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How Much Of Our African Culture Should We Give Up For Christianity?

Clearly, some of our traditions have pagan origins and as such should be eschewed. What about the aspects of our culture that seem right, but yet have pagan origin?

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@~Lady~:

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Did I ever tell you that I don't want to die? Am I not a Christian woman?

Did i not explain to you what "of this world" means? Man stop catching amnesia.

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Your explanation did not justify your meaning "of this world." No one is "of this world," since we all have to die. Don't forget Judgement day.

And am too young to catch amnesia. You should know that by now. By your saying it does not mean it is so. Te same that your of this world expression does not really make Christianity special. Afterall, Jesus said that he will deny some of the Christians when they come to him, in the day of Judgement.

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Did I ever tell you that I don't want to die? Am I not a Christian woman?

Did i not explain to you what "of this world" means? Man stop catching amnesia.

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@~Lady~: The trick is that Christians are not of this world? And yet they live in it? And when they are facing death you see them saying that they don't wanna die?

Give me a different trick, again, woman.

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@lucrabasi,

On the contrary, many Christians are actually clueless as to when the line is being crossed.

During a traditional marriage or many grand ocassions, Kola is broken. Do you know what prayers are said to the gods during the breaking of kola? eg 'He who brings kola, brings life'. May the spirits protect all and sundry. etc

After some of such covenants to th egods, audience all clap hands. Not realising that one may have just signed up to a few years odf bondage.

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if a christian were to be perfectly honest with him/herself,you always know the moment you r crossing the line from just being a christian interested in african culture to eschewing african culture over your religion, the positive ones have a grounding in the bible fromTHE LITTLE I KNOW OF THE BIBLE, prostrating for your parents,its in the bible to honour your father and mother so theres no conflict there and in many positive cultural instances as well

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Speaking of Postrating: i think thats only an act of respect to who you are postrating for, bowing to your parents is an act of courtsy, and it is very different to reverence to God because the circumstances surrounding it are different, bbut doing that in a situation like, postrating to you parent as an act of worship is defintely out of the question.

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ME and i say again to ME.appeasing the "gods" by giving goats,chickens and the rest at this time and age?my own view anyways

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Those are clearly wrong. I dont believe there is any communication between the livng and the dead although catholics do.

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What about pouring our libation to our ancestors in a ceremony?

or breaking of kola nuts to the spirits at meetings and weddings? Most ibo traditional weddings perform this ritual.

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How much of our African culture should we give up for christainity?

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Any aspect of our culture that contradicts Christianity should be abandoned!

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Little minded man?Nigerians are hidden under the umbrella of Christianity to perpetuate their evil act.

Lets give an example,If you have to swear in court before giving evidence/statement and you swear with the god of thunder,god of river or god of iron,you will not add a single lie lie to your testimony.But if you swear with the Bible,hmmm,hell know what will constitute your testimony.

Christianity have washed our rich culture and respect out of this God created earth.

Pastors should teach/preach righteousness and not just prosperity.Prosperity is a by-product of righteousness.

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if my African culture contradicts my christain views, then i'd let it go right away

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When God asked us to honour our parents, he didn't outline a particular way to do so.

He didn't say bow to your parents or prostrate.

He said honour, so which ever way u honour, honour.

I am Bini and we kneel to show honour to our elders. My friend is igbo, they don't kneel, my grandmother looked at her with an evil eye when the girl greeted her without kneeling. Does this mean that my friend was wrong? No.

When we're done eating, we greet everyone in the house. I greeted my yoruba aunty and she looked at me with shock. Does that mean that I am wrong? No.

I hope that explains it.

LOLOLOL. Imhotep, I'm sure you can figure out why I'm laughing especially when you read JeSoul's post.

Lol. Wonders shall never cease.

JeSoul, it's nothing bad, I promise. It's just funny.

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throwing away of twins

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I suppose my question is founded upon an observation that many Africans still hold on to certain superstitions like, dont cross your feet over another person's body, , and several other superstitions that I'm sure you can all recollect a few.

We still believe certain things bring bad luck and some things bring good luck.

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Yes, people curtsy the queen and other royalty. That does not make it right either.

People genuflect for the pope. still not necessarily right.

When does respect become reverence?

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As long as that culture contradicts any biblical commandment, it must go!

  I still kneel to greet my parents and elder folks. . . I see it as a sign of respect NOT a form of worship. It is the intent that matters in this case I think.

  I know there're many things in african tradition that must be given up but I can't seem to think of any now. . .

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Well then my point was that bowing is neither exclusively African nor Western nor scriptural. I cant tell whos copying who. But then again if youre bowing as a mark of respect and not worship its not wrong.

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They [Westerners] preserve what is good in their respective cultures; while they encourage Africans to destroy their beautiful customs and traditions.

The results are tragic => Africans lose their identity: they are neither fully African, nor fully Westernized.

The bible should be studied [and prayed with] carefully.

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No no, what about lawyers bowing to 'my lord' in court? Is that African?

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Bowing, and prostrating are African.

gods and kings are honoured in this way.

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For example is it still ok to prostrate to greet parents and elders, if Christianity says that God alone should be given such deference.

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