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Why Do Nigerians Like To Worship Men Of God?

Why do Nigerians like to worship so-called gods of men.

First and foremost, they are mere mortals. Humans like everyone else.

I don't want to mention names, but I thought Jesus is the key.

or maybe its that,

These men are doing a good job brainwashing.

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i wont go as far as saying people worship men of GOD,ill give you a quick example here, when you r in secondary school or university,didnt you have a favourite teacher or lecturer that all the students liked and listened to?some girls will even have a crush on the favourite teacher and u never forget them or their name, thats kinda what people feel for their pastors,you will agree that is not worshipping the teacher or lecturer

men of GOD are not just religious leaders,but your psychiatrists,confidant e.t.c do you know the level of commitment these people give their churches ebfore building up that level of loyalty?your pastor will be by your side in any trouble even before your family,your pastor will plead with your boss,business partners e.t.c on your behalf,be a marriage counsellor,even matchmaker, now imagine someone doing all that for you and you are in a position to make his life easier wouldnt you do so?

or if someone oe some people was bad mouthing him,wouldnt you stand up for him?

so its not worshipping the man of GOD but realising his importaqnce in our lives,you will stick up for your dad ,brother e.t.c because you love and respect them

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Your proposal will be seen as another Comic Nollywood movie.

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I won't throw the idea away. Theres a strong possiblity for anything.

Its only a proposal and I'm entitled to write.

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How about you admiting that it aint going to work.

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How about I send you the article when I'm done.

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In your proposal, will you finally mention how you plan on enforcing this ban?

What will you do with those fail to abide by it?

What will you do with the churches, mosques, temples?

What will you do with the religious music artist and music?

What will you do with the bibles and Qurans?

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@poster:This was my response to Gamine's church post, and it serves here as well.

Man, do I understand where you're coming from or what? I hardly attend church, but I have a hunger to find and know God personally, and sometimes He's lost in the hustle and bustle and Pastor's posturings. I went mountain climbing one day. It was beautiful. The sky was four shades of blue. There were eagles and butterflies. To my astonishment, I got a glimpse of God that day. And I'm not referring to the physical environment. I would dodge questions like 'Did you go to church today?', and accusing looks if I say I hadn't been. Now I give a curt 'No,' and profer no explanations.

Don't get me wrong. I occasionally attend services and I'm uplifted by a message, and I have pastor friends,but I've grouses with Nigerian churches a mile long. It's a culture over here, church. It has its own language and practices and ways of life, and once you master them, you can pass yourself off as anything. That's why my cheeks used to ache from all the false smiles I'd dispense in church, because I have to pass muster. Religion is a blanket people use to hide who they really are beneath. Tiresome,motonous religious activity that do little to change the darker sides of one's personality. Once you master it, anyone can feel at home. That's why Nigerians can loot public funds and still go to church and piously raise holy hands.

Not to mention there's no real love amongst church members. Pastors are arrogant and strut about like peacocks, expecting you to worship the ground they walk on. They pass their own prejudices and jaundiced view of life off as religious doctrine, and you'd better obey or it's off to hellfire you go. They tell you what to do, what to think and how to think it. One pastor came to my house and,when he didn't get the 'Daddy' and the 'respect' he thought it my constitutional duty to furnish, became hostile and began to misbehave. I 'dashed' his annointed face a good slap. Yes, I did. And to pastor worshippers who're clutching their hearts in horror and looking to consign me to hell,good luck to you. A pastor is merely an office in a church, and is no more noble or deserving of respect than an usher or a chorister. God is no respecter of persons but we are, forming cliques in church and not recognising or respecting boundaries if it kicked us in the foot.

Church today is a travesty of what it was intended to be. I'n under no obligation to conform to its rules or abide by its dictates. There's a Bible, and I can read. Your brethren is not the people who gather with you in a hall to perform religious ceremony. They are people with whom you share a spirit and the love- translatable into practical, giving action-of Christ. So you can be in a congregation of 100000 while your actual brethren therein are 1000.

I totally understand your dilemma. I face the same. Just don't let some misguided sense of duty guide your life, and remember there's just this one life and it's short. Do everything from your HEART.

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But can they see Jesus? How can they use their physical eyes to focus on someone they can't see with their physical eyes?

That's my point.

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Are you aware of all the tribulations China had to go through to get how it is now? Do you know how many decades it took? And yet they still have people questioning them. What would be modified?

