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Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 10:14am On Feb 24, 2016
[b][i]"Suffer not the witch to live" the pastor would quote from the ever poetic bible verse and is rewarded with an ear quaking "Amen" from the ever excited congregation.

You could see the pouring emotions of deep fear as they shout and pray for the witches and wizards in their villages, uncles and grandmums and mother in-laws always at the center of this suspicion to die.

You would see cases where continuous chants of "die! die!! die!!!" rents the air all meant for the alleged witch who supposedly by some spirity diabolical means is hindering their progress or health.

This is a sad reality of the Nigerian society..

People blame abstract concepts like 'witches, Wizards, demons and devils' for their misfortune but never themselves.

Such mindset is an extremely dangerous and disturbing and is exactly detrimental to the progress of such a person.

Nigerians should learn to shed themselves of such ludicrous mindset that their misfortunes are shenanigans of some Uncle in the village because such mindset instills that imaginary fear that makes you look for imaginary solutions that in actuality will never work.

I have said it time and again that anybody who blames every other person for their mistakes or misfortunes or conditions doesn't deserve to be trusted because they will blame every other but themselves for circumstances directly or indirectly is as a result of their own actions.

We are in a remarkable millennium of outstanding scientific breakthrough in every aspect of human endeavour.

We know that someone who breaks down and experiences severe seizure is neither possessed by any demon or having a demonic attack, that is a primitive way of rendering a diagnosis which is not only incorrect but far from ever being correct.

It is a shame that in this 21st century world, there are actually humans who still hold such beliefs and even hold it to be true, that is particularly insulting to the human intellect.


There was a time the European society was like this, every plague or unexplained event is attributed to some abstract ideas like witches, demons and co, it is known in human history as the dark ages.. we know how better off these society turned out after evolving pass such mindset.

I watched a documentary in the discovery Channel about a tribe deep in the African rain forest, oblivious of any form of civilization, in fact they still go about naked. These people still hold the belief that illnesses are caused by evil spirits and as such require sacrifices to heal.

The narrator was amazed how primitive such society is in this 21st century humans delude themselves with the notion that the whole world is almost civilized.

I shook my head, if only he knew we still experience this in a large scale even in a supposedly civilized society like Nigeria.

- A society where Children are being beaten up and abused while being accused of witch craft.

- 2 year olds are being left to die in the open because one idiot claims he is a witch

- Old women and men are being beaten to death by a mindless mob gripped hard in the shackles of a nameless imaginary danger or fear.

- A society where unidentified ailments are automatically works of devils and witches while in a sane clime it should have been empirically scrutinized to ascertain the actual result and in doing so save millions of lives in the future.

-The most sad of these is that this is also a society where people heap the blames of their own misfortunes on these abstract concepts.

Tell me how anybody can be a master of his situation when he thinks that he is a victim of that situation?

It is evidently clear that the victim's mindset diminishes the human potential, by not accepting responsibility for our actions and circumstances, we greatly reduce our ability to change them.

tell me how one can succeed when he thinks his situation is the handiwork of someone and something else and not himself and by doing so rather sees himself as the victim of that circumstance..

Your misfortunes are not as a result of witches and wizard or that weird looking uncle in the village.

No, we live in a random world of unstopping chain reactions of actions.

Good things and bad things happen and can to anybody at any time and where by accepting this we will learn to accept the reality of our own conditions and accept full responsibility for them only then can we proffer real solutions that can actually change them, chanting in churches or temples or bathing in rivers to change your situation are more like digging where you should be filling up.

Nigerian Nollywood i particularly also blame for a good percentage of this because they give a distorted view of reality but anyone who swallows such distortion is also part of his problem which is simplistic gullibility.

It is time Africans (Nigerians) stop falling preys to Babalawos, Alfas, temple masters, pastors who fill your heads with a complete imbecilic superstition and fear ..


Nobody can help you more than you and you can start by changing your mindset ... If you wear a red glass you will always see everything in a shade of red.

So too if you fear witches/wizards/demons and live with that fear, you will see every slight fall out or whiff of wind as actions of witches and wizard..


