Sarcasm and snark in intentionally misleading post title. Note: Atheism as used to in this post refers to non-supernaturalist, secular atheism as opposed to religious beliefs which discount the existence of deity (e.g. Buddhism).
From The Star 22 Jan 2011:
Former drug addict gives his life to save pastor from drowning
By SIMON KHOO and ISABELLE LAI
KUANTAN: A former drug addict sacrificed himself by jumping into the sea to save another man from his church group who was swept away by high tide during an outing at the popular Teluk Chempedak beach here.
The body of Hoh Kun Fatt, 22, from Kampung Baru Ampang, Selangor, was found at 5.11am yesterday near the Hyatt Regency Resort here, about 900m from where he was last seen.
Family and church members mourned the death of Hoh, whose last words were: “Save the others!”
Hoh had jumped in to save Pastor Loh Chee Kuang, 38, in the Thursday tragedy.
Eyewitness Pastor Chow Kok Min, 42, said Hoh had managed to save himself and hung on to a rock when he spotted Loh submerging – and he jumped right back into the water.
Other group members from Charis Youth Centre, Broga, then dived in and managed to pull Loh to safety, said Chow at the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan mortuary.
Hoh was nowhere to be seen as the waves continued to hit the shore.
“We will return to Kuantan to complete our mission after Hoh’s funeral in Kuala Lumpur,” said Chow, adding that Hoh would have wanted them to complete their anti-drug awareness campaign at eight Chinese primary schools here.
In Kuala Lumpur, Loh said Hoh had doubled back to save his life even though both of them could not swim.
“He managed to push me to the rocks, but another wave hit us and we were dragged back out to the sea,” a visibly upset Loh said at the funeral service in Kampung Baru Ampang last night.
Another church member who was also caught in the waves, Ng Niang Ping, 30, recalled that Hoh had kept pushing him towards the rocks so he could get to safety.
Hoh’s sister, Mei Kin, 30, held back tears as she recounted how her deceased brother changed for the better after joining the church.
“It’s heartbreaking to see him gone, especially just when he got his life back on track. We are so proud of him,” she said.
Truly, he lived and died as Christ did – giving his life for others.
The above even managed to edge out a stunning Malaysian Navy defeat of Somali pirates for the most spread news:
From The Star 5 July 2010:
Former addict ordained as pastor after 20-year struggle
KUALA LUMPUR: It has taken former drug addict and HIV/AIDs positive patient Danaraj Samuel 20 years but after a long, hard journey, he was finally ordained a church pastor.
Danaraj’s ordination by the St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral yesterday was made so much sweeter when his doctor, former Malaysian AIDS Council president Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, turned up to witness the event.
Danaraj said he first met Dr Adeeba when he decided to return to the church in 2006 after years of going in and out of prisons and rehabilitation centres.
“A church member brought me to see her for treatment. At that time, she was the only one who trusted me, and believed that I would be able to change into the man I am today. For that, I am forever thankful,” he said after the ceremony.
Amazing grace: Danaraj at his ordination ceremony at the St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral yesterday.
Dr Adeeba said she wanted to come for the ceremony after hea-ring from Danaraj’s family that he was finally getting ordained as a pastor.
“I’m proud of him. Not many people can be where he is right now. The journey was hard but he’s strong and can overcome any obstacle in his way,” she said.
Danaraj admitted that it would be an uphill task for people to trust him as a pastor as everybody knew about his past.
“There are people who doubted my ability to preach and I found it difficult to work. It was like a tunnel without light but I just have to go through it,” said the optimistic 42-year-old, who first experimented with “weed” in college before he graduated to using heroin while working as a chef on a cruise liner in Britain.
“I was like a walking zombie for two decades. Rehab centres and prison were like my second home,” said Danaraj, adding that he first found out that he had contracted the HIV/AIDs virus in a blood test in 1994.
Danaraj said he decided to return to the church, where he had worshipped with his family since young, because he wanted to take the first step out of being a “zombie” for the rest of his life.
“I was afraid I would not be able to finish my journey as there was a lot of negativity then. However, I have the support of my family and friends around me,” he said, crediting his father for staying by his side all this while.
And having found a friend and mentor in Dr Adeeba, Danaraj can be sure he will remain on the right track for the rest of his life.
So tell me… How many drug-addicts do you know who kicked the habit and turned over a new leaf because of THE UNDENIABLE TRUTH OF ATHEISM?
Right there, my father just prayed something like this: “God, if You’re God, and Christ is the Eternal Word, Your Son, if You can forgive me and come into my life and change me, then I want to know You personally.”
His life was changed right before my eyes. It was like somebody reached out and turned on a light bulb. Do you know, he only touched whiskey once after that. He got it to his lips, and that was it. He didn’t need it anymore.
Fourteen months later, he died. Because three-fourths of his stomach had to be removed, as a result of 40-some years of drinking.
But do you know, in that 14-month period, scores of businessmen in my home town and the surrounding area committed their lives to the living God, through the Eternal Word, Jesus Christ, because of the changed life of one of the town’s drunks.
How many drunks and wife beaters have you heard of who quit the bottle and turned over a new leaf after being convinced by THE LOGIC AND REASON OF ATHEISM?
Theorize and Bible-bash all you want… When it comes down to the real world of everyday life, that’s when the talk is put to the walk.
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PS. Compare what ‘converting to Islam’ means for convicts and criminals… Basically, no change policy.