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Your Religious Group Is Not Going To Any Heaven/Paradise, Mine Is…So Spare Me Your CRAP!

By Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri | Miscellaneous, Travel & Living
4 Feb 2013

If you think your religion is supreme and only you and your religious group members are heading to heaven/paradise, whiles the others are definitely going to hell or nowhere, close this article…It is not for people like you. In fact, I dislike people like you who think a group they belong are inherently supreme to others and do not make real effort to understand the dealings of others…

Religion is a dicey subject and as such, many people avoid discussing it. Many of us are experts in our own Religions and are confident that we are on the right path. If our group is on the right path in a world where we have right or wrong, where are the other groups heading?

We have millions of books and holy writings to back our assumptions and claims of belonging to the right Religious group; I mean the one God says it is right for His children…

What most of us lack is the strength to consider and understand the Religious practices and preaching of others. We have the best and yet we do not even know about what lies behind our walls. I am not sure how we got to know we are in the best since we have not sufficiently and objectively compared or given that of the others the necessary attention.

God is practically, conceptually and imaginably difficult to understand. The mind of God can never be understood. And this is because, God does not directly deal with us, we deal with our selves. He deals with us through mankind.

To understand the mind of God, we must understand and appreciate the minds of others, especially those who do not belong to our Religious group. Instead of us embracing the principle of unity in diversity, when it comes to Religion, we seem to entrench diversity with trivial assumptions and proclamation.

What Religion do you belong to?

It is true that some will find God even if they are brought up in a remote part of the world. However, the Religious group we belong to is heavily influenced by geography-like it or not. If you are a Christian reading this, get this right…If you were born in Saudi Arabia, the probability that you would have been a Muslim is far higher than being what you are today.

If things we do not have control over such as place of birth, parents and even upbringing affect our Religious group choices, why are we then making such groupings divide us more than it should be, creating uneasiness amongst us and to some extent, creating permanent barriers when it comes to certain dealings with certain people?

I prefer to call myself a student of all Religions, open minded about every Religious group and certain about none. Do not get me wrong, I am not an atheist-that is not even a Religious group anyway.

My background and upbringing surely have contributed to this stand and this has helped my human interaction and understanding of people from several Religious groups.

My mother is a strong, respected Christian, a Pentecostal and currently, she is the deputy women’s leader of the Church of Pentecost at where she resides.

I can say I grew up well with my grandmother who worshiped with the Presbyterian Church and devoted the best part of her life serving God through the church.

My first girlfriend was a respected and devoted Muslim. I recently heard she has converted to Christianity because of her husband (good for her).

When growing up, I had several friends and the one I cherished most was a Rastafarian by belief. He was kind, warmhearted and God fearing. What I loved most was his free spirit and consciousness.

I had my Senior High School Education in Adisadel College, an Anglican school which had a resident Priest. For the 3 years, I sung various Anglican hymns, worshiped the Anglican way and took communion every Monday in an on campus Anglican chapel.

I attended college at East Ham in London and I had several Asian and African Muslim friends. We hanged around after classes and rushed to get food together each day…I respected their views on Religion and where they belong.

At the Law School, I dated a Buddhist for almost a year. Her world view, understanding, calmness and way of life which were heavily influenced by her Religion is something I have never come across. She was such an innocent intelligent young woman.

At the same University, I had several friends from different Religious groups such as Sikh, Hindu, Judaism and those who did not have any space in their hearts for any Religion.

My girlfriend today is a Christian and she is respectful, generous, nice and believes in natural remedies so she is currently studying for a second degree in alternative medicine.

Why the long talk?

All these people I met and know belong to different Religious groups and probably in the comfort of their own rooms; they think their religion is the best.  I hope they do not think so though…

Despite this, they all have certain amazing human traits. They are real human beings before Religious human beings.  I got on well with them, respected them and instead of judging their views on Religion, I make efforts to look at things from their corner.

If you were standing where someone is standing, if you were brought up how someone was brought up, if you have experienced exactly what someone has and if you know what someone knows, I bet you will see things the way they do or understand their views much better.

