Too much religion, too little spirituality

The other day I was having a conversation with a female friend of mine. It was a Sunday, and naturally she asked if I had done much with my day. I told her I hadn’t even stepped out the house and then came the second question. She now wanted to know if I went to a church service. I told her I didn’t and that was were our argument started. She said she would only marry a God fearing man and I asked her what that had to do with attendance in church.

Nigeria is an overly religious nation and if I dare say it, this is one of the biggest issues we face as far as social progression is concerned. Can you believe that on a road in Benin City I was able to count 16 churches in 1km. That is to say Usain Bolts would run past 16 churches in under two minutes in this city. But for all this presence of God in Benin there are very few cities in Nigeria as dangerous as this one. If we cannot accept anything else, let us at least accept that the current religious scene in Nigeria is marked with hypocrisy. How do we explain being one of the most religious countries in the world and also one of the most corrupt? An oxymoron if I ever saw one.

I have no problem with people believing whatever it is that soothes their soul, but when ideas drawn from these belief systems start to affect others then it become a problem. I will give an example. Earlier this year a law was passed to send homosexuals in Nigeria to prison for 14 years. Sadly, as I expected this was greeted with cheers by Nigerians on the premise that it was termed an abomination in the bible. This is the questions I pose to these so called Christians: What would Jesus do? Is the fundamental philosophy of being a Christian not being Christ-like? I cannot tell you for certain what Jesus would have done, but I am certain he wouldn’t lock anyone up for 14years. That in itself is immoral and if you support such measure of marginalisation then you are part of the Nigerian problem.

And when did religious grounds become valid for law making in a secular state? We were all up in arms with Yerima’s insinuation of child marriage on religious grounds, but when it suited our agendas we were all happy to accept religion as grounding for law making. And why stop at anti-gay laws, how about anti-adultery laws, laws against fornication,….did you know that the bible also regards eating shrimp to be an abomination in Leviticus! Where are the state laws to regulate these sins, or have we decided to pick and choose because it is easy to accept restrictions that do not restrict us. If you are a man and have watched girl-on-girl porn then you aren’t even qualified to have a negative opinion on homosexuality. For as long as religion has existed men have bent and twisted it to suit our needs and that is all that is happening in Nigeria today. I will stop here before I go into essay mode and rant on, but you can expect more posts of this nature. We need to drop this religious charade and get into the habit of learning to respect others even if we have clashing spiritual ideologies. It is almost as if the average Nigerian cannot comprehend that someone else can have a different idea of life to theirs, like we have some sort of monopoly of the truth.

Five in the AM

Alfredo in his workshop

Alfredo Moser: Bottle light inventor proud to be poor

1. What if I told you with only a bottle of water and some bleach you would never have to use a light bulb in the morning (as long as you live on the top floor that is). Alfredo has pulled off something similar to the work of Thomas Edison but he isn’t really looking to make a killing from his invention. See here for more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23536914

15-year-old Anthony Stokes has been denied the heart transplant that would save his life

Dying Teen Is Being Denied A Heart Transplant Because He’s Had Trouble With The Law

2. Fifteen-year-old Anthony Stokes has less than six months to live unless he receives an emergency heart transplant. But his family has been told that Anthony doesn’t qualify for the transplant list because he has a “history of non-compliance” — partly due to his history of earning low grades and having some trouble with the law. Ermm…this kid is 15 and I can already feel this turning into another race matter…See more here: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/08/12/2453941/dying-teen-heart-transplant/

pacu-teeth

Testicle-biting fish invading Denmark, authorities warn

3. Guys, stay out of Denmark….this fish eats balls…literally! http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/08/12/testicle-biting-fish-may-be-invading-denmark/

telsa hyperloop tube

Hyperloop: San Francisco to L.A. in 30 minutes

4. Science fiction or reality? Serial entreprenure and billionaire Elon Musk unveiled designs and plans for his hyperloop superfast transport system costing a fraction of the currently proposed high speed rail project. To think I was talking about something similar only three days ago! See here for more: http://money.cnn.com/2013/08/12/news/economy/hyperloop-elon-musk/index.html

