How Religion Was Designed To Tear Humanity Apart
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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