There is only one true Love but many of us get to that through different means. So if there is only one true God as your Religion teaches you, then there are several ways to get to this God of which your Religion is one.  Belonging to that Religion does not make it supreme and not belonging to the other groups does not make them inferior.

It is satisfying to belong to a Religious group because the sense of congregation brings unity and reinforcement. But what is it to humanity if we cannot openly unite with other groups in spite of our diversity? Beauty lies in diversity!

So the attitude; my religious group is the only one going to Heaven/Paradise so spare me the crap does not help to understand, appreciate and see things from the view of other religious group members. It curtails the unity in diversity that we can achieve with all these Religious groups.

I wish we were all students of all Religions and then, we could put the lenses of other groups on and see what they are seeing…

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  • GoldenGurl

    ‘There is only one true Love but many of us get to that through different means’….this really captures for me what this whole article is about. Yes indeed discussing our beliefs is an emotive subject and our obsession with believing what we individually believe is the best….but yest if you think of it that is not the way of God to put your above another which I can say at times I feel I do. Hmmmmm this is food for thought for me in terms of removing any judgment on ppl’s believe after all that is not my job as a true believer. lessons learnt…Thanks for the article

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    Chris_Vincent Reply:

    I am glad to know this is a food for thought for yu in relation to judging people…I know people who argue that the world will be a better place without religion. I think the world will be far better with religion in tact and opened mindedness which encourages cross studies and understanding of where others are coming from when it comes to their beliefs!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/saadatusagbaa Saada Amadu

    I have to admit I’m usually not a fan of your posts on Ghanacelebrities especially when you write them on “celebrities” but this is your best I’ve ever read. The last paragraph is classic and very liberating. The world might be better without religion but like you stated in your comment,” open mindedness” will not hurt anyone as well.

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    Chris_Vincent Reply:

    I am glad you love this and have seen the other side of me when it comes to thoughts and writing…Celebrities and Entertainment as you understand is pure FUN and not everyone will be interested in those stuff-GhanaCelebrities…But then, we can always discuss the more serious and intelligent issues on here…I guess that is why I saw the need to set up this blog!

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  • Ivy

    Hello Vincent,

    I must say this piece is really thought provoking. You have enlightened me further though I don’t discriminate among Religious groups. Indeed the mind of God can never be understood. I believe each one for himself or herself and God for us all, however, we should be each others keeper. These are my favourite quotes from your article “They are real human beings before Religious human beings.”, “There is only one true Love but many of us get to that through different means.” and “Beauty lies in diversity!”.

    Thank you.

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  • Yaw

    Hi Vincent,

    I write as a friend with interest in blogging on matter such as you have just expressed. I happened to have chanced by pieces of your works and may have by thus formed an impression in my own thinking your world view (Pardon my prejudice though). I take keen interest in your search for truth and your advocacy for pluralism, and things such as your write but I take particular notice as I read your loathe, as it were for church, not judgmental for you, even when you front your hatred (Pardon my impression as well, it may have came from your article on cheap girls in church, of which I hope your current girlfriend you speak of is not one).

    I only write to share an opinion that I think will be helpful in your search (opinionated as we all writers are). History is always the best case study for the future, for indeed ‘there is nothing new under the sun’. You are not the first and will not be the last in your search, however you appear to have lost the search for truth and are propagating a stance of humanity. An interesting fallacy underlies your assumption and conviction which I must point as a friend and fellow seeker of truth. That is, ‘the general good of humanity (Let your own heart do the judging not church folks). ‘The heart of a man/woman is desperately wicked above all things, who can know it?’

    This thoughts may sound familiar since you could recite the whole Bible. Let me be clear on what I’m not saying, I am not saying you have fallen into anything such as apostasy, rather what I’m saying is, truth such as must be sought can only be found in the person and history of Jesus the Christ from Nazareth, and if truth is that which you seek, may such love as only He can give, find you. The article below and many like such on the same site will provide a voice in your search, such as mine… I pray for you grace man, I love you.

    http://theagleswingfoundation.blogspot.com/2012/01/you-matter-in-essential-matters.html

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