It is time to take off the red glass and rid yourself of that fear that can only diminish your own potentials..

Africans should wake and rid themselves of these pitiful reverence of nonsensical superstitions or it will be the bane of our development.

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by Nobody: 10:22am On Feb 24, 2016
End time
Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by Oluwaseytiano(m): 11:50am On Feb 24, 2016
Perhaps true but there exist things that are beyond human comprehension. I may not believe in religion bt I know there exist a metaphysical realm where certain people can tap into and exploit its potential. Great civilizations have been destroyed by superstitious beliefs eg the Aztecs. Once Nigerians see the fraud called religion, this country will grow

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 3:50pm On Feb 24, 2016
Oluwaseytiano:
Perhaps true but there exist things that are beyond human comprehension. I may not believe in religion bt I know there exist a metaphysical realm where certain people can tap into and exploit its potential.
This really is not about belief in religion, it doesn't take disbelief in religion for one to rid self of such demeaning fear and gullibility..

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by Nobody: 4:14pm On Feb 24, 2016
chai... it's been long.
Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by cloudgoddess(f): 4:30pm On Feb 24, 2016
Another great post johny! Shared.

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by Humblebloke(m): 5:35pm On Feb 24, 2016
Nice post........ Fear(created by these religions) is the main source of superstition.....



This cruelty exhibited by some of these religious minds is caused by fear......


You are right tho.......there are religious people who are not ruled by fear of these abstract concepts......

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 5:39pm On Feb 24, 2016
Humblebloke:
Nice post........ Fear(created by these religions) is the main source of superstition.....



This cruelty exhibited by some of these religious minds is caused by fear......


You are right tho.......there are religious people who are not ruled by fear of these abstract concepts......
One day in the coming generations, humanity will look at this present period of modern history were Scientific facts are ignored and chastised to uphold Personal belief systems and superstitions with the same awe and disgust we look back at the barbaric and simpleton-like superstitions of the medieval ages (Dark ages)

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by Krystalzkris(f): 5:54pm On Feb 24, 2016
very nice post.... Superstition is just like life for most nigerians....

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by Nobody: 7:33pm On Feb 24, 2016
Most Nigerians are not only physically lazy, they are also mentally lazy... But that's none of my business cheesy

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by Humblebloke(m): 9:38pm On Feb 24, 2016
johnydon22:
One day in the coming generations, humanity will look at this present period of modern history were Scientific facts are ignored and chastised to uphold Personal belief systems and superstitions with the same awe and disgust we look back at the barbaric and simpleton-like superstitions of the medieval ages (Dark ages)


That time is definitely gonna come...... Could be in a thousand years...
..................humans would learn to place reason over faith.


We will finally arrive at the city of lightgrin......

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by Niflheim(m): 10:12pm On Feb 24, 2016
@johnydon22,

The brainless buffoonery that has engulfed christianity is heart rendering. The original verse never even said anything about witches. It says, "Thou shalt not suffer a poisoner to live". King James is responsible for that error, and rather than christians to correct it, they accepted it, like a dog receiving dung for it's birthday!!!

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by GeneralShepherd(m): 6:31am On Feb 25, 2016
Superstition is so firmly rooted in the Nigerian culture that there is no respite in sight, 50 years from now nothing will change.

It is heartbreaking for me to see my friends and family organise fasting and prayers to pray for long life,prosperity, protection, energy supplyetc. But then again , It is difficult to discard religion and superstition in a failed society like Nigeria where basic social amenities are non-existent.

Please there is a notion being peddled on this forum by some mischievous Christians that Norway is a Christian country. This is completely false, it is true that on a face value 80% of Norwegians identify as Christians, only 5% actually go to church or are active Christians.

Scandevians (Denmark, Finland, Norway etc) are the least religious amongst Europeans. Conversely poor European countries like Poland, Romania and Estonia are more religious.

Religion inhibits development, it has been shown over and over again. Lying for Jesus will not change this fact

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by virginboy1(m): 7:28am On Feb 25, 2016
This is deeply insightful.
I live almost everyday with the hell fire mentality.

