“I am thoroughly convinced there is no God; if there is a God, I am thoroughly convinced he does not listen to Africans. He couldn’t have been listening to them.”
I know a lot of people who believe in God. They swear by God and in God’s name. Their faith is such that one cannot convince them otherwise. There is nothing one can say to the believers to change their mind or worldview. So, there is no use trying. If they think and believe there is a God, oh well, that’s their prerogative; to each his own. After all, there are billions of people around the world who believe in magic and witchcraft and juju and voodoo and doomsday and things like that. They believe in some second coming. They believe in physical hell and paradise and angels and saints. They believe in nonsense.
They believe in arrant nonsense. So, asking me to prove there is no God is a complete waste of my time. And yours. In the same vein, do not attempt proving to me that there is a God. Such an exercise is going to be a complete waste of your time. And mine. But since you are reading me, listen carefully: there is no God!
Ha an African ever heard the voice of God? Has an African ever seen the shadow of God? It would be foolhardy of me trying to convince anyone, especially Africans, that there is no God. Or, telling and convincing them that there was nothing special about that Middle Easterner named Jesus Christ. He was just one of a hundred such men who roamed that region claiming to have a direct line to a made-up God. Others have claimed to be born of Virgins. Others have claimed to hear the voice of God. Others have claimed resurrection and a second coming. Others, like him, have claimed a lot of things. He or anyone else may claim this or that; but this or that doesn’t make this or that factual.
Of all the people on the face of the earth, Nigerians are the most gullible. They are the most gullible when it comes to religion and religious beliefs. And then there are other Africans. How gullible could any one or any race be for allowing raiders to come and tell them their own way of life is false and injurious and backward and primitive? Nonsense! Religion is nothing but a business and political enterprise; religious faith is nothing but a psychedelic potion used to mess with people’s psyche and their sense of self. The less educated, less assured, and less complete one is, the more susceptible one become to its tentacles.
In the case of Mr. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, millions and millions of Nigerians believe that his Presidency was/is God’s doing. (Na God ooo: an act of God.) God, they maintained, made it feasible for Yar’Adua and Jonathan Goodluck to be where they are today. Heck, what does God have to do with our elections? Considering the state of affairs since its independence, what influence has God had in
Whenever I am really bored, I have been known to get a kick out of listening to Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Creflo Dollar, TD Jakes, Jack van Impe, and the most comical of all — Benny Hinn. And on my periodic trips to
For the slightest reason (1:100b) that God does exists, does he truly listen to Nigerians? Does he listen to our prayers? I wonder because if he truly does listen — how did we end up with most of the presidents and ministers and governors and religious men we have had since independence? What’s the matter with God? While some regions of the Global South are gradually developing and “moving on,”
If God ruled the affairs of men and of the state, then
In so many ways, the current pack of the Nigerian and or African elite remind me of the early missionaries (to the African continent) who came with guns and ammunitions in one hand and the Bible and Holy Water on the other. Then and now their reasons and objectives are the same: lie, cheat, steal, and misrule, subjugate and enslave. Subjugate and enslave, especially the soul. And nothing makes a man or a woman mindless and unquestioning than religion. Nothing makes a man or woman more slavish than the fear of the unknown. There are dozens and dozens of things the Africans do not know and are afraid of. Taken in its totality, religion is bad for the people. It is bad for anyone.
I have seen and read and heard it all. I have seen and read and heard of the life of the Africans: a life that’s self-subjected to subjugation and exploitation and misery and want. Only if they knew that their lives would be better and richer and happier and joyous without this bondage called religion, and without a God. Only if they knew! I am telling them now: there is no God. I am thoroughly convinced there is no God; if there is a God, I am thoroughly convinced he does not listen to Africans. He couldn’t have been listening to them.