Religion

Friday, 29 December 2017 19:40

The Holy Spirit acts through each of us

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THE HOLY SPIRIT ACTS THROUGH EACH OF US Ozodi Thomas Osuji Many of us daily ask the Holy Spirit to do this or that for us; we ask him to guide us or to comfort us. We kind of expect some supernatural force to come out of the clear blue sky and do something extraordinary for us for us to see the Holy Spirit doing something for us. This magical expectation is based on faulty understanding of what the Holy Spirit is and how he acts. The Holy Spirit is not a person apart from each of us. The Holy…
THE WORLD NOW NEEDS A SAVED PERSON NOT JUST A PREACHER OF SALVATION Ozodi Thomas Osuji THE SON OF GOD CAN THINK IN THREE POSSIBLE PATTERNS: UNIFIED WITH GOD (CREATING), SEPARATED, FORGIVING OF THE UNIVERSE HE MADE WITH EGO THINKING In the world of time, on earth, the son of God (me, you), thinks through the ego or the Holy spirit but he is neither of those two; in his essence he thinks as God thinks, in a unified manner and in that mode creates with God, but in the ego and Holy Spirit he does not create (although in…
Friday, 01 December 2017 04:12

Keep a bit of the ego and you keep all of it

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WE ARE TEMPTED TO KEEP A BIT OF THE EGO BUT IF WE RETAIN A BIT OF IT WE RETAIN ALL OF IT Ozodi Thomas Osuji One is tempted to retain a little bit of ones ego and give up the rest of it; one is tempted to retain the aspect of the ego that one likes, such as its desire for power and importance; that is, one wants to seem important and powerful; the problem is that if you keep a little of it, the part of it that you like, you keep all of it, including the part…
Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:42

Why should we celebrate Christmas

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WHY SHOULD WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS? Ozodi Thomas Osuji December is upon us. Thus, we are in the Christmas season. I have Handel's Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Zadok the Priest and The King shall Rejoice, play insistently in my house. Christmas is in my mind. So, what exactly is Christmas? Is it for real or is it some fantasy for children to feel that Santa Claus is going to give them Christmas gifts? Some folks have made elaborate, painstaking efforts to show that Jesus Christ could not have been born on December 25, 1 AD. Among their explanations is that Augustus…
Monday, 13 November 2017 02:57

How Do You Love God You've Not Met or Seen?

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HOW DO YOU LOVE GOD YOU'VE NOT MET OR SEEN? A mutual friend introduced us (she and me) to each other. We live miles apart in North America. She is in New York, and I and I am in Georgia. We've never met face to face, though we had spent hours on the telephone, chatting and catching on news about home, our families, and tidbits on our checkered lives. Time came to say good bye, and as we were preparing to hang up, something happened that provided the purpose of the instant essay. SHE: We'll talk again. ME: How do…
We who pray are aware that God is real and really answers prayers that meet His acceptable conditions. This essay argues that not all prayers are answered, that God isn't under any compelling obligation to grant our requests, and finally that a prayer shall meet certain conditions before being answered. Nigeria has not met the conditions and .until she does so, she would continue to flounder, wobble, quaver, quiver, and sway as the nation faces more trying problems This is not to rehash what is already known about Nigeria. Ours is a nation the world has considered to be the…
SELF DOUBT EMANATES FROM INABILITY TO DECIDE FOR GOD OR EGO Ozodi Thomas Osuji HERE IS A TEST FOR SELF DOUBT Here is a test to see if you have self-doubt. If you are typing do you look at the key board? If the answer is no then you have good self-confidence and do not self-doubt but if you do look at the key board you have self-doubt. Now do this: do not look at the key board and simply type away. You will find that your level of mistakes would be about the same or fewer than when you…
I HAVE ONLY ONE PROBLEM AND ONE SOLUTION FOR IT The problem is my belief that I have a self, a big self, apart from God; the solution to that problem is for me to let go of that belief and accept that I am one with God and his creation. Ozodi Thomas Osuji THE SELF AND THE SELF CONCEPT The self-concept was conceptualized by a thinking agent in people. It is the concept, idea of the individual's self. Each person has an idea, a concept of who he thinks that he is. The conceptualizing agent, the thinking agent in…
ADDENDUM TO THE MEANING OF DEATH AND RESURRECTION Ozodi Thomas Osuji Clearly, in our world we do see children born and grow up, age and die. We do see sick people. No one is denying what we all see with our naked eyes. The point that needs to be added to this empirical observation is that all these things are taking place in dreams. In our nightly dreams we see people get born, grow up and die but when we wake up in the morning we know that none of those things actually happened. Birth and death takes place in…
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 19:25

