2-4 zone: ISSUES WITH OUR FAITH SYSTEMS IN NIGERIA

 

I have issues with this brand of religion we practice in this part of the world. They are:

We think anyone who questions any aspect of our belief system is hell-bound. Worse still if they criticize it. Come on, it smacks of insecurity in what or who you believe if questions get under your skin. So you present proof that Jesus Christ did not resurrect from the dead-, I have read such well-researched scientific evidence- and you expect me to give up my faith in the Resurrection? I INTERROGATE SUCH STUFF WITHOUT RANCOR BUT AM UNMOVED BY IT. If you are a Muslim and are confronted with critical approaches to vexing issues like the concept of Jihad, how do you respond? Even believers have the leeway to question their faith. That is why of all of Christ’s apostles, my favorite is Thomas. He was upfront about his doubts and our Lord answered them. Wonder how a modern-day Nigerian priest, pastor or Imam would have reacted.

These men and women of God….hmmm. I refuse to surrender my mind, brains and soul to any of them, including those of my church. I respect their call and pray for their successful ministry. But I will not swallow any stuff they say from the pulpit or anywhere else uncritically. I do not care how many miracles they perform: after all, the magicians of Pharaoh also turned their staffs into snakes. For those who do not learn from history, Christian leaders were actively involved in the Rwandan massacres of 1994, calling on their congregations to kill people of other tribes. The roles of Muslim preachers in the wave of terrorism is well known. Wish all who go to church, mosque, etc. in Nigeria first ask the Almighty for minds of their own before they listen to any sermon. I will not do anything a man of God tells me that my heart disagrees with.

Finally, we live in our private cocoons and know nothing about faiths outside ours. Even the one we call ours; what do we really know apart from what our leaders feed into our brains? As a Catholic, have you independently studied the Pentecostal/ Evangelical movement? You member of Winners or Christ’s Embassy, have you independently studied the antecedents of those churches you refer to as ‘dead’? What of Islam? What do you know about the Quran, the Sunnis and Shias?

Atheists, agnostics and free thinkers are part of our world and they are doing good business, partly due to our shortcomings in our conduct as believers; our intolerance; our narrow-mindedness; and inability to answer life’s big questions with our faiths. We have to go back to the drawing-board and calling down holy ghost fire or being stupidly superior is not the way out.



5 thoughts on “2-4 zone: ISSUES WITH OUR FAITH SYSTEMS IN NIGERIA” by henry c.onyema (@ezeakwukwo)

  1. Kel (@KelWriter)

    I’m quite surprised this short write up has no comments… yet. It’s a good read that begs a lot of questions and far few answers. At least, it forces one to ask questions. It is true that we become rather misguided and follow hook, line and sinker the words our spiritual leaders feed us without delving into a personal learning and understanding of the truth and of God for ourselves so we can concur or disagree from a position of authority. It’s a good read as I said, and I hope others read it with fairness and not try to misinterpret your goal here, which I feel is a noble one.

    1. Hope any who passes this way reads and understands. Thanks for your post.

  2. Just yesterday, I had a thought like this. ‘Believers’ make this controversial for themselves and that’s the starting point to the fall

  3. @ezeakwukwo Wa gba yi.

    I dere ofuma.

  4. The people you speak of misunderstand blind faith, theyre supposed to have blind faith in God not in man. The very same people are so judgmental they throw stones at “unbelievers” when Jesus specifically addressed the topic in the New Testament. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Mind the fact that they themselves are ravenous sinners but feel that so far as they give the church loads of cash and attend every Sunday that they are saved. Yesss when your pastor buys himself a private jet with your money feel free to ask him for a ride to heaven. ijs. Good piece it is articulate thorough and to the point and I am grateful that it is short.

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