I was a die hard worshiper of God until I became inquisitive about the activities of our religious leaders, their workers and the church at large. They made us feel it is an unforgivable sin to ask questions as they are mouth pieces of the Almighty. But deep down, I thought an organization (religious or non religious) that only milk the shaky economy is only interested in her selfish well-being as they never follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
When few individuals carve out a comfort zone in a hostile environment, the "seal team eight" will be made real with or without proselytism. Ironically, they'll say "power is my mistress, I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone take her away from me" thus, bringing in the known evil politicians as "honorary pastors" in their ministries and justifying the run-of-the-mill with epistles from their fogy making the gullible swallow it hook, line and sinker.
Growing up in a peasant family in one of the most popular Pentecostal churches in south western Nigeria, individually, we were made to pay through our noses towards the establishment of a "world class university." You must feel obliged to pay flat out with the "curse like prayer" that will be placed on you before the project envelope is handed to you. It was finally established and the fees for members and non members was pegged at N500,000 as at 2007.
Quite unfortunate that 90% of the church's population were peasants who could not afford such bogus amount. I felt a great relief after I left the church to a better Pentecostal church I presumed, not knowing it was the same old wine in a new bottle.
Religious leaders invariably wine and dine with political leaders who starve public workers and tax payers of their entitlements while setting double standard. How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! (Psalm 1:1).
Liberation in sight? Not when religion is still the only thing keeping the poor from seeing the truth.
According to a commentator on nairaland, "Religion is a scam, the greatest scam ever. They use two powerful human emotions to control humans; Hope and fear"
He went further to explain;
"Hope as exemplified by Heaven/Paradise (an utopia for people who adhere strictly to the tenets and dogmas)
Fear as exemplified by Hell (a place of unimaginable eternal torment for people who refuse to adhere to their tenets and dogmas).
When I was about giving up on my faith, I remembered the Pope's US visit.
The Pope's US visit was a triumph in upholding Christ teachings, one thing it does teaches us is that you don't need a private jet nor the most expensive carrier to ride in to do God's work. The church was never for profit making! Helping the poor and weak was the number two mission, the first is saving souls.
One would have thought Britain will be in ruins now after they banned a Nigerian pastor from entering the country due to the inhumane way he syphoned from innocent members in the country.
Due to the fear inculcated in me, I would have reasoned beyond doubt that dechristianization of France during the French revolution would have made the nation to be studied in books, wiped from the map of the world. Alas! The former and later were and are still part of the most industrialized nations of the world.
"How can one have order in a state without religion? Society cannot exist without inequality of fortunes and inequalities of fortune cannot exist without religion. How can a man dying from hunger sit next to a man who is belching from overeating, unless there is an authority that says "God wills it so."
The Nigerians political class are so well groomed in Napoleonic teachings, one of which spiels;
"I am nothing. I was a Mohammedan in Egypt, I shall be a Catholic here in France, and were I to rule a nation of Jew, I would rebuild Solomon's temple."
The day revolution comes violently to Nigeria's church, those selling religion might be shown the guillotine.
In my last words, I'm still a believer and a Christian.
"Only the man who lives in the laws of God is free" - Abd-Ru-Shin
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