Religion

Sunday, 30 November 2014 17:42

The parable of the prodigal son and you

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Yesterday, I was trying to explain to my girlfriend what the parable of the prodigal son means to me and she asked me to write it down on paper. I spent a couple of hours trying to write this stuff down. Jewells, here it is looking at you! Now, read it; you cannot make me do all this work and not humor me by reading it, would you? Talk to me about what you think of my take on the old boy’s tendency to anthropomorphize reality. THE JESUS PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON IS THE STORY OF US Ozodi Osuji…
What you believe is true or is possibly true makes you behave as you behave and as you behave you receive appropriate results. What you believe is true may be true or may not be true; nevertheless, if you behave in accordance with it you will receive the necessary attendant results. The question is not the truth or lack of it of your belief but that you believe in it. New age religions, such as A course in miracles teach that one’s belief produces the world one sees, that the world is a projection of ones beliefs, a mirror of…
Thursday, 20 November 2014 17:14

The Great Hoax

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This world is a practical joke, a fraud and a trick we perpetrated to deceive ourselves; we succeeded so well that we now believe the hocus pocus, the great hoax is true! The good news is that we neither did right nor wrong; we did nothing to blame ourselves for; it was just a game, a play we decided to engage in. We did not waste our time for there is no such thing as time (time is part of the illusion). Nor is there any need to regret it. We just decided to have fun doing what we do.…
If you know that everything that happened to you, to other people and in the world happened as they were meant to happen and that we choose them you would not complain; you would keep quiet and go through life on earth peacefully. I know that everything that has happened to me since I was born was meant to happen to me; my personality and behaviors were meant to be exactly as they were; my body (which I chose) made it necessary for me to think and act as I did. By the same token, whatever has happened to other…
Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:06

Are some people and groups special?

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According to A course in miracles, in eternity, that is, in unified spirit, aka heaven we are all the same and equal. We desired specialness; in pursuit of that specialness we separated from God and from each other. The world came into being to offer us the opportunity to seem special; only separated persons can be special so we have to be separated on earth. In heaven we are unified and the unified must be equal and the same. In heaven we are equal but we desired the opposite of heaven; the opposite of equality is inequality. Heaven is love…
Sunday, 12 October 2014 08:28

A Theory of Personality

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To Africans: Traditional Africans who lived in rural areas had tribal cultures; those cultures offered them a non-systematized philosophy for living. Contemporary Africans have been yanked away from their tribal settings and are now living in urban areas. The cultures they imbibed in their villages are not relevant to living in urban centers. Thus, they do not have a realistic philosophy for coping with the exigencies of modern life. They, therefore, flounder around trying to apply whatever metaphysics they probably received from Christianity or Islam. They need a well-articulated new philosophy to enable them cope with their new situation. I…
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…