Sunday, 7 October 2007

OJUJU IS COMING


Last week I got into a heated(boiling) argument with my naija friend in the midst of my other roomies(Canadians). At first the topic was religion and everyone was talking about the bible. Claims were made on how parts of the bible are discriminatory against women. The ever popular issue of the bible not being complete and having books( eg Judas version, incomplete chapters from the book of peters etc). Then, the discussion shifted to other religions and Islam, Christianity's nemesis (you can beg to differ with this) was mentioned. Y'all know there's a lot of BS to be said about Islam. Suddenly, my naija broda claims authoritatively that Christianity is not a religion. I hear some people saying an amen to that. That's alright, we all have our personal opinions. Still, I'm going to break this down in my own way. We're(roomies and I) are all seated down talking about various religions; Buddhism, Islam, Taoism and BAM!!!Christianity should not be put side by side with these others. This claim that Christianity is not a religion implies that it is superior and in another level from other ways of worshiping and communicating to God.
If there's one thing never to do, never argue about religion, In fact I'm never doing it again. Regardless, some Nigerians tend to believe that Christianity is on another level from other world religions. We have this view that other religions are "heathen" and ours is the only true religion. This belief might have originated from the brain washing of the colonial days. While growing up as a kid, I had the belief that my native Nigerian religions were of the devil, thanks to the manner in which they were portrayed. As children we got scared by the names of native Nigerian gods. For reasons that bordered ignorance and intolerance, we believe that those who practise their native religions were devil worshippers. Some people might argue that if you're a true Christian, you should believe that Jesus is the only and true way of communicating to God. Well, the Muslims think the same way of Mohamed. Most "born again" Christians would ask you to choose if other religions( African traditional religions is right or wrong). Well, I do not have any right to judge if the wooden image, or Deity, worship is wrong or right. I can only see it as being a different way of worship.

7 comments:

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Never argue about politics AND religion. For some reason, people can never be level headed on those subjects.

I like to think that God, in his splendor, created so many different beings (practically no 2 are alike except for twins), diverse flora and fauna. This love for diversity should also carry into religion, not so? He made us all different, and so we can all find different ways to commune with him. As long as people live their lives for good, are kind and helpful, I believe that they are pleasing in God's eyes, regardless of their faith.

Wo, no more religion fights oh! Not good for blood pressure. lol!

CATWALQ a.k.a LAGBA-JESS said...

I assumed (which one should never do) as I began to read this post that you were about to launch into a tirade on behalf of christianity and whilst I was not going to respond, I was already making judgements (which the post advises not to do) about the closemindedness of such a tirade.
I am glad you recognise the various ways that God has allowed for His children to talk to him and that we all have that right to choose whichever one we wish to use.
Those who argue about religions ( and by this I mean those who go off on other religious faiths other than theirs) usually have no good grounding in theirs and need to discredit the others as proof of the validity of their path...

t said...

Nice. Looks like in spite of being in Canada, you still have opportunities to argue like a true Nigerian. I miss that sometimes. Keep blogging. Much respect.

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