Religion

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:05

Christmas Is The Day Christ Is Reborn In You

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Background Information In the early 300s BC Alexander the great of Macedonia (Greece) conquered the ancient world, including Israel. The Jews were colonized by the Greeks and taught Greek Culture. The educated Jews spoke Greek. When the Greek empire fell the Roman Empire replaced it. In the 100s BC the Romans conquered the Middle East and named the Jewish province Palestine (administered by their governor stationed in Syria). In 4 BC, Emperor Augustus (he was hitherto called Octavia, the adopted son of Julius Caesar; when Brutus and Cassius murdered Caesar there was civil war in Rome and Octavia’s party eventually…
The parable of the prodigal son can be looked at from, at least, three standpoints: (1) The first is to take it literally; here, a son of a rich man left his rich father and wasted his inheritance and came to his senses and returned to his forgiving father. The lesson is that loving fathers accept their wayward children. (2) The second standpoint is that the son of God separated from his father and went on a journey to nowhere, a journey without distance and tried to live independent of his father but later realized that he could not live…
Pope Francis Moves A Step Closer To St John Paul The Second - Embraces a paradigm shift on Papal Infallibility and concern for human rights & LGBT issues One of my article carried by the Nigeriaworld titled “The new Pope reinforces Obama doctrine” bears some relevance to this subject because the new Pope appears to me to have put conservative ideologues around the world including Republicans on notice that they would have to fundamentally change their perspective and policies towards the poor, the middle class and the LGBT to be on the same wave length with him. It was a…
Mr. Ikenna Okonkwo asks the above question based on the reported 1 billion Catholics and 77 million Anglicans. The question is on the mark. Before I get to try to answer the question, it may be necessary to state that the number is not correct to the zillionth decimal place. They are estimates and were current as to the time the estimate was made. As we say in some places the numbers are good enough for government work. There are many ways the numbers were arrived at. Remember that All Christians worship in churches and in parishes. Each parish/church collects…
You will read below, after this personal comment following the write up of Fr. Ben Ogu, a Catholic Priest from Ahiara Mbaise of Nigeria, a detailed analysis of the perceived history of regional discrimination in the appointment of the clergy to positions of Diocesan Bishopric and Lordship and Administrative leadership of determined institutions prevalent in the Owerri and Onitsha areas of the Catholic Christendom. As a reader and observer like anyone else, I can see that the history of religious psychology of “we” and “other” and regional religious power ethicism can be so compelling to make people soar in frustration…
Msgr. Peter Okpalaeke has been Ordained the New Bishop of the over-heated up Ahiara Diocese of Nigeria. His acceptance speech at the occasion is significant for the Diocese and the Catholic See. What did he say and how? Here are some critical highlights per se. It is very clear that becoming a Bishop in Ahiara Diocese has challenged the Catholic tradition and way of doing things. As such, what happened in the past months cannot be taken for granted. How far did the Bishop's acceptance speech capture and respond to the issues? In other words, this write up submits a…
Terrorism relies on fear to get people to do the things that the terrorist wants done. Healthy approaches to people lie in striving to free them from fear rather than increase and or manipulate their fears. To the extent that people are freed from the fear that holds them down they live up to their potential. Those who keep people in fear prevent people from living fully hence retard human civilization and therefore ought to be removed from human society. We must get rid of terrorists, religious or other types. Islamic Terrorism Is Not The Answer To Human Problems My…
Let us not forget that we celebrate the Black History Month in February of every year. African Spirituality and Emancipation is an article posted in Otedo.com of which I have read and learnt some historical backgrounds about how slaves in the west were given a religious belief for a new life in cultural history. Though contrary to theirs (religious lives) at home and at exportation, the slaves were to cope with the realities of their time. I guess any reader will appreciate what I saw in this article too. It can make you cry, agree or disagree with the slave…
There are three religious systems in Africa. Traditional African religions, Islam and Christianity. Before the arrival of Islam and Christianity, majority of Africans practiced traditional African religions, while Christians and Muslims were in the minority. Africa was the first continent into which Islam expanded from Arabia. In 639 AD, seven years after the death of Prophet Mohammed, the Arabs advanced towards Africa and reached the Horn of Africa, North Africa and the Maghreb region. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that a massive Christian and Muslim expansion began, at the expense of traditional African beliefs. North…
While acknowledging the good job done by Western psychology and psychiatry in delineating the various mental disorders, the paper says that Western psychotherapy cannot heal them because its methodology strengthens the ego self. It says that the ego, normal or abnormal, is the problem and that healing it inheres in jettisoning the ego and becoming egoless. It says that traditional religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity tried to enable people to either let go of their egos or use them to love people and in the process gave people relative peaceful and happier lives than the secular-scientific therapies that…
Monday, 26 November 2012 22:19