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by virginboy1(m): 7:29am On Feb 25, 2016
This is a front page material

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 8:27am On Feb 25, 2016
GeneralShepherd:
Superstition is so firmly rooted in the Nigerian culture that there is no respite in sight, 50 years from now nothing will change.

It is heartbreaking for me to see my friends and family organise fasting and prayers to pray for long life,prosperity, protection, energy supplyetc. But then again , It is difficult to discard religion and superstition in a failed society like Nigeria where basic social amenities are non-existent.
exactly my brother... the worse is that they accuse everything and everyone around them of being responsible... conjuring imaginary problems, by imaginary means to fuel a misplaced enmity between them and the suspect who did them nothing

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by malvisguy212: 8:46am On Feb 25, 2016
It is wrong to blame someone of something he know nothing about, but is it wrong to call a witch, witch ?
Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 8:49am On Feb 25, 2016
malvisguy212:
It is wrong to blame someone of something he know nothing about, but is it wrong to call a witch, witch ?
Who is a witch, Can i call you a witch?

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by malvisguy212: 8:59am On Feb 25, 2016
johnydon22:

Who is a witch, Can i call you a witch?
if I am a witch, why not ?
Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 9:01am On Feb 25, 2016
malvisguy212:
if I am a witch, why not ?
I noticed you did not answer the question "Who is a Witch?"

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by malvisguy212: 9:07am On Feb 25, 2016
johnydon22:

I noticed you did not answer the question "Who is a Witch?"
a witch is someone who is possess by evil spirit. The phrase " suffer not a witch to live" what does it mean ? Do you think a witch can be kill ? When a pastor use this word, do you think he mean physical death to the witch ?
Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 9:09am On Feb 25, 2016
malvisguy212:
a witch is someone who is possess by evil spirit.
So what is the criteria for knowing who a witch is (who is possessed by an evil spirit)

- anyone who has a strange behaviour?

-the pastor says so?

-you saw the demon?


The phrase " suffer not a witch to live" what does it mean ? Do you think a witch can be kill ? When a pastor use this word, do you think he mean physical death to the witch ?
Not part of the question

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by Badosqi(m): 9:30am On Feb 25, 2016
Lalasticlala come and see the big snake Olajumonke and Tonto Dikeh killed.

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by malvisguy212: 9:32am On Feb 25, 2016
johnydon22:
So what is the criteria for knowing who a witch is (who is possessed by an evil spirit)

- anyone who has a strange behaviour?

-the pastor says so?

-you saw the demon?

Not part of the question
Galatians 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual
immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry,
sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger,
rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,
drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I
warn you, as I warned you before, that those
who do such things will not inherit the kingdom
of God.

There was one night, around 2 to 3 am, I came outside to pee myself, I saw the compound dog who has a baby, ( when a dog saw something, you know how he behave, right?) The mother of the little dog was barking head up, and the little dog was running around her , they both were looking up , barking heavily. I did not see anything, but I am 100percent sure this dogs saw something. If you want to know if witches exist, come to kafanchan LGA in kaduna, just spend three night, that all.

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 9:35am On Feb 25, 2016
malvisguy212:
Galatians 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual
immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry,
sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger,
rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,
drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I
warn you, as I warned you before, that those
who do such things will not inherit the kingdom
of God.

There was one night, around 2 to 3 am, I came outside to pee myself, I saw the compound dog who has a baby, ( when a dog saw something, you know how he behave, right?) The mother of the little dog was barking head up, and the little dog was running around her , they both were looking up , barking heavily. I did not see anything, but I am 100percent sure this dogs saw something. If you want to know if witches exist, come to kafanchan LGA in kaduna, just spend three night, that all.
Just a simple question.... What is your Criteria for knowing who is a witch?

And i am bathed with bible verses and dog story... Have you now seen you simply have no basis to call anyone a witch?

