Religion and People

Religion is a moving factor in our lives but so many of us has left our own Religious beliefs and embraced that of others simply for monetary reward and that is why there are so many problems and intolerance among us.

Come to think of it, i am an Africa and a West African.

In my place,we have many sects but i wish to talk about this particular religion practiced by the Igbos,a tribe in Nigeria- West Africa.

Shrine
Shrine
Agbara
Agbara

Igbos believe in God refereed to as Chukwu and we believe that Chukwu created the universe and all of its host, we also believe in Jesus Christ who is refereed to as Nwa Chukwu (son of God) but like the Hindus, Buddhists etc, we also have those who are considered pagans by the Christians, these sec are those who do not go to church but it is not that they don't believe in God.

As a matter of fact, the pagans believe in God the same God whom we as Christians worship but they call him Agbara(Spirit)....

They believe that Agbara watches over them and they call upon him in anything they do, they also have many ways of reaching Agbara.

EXAMPLE:

They have shrines built for Agbara and have its status in many forms

They greet Agbara with cola nut, palm wine or hot drink (Whiskey)

They play local musical instruments to awake Agbara

The three major tribes in Nigeria,HAUSA,IGBO YORUBA all has Christians,Muslims and those refereed to Pagans... They also have among them high priests who ordinates the affairs in the shrine or vice versa, these men are in most cases considered healers,NATIVE DOCTORS know as

DIBIA in Igbo land

Babalawo in Yoruba land

Boka in Hausa land

Image of Yoruba River godess

The Sacred Forest. Oshogbo, Nigeria
The Sacred Forest. Oshogbo, Nigeria

I am an Igbo by birth and was born into a Christian family, Dad considered all forms of paganism as fetish but come to think of it, i strongly stand on the motion as a grown up that Religious belief is a man's principal that means that as humans we are guided by what we belief.

Those who believe that Allah is God

Those who believe that god Sheba is God

Those who believe that Abgara is God


Paganism is all over the world and the the Yoruba Babalowa practice has spread all over the world.


What if there is Religious tolerance?

Babalawo

Yoruba native doctor and priest.
Yoruba native doctor and priest.

Dibia

Igbo native doctor and priest
Igbo native doctor and priest
A child whose father is a Dibia
A child whose father is a Dibia

Native musical group

They use music as a symbol and all the tribes has ranges of musical groups and sometimes masquerades masked by mainly men in recognition of their activities and spiritual beliefs.

Historically, the Nigeria or rather Paganism dates back to many centuries B.C, the practice of worshiping another god instead of the FATHER ALMIGHTY is refereed to as Paganism and every one who is not a Muslim is refereed to as a Pagan by Muslims and the same apply to the Hindus. Furthermore, pagans believe in different gods like

god of thunder

god of the sun

god of the rain

god of venegance

god of purity

I wish not to write more than i was taught or more than i know in this hub but what i intend to do here is to highlight on what so many people all over the world believe but as a Christian and a believer of the new Testament, one cannot be a Christian,believe in God and adopt Paganism at the same time.

There were sacrifices of Animal for God the supreme master which was practiced in the old testament by Christians, pagans generally offer animal sacrifices to their gods but like the Bible made us to believe in (Romans 1:22-24).

What is really the problem?

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Captain Jimmy 6 years ago from WV


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Aye,Rossi that is the question for many, "what is wrong",

I was taught wrong by my father growing up as I was taught right. I knew the way I should go, but strayed only to return to the path of my fathers teaching,

One first Love, 50


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Che! There are many paths to God. The law of God in any name and on any path is - love your neighbor as thyself! Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

"As you do unto the least - you do unto ME", Jesus said.

If any man will worship the true God and lift his brother and sister up with the full meaning of the Golden Rule - THAT path is righteousness! Jesus SAID it! God bless you Rossi!


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra Author

Captain Jimmy,of course there is only one God...

5o sir, that is the rune because no matter what happens darkness cannot overcome LIGHT because the teachings of one's father is the teaching of knowledge.

Mickey Dad, it is always and will always be the rule.Golden rule when kept leads to the true path just like you said above.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

Very interesting perspective from across the globe. I apprciate your candor. May we all continue to learn from one another, and truly understand what fellowship is. Thanks.


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra Author

Jason R.of course there is nothing as beautiful as learning from each other so thanks so much for coming over and above all for the sound understanding.


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Neverletitgo 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

You are right, we need to accept others and let them do what they believe. God created all mankind and they all need justice. Justice can't be possible if we don't accept coexistence. Thanks for sharing


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Rossimobis 5 years ago from Biafra Author

The very moment we begin accepting and respecting each others belief,the peace we all yearn for in this planet Earth will begin and there will be Justice as you said Neverletitgo...

...Never let go

Cos Jah will never let you down

Oh never let go.


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ekempi 5 years ago from west coast of Atlantic ocean Africa - Bight of Biafra

There is only one complex cosmic atmospheric beast Alien creature - God , an invisible awesome glorious spiritual head being host body of human race in air form cosmic micro wave nature made idol universal figure as very evidence in NASA APOLLO 17 MISSION PHOTOGRAPH VIEW OF PLANET EARTH IMAGE OF AFRICA , complex building heart center temple house body of manhood host.


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Rossimobis 5 years ago from Biafra Author

ekempi,there is no word to describe what you said above but guess excellent would suit it.Thanks for the support.


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voodoo123 4 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

the pain associated with their disillusionment of what they thought God's people should be like and believe in God refereed to as Chukwu and we believe that Chukwu created the universe and all of its host,More Detail : http://www.mastervoodoospells.com/


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voodoo123 4 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

those who are considered pagans by the Christians and who do not go to church but it is not that they don't believe in God.


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Rossimobis 4 years ago from Biafra Author

Thanks for coming over Voodoo


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voodoo123 4 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

Thanks Rossimobis we believe that Chukwu created the universe and all of its host.


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Bob Zermop 4 years ago from California, USA

Really nice hub, great to see tolerance and candor. Hello from California!


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Kukata Kali 3 years ago

Wow, enjoyed this expression. Very interesting! Voted up~


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Rossimobis 3 years ago from Biafra Author

Thanks Kukata Kali, thanks for the time you took to leave me this passionate comment.Appreciate!!!


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Kukata Kali 3 years ago

You are so welcome. Thank you for being free to express your thoughts.

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