Religion and the Evil That Comes With It By Opeyemi Badmus
I seat here asking myself why is there so much evil around? Why is it getting harder to find good and honest people? Why are more people turning evil at an alarming rate despite the amount of religious houses we have? Then it hit me, a very DEEP home truth: Religion is one of the biggest PROMOTERS of evil. Let me state categorically here that I am not an atheist as I believe STRONGLY in GOD. However we should NOT CONFUSE religion with GOD, as that’s one fundamental mistake we are making.
Each religion has its own god and the religions aim to help us serve and please these gods while they bless and protect us in return. We are grappling with insurgency which is wrapped around the veil of Islam and stoked by misguided teachings + ignorance even amongst the people whom the “HOLY WORD” was revealed. History gladly reminds us of the atrocities carried out by/in the Catholic church which led to the formation of the Protestant church, the Lutheran church and other factions that we now have in christianity.
Tell me one religion that doesn’t have a history of breeding evil or has a large scale of atrocities committed in its name or as a result of its teachings, I’m yet to find one. (I stand to be enlightened)
Despite the huge amount of religious houses we have per square meter in Nigeria, SIN and EVIL is on the RISE! Politicians scheme and manipulate using religion as the cloak of evil, its examples are abound everywhere. The only tool used more often than religion is TRIBALISM and these 2 are the BANE of Development in Nigeria. They are the 2 major reasons why we fail to choose the right leaders to take us out of the quagmire we find ourselves in. They are the sentiments that we allow to BLIND us when making crucial decisions of competence that affect the lives of millions. Quote me anywhere, the day we eradicate “RELIGION and TRIBALISM” from our mindsets as a nation is the day we’ll begin moving forward.
The truth is our 2 major religions have taught us that to attain “heaven” is hard, and this is the ultimate goal of those that adhere strictly to the tenets of both religions. This has made heavenly glory a mirage and unrealistic for most, Coupled With the list of requirements needed to make paradise, religion becomes counter productive. Instead of citizens striving to do what’s right as often as they can, what we get is citizens throwing caution to the wind and doing otherwise as the new prevalent mindset is “We no kuku fit make heaven, I go come suffer for earth go suffer 4 heaven again? Lailai!”… If you need proof of this, sit with politicians and yahoo boys and you’ll get a better understanding of what I’m talking about.
This is in sharp contrast to what’s obtainable in nations that are not too religious. People here do good because its the right thing to do not because they are trying to adhere to a certain set of rules or teachings. Given their rebellious nature If they were in our shoes, they’ll be as messed up a nation as we are. That’s why credit has to be given to their leaders for not institutionalising religion as we have done in Nigeria.
This isn’t to say that religion is all evil as it has helped to guide the thoughts and actions of many. I can’t undermine what God has done in my life and what he’ll continue to do. I just ask that we understand our religions VERY well before acting under the cover of their various teachings.
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