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by malvisguy212: 9:38am On Feb 25, 2016
johnydon22:
Just a simple question.... What is your Criteria for knowing who is a witch?

And i am bathed with bible verses and dog story... Have you now seen you simply have no basis to call anyone a witch?
that is why I say in my first post, if I saw a witch, is it wrong to call the person a witch ?
Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 9:42am On Feb 25, 2016
malvisguy212:
that is why I say in my first post, if I saw a witch, is it wrong to call the person a witch ?
How can you see a witch and know it is a witch when you cannot demonstrate to us here your criteria for knowing who a witch is..

A very simple question..What is your criteria for knowing who a witch is?

-Anybody who has a strange behaviour?

-Your pastor says so?

-You saw the demon enter?

If you cannot say your criteria for determining who a witch is then it is obvious you simply have no basis to call anyone a witch, if you do then you must surely have a reason to warrant you concluding that someone is a witch and that's the question

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by malvisguy212: 9:49am On Feb 25, 2016
johnydon22:
How can you see a witch and know it is a witch when you cannot demonstrate to us here your criteria for knowing who a witch is..

A very simple question..What is your criteria for knowing who a witch is?

-Anybody who has a strange behaviour?

-Your pastor says so?

-You saw the demon enter?

If you cannot say your criteria for determining who a witch is then it is obvious you simply have no basis to call anyone a witch, if you do then you must surely have a reason to warrant you concluding that someone is a witch and that's the question
I quote bible verse, how to know a witch, and you reject it.
malvisguy212:
Galatians 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual
immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry,
sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger,
rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,
drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I
warn you, as I warned you before, that those
who do such things will not inherit the kingdom
of God.
.

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 9:59am On Feb 25, 2016
malvisguy212:
I quote bible verse, how to know a witch, and you reject it.
Hahahahahahaha so anyone who does these is a witch?... Almost everyone in the planet does at least one of these, so everybody is a witch then?

You see you don't have an basis to accuse anyone of being a witch when you don't even have a solid basis to accuse anyone of being a witch..

well keep going in circles... I like that

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by malvisguy212: 10:15am On Feb 25, 2016
johnydon22:
Hahahahahahaha so anyone who does these is a witch?... Almost everyone in the planet does at least one of these, so everybody is a witch then?

You see you don't have an basis to accuse anyone of being a witch when you don't even have a solid basis to accuse anyone of being a witch..

well keep going in circles... I like that
YES, do you think a witch must have a supernatural power before he can be call a witch ?
Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by johnydon22(m): 10:37am On Feb 25, 2016
malvisguy212:
YES, do you think a witch must have a supernatural power before he can be call a witch ?
malvisguy212:
Galatians 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual
immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry,
sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger,
rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,
drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.
I
warn you, as I warned you before, that those
who do such things will not inherit the kingdom
of God.

So everybody in the world is a witch then... You are not only confused but lacks simple basis for such simplistic beliefs..

And please tell me how the little children accused of witchcraft by your pastors and Christians guilty of the things you listed above?

Please show us how this boy is guilty of the above listed characters and tell me how you have never done any of the listed characters.... so how come you are not accused of witchcraft and a little innocent boy is


You have simply shown everyone here, not only that you have no basis to accuse anyone of being a witch, you are also confused on what your basis are and cannot even in the least substantiate the abstract notion of witches..

It's obvious that you only hold a baseless nonsensical superstition as truth which is mor0nic in the real sense..

malvisguy212:
a witch is someone who is possess by evil spirit.
First you moved from this ^^^ (demonic possession) to listing human behaviours (works of the flesh) as signs of witchcraft

Oga you need help ASAP, your confusion is out of the world. . . Just proved my point that Superstition destroys the Nigerian mind, you are a very good case study

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Re: Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind by TrajansKong: 10:45am On Feb 25, 2016
malvisguy212:
Galatians 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual
immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry,
sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger,
rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,
drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I
warn you, as I warned you before, that those
who do such things will not inherit the kingdom
of God.

By the description above, malvisguy212, how are you not a witch on at least 5 points?

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