Agreed. Historical information is truly accepted based on faith that the information contained in the pages of such documents reflect occurrences as stated. For all we know, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa, Shaka Zulu,Queen Amina, Imhotep did not exist in the form recorded in history. They could have been all that we have been told or they could have all been cruel and weak mortals. We were not there so all we know is what we are told. The truth then is a direct faith that the historians will not lie to us. So we accept the information based on this faith.
Believing in something as truth or not is not what is important. This world is full of such mystery and no one person can discover all that lies in its bowls. Believing in information shared in different formats by others is not necessarily a bad thing. However, the concern is in the religious sphere. Any religion that focuses the mind on merely existing while living and focusing their energy on the concept of a more glorious afterlife may create a huge disappointment if indeed there is no such afterlife and one finds at the end of one’s life that the only certainty is the cold grave and no trumpeters to welcome one through any lustrous heavenly gates.
There are those who stress an exclusive on God’s Word and know when and how God wrote the WORD and for whom it is reserved for. That God has a book of his WORD in the first place is a quandary. There is certainly nothing that makes it impossible for another Religion to lay the same claim to God’s WORD. Who can dispute it with certainty? The point then is that what we believe in is all “Itu Uche”, faith in the possibility of truth.
Chiism invests in the possibility that the creative energy of the Universe (Chineke) left a bit of this energy during creation that makes us think, move our minds and body in perfect unity with Chineke. It is this energy in everyone and the source of our inspiration, strength and protection that we call CHI. It is what we claim as our divine spiritual heritage. How does a different faith prove otherwise without showing that their belief is based on fact and not faith?
African Ancestors were no less scientific in their elucidation about life’s mysteries as any other people. The distinction is that they never devoted any time converting anyone else to hold true their spiritual interpretation of life as a function that they had to perform. They spent more time living their interpretation and giving others the opportunity to live theirs. Their dictum was BIRI KA M BIRI (live and let live).