Do you believe in God?

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I am asking this question because I think I should share my experience with the public.

I was educated at the Methodist Boys’ School in Kuala Lumpur. It was an American Mission school and bible study was part of the school curriculum. But I was not baptised and I was a free thinker all my life until lately.

I had never believed that God would perform miracles. In 1961 I was an Inspector in the Special Branch and was the main dramatis personae in an American Central Intelligency Agency (CIA) adventure to recruit me as an agent to provide them with sensitive security intelligence. I had the prime minister’s authority to go along with them. They regarded me as such an important recruit that they decided first to put me through a series of stringent tests to prove my authenticity.

The final test was to put me through a lie-detector test. They regarded my recruitment as so important that they brought two veteran polygraph experts from their war theatre in Saigon to conduct the test. I was completely unprepared for it and it caught me with my pants down. I was warned that the two polygraphers were vulnerable and that their personal security could not be compromised in any way and at any cost.

I was placed in the most vulnerable situation. If I were to go through the polygraph test I would be exposing myself as having betrayed them. One of the questions that the polygraphers would put to me was whether I had reported my CIA recruitment to the Special Branch. Whatever it was I think the polygraphers were experienced and shrewed enough and that there was not an earthly chance that I could pass the polygraph test. I was desparately trying to find a convincing excuse to defer the polygraph test because it would mean that they would do anything not excluding assassination to protect their security. The only reason I could think of to convince them to defer the test was that I had never experienced such procedure and that I feared that my health would be adversely affected. It was so puerile that it could not even convince a common man and how could it convince the experts? They wanted to discuss this among themselves and left me alone to sweat out.

After what seemed to be an eternity they surprisingly told me that I could go and they will conduct the polygraph test another time. I could hardly believe my ears but I recovered quickly to make a prompt exit from the safe house where the meeting was held. As soon as I emerged from the house, Special Branch arrest teams which had been earlier deployed around the house immediately moved in to make the arrests.There was some Hollywood style pursuit when the two polygraphers managed to escape in a car but they were eventually captured.

This had been the part that had been excercising my mind and that of my colleagues and friends on what had actually transpired that so miraculously lifted me out of danger. The CIA officers were discussing what to do with me and it could only be the benevolence of God that influenced them to release me. It’s just not believable or possible for a group of security experts to have been convinced with my puerile excuse to defer the polygraph test.

As a gratitude to God for his protection of me at a time of grave personal danger I became baptised at the Cornerstone Community Church on 2 February this year. It has been a long time since the CIA adventure but I accomplished my wish to serve God before I depart from this world.

 

Yoong Siew Wah

* The author was the director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department from 1971 to 1974. Before that, he was the director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). Mr Yoong is now retired and blogs at Singapore Recalcitrant.

 

 

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35 Responses to “Do you believe in God?”

  • TruBlu:

    GOD is GOD,man is just mere huMAN.

    WHY DOUBT?

    Good you are enlightened during dark times like this.

    God bless you,sir.

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    Yoong Siew Wah:
    As a gratitude to God for his protection of me at a time of grave personal danger I became baptised at the Cornerstone Community Church on 2 February this year. It has been a long time since the CIA adventure but I accomplished my wish to serve God before I depart from this world.

    “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.” Ps. 28:7

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  • General Custer:

    The whole incident happened in 1961, but it took you a long time to decide on giving yourself up to the Lord and got baptized this Feb?

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  • Born Again:

    Congratulations on your baptism and wonderful testimony to the grace of God in your life! “The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”

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  • In all fairness:

    His “God” helped him but didn’t help the other party who also propitiated the same “God”, …… fair & just?

    Imo, GRAB is god the all-season Xmas Santa Claus father; grab users the bargain-hunter & cheapskate sons; & grab drivers the hardup & hungry ghosts.

    GRAB is god, imo.

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  • N.Jungne:

    The difference is Karma as in Fated, and in Cause & Effect.

