God May Be Man After All

Gross proportions of evils, extreme in most turpitudinous complexion

have been committed in the name of God. There is no scintilla of wavering

argument or doubt that most evils from the devil’s lair itself especially in

the 21st century have been motivated and spawned by God. Blasphemy?

Maybe. This claim is premised on the fact that “God pleasing” men discharge

their egregious, feculent and toxic secretions on hapless victims by way of

killing, butchering,

maiming, extorting, exploiting, coaxing, befuddling, and brainwashing them

using Him-God as a fulcrum. He is therefore responsible for the deaths and

erosion of the minds of the unthinking and malleable many who have come under

the physical and psychological guillotine of His men since He has not in any

way exerted himself to rescue them- victims of “in the name of God” decimation

and evils- from his loyal, praying marauders.

It is not tendentious to contend that in some religious

texts God is shown to have dark,

human propensities such as anger, hate, prejudice, disgust, murderousness,

envy, jealousy and pride. This list is not exhaustive of the negative human

propensities of God as can be gleaned from some religious texts. It is not

inscrutable to read in some

religious vademecums, “And

God smote the people or that person”. Following

this, it is not surprising therefore, if some depraved persons express their

evilly actions in the name of God. Religion is by and large a channel for

expressing all shades of human atavistic

proclivities.

In the Medieval Era, campaigns of murder tagged the

Crusades were carried out by the Church in the name God. Millions perished and

God watched, perhaps, bathing his hands in their blood. And then, the

inquisition in which many were tortured and dehumanised. This is not obviating

the witch hunts in which many were summarily executed. All these were done in

the name God.

In a similar vein, the Muslims led by Mohammed at first,

waged atrocious and iniquitous wars called Jihads. What later followed after

Mohammed, the progenitor of Islam was a series of murderous cleansing of

obverse populations. Millions were killed over a span of twelve centuries. The

murderous campaigns were carried out in the name of God. And as can be

inferred, God approved the killings because he did nothing.

In Aztec in the 1300s, twenty thousand helpless people were

sacrificed yearly to God because he needed daily nourishment of blood.

In India, in the 1500s through the 1800s, as many as

fifteen thousand were strangled and sacrificed yearly by the Thuggee sect to

the bloodthirsty God. All these were base, abominable and teeth- gritting

violations of human life in the name of God.

Today, it is evident that the most challenging problem

confronting the world is terrorism; terrorism with its fount in religion. It is

also not wrong to aver that the cowardly killing of people by Islamist

militants is done in the name of God. Deductively, the murderous past of Islam

finds expression in terrorism today. This is not to imply that Islam is

synonymous with terrorism, but it is a statement of fact that the Jihads of

today are classified as terrorism. This implicates the Jihads of the past

carried out by Mohammed and other Muslim warlords. If Jihads today are acts of

terrorism what justifies the Jihads of Mohammed, Uthman Dan Fodio and others in

the lineup of “holy killing” kingpins.

While Muslims lead the pack in violent terrorism, Christian

pastors top the charts of subliminal terrorism. Subliminal terrorism is perhaps

unknown, but it is as

virulent as violent terrorism. Subliminal terrorism is an attack on the mind in

a confounding way; a way that makes it difficult to process, examine, question

and criticise a claim, a sermon, a story, an issue, a belief or reasoning. It

thrives on ignorance and mental laziness.

Just as violent terrorism exploits fear to achieve a

desired sinister objective, subliminal terrorism exploits fear and ignorance to

achieve an immoral goal too.

Subliminal terrorism is visible in Christendom as many

Christians who have refused to use their heads to bear their own mysteries are

exploited, fooled,

extorted and raped psychologically in the name God. An example of a subliminal

terroristic act is the Christian theory of giving which entails giving

mindlessly, effortlessly, uncompromisingly, without doubts, questions or ambivalence, for as they say, the earth is not a living place.

In view of this, umpteen of Christians give to the marrow

as they have been wheedled into believing that they must store up their

treasures in heaven and not on earth, or that they receive in the measure of

what they give.

In contrast to the austere and quotidian existence of a

mass of Christians, some pastors

live in exorbitant affluence enjoying the so called worldly, ephemeral and material things

of life.

Just as the world is battling violent terrorism, attention

should be turned to subliminal terrorism too as it is leaving many people

doomed to the fate of ignorance, poverty, aggression, mental laziness, and

intellectual aridity, most especially in Africa.

Finally, it is a seminal deduction that owing to scale of

malfeasance done in the name of God in which he seems complicit in, God may be

man after all. This reasoning is

informed by the fact that God as man portrays is not different man.

P.S. It is the reasoning of the writer not to use “god” as

against “God” for any religion as some religions hold the singular idea of a

being called God. Again, the writer feels it is derogatory to refer the “being”

that other religions beside Christianity and Islam venerate as “god.”

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and a poet.

Email:fredricknwabufo@yahoo.com 08167992075

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