Is Science Based Religion Possible?‏

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Abstract: Our ancestors examined their world and concluded that there was more to their existence than met the eyes. They posited what they called God as the cause of their world and worshipped him. They hoped that placating him would make him banish the natural forces that made a mess of their existence and eventually killed them. Every group of human beings posited their own religion. Thus, we have African religions, Asian religions (Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism) and European religions (Europeans let go of their ancestral religions and appropriated the Semitic religion of Christianity; since they embraced a foreign religion…
Friday, 14 September 2012 20:15

There Is Life After The Death Of Our Bodies

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This paper makes the point that there is life after our bodies die. This point needs to be accepted not on belief but because it is a fact. You can find out for yourself if it is a fact by understanding what the paper says and practicing love and meditation. Primitive science had given folks the impression that there is no life after death. Sophisticated science, such as quantum mechanics, has told us that there are infinite universes some of which contain people like us in them, and, indeed, contain aspects of us. Each of us has replicas in other…
At a joint meeting between the Special Task Force (STF) and representatives of Muslim communities of Jos and Barikin Ladi in Plateau State, the Muslims yielded to the appeal by the STF not to pray at their usual Eid praying ground at Barikin Ladi. A day earlier, the Izala group has also acquiesced to pressure from the STF not to pray at their Eid ground at Unguwar Rukuba, Jos, where many of its followers were killed and cannibalized last year. Muslim prayer is becoming impossible in Plateau State. The impossibility is aided by a federal government outfit, the STF, which…
1. A Libation to Foreign gods A society that imports her gods, has offered to live under the caprice of foreign pestilences. She has mortgaged her destiny to the insular enclaves of alien theologies. Her doctrines and dogma are overthrown by derivatives of alien thought patterns, rendered canonical by capricious and absentee conclaves. In such a theatre, foreign metaphysics rises to displace local values. Irreverent incoherence isolates and devastates local cosmologies. Local mores are alienated to make way for the import to march to supremacy. Such is the trajectory of the contact between an occupying power and native reality. This…
For clarity, Hajj is not a religious tourism to Makkah and Madinah. Hajj is a fundamental time-specific, spot-specific, manner/condition-specific and financially tasking Islamic obligation which, instituted by a divine injunction of the Holy Qur’an and practically exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), is to be fulfilled by the Muslims despite whatever challenges that may be associated with it in terms of funding, political interference, national/natural infringement or even global conspiracy. This piece is in response to Mr. Idang Alibi’s postulations in his Daily Trust column of Thursday, June 21, 2012, where he mentioned three out of ten things…
The Igbo of Nigeria and its religious worship like that of other African societies has been well documented, debated, dramatized and controverted in many respects beginning with the missionary and colonial encounters. Eact time I read or try to make sense of Igbo worship, I seem to pinch myself given the way in which religious pundits portary ancestor worship in Africa, particularly Igbo society. What is worshippingg God or Chukwu for the Igbo? How do the Igbo celebrate chukwu in worship? I have culled the following article from www.kwenu.com where I first attempted to relate Igbo chukwu worship as something…
Each of us came here to do a particular thing and whether he knows it or not is already doing it! To do that which he came to do he must have certain experiences regardless of whether they are to his liking or not. In effect, each of us is where he needs to be to learn what he needs to learn to be able to do what only he can do to contribute to evolution. There is fate and destiny in our lives. This is despite what liberal progressivism (if you manipulate the environment you get different behaviors in…
Sunday, 15 April 2012 01:37

How Do You Know That God Exists?