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  • Bobo:

    God spares no live when he detected a sinner in this world. But humans are not afraid of any kind of punishment when money and power are their utmost concerns. All humans were borned with a pure heart, but many have developed into evils after they realized the meaning of power, status and richness. They become slaves of money 24/7. Their brains working very hard on “conquer and defense” war game. Perhaps the only suffering to them is failure.

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  • Know thyself know thyself Lord:

    In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.

    All Praise is due to God, Lord of all the worlds,

    The Most Gracious, the All-Merciful.

    Master of the Day of Judgment.

    You alone do we worship, and to You alone do we turn for help.

    Guide us on the straight path,

    The path of those whom You have blessed — not those who incur Your wrath, nor those gone astray.

    (Quran, The Opening)

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  • PAPVID-20:

    There are many people in this world who only believes in science. My son is one of those. But with this coronavirus outbreak, I think many have come to believe that it is not all about science in this world.

    I personally believe there’s only one God but there’re many religions. God sent out his messengers to help people. Because of the different languages used in different countries, thus the different religions – Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Taoist etc. People propagate the various religions and all true religions teach the right values.

    So, please respect each others religion. Do not insist that mine is the one and only right one.

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  • From the heart:

    You must have seen and experience all sort of situations in your career and life.
    May God keep you in peace and may God Bless you and family Mr Yoong.

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  • Asd:

    I think it’s all about $ take donation $ from you

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Ahhh!! Mr Yoong the Truth is slowly creeping out…

    Francis Seow was ACCUSED by Lie Con You that he was recruited by the CIA and PAID…

    he died as a political refugee in the USA while still waiting for his payment from the CIA in an interview said with a tinge of sarcasm…were you AWARE while in ISD or are you in Cahoots with the Liar & Coward???…

    Glad to know that in the Twilight of your Life you found God…Out of REMORSE of the evils, you witness and stayed DUMB or part of the evils committed…

    AND…not out of Fear of DEATH similar to the Coward who switch from Anitabah!!! to Maranatha!!!

    Reveal the Evils of ISD B4 meeting St. Peter at the Gates…Be Remorseful and the doors will open or St. Peter will sent you to the other Gate to meet your Boss the man who Lie & Con You!!!

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  • Great Asia:

    The Chinese civilisation shifted away from the practice of divine worship 2500 years ago; the Indians did it much earlier, probably a few centuries earlier than the Chinese. But only few human beings can elevate themselves high enough to go beyond their own intelligence, and use their 3rd eye to see reality. So divine worship is still quite common to all civilisation.

    What this banana had experienced is no difference from those 4D uncles and aunties who had experienced with the Taoist gods – strike 4D. Huat Ah! So they become believers.

    The wise are hesitant but the fools are confident.

    If you can discover the power of your 3rd eye, you’ll be able to look at God from top-down and not bottom-up.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Zhenzidan:

    That incident happened so long ago now then you come and baptize? How come you didn’t get baptized then?

    TRE should not become a platform for evangelism. Otherwise, readers from other religions will do the same!

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  • Great Asia:

    Italy has more than 5000 deaths caused by the coronavirus already.

    Most of these 5000 plus have probably spent their life worshipping God.

    But their lifelong efforts have gone wasted.

    It’s called enlightenment, believers will never get to touch this intelligence that has been hiding deep inside them.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Non-Secular:

    Religious Beliefs can only be based on Believing. Believing is not good not bad. It can be good and it can be bad.

    In Secular world , we should base on Independent Audit and scientific Evidence . Why believe when we can base on transparency, independent audit and Scientific Evidence. Why don’t we base on these?

    No one can scientifically prove God. This does not mean God does not exist. This is why Believing is the way.

    But when it comes to Secular stuff like GDP, Claims made by Govt, we should base on Facts and the Truth. To have real truth and facts we need Transparency , independent audit and scientific evidence.