The meaning of death and resurrection

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THE MEANING OF DEATH AND RESURRECTION Ozodi Thomas Osuji To be dead is to live in the human body. The human body is the tomb, the sepulcher and the burial ground of the sons of God. People are buried in their bodies. To resurrect from death is to wake up from body, to live outside body. When you get outside your body and know that you are alive you have resurrected from death. Jesus was crucified meant that he, like all of us, lived in body; Jesus died meant that he lived in body; Jesus resurrected from death meant that…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal IT IS TRUE WHAT THE BIBLE SAID: IN EVERY ERA IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND A GOD AWAKENED PERSON; MOST PEOPLE ARE IN DEEP SLEEP It is really true what mystics say, that most people are animals, not human beings, yet (in the case of Sodom and Gomorra only Lot was a good man); it is also true what practical men of politics say, that most men are too afraid to act in a way to change society. Extraordinary political leaders believe that ordinary people are nothing and are only good to be used at…
THE SELF CONCEPT IS CONCEPTUAL; YOU CAN CHANGE CONCEPTS AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE BUT ULTIMATELY YOU HAVE TO HAVE NO CONCEPTS AT ALL TO RETURN TO GOD Ozodi Thomas Osuji You have a self-concept; that is, you have a set of ideas about who you think that you are; you behave in accordance with that self-concept. The individual defends his concepts, ideas of who he thinks that he is. Since they are ideas if you defend them they seem real to you. But if you do not defend them they are not real to you; defenselessness leads to having no…
Sunday, 09 April 2017 10:41

What is the meaning of salvation?

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THE MEANING OF SALVATION Ozodi Thomas Osuji You probably hear Christians band the term salvation around and ask: what is salvation? The terms salvation, deliverance and redemption and healing mean the same thing, so, if we understand one we have understood the others. Very few Christians who talk about salvation actually know what they are talking about! Let me, therefore, talk a bit on salvation. To be saved is to understand ones current sense of separated self, the ego and voluntarily decide to let it go and no longer have it; to be saved is to completely let go of…
The aim of this essay is to demonstrate that religion is a blight/affliction and a bane/curse rather than a blessing in our home. Nigeria will be a failed State if the religions Nigerians are practicing fail to deliver the people from destroying themselves. All religions are good if the worshipers can readily adhere to the true tenets of that religion, to do what the religion is saying. A good religion consists of the Basic Instruction Governing Our Dealings With Others. We Nigerians are in the mess we are in because our religion is a farce. There is no end to…
Sunday, 08 January 2017 16:12

On the search for a replacement religion

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The Quest For A Religion To Replace Imported Semitic Religions, And Other Matters Date: January 7, 2017 To: Marvin A BRYANT From: Ozodi Osuji Subject: Human beings need religion; the real question is what type of religion You have made your point. Now, listen to me and listen carefully. I am not a Christian or Muslim; both religions are Semitic; both religions originated in the Middle East. I have no business having a religion given to me by other people. A person's religion must come from his psyche and world for it to speak to his soul. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism…
Mr. Ozodi Osuji in his essay asked if God exists and concluded that he exists. It is a subject I have pursued off and on and have not reached any conclusions, primarily because my scientific knowledge is not what it should be. But I have found a comfortable zone to operate from. But it is not the meat of Mr. Osuji’s thesis that I take issues with. It is just the introduction. He wrote: the two religions that Africans currently have are Jewish religion! Obviously, this state or affairs is unacceptable to black folks. So, what do they do? Some…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 05:47