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Recently, I visited the public storage where I store my stuff. As I rummaged through them I came upon a paper I had written as an undergraduate in a course called philosophy of religion. The term paper was 20 pages long. As I glanced at it I realized that I have not really changed from my college days. I decided to redact it to five or so pages (and remove the footnotes and references) and share it with folks. If worrying about the existence of God is one of your headaches you might find the paper a good read but…
Saturday, 14 April 2012 03:52

God expects us to honor everyone!

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Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king (1 Peter 2:17 NKJV). I had an eye-opening chat with this Millennial recently. I wondered why he would always grab a Bible to scan a verse at the slightest chance of some free time, yet he will not go to church. In his peculiar case, he had become a seekrist because of the search for reliable leadership. If he had a chance to visit his native village, he had no problem going to a particular church. However, once he travels out to the metroplex, he finds it difficult to…
Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:04

Easter Culture and Easter-Eggs

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It is Easter time. But what does Easter mean and why is Easter Egg used in some cultures of the world? Easter is, in deed, focused on cultural epi-centre of the Christian Faith - a celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By Easter, redemption is given and re-enacted and salvation is fully hoped for. Without Easter Christianity is DEAD! This essay highlights that Easter is unique and serves as the ultimate fulcrum of Christian faith. Easter offers that moment of renewal of the Christian life in line with that of Jesus Christ as saviour and redeemer of…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 02:02

God And Science Are Not Irreconcilable

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This paper endeavored to show that despite the discoveries of science the idea of God is still valid. To make its point it first reviewed pertinent aspects of science that would seem to invalidate the idea of God. It said that sciences ideas neither proved nor disproved the existence of God. However, science disapproves what extant religions say about God. The paper says that looking at the Christian idea of God could lead a rational person to conclude that there is no God. God could not have engaged in the pathologically narcissistic behaviors delineated in the Christian bible. The paper…
This piece says that synthesis of African and Imported religions is the only choice left to Africans, that going back to their old religions is out of the question for the people are already syncretizing their indigenous and imported religions. This is how religions and cultures change; folks might as well embrace it for it is reality. Synthesis Or Syncrticism Of African And Imported Religions Before I begin my discourse may I draw your attention to Ali Masrui’s book, Africans? Read it. I respect Professor Mazrui’s thinking on this subject. In his book, Mazrui talked about the impact of Christianity…
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:00

African Gospel Music

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No doubt, the lyrics in gospel music emanating from Africa reflect the richness of our vocabulary, and our cultures. To wit, if you listen to African folk stories, the manner of delivery, the proverbs and their meanings, the hidden messages and the innuendos involved in the decoding them as the storyline unwinds are rather instructive.Apparently, this culture is carried into the lyrics of African gospel music, which makes for attentive listening to decipher the underlying message every time these songs are played.However, in comparison to music from other regions of the world, our use of instruments is rather too economical.…
In recent months I have stumbled into the middle some rigorous and thought provoking conversations, many of which have taken place on the internet in Nigerian Yahoo groups. Several have centred on what they would describe as 'Christianity' and whether it remains one of the last vestiges and forms of oppression from the Western world. Some of the conversations have thrown down a number of challenges to my own Christian faith. Some of the protagonists have queried the existence of Jesus Christ beyond the pages of the Holy Bible and the 'White' images of angels that are abound in many…
One does not get angry with one's head and therefore use one's cap to cover one's buttocks. It beats my imagination how despite all the travails our nation Nigeria has and continues to go through, we remain not just the happiest but almost the most religious, with each passing moment the picture is even clear. In the next few paragraphs I would want to touch some grey areas, issues many would rather not touch or discuss...my reason is not to court controversy, but I am sure some folks would be upset and no matter the side of the divide, my…