Religion

Monday, 29 September 2014 05:38

Re: Islam: A German View

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You will read in this current note a critical observation on Islam with regard to what Islam has been doing to us as a religious force. It sheds light on what fanatics and peace-loving groups of the same religious curiosities can be up to in turns. By arguing that peace-loving groups should rise and take control of the society, the author shows that God will reside with the side that gives him a chance to be at peace with them. Development and peace will not occur in a place and space filled with extreme heartless hate and killings. If religion…
Saturday, 27 September 2014 13:05

Mind is creative and powerful

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There is weird sound in my apartment. When I am in the bedroom it appears as if someone is walking in it. When I go to the living room it appears as if the walking has shifted to the living room. It seemed spooky and my girlfriend, who was living with me, suggested that it is ghosts walking around. Before her voicing the idea of ghosts I had no belief in ghosts. But since she said it, apparently, I sort of believe her thesis that ghosts are sharing the apartment with us. She welcomed the idea of ghosts in the…
Monday, 15 September 2014 16:46

Why Do Young Westerners Join Islamic Jihadists?

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If you cool-headedly look at what Islamic Jihadists want to accomplish: convert the entire world to Islam, establish a Muslim theocracy, an Islamic Caliphate ruled by a Muslim Caliph (Mohammad's vice ruler) and accomplish this goal through killing non-Muslims (hence Jihad) you ask yourself: how could rational persons in Europe and North America join these groups? The answer is very simple: the West offers its young people nothing ennobling to live for. If you are in Britain, France, Germany, the USA and Canada and for whatever reasons are good at science (physics, chemistry, chemistry, astronomy, geology etc.) you tend to…
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 18:28

Perhaps you could learn from this?

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Why My Father Criticized Me, With Insight From Byron Katie Ozodi Osuji My father had six children one of whom died before I was born. The five that lived I know. The oldest son eventually died. Father was over critical of me; I do not believe that he was critical of his other children although he complained about their behaviors; he also complained about his wife’s behaviors. The question is: why did he select me out to be critical of? After reading Byron Katie’s approach to psychotherapy I got an insight into the purpose of father’s criticism. It is not…
Monday, 08 September 2014 02:54

The individual chose whatever happened to him

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As I look back at my life I see that all my fears were self-chosen; I put myself in situations where folks would do irritating things to me so that I feel angry at them. Therefore, it is safe to say that I contrive to place myself where fear and anger would exist in my mind. Why do I want to feel fearful and angry (or the other affects such as depression and paranoia...I certainly have sometimes felt depressed or paranoid)? It is because in feeling those affects I reinforce my ego. In feeling like a persecuted ego and fighting…
Monday, 11 August 2014 20:52

African religions and other matters

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You do not walk into the same river twice; there is no going back to old Africa; we can only go forward. AFRICAN RELIGIONS AND OTHER MATTERS Ozodiobi Osuji African gods are dead; they died from the moment they allowed non-Africans, such as Arabs and Europeans to enslave Africans. They were buried when they allowed white folks to colonize Africans. Gods that could not protect their people are dead; we must bury them and find other gods, if gods we must have. Do I seem to you like I am joking? I am not joking; I am deadly serious. I…
Monday, 11 August 2014 02:17

Christianity and its Jesus Christ

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It seems that folks desperately want to believe that God exists and that there is life after they die; they are afraid of finitude, oblivion and hell so they would latch unto any story that seems to promise them better alternatives. This is the skeptic’s view of religion in general but is it true in regards to Jesus? If the Jesus story is a lie how could a large portion of humanity be deceived by it? Let us see what the story says and then examine whether it is real or not. History tells us that in 4 BC Caesar…
Sunday, 10 August 2014 05:15

