heart and seek guidance from Allah, surely He will guide you.

    Islam is all about compassion and mercy to everyone. This includes not only Muslims but also non-Muslims, as well as all of the creation of Allah. Allah is the Lord of the worlds, Who has been described as the Compassionate, the Merciful.

    The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us, “No one can be a believer until he/she loves for his/her brother/sister that which he/she loves for his/her own self.” Since there is nothing for us dearer than Islam, we must certainly love to share it with others. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “If a single person were to be guided aright through you that is better for you than having the whole world as a treasure!”

    Islam is a continuation and confirmation of the message delivered by all prophets before Muhammad, the last of them was Jesus (peace be upon him). In fact, countless Christians in every generation entered Islam simply because of their deep conviction that the message brought by Muhammad is a fulfillment of the mission of Jesus. So never present Islam as something altogether new, but as affirming the pristine truths brought by all prophets. On deeper reflection and inquiry, we also find that this is now being corroborated by statements and observations of some of the Christian theologians themselves. A general awareness is slowly emerging among them that the pristine teachings of Jesus are to be found in the Qur’an and no where else.

    So by following Islam, one is seeking to be more Jesus-like; he is in fact being true to the pristine teachings of Jesus.

    The only peoples who believe Jesus Christ can be able to understand and believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is be forever and ever. And the only Spirit Of God can be able to give believeness for somebody, not by discussion or trying for believe. GBU

  2. To properly understand the nature of Jesus, one has to resort either to a divine source or to what Jesus himself declared and emphasized. It can be proved that the Qur’an is the word of God remaining intact as revealed.

    In contrast, it can be proved that both the Old Testament and the New Testament are not divine but human writings, and so are the writings of modern and liberal theologians.

    Islam emphatically asserts that there is no deity but Allah. The Qur’an abounds with explicit statements of this fact that leave no room for re-interpretation or twisting the meaning in any direction. As an example, take this verse, which may be translated:

    *{Allah is He besides Whom there is no god, the Ever-living, the Self-subsisting by Whom all subsist; slumber does not overtake Him nor sleep; whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His; who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot comprehend anything out of His knowledge except what He pleases, His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them both tires Him not, and He is the Most High, the Great.}* (Surah 2:255)

    Similarly, both the Old Testament and Jesus’ words in the Gospels confirm the Islamic concept of pure monotheism. Following are a few examples:

    * Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14)
    * You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them (Exodus 20:1-5)
    * Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and him only you shall serve.’” (Matthew 4:10)
    * “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one (Mark 12:32)

    Jesus also asserts his humanity: :

    * “As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.” (John 8:40)
    * “By myself I can do nothing: I judge only as I hear.” (John 5:30)
    * “But in vain they do worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:9)

    Referring to Jesus as a “Word” of Allah is an expression of the Will of Allah in creating him in the womb of Virgin Mary without a father, by the word “Be”. The same Divine Command is applied to Yahya (John the Baptist) in the Qur’an, when Allah talks about Yahya who was born from a very old lady who was not capable of bearing children, which means:

    *{So We responded to him and gave him Yahya and made his wife fit for him; surely they used to hasten, one with another In deeds of goodness and to call upon Us, hoping and fearing and they were humble before Us.}* (Surah 21:90) :

    Adam the father of humanity was created from dust, as is confirmed in the words that mean

    *{Surely the likeness of `Isa is with Allah as the likeness of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, Be, and he was.}* (Surah 3:59)

    Are these references to Adam and John the Baptist any different from the same descriptions of Jesus? In other verses we read what means:

    *{When the angels said: O Maryam, surely Allah gives you good news with a Word from Him (of one) whose name is the Messiah, `Isa son of Maryam, worthy of regard in this world and the hereafter and of those who are made near (to Allah).}* (Surah 3:45)

    *{O followers of the Book! do not exceed the limits in your religion, and do not speak (lies) against Allah, but (speak) the truth; the Messiah, `Isa son of Maryam is only a messenger of Allah and His Word which He communicated to Maryam and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His messengers, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one Allah; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector.}* (Surah 4:171)

    The word “spirit” in this verse is a reference to the Willful power of Allah in creating the fatherless Jesus. The more miraculous creation of Adam, without father or mother was also a “spirit’” from Allah. Could one claim that Adam, and hence all humanity, was an incarnation of God for that same argument?

    Similarly, the Gospels portray Jesus as a human man in all respects:

    * On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus (Luke 2:21)
    * “The son of man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a gluttonous man…’” (Matthew 11:19)
    * Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)
    * One of those days, Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. (Luke 6:12)
    * Jesus wept (John 11:35)

    The Qur’an esteems Jesus, yes, but Ibrahim (Abraham) and Musa (Moses) are given even higher esteem. There is nothing to imply that Jesus is anything other than human.

    To conclude, the incarnation of God in Jesus is incompatible with the Qur’an, as well as with what Jesus himself proclaimed and stood for. Other tenets of current (man-made) Christianity, such as the Divine sonship of Jesus, Trinity, Crucifixion, original sin and vicarious atonement, are all strongly rebutted by Islam. You cannot amalgamate Islam and Christianity in any self-consistent framework.

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