In my final year in the university, something very remarkable happened to my friend that made me sit down to reevaluate the basis of my Christian faith. My friend (whose name I wouldn't want to mention) fell madly in love with a 300 level mascom. student. She was the parishioner of the Seventh days Adventist church while he was a member of the redeemed Christian church of God. When he proposed marriage to her, the young woman gleefully accepted, ran to her pastor and declared the good news to him. The pastor, upon learning that the young man was not a member of his church, quickly put an end to her excitement. He said " I am your spiritual father. I know what's good for you. You know that we don't give our women out to unbelievers.
As far as our Church is concerned the young man is an unbeliever. If he must marry you then let him attend our church. He must be a member of our church". The young man being my friend told me this ridiculous condition and even accepted the terms. Now his parents on the hand have taken their stand that if he chooses to accept the pastor's terms they will never give their blessings to marriage. Good people of this world, that was how a passionate and blossom relationship came crashing to the earth like a pack of cards leaving the two lovers to be very devastated psychologically. Each time I remember this incidence it makes me see how we have put religious walls every where to separate us into different factions.
Religious discrepancies is so rife in Nigeria--- a Country where religion is our second nature. There are two major religions in Nigeria competing for superiority. They are Islam and Christianity. Christians and Muslims have fought bloody wars killing, destroying and raping each others' women in the name of God. Both claim that the other is bound for eternal destruction. Both claim that their convictions stems from an infallible and inerrant word of God.
Somehow both claim the Abrahamic God as their God. Now how can God write two different books that are so contradictory that the recipients of the books are ready to kill and die for what is written in it. Mind you the Jews say that both Christians and the Muslims are spiritual bastards. Only they (Jews) are the chosen nation. Here in our country it is hard to see Christians and Muslims getting along without some bad blood or cold war.
We forget that nobody is born a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim. We were all conditioned to be of whatever religious persuasion our parents belong. Why hate and condemn one another. We are all one human family. Let us remove the walls of religious dogmas and be as brothers. We will either live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.
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I think this problem is not a religious problem it is Nigerians problem, what I'm trying to say is that God has already said how things are to be done even without calling him in every situation but Nigerians just put religion over everything and that's why some people find it very hard to do things.
Well, I would say its humanity itself that has brought confusion upon itself not God. The pastor didn't address the issue with wisdom. That's the problem with pastors. Even members can't make decisions for themselves. If those two were convinced about being together then no man can put asunder. As i am, no one can make decisions for me except I seek your counsel and I choose whether to follow it or not. Its better I bring myself down with my hands than someone doing so to me because its more devastating that way. That's my belief though.
In this case, I won't say it's religion and I won't say it's not religion. Nigeria has scattered things infact still scattering all in the name of church. The pastor that made that statement I don't know what he's promoting but he should realize that whether the person is from another denomination of church or not, That it's still the same God that they are praying to.
Its not about the religion but the people we call and look forward to as guidance in religion allowing their self interest, ego and extremism to make people to be having a second thought about our Creator. It's really sad to see things like this happens, and truth be told, it happens a lot. Have heard of many stories like this.
Religion was not designed to tear human apart. If anything, it was to bring people together under an umbrella to worship God however different they may be. Humans with greed and power under the guise of religion are the ones who have exposed and tore apart existing human relationship to enjoy monopoly.
the religious indifference of a thing is a general humanity behaviour. starting from christianity, we have different churches with different doctrines. catholic brings hers, anglician also,white garmet churches e.t.c. that's one religious issue. now between christains and muslims ,difference in their saviour and the likes is another problem. the main thing for everyone is serve your God the way you want to, don't allow any religion to tear your relationship with fellow man apart.
Religion is indeed the "Opium of the masses".. So many people are intoxicated with religious fanatism and extremism that leads them to abhor people of a different faith or sometimes doctrine within same religion.
To extent some of these people go with their hatred might make one wonder if HATE is a pillar of their faith, or a pre-requisite for making Heaven.
I don't think this is a religious problem,this is simply ignorance on the side of Nigerians
You ought to know some certain things and not to allow any objection from anyone defer it,One should man up to his or her decisions...Being in different churches doesn't mean you can't get married to each other.