Judaism and Jewish matters

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What we know about ancient Jews is mostly derived from their religious books, primarily the Torah, the Talmud and the Midrashim. Religious books are not written as history and therefore it is difficult to tell whether what we read about ancient Jews is accurate or not. What can be inferred is as follows. There was an ancient empire called Sumer (in today’s Iraq). Folks from neighboring areas including what we now call the Caucasus, Russia, Asia Minor (Turkey) and East Africa drifted into it. At some point (in the 3000s BC) what we now call Semitic tribes began drifting into…
This paper points out that whereas many aspects of the various religions of mankind are not amenable to scientific verification that some religious concepts can be verified with the scientific method. It selected some concepts in religion and said that they are rational and can be considered scientific ideas. The paper says that in as much as the physical sciences do not shed light on who the real self of human beings are that we ought to try to find out whether in fact it is true that the real self is spirit self. Can Spirituality Be Studied With The…
Joseph Campbell, Myths to live by. (New York: Bantam Books, 1972), 290 pages. Book Review by Ozodi Osuji As usual, when I read a book whose content seem to me what my friends and foes ought to know about, regardless of when the book was written, I feel an urge to review it. On Sunday, June 29, 2014 I went to church and there were books for folks to pick up and take ownership of if they so desired. I took a few of the books, one, “Myths to live by’ into my possession. In the distant past, I had…
Helen Greaves, Testimony of Light. (New York: Penguin, 1969), 160 pages. A Book Review by Ozodi Osuji The actual content of this book was dictated to Helen Greaves by her dead friend, Frances Mary Banks in 1965-1967 and published in 1969. That makes it an old book; if so, you ask, why do a review of it in 2014? This is a good question. For one thing, I have just read it so it is new to me and for another its content, in my judgment, deserves to be known by people. I am doing a review of it because…
In the Sermon on the Mount, also called the beatitudes Jesus said: if you are slapped on one of your cheeks (victimized) turn the other cheek to be slapped, too; if a thief asks for one of your coats, give him all of your clothes. He said that even Pharisees forgive their friends but that his followers, Christians, are distinct from those because they not only forgive their friends but their enemies. He told the man going to worship God and remembered that his neighbor had wronged him (he is the victim) to go back and forgive the wrong doer…
Monday, 26 May 2014 01:27

The world is a lunatic asylum

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Jewells, I decided to summarize A course in miracles for you in the manner that I did below; please share this write up with your friend who recently began reading the book. The book was written by Dr. Helen Schucman, a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University, New York. At age fifty six, she claimed that she heard a voice who claimed to be the voice of Jesus; he told her to write the book. The book, in effect, was channeled through her. She began the writing in 1965 and it was published in 1975. It contains several parts,…
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 01:28

We are God!

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We are collectively God; each of us is a part of the whole God but is not the whole God, for the whole God is all of us put together. Another way of putting it is that there is life. Each of us is part of that life but is not all of it. Generally, we deny that we are parts of God; having denied our truth we project it to external gods. Every group of human beings has their external gods. All those external gods are made by man. If men made their gods then they are the creators…
Comment by Patrick Iroegbu When anyone embarks on a mission and probably a mission with risks and consequences, the one is likely to seek for solutions to address the risks and face the consequences that are involved. Gaining that wisdom and experiences often leads to some breakthrough in re-creative knowledge systems. Moses once asked God to teach him how to number his days. How could Moses ask God such a question? As much as it looks simple on the surface, in the doing of the things that involved counting his days, Moses realized he needed help with the knowledge to…
Season of Lent and the Subject of Sin By Dr. Adenike Yesufu Grant MacEwan University( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) I read Dr. Adenike Yesufu's article focusing on the delimma of Sin with passion and I think every Christian should read this piece at the season of lent we are in now. It is very passionate, insightful and critically informative. I truly enjoyed the carefully elected citations to make her points. Ash Wednesday usually marks the beginning of the Lenten season when in some traditions adherents are marked with ashes as an ancient sign of penitence. Some Christians ignore the Lenten season saying that there…
Sunday, 16 March 2014 13:03

Have you ever loved you?

