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Indonesian Game: Semut, Orang, Gajah

Have you ever played the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors”? If not, ask someone familiar with the game to teach you. Then try this Indonesian variation.

Two players face each other and hold out a fist in front of them. On the count of three, each makes one of the following hand signs:

  • Semut (pronounced suh-MOOT): point with the little finger.
  • Orang (orr-AHNG): point with the first finger.
  • Gajah (gha-jah): point with the thumb.
  • Semut means ant.
  • Orang means person.
  • Gajah means elephant.

If one player gives the sign for semut and the other for orang, orang wins because a person can step on an ant. Semut beats gajah because an ant can crawl in an elephant’s ear and bite or tickle it. Gajah wins against orang because an elephant can stomp on a person.

Note: The word “orangutan” comes from the Indonesian words “orang,” meaning “person,” and “hutan,” meaning “forest.” Orangutans are native to Indonesia.


Comparing Beliefs about Heaven in the Quran and the Bible

The Quran (the Muslim holy book)
The Bible
Getting to heaven Muslims believe the good deeds they do in their life will be weighed on Judgment Day. People who have done enough good deeds will go to heaven, or “Paradise.” No one knows how many good deeds are “enough” (Quran Chapter 7, Verse 8; and 23:102, 103). Trying to “be good” is not enough for salvation. No one is righteous enough to deserve to go to heaven. Salvation is by the grace of God for those who believe in Jesus. (See Ephesians 2:8,9 and Romans 3:10.)
Marriage in heaven Wives will enter heaven with their husbands, according to the Quran (Quran 43:70). Jesus said, “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage” (Matthew 22:30, NIV).
Earthly pleasures Muslims believe they will enjoy fine food and drink, nice clothes and jewelry, and good companions in heaven (Quran 18:32). The Bible says that people in heaven will no longer be hungry and thirsty. There will be no more crying or pain because “the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 7:16,17 and 21:4, NIV). Things will not be as they were during their life on earth.
Heavenly joys Muslims believe they will enjoy the same things in heaven that many people enjoy on earth. Christians believe “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV). They believe that following Jesus brings more than earthly kinds of rewards. Believers in heaven will enjoy fellowship with God forever, serving and praising Him (Revelation 7:15).

Indonesia: Dewi

Indonesia
Indonesian children in school

Dewi is an Indonesian girl who was born into a Muslim family. In junior high, she began to attend an Islamic school and stayed in the school’s dormitory. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Early one school year, Dewi had some problems getting along with the girls in her dorm. She went home to her parents’ house, hoping to get some peace and quiet. But her parents argued and quarreled all the time, so Dewi had no peace at school or at home.

One day, Dewi’s parents started a big argument. She went to her bedroom and put on headphones to listen to the radio through her cell phone. She wanted to drown out her parents’ voices. The radio got stuck on one channel. Dewi tried to change it, but it would not change. The channel was a Christian channel!

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