    Else we are basing on bias to believe in claims which may or may not be true.

    This is the issue with singaporeans . They are generally overly brainwashed unsurprisingly after 53 years. Their behavior proves it. The Unquestioning trust proves it. When govt makes claims, most peasants take that as undoubtable truth. From scientific point of view, this is a problem.

    Most singaporeans never realise GDP has not been independently audited. Not one country can prove the GDP. IMF and World Bank has never been able to audit any country any GDP. They are just intellectually dishonest as they cite GDP as of it’s the Truth.

    Eg. China claims x number infections but no one can independently audited q Dictatorship.

    This GE we need to heavily base on Election Agents.
    Rallies may be banned if not heavily restricted.

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  • God Forbid!:

    Why did God allow the infections in churches?

    We can use imagination and give as many reasons as we can create different designs.

    Many religions claim their God is Creator. But definition , only one of them is true. So which is the real God.

    Whatever one believes in that becomes his truth despite what is the truth.

    This is common sense psychology.

    Religious follower A of religion A believes as strongly as Religion B follower that his God is the truth.

    That said, it’s does not mean none of them are true. We need to shift to the middle ground. It’s may be true. It may not be true. Be Agnostic. This is very difficult for religious fanatics.

    It’s psychology of humans why politicians can brainwash so many.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    God Forbid!:
    Why did God allow the infections in churches?

    We can use imagination and give as many reasons as we can create different designs.

    Many religions claim their God is Creator. But definition , only one of them is true. So which is the real God.

    Whatever one believes in that becomes his truth despite what is the truth.

    This is common sense psychology.

    Religious follower A of religion A believes as strongly as Religion B follower that his God is the truth.

    That said, it’s does not mean none of them are true. We need to shift to the middle ground. It’s may be true. It may not be true. Be Agnostic. This is very difficult for religious fanatics.

    It’s psychology of humans why politicians can brainwash so many.

    Free WILL… you are what you do!!! GOOD-BAD or UGLY…He gave you the will to CHOOSE…had we remain as He wanted Planter-gatherer & hunters…we will need no Soldier- Sailor or have beggarman & Thief

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  • Police CLOSE DOWN:

    Some people’s lives and occupations are at odds with the Bible.

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  • Goddess of Geylang:

    Great Asia:

    If you can discover the power of your 3rd eye, you’ll be able to look at God from top-down and not bottom-up.

    Ha ha ha!

    “you’ll be able to look at God from top-down” when she’s in kneeling posture before your “3rd eye”.

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  • Enlightenment Now:

    “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them…. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you yourself want to be happy, practice compassion.”

    - Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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  • Aziz kassim:

    If u study both bible and the quran there are errors including scientifically. For that matter i don’t believe in religions!

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  • Hello:

    Aziz kassim:
    If u study both bible and the quran there are errors including scientifically. For that matter i don’t believe in religions!

    I don’t believe in any maths & science in scriptures. For that matter, I don’t know what maths & science got to do with scriptures.

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  • Aziz kassim:

    If u study history. Millions being killed because of religions. Religions causes division in humanity!

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  • HMY:

    Praise the Lord! Regards and God bless.

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  • Hello:

    Aziz kassim:
    If u study history. Millions being killed because of religions. Religions causes division in humanity!

    If you study the scriptures, you can’t play or kill at the same time. Seen any NFL, NBA, EPL players study while they play?