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They say that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones; that one must first remove the plank in one’s eyes before one sees the sand in other people’s eyes. Since I talk about people loving each other, one might ask me: do I love people? To the best of my knowledge I have not loved me and have not loved other people. I certainly did not love my ex-wife, J and the women I have had relationships with since my divorce (P, P, M, L, P etc.). I have not loved any woman in my entire life;…
Saturday, 15 March 2014 16:12

Dream Happily

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Suppose that you are convinced that the world is a dream how would you live in the world? You would strive to have a happy dream. If you had taken your ego self and the world too seriously, you would lighten up and now see your ego self and body as dream figure, see other people as dream figures and not take you and them seriously. You realize that dream figures have dreamers behind them. The dreamers are people’s real selves, the sons of God who are denying their unified truth and dreaming that they are separated selves. The dream…
Friday, 14 March 2014 13:39

Each person and each race has a destiny

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In our day to day self-awareness we tend to believe that we do whatever we want to do, that life is an open opportunity for us to choose what to do with our selves. This seems empirical enough. But when you examine your life and other people’s lives what you see is a clear indication that each person is fated to live a certain life style and to do certain things. Each of us has a destiny; each of us has a life plan and is living out what is in his plan. It is actually a script, a play…
Sunday, 02 March 2014 16:31

There is no alternative to love

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There is God. God is union. Union is love. God is love. If God is love and God is everything there can be no alternative to God and to love. There is no alternative to God. There is no alternative to love. We know this reality but imagined an alternative to God, union and love. Since there is no alternative to love in heaven, we imagined it in a non-real state, in a dream state. We want to try and see if there is an alternative to love. By the same token, we know that God is life. We want…
Thursday, 27 February 2014 17:08

What really is A course in miracles teaching?

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A course in miracles teaches that God projected himself into you and all of us as his son; he projected into infinite sons, all of whom are part of his oneself and share his one mind. God sees his infinite sons as the same, equal and one. To God he has only one son even though they are infinite in numbers. He sees no space and time between him and his sons. Where he ends and each of his sons begin is nowhere. God is in his sons and they are in him and in each other. We remain forever…
The recent statement by the General Overseer of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W.F. Kumuyi, that Christmas is idolatrous has attracted widespread reactions. Pastor Kumuyi was quoted in the ‘PUNCH’ newspaper of December 13, 2013, as saying: “We don’t celebrate Christmas. It actually came from idolatrous background. That is why you don’t hear us sing what they call Christmas carol. Never! ... When you find anybody coming in, or any leader, trying to introduce the idolatry of mystery Babylon that they call Christmas, and you want to bring all the Christmas carol saying that is the day that Jesus…
The Benefit Of Forgiveness Is For The Forgiver Not For The Forgiven Ozodi Osuji I have heard so much about the term forgiveness that I decided to subject it to a little critical thinking. We ought to be realistic on this subject instead of talk about it at the mere poetic level. Consider a woman with a character structure that disposes her to seek power and control over men. Naturally, men would resent her efforts to control them and would leave her alone. Thus, she would end up not having men in her life. Suppose you had some dealing with…
Thursday, 02 January 2014 17:55

What Is Nothingness... God

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Scientists tell us that the material universe came from nothing. What does it mean to say that something, the universe came from nothing; what is nothingness? Before I attempt to answer this question let me look at black holes. Scientists tell us that when some massive stars (those much larger than our sun) die that after throwing off their outer shells in a supernova their inner cores collapse unto themselves and form either neutron stars or black holes. In neutron stars the elements in the star’s core are crushed into neutrons and exist as only neutrons. They spin at an…
It is Christmas time, joy to the world; the Lord is born. Why not? Christmas eats up the head and soul of the Nigerian Igbo Christian. What of you? Why is every year the same angelic music and songs around Christmas are particularly the same? Christmas melodies are not reduced to anything else. When the angels sing Christmas tunes, they are the best voices the heaven speaks to us with. Christmas comes but once in a year, in the month of December, now we are going home. While in the infant class, ota akara category, we used to sing many…