Spiritual Musings

by Odimegwu Onwumere

“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

Musing 1:

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.

Musing 2:

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?

Musing 3:

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

Musing 4:

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.

Musing 5:

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

Musing 6:

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

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