Baby Messiah, Name Change

5. Did you know you could name your child Jesus but apparently not Messiah. The question is can you name your ‘savior’ which would be the English equivalent? See here for more: http://uk.eonline.com/news/448182/judge-orders-baby-s-name-be-changed-from-messiah-says-only-jesus-has-earned-that-name

Five in the PM

Deeper Life Pastor Rapes 11yrs Old Girls

Not that there is anything new about “Men of God” molesting kids but this has to be the most outrageous reason ever. The pastor said he was possessed by evil spirits that made him do it. Right…

Beverly and Angelo have sex in the BBA House

If it’s on national TV and on a reality show…Is it still classed as porn? It is good to see that voyeurism exists worldwide though. Comments on this have been pouring in by the truck load. Negative or positive, Africa is watching.

40days

Forget 50 Shades of Gray. Check out 40 Days of Dating

Two friends have embarked on 40 days of dating and are giving an introspective view into the process on the blog http://www.fortydaysofdating.com. Check it out for all the juice.

Shekau

Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, leader of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has reportedly been shot and deposed by members of his own sect, Boko Haram

A new leader, Abu Zamira Mohammed, who is the sect’s leader  negotiating with the federal government has been appointed new leader by the group’s Shura Council. – See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/08/shekau-shot-deposed-boko-haram-spiritual-leader/

Arsene Wenger

Still hasn’t bought any player…

Not really news but hey, it’s Saturday, nothing interesting has really been happening 🙂

Jesus don suffer sha :(

I will start with my favorite Bible quote:
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!

Jesus himself has said that it is not by confessing that Jesus is Lord, so why do we still insist on this lazy idea that just by confessing you will be saved. Of all the many problems facing Nigeria (and God knows they are many), our perceptions of religion and it’s application to our lives and society is by far in the lead. Shame on these pastors and imams for misleading their flock. Only if Christians were more like Jesus and Muslims more like Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).

Karl Marx put it more eloquently when he declared religion to be the opium of the people. It is beyond me how these pastors have managed to sway a multitude of civilians into making them so rich. I mean some of these people come to church in bathroom-slippers! I wonder how many people would still choose to be pastors if the barrier to entry was as complicated as say that of Buddhist monks. Buddhists monks are subjected to a life of material poverty in exchange for spiritual wealth. A Buddhist monk is only allowed one set of clothes, cannot own any property, and I think he will only eat what he is given. They don’t even use money! This makes sure that only the truly dedicated take on this role. Tell this one to naija pastors, you’re going to see plenty Ben Johnsons and Usain Bolts.

This guy apparently own FOUR private jets...seriously

This guy apparently own FOUR private jets…seriously?

Archbishop dey enjoy Pope self dey enjoy Imam self dey enjoy My brother wetin you say? My brother wetin you say?

Archbishop dey enjoy
Pope self dey enjoy
Imam self dey enjoy
My brother wetin you say?
My brother wetin you say?

I have no beef with religion. It is every man’s and woman’s right to believe in whatever they like as long as it doesn’t affect the rest of us. On this note can someone please tell these northern senators to stop making our country and themselves look stupid. I read somewhere that religion is like a penis. It is fine to have one and to be proud of it. But do not force it on anyone else. That is rape!

Dick

In my less than humble opinion, the concept of ALL mass religions founded on doctrines are FALSE. Jesus was murdered by the Pharisees (they also hated John the Baptist) and if he comes back again the Churches will get him killed before any government. Only teachings based around understanding of the nature of God and philosophy can offer any kind of truth (this can be Christian teachings too). And may I add that what you think God to be may be different from what I think. Zik in his wisdom pointed out that Spiritual Balance (To show empathy for other peoples views, and recognize their right to hold such views) and Social Regeneration (To expel from one’s self national, religious, racial, tribal, political-economic, and ethical prejudice) where the two top ingredients for the advancement of Africans.