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  • Search find your own level:

    A poor uneducated man can be very religious adhering to rules and requirements of his religion.
    A rich highly educated worldly-wise man pooh-poohed the existence of a supreme being completely.
    Similarly a poor man can be irreligious.
    Have seen extreme religious leanings in some tycoons.
    You find your own level.
    Always remember in the science and astronomy of man’s intelligence (limited), planet earth is just a grain of sand in the Sahara desert and that time has no end.
    Time exists and has no end.
    That should at least shake you up a bit on how insignificant we really are.
    You grow old.
    You cannot control sleep and discharging the waste you carry 24/7 365 with you that you cover hide up with fine clothings and perfumes and colognes.
    All of us are amazingly unique individuals, trillions of you from time immemorial.
    Not one single person is ever like you.
    Your brain is just a small piece of jelly yet you think the world revolves around you.
    If one tiny vein in your brain is broken, that’s it.
    You die and you never come back.
    Have you ever thought that your body symbolically embodies the universe, with its rivers of blood and landscapes and circulations and beats and contours and molecules and atoms much like a miniature universe.
    Have you ever quietly marvel at your senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing.
    Start searching brother, many are way off the track.
    There are trillions of unknowns.
    Anyway don’t worry too much, all will know the reality when we make our inevitable exit from this temporary stay here.
    Good luck!

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  • TruBlu:

    Aziz Kassim

    So,you want us to believe you.
    Do you believe in HUMAN$ or humanity then?

    Quran n Bilble written bt HUMANS.
    AND,mere humans do make *mistakes*?

    I rather believe in GOD ALMIGHTY than in you?
    Do you believe me?

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  • TruBlu:

    From ancient times like that of NOAH’s to later days to present times,it is ALWAYS WHEN HUMAN$ GOT GREEDY AND ARROGANT TO EXTREMITY THAT SOME REALLY ATROCIOUS THING OCCURED N STILL DO.

    As if SAR was not severe enough to warn greedy and proud human$,ELITE$ N OTHERS PERSIST N INSIST ON DOING EVIL.
    And so,CORONA-18 appears.

    Its like what Buddha taught; BAD DEEDS N THOUGHT BRING ABOUT BAD KARMA and,hence,the grave consequences humans are experiencing.
    In recent times,NOT ONLY are THE RICH N POWRRFOOL$ emanating BAD KARMA,even more COMMON FOLKS are doing so!

    The EGATIVE ENERGIES STRENGTHEN THE EVIL FORCE S SO MUCH THAT IT GIVE RISE TO MORE HUMAN SUFFERING.

    There is a thing as *HEAVEN ON earth*, and there can also be *HELL on EARTH*?

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  • TruBlu:

    Sorry, EGATIVE should be NEGATIVE.

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  • difficult test from God:

    in the Holy Bible too…
    “its easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a just man to enter the gates of heaven”.
    so even if we think we are good people, God might think otherwise…

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  • KhmerRouge=PascalWager:

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    Ahhh!! Mr Yoong the Truth is slowly creeping out…

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    https://tinyurl.com/r9qgocc

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    Peace amithaba

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  • God don’t need you:

    Normally the young and strong are not inclined towards religion and God.
    They are kept busy with the worldly attractions and their desires.
    Only when one foot is in the grave when suddenly taken seriously ill, or when old age sets on and the body becomes weak, then the mechanism in the person (if you are lucky enough) will trigger serious thoughts about existence and life leading to God and religion.
    Please realize that God don’t need you or your prayers or your anything, but you certainly need God for your peace and tranquility.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    KhmerRouge=PascalWager: -

    https://tinyurl.com/r9qgocc

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    Peace amithaba

    The God of LOVE is Merciful to those who are Truly Remorseful for the Transgression especially the Evil deeds in their LIVES!!! Turning to the God of Love for Mercy out of FEAR and NOT Remorse…

    will only have Him turning His Face and allow Karma to take its course…

    Peace be with you and my Peace I give you

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  • Hawking Eye:

    A pastor and a taxi-driver died on a same day and they were received at the gate of God by God himself. The pastor was welcomed with a cotton shawl and the taxi-driver with a golden one. Angered, the pastor asked why the discrimination and God replied: “When you were preaching, your congregants were sleeping and when he was driving his passengers were praying”

    A daily prayer to be good and do good may transform one to strive to be likewise. How happy the world would be then!

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