Spiritual Musings“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.” ― John Lennon
Some people have become prisoners of their faiths and views without them knowing it. Do you need to be in prison before you are called a prisoner? When somebody is too dogmatic the person is in a prison called dogmatism. Some people have made barriers in the name of God and have created God, whereas the God-within has no barrier.
If you can not see and exhibit God today in whatever you do, preaching about God from any book is varbash. How many people have a very quiet conscience free from thoughts that do not sleep when we have gone to sleep?
Do not help people so that you would get reward from them. This act is selfish, and not spiritual. They will disappoint you. But if you assist them on a clear bill, in the days you are in need, nature (you may call it God) must bring someone who would help you out. It is a natural law that Givers never lack, but not when the Giver is selfish, such a person must be disappointed:
The difference between an Atheist and a person who believes in God or supernatural entities is just that the former does not call upon God – as an entity. In reality, many Atheists I have known are afraid of God and do the will, even when they do not know. You may call such behaviour, moral code. But that someone is an Atheist does not mean that his or her perceptions of the world are evil. No! The issue is that an Atheist does not believe in the existence of a god, goddess or supernatural being, the same way a Christian does not believe in the existence of Ikenga, Amadioha, Agwuisi, Thor, Baal, Venus and other mystics of this world.
Our way of life is called Odinala (Odinana, Odinani, Omenala), depending on dialect. “Odi” means, it is, “nala” means, on ground (within). My eyes were opened spiritually to know/understand that the God the missionaries came to tell us about, in books, was within us in all ramifications of our behaviours and endeavours, but our forebears were cajoled, and they lost the God within them to the make-belief of the God faraway from them. And unless our people go back to hold Odinala strongly - the God within - the issue of God would continue to be elusive in the eyes of our people. God is supposed to be in our character and not in our bookshelves and fanciful edifice.
Perhaps, this is why many Christians are Capitalistic in nature!!! "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified" - 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
by Odimegwu Onwumere
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