If there is a problem of religious diversity, it is because religious people can’t resist flapping their jaws, trying to impose their beliefs on the rest of the world community! Keep your religion in your heart…in your houses and your churches, and voila!, instant religious harmony among all the people of the land. But if you try to craft public policy to suit any narrow beliefs at the expense of the spiritual democratic process, expect resistance—and zero tolerance. Divine Mind is free for all to experience!
Onye Na Nke Ya…to each his or her own! Acceptance of our spiritual multiplicity can lead to the same magnificent results that our cultural diversity has yielded. We must keep paying attention to our universal ideals and not the differences of practice.
Empathy and acceptance, serving a greater will than your own, and selflessness are common values that can drive us to great accomplishment as a religiously diverse nation and world.
It just takes the dedication of all to remain loving and open minded. Focus on I AM and you will arrive at WE ARE! Divine Mind threads beautifully!
Around the world there are millions of people who read about religious violence, shake their heads and sigh. If the Universe truly is the small, petty and violent place and God is as vengeful as people are taught to believe, then sanity dictates that we all reassess our description of God to be more loving, caring and focused less on punishing humanity for expressing negative energies, but on rewarding our expression of goodness. When we make God so angry, then the people who are made in “his/her image” are angry and destructive.
“Goodness is the essence of God,” Ahanyi K.O.K Onyioha
Religions–all of them– depend on the people to believe that their clergy are unique, gifted, able to communicate and interpret for their various “Gods”. That interpretation often consists of some type of “God wants you to confer me wealth”. It is heartbreaking that so many are hoodwinked into believing these people have some special pipeline to The unseen Man in the Sky, be they a monk, Pope, rabbi or pastor. All are simply human beings with no unique capacity other than allure. However, such charisma can be used for good not to lie and cheat. Despite the vows they take to lead a life of celibacy or simplicity, they develop a taste for luxury. Their excesses come to light when they are arrested for engaging in the very activities they abhor for their followers.
Caution. People should not throw the baby out with the bathwater and claim that all clergy are corrupt, which is not true. We all have faults we need to fight and correct. No one is immune. However, please make sure you are not the enabler of bad religious charlatans by rewarding their bad conduct!
Otito nile diri Chineke!
Religious illiteracy is out of control in the world particularly for those who are the most zealous and fanatical about their religious viewpoint and methods of God worship! Sin is not simply the engagement in illicit and criminal behavior. Too often folks believe swiftly and easily what their “religious leaders” tell them even if they know that what is being propagated is foundationally deceptive. Intelligence though has become an anomaly, replaced instead with modicums of repressive ideas that blind faith stands as virtuously higher.
Religious bigotry and ignorance is a dangerous game, especially since the power of the religions in the world deeply affects our social policies. We all need to be educated about Christianity, Islam, holy texts and other powerful religions: ignorance will not trounce lack of knowledge. And unfortunately what “they” learn is interpretation filtered through others’ perspectives, ideologies and prejudices with particular weight on cafeteria religion–carefully choosing only that which cultivates their bias.
Chiism is knowledge based spiritual path. Chiism empowers and promotes knowledge filtered from both the wisdom of the elders, pragmatic experiences, and written works that welcome didactive discussions and enlightenment. It is so because Chiists believe that Chineke does not punish intelligence…it is a spiritual mandate and an expression of the glory of Chineke.
Open your mind…it is an expectation for spiritual growth and mental health!
Otito Nile Diri Chineke!
Common sense is also part of spiritual growth. What would you say about the mental health of a person who is advised by someone on their first date “I love you immeasurably, and just have your paramount interest at heart, but should you ever stop loving me or violate one of my rules, I will make you suffer for eternity”, and decides to go into a liaison with that individual?
But he adores you, very much. Just a little bit envious, abusive, but affectionate! Look in the mirror and speak to that person.
We pass this on to our children and they pass it on to theirs and pretty soon we have generations of fearful people cowered by fear of the very Spirit that we are supposed to love and who loves us.
Contrary to popular belief, Chineke is not the Punisher in Chief!
Otito Nile Diri Chineke!
An Igbo proverb states, “Ebe aka ruru onye mkpumkpu ya ekowo akpa ya” which means that where the short hands can reach is where the coat is hung”. Faith is the understanding that things will get better, work, change or rebirth. People most often believe within the religion in which they were raised, but in due course everyone changes direction or adopts their faith to their individual vision of who/what God(s) and reality are to complement with what makes them contented.
Chiism believes as Voltaire said, “If God made us in His image we have certainly returned the compliment” (Though in Chiism Chineke is Spirit and without gender designation). Our belief systems are endeavors to fill the vacuum in human consciousness. What created that emptiness is another mental intricacy, associated with everything from parental upbringing to brain chemistry.
Bottom line is that Chiism works, we embrace it. If it does not for you, hold on to your own beliefs, but be like the little bird that could not lift some twigs for its nest, but had enough sense to fly away and secure the twigs that would fit between its beak without stomping on the ones it could not lift…move on!
Otito Nile Diri Chineke!
Africa: Invest in Water Storage to Secure the Future .
What an excellent article on the need to invest in water in Africa. The biggest obstacle that I see is the political will of the African leadership to see this as a necessary mandate and strive to restrict any demands for kick backs to put water programs in place. The politicians tend to be so corrupt that even if one wants to do the necessary work free of charge for the people, one still has to give bribery to even initiate it. The rich and the powerful have the opportunity to leave drought stricken areas. However, the most vulnerable citizens; the poor; women and children, are usually the victims of government inability to make water a priority.
We as Africans need to look long term at things that help our world and make it a priority. There is an African proverb that states “When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.” There is still an opportunity to affect the consequences of water shortages if we can start now. Water is so critical to human existence that Chineke made much of the human body is water. On average, the body of an adult human being contains 60% water. Most of the water in the human body is contained inside our cells. In fact, our billions of cells must have water to live. Billions of dead cells mean millions of dead people who need not die!
Water is so important!
Otito Nile Diri Chineke
Dear Chineke, please do what you do best…heal. Our lives are being torn apart all over the world…in Africa…Middle East…North/ South America, and Asia. We share the world with so many people whose minds are in a dark place, and who are struggling to see the light but not able to open the door and see their way from beginning to end. They try to blast their way through in very horrendous ways, taking other lives in the process.
Dear Chineke, there are things we do not understand and though we try, we need the wisdom of your holy spirit to help us. Each of us can quite easily slip into that dark place that twists our perception of reality and cripple our sanity. Please reinforce the good and the positives so that the negatives are blurred! Please help us see the YOU in US so that the THEY is no longer relevant.
Dear Chineke, these are some dark days. Let the morning bring new mindsets and new realizations that pain cannot be written off through violent acts, that the world is not as ugly as pictured in the pained minds of disturbed humanity. Let the rich and powerful humble themselves before YOU and reach out to those who need a JOB, just a little helping hand to walk through the trenches of helplessness and hopelessness.
May our minds and hearts get soaked in time in the realization that the destitution of the moment does not justify the wickedness of our actions. Let the CHI that connects us all help us to develop kindred hearts so an eruption of the milk of human kindness goads us to treat each other with kindness and respect.
Dear Chineke, this is your world. Please give peace and some level of closure for families suffering incessantly due to the inhumanity we are seeing in the world today. Let no other families see their loved ones in the path of danger and disruption. Let us see your promise of peace on earth.
Afrum unu! I see you all…please see each other…let peace reign.
Otito Nile Diri Chineke!