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|Revaluation Of Church And Tradition by godisablack(m): 2:17pm On Dec 15, 2019|
I'm an ardent Christian. If you've known me too well you'd understand how rooted I am in things of God. I was and still a bonafide member of ACM. That said, let's not mistake this unusual assessment of our beliefs to any other thing aside what it is...REVALUATION!
Tradition is orderliness. It demands thorough observance of values, norms, culture etc. Tradition condemns all manner of sins. In Igboland, such sins are often called ARỤ. It may interest us to know that Tradition is as old as man. In as much as a lot of people have changed the definition of TRADITION to IDOLATRY. Tradition to the best of my knowledge is totally different from Idolatry. Idols are often invoked with powers by people who practice TRADITIONS. It's more like a representative of their god, 'chukwu' as called in Igbo.
Traditionalists speak peace, equity, growth, unity and many more. It's sad how the Westerners has succeeded in changing the beliefs of a lot of us. Every Blackman originates from traditional ancestors. We were traditionalists before anything else. The state of tradition in our grassroots cannot be completely wiped out. When a man is afflicted or is facing some problems in his life, they'd want to go and “jua ase”. When this happens they'll make sacrifices to appease the gods. These “ịjụ ase” is often advised by pastors from God. Some things are beyond mere prayers hence Traditional method are suggested. I scorn at people who think Traditional practices is fetish. The depth of TRADITIONAL PRACTICES is far beyond what people think it is.
On Church, I'm permitted to say that Church is Whiteman's perception of worship, because church was not a part of us until the Whites forced their god on us. A lot of things were changed by our so called “Churches”. Mind you! Church is different from God. Church is a family of God, established with the purpose of helping people grow, survive, live righteously...Church helps you to be in constant check. In church you have the opportunity to feel peace, secured and freedom. According to Acts 11 vs 19-end, when the early disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. If you take out time to read the whole ACTS of Apostles you'll understand fully the intent of setting up Church. Are these purposes still intact? Are they barely met by Christians or Pastors per se? You can't give a sinner Bible when all he needs is food. The word of God is truth and life. Is the Church of God living in truth? We now leave out truth in teaching the word of God. To understand and worship God without prejudice you have to remove common sense. We, Christians contribute immensely to the growth of church, but still when the development starts to manifest we still pay gravely to enjoy what is ours in the right sense. Missionary schools and hospitals are way costlier than even privates. The former is no longer the case. No sane person has problem with God except that the original doctrines of churches are been abused..
Everything that exist has its exceptions. Even in the smallest settings there exist extremism. Why are there so many churches in our societies today if not because some feel this people are not doing it right? Every church with their own interpretations of the scripture. People get robbed willfully in our churches today. It's true we receive blessings when we give. But hold on! What if I tell you that if you give to the right person or course at the right time you still will get the exact blessings as when you give to the church. We give according to the directions of the Holy spirit. I personally gets turned off when all pastors speak is money, money, money! Church is now business. Even the Bible mentioned that in the last days there'd be false prophets. We buy Holy water, holy hanky, holy oil, holy Bible, holy everything. Church has conformed the gullible many to act blindly. And when you dare to speak you'll face emotional blackmail from our esteemed believers. Now, when you have a problem you still have to consider going to church or healing in the comfort of your Chapel. I'm not saying Church is not doing anything, but Church is not helping the needy as demanded by God. Barnabas and Ananias were killed for stealing from God. They were meant to share equally their proceeds but they thought it wise to keep some for themselves and was killed instantly by the Holy spirit for lying. How many of our Churches are living this way? Why are their beggars in our churches? Why do Church find it hard to give too?
What if I tell you that Churches are refined Traditional practices? I think it's high time Blackman stopped seeing traditional practicers as evil. They are not! Except the few who are abusing their calls. Let God judge them. In my opinion, evil is anything that affects the wellbeing of people in one way or the other. If Tradition doesn't contradict what you believe, then I don't see it as evil. Some of our local herbalists, orthopedist, seers who we often run to get their powers from god. They don't go to church but still they help humanity. They are called by god too. Why do y'all fear traditional men? It's not because they are bad... It's because they don't take sides, they stand against falsehood. They know what you are and what you are capable of doing. Pastors function likewise, but in defined way.
We even have White wedding and Black wedding (Traditional marriage) why do we always want to fit in. We are black, we are local, we are unique and that's our pride. That's what we stand for.
god is in your mind (Rom10 vs 10), you can't tell me that I don't know God because I'm not orthodox like normal people do. I know God and he answers me. I pray too. Church should not be used to measure anybody's wholeness. Church going is rather optional(Ecl 7 vs 16). Let the Holy spirit lead us. I'm off!
|Re: Revaluation Of Church And Tradition by otipoju(m): 8:47am On Dec 16, 2019|
Let us suspend all judgement and listen with an open mind.
Christianity is not against tradition. Far from it as when whenever God speaks to any man he speaks to him in the context of his culture and tradition.
What Christianity is against is called polytheism manifested in the form of Idolatory .
Although African traditional religion believes in a Supreme Being there are a pantheon of dieties, divinities and diefied ancestors who receive worship and sacrificies from there various adherents on their various altars.
However I doubt if there is any altar dedicated to the Supreme Being.
As a monotheistic religion, Christianity seriously frowns upon Idolatory right from its Judaistic roots. Yes there are other spiritual entities known as Angels who work with God in administering the universe but they do not request for worship, demand sacrifices especially blood sacrifices which is a common theme in African Traditional Religion.
The wealth and depth of knowledge of the modern mind has not helped African Traditional Religion as well because a lot of occuring natural phenomena attribuited to one god or goddess can now be explained and predicted and even manipulated by science...Thunder, Fertility ,and so on so
Doctors in western countries advise not to give water to a new born for a specific period of time because their bodies cant handle it and it could lead to death of the baby. If you have to, they recommend giving in extremely small amounts over long periods.
An elderly African mom found it a stupid idea and said it is the norm in Africa. I had to think that could this simple ignorance be the reason for the death of so many newborns that they later termed as ,Abiku because the helpless newborn system could not handle the excess water being given to it.
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