There was a person who had a car accident. He was ejected out of the car and hung dangling on the branches of a tree. He was in danger. He had never believed in God before and he never recited the name of Supreme Master Ching Hai or anything like that. (Laughter) So, at that dangerous moment that he called out for help, no one was around.
"Oh God, at least You are there, no? I have never prayed to You before, but today I am praying. Please come and help me. Please!"
Nothing happened. God didn't say anything or maybe Hes wasn't there.
So he continued again, "Oh God, please don't be angry with me. I know I never called You during my life, but at least I am calling You today. I believe in You, don't I? That is why I am calling You, no? If I didn't believe in You, how would I call You? Please come quickly and help me."
Nothing happened. God didn't say anything.
He nearly dropped down the cliff because he was very tired. The cliff was loosening so he said, "Oh God, please come quickly! I promise You I will spread Your name all over the continent. I will become a priest; I will preach, all over, the doctrine of God. I will tell everyone to believe in You; because if You save me today, I am the witness. I will tell them of this miracle and then I am sure everyone will run after You. I promise I will be Your priest, Your servant, anything You want."
So there came a voice from somewhere, "Everyone says that when they are in trouble."
Then the person said, "Oh no God, not me, not me. I really believe in You. If You help me, I really will, I promise."
God, the voice, said, "Alright I'll give you a chance. Now, let go of that branch, and then I will save you."
The person said, "What!? Do you think I'm crazy?" That's how he believed in God.
This sounds very similar to some of our disciples, "I believe in the Master, but what? You tell me to do that, what for?"