Dont ever try to change other people and the world

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Don't Ever Try To Change Other People Before You Change You For You Cannot Ozodi osuji People have a tendency to wanting to change other people; they want to change the world and make it a better place while they have not changed themselves. Generally, they end up not changing those they want to change. You cannot change other people until you have changed you. In fact, the only person that you can change is you; you cannot change other people. To start with, how do you know that other people, in fact, exist apart from you? You perceive other…
Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:13

We are not bodies

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A Course In Miracles Lesson 199 I Am Not A Body, I Am Free Freedom must be impossible as long as you perceive a body as yourself. The body is a limit. Who would seek for freedom in a body looks for it where it cannot be found. The mind can be made free when it no longer sees itself as in a body, firmly tied to it and sheltered by its presence. If this were the truth, the mind was vulnerable indeed! The mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever, in all ways, beyond the laws of…
Thursday, 18 August 2016 05:26

To be fearless one must love all people

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Most People Are Held Back By Fear But Occasionally A Person Overcomes Fear And Lives More Fully Ozodi Osuji As I look at people around me they seem to live ordinary lives; their lives are held back by fear of this or fear of that; most are not even aware that they are held back by fear and live like animals in a kind of stimulus-response manner; something scares them and they run away and do not process the fear and try to live fearlessly. This is how most mankind lives. Occasionally, a human being comes to earth and lives…
Sunday, 14 August 2016 14:59

Agwuishi and isa aja in Alaigbo

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Agwuisi, Isa Agwuisi And Isa Aja In Alaigbo Ozodi Osuji Introduction: I did not study Igbo culture; what I know about Igbo culture was learned in the couple of years I spent at Alaigbo when my parents sent me to their village to go learn their language and culture; they had been told by the people that I am supposed to replace my uncle, Akakporo, the then high priest of Amadioha and, as such, had to go to their town and learn about spiritual matters and Igbo culture in general. Thus, at age eight I left Lagos and spent a…
The Function Of Igbo Degraders Like Nebu For Me Ozodi Osuji In real life I am quiet and keep to myself; I am almost always alone and minding my business. I read a lot; I read and think about ideas. I really do not have much social life. This is primarily because I find most people unable to talk with me at the level I talk; they talk trivial stuff whereas I talk philosophical and scientific matters. A few years ago I was referred to Nigerian Internet forums; finding the talk on it trivial I decided to do my kind…
If you do not think about what other people think of you, you would have inner calm; your mind would be peaceful. When your mind is calm and peaceful you are more able to hear your higher self, your real self-talk to you. There is a real you, a higher you, and a lower you, a false you. The higher you is spirit and the lower you is the ego; the ego is the self that identifies with your body and tries to adapt to the realities of this world. The higher self is always talking to the lower self,…
In our true state, in heaven, in spirit we are unified. God and his heaven is one continuous wave of light that began nowhere and ends nowhere. Each of us is a particle, unit of that unified light. The part, the unit and the whole of that light is one; all persons in heaven share one self and one mind: God's self and God's mind. God and his sons share one self and one mind; where one ends and the others begin is nowhere; there is no space between them; they are in each other. Because they share one self…
Sunday, 17 July 2016 17:54

If we give up desire we experience God

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Ozodi Osuji Thinking out Loud No Desire Means Return To Formless Unified State Buddha correctly asserted that to live as a human being one must desire to survive as a separated self-housed in body. In his four noble truths, Buddha posited that human life is characterized by desire, that desire causes suffering, and that to avoid suffering one must give up desire (including the desire to live as a separated ego self in body). In meditation, Buddha asked his followers to give up their egos desire to live as separated selves, die to the ego self and in so doing…
Sunday, 17 July 2016 17:49

Return to God is the cure for paranoia

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal. When Delusion Disorder, Aka Paranoia Is Given Up One Lives Through The Christ Self; Spirituality Is The Only Cure For Paranoia Psychotherapists who work with deluded persons, aka paranoid persons generally throw up their hands in despair for they realize that they cannot heal them. No therapist so far has been able to heal one paranoid person; let me repeat, not one paranoid person has been healed by psychology and psychiatry. (Before returning to teaching I worked as a psychotherapist for twenty five years, including running mental health agencies.) Why is that the case? It…