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I don't want to say Yes exactly but certain parts can be modified.

China is doing well economically isn't it ?   I mean it has the largest increase in the number of the middle class since America in the 1960s.

In fact, I was reading in a newspaper today, how Chinese officials  threw away bibles tourists planned on distributing to people. I'm obviously not proposing anything this drastic. lol. (just wanted to mention it)

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Yes United States has separation of church and state, but remember, they aint banning religion.

So you want Nigeria to follow the code of China when it comes to banning religion?

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I have told you laws and policies.

Example China. I'm not going to sit here and write a 25 page paper so that you can read.

China is an example as I have stated previously.

In America, there is a separation of church and state. 

Laws and Policies can be created to guide a society.

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madamkoko, do you plan on answering my question?

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I think focusing on these men makes MANY, MANY believers go astray. Away from God's word and plan.

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Meaning: why don't people focus on Jesus. Jesus was human and was not invisible according to the bible.

Also, isn't that the point of the bible, for xtians to see examples and to focus on examples given in the Bible and not these men trying to make a buck a two.

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what happened to Jesus ?

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HOW DO YOU PLAN ON ENFORCING BANNING RELIGION IN NIGERIA?

By creating laws and policies.

For example, In the U.S except in poor neighborhoods, you just can't open a church anywhere. Places are zoned. Pastors have to be certified like any other job function. Churches cannot open a school/or a business under the church name. I'm sure there are many examples we can follow, I dont think that I ought to reinvent the wheel we just need more research.

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If thats your question ASK, no need to beat around the bush.

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Now you are making Nigeria sound like a jungle. In America, Pastors/Churches are audited regularly and if a pastor/church entity is accussed of fraud the Pastor goes to Jail/pays a fine, pays the money back, something.

Rules are Rules if one breaks the rules then there are consequences.

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The men of God who promise miracles, signs and wonders etc are human beings we can see. Whereas the God that is behind them (or some of them) is invisible.

And seeing the invisible is something that cannot be done naturally. It can only be done by faith. Hence, people focus on the man and not on God. Simple.

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Do you know anything about policies or laws. ?

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Not simply telling but REGULATING.

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And how do you plan on carrying out these so call laws and policies?

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Madamkoko

[Quote]Do you mean that Nigerians worship these men, to get themselves out of poverty?[/quote]

I'm guessing this part is the reason.

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[Quote]There is no black country in the world where idol worshiping doesn't take place.

Even some blacks in the US. are into this (esp in the south) not to mention the blacks

in cuba, brazil, australia etc.

It is indeed the black race as I said earlier.[/quote]

Ok, I'll take your word for it, since I haven't been to those countries.

@Onyinye2, I'm not talking about the churches in the States but the ones in Nigeria. You know americans don't have the poverty problem like Nigeria does. That's why I said poverty might be a reason. Lots of Nigerians go to these big churches because they're popular for 'miracles'. They expect these pastors to help them get rich by worshipping them as if they're God.

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No one is proposing punishment for having religious beliefs.

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your China argument is weak. No one is proposing punishment for having religious beliefs.

if Nigeria BANS religion, you will be missing out GREATLY if you don't visit. In your argument, you ALSO Acknowledge religion as a tool of oppression.

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Aren't you a xtian, isn't it wrong to curse someone or your pastor didn't preach about that part. Anyways, I am not crazy. If Religion was BANNED in Nigeria, I am of the strong opinion that Nigeria will move forward drastically because people will be forced to think LOGICALLY. Individuals will begin to organize and take action (like AA did in the 1960s) even if we examine the 60s churches were used for political reasons and NOTHING more.

I am also of the strong opinion that Nigerians will begin to see SIMILARITIES/COMMONALITIES rather than differences if religion was banned.

I am NOT proposing that people should be punished for their religious beliefs. I am saying RELigion in Nigeria is a tool that has done nothing to divide people and has done absolutely nothing for the great continent.

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So eh, you want Nigeria to follow the likes of China abi? Where it is basically shuned from the rest of the world until now. And there are still people who are questioning them. Personally if Nigeria bans religion, me visiting there will dramatically change. It will be Civil War all over again. All it will do is give us more of a bad name then we already have.

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Nigeria will seize to exist in its present form if religion is banned. No doubt about this.

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@ Okija_juju make you tell them jare

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There is no black country in the world where idol worshiping doesn't take place.

Even some blacks in the U.S. are into this (esp in the south) not to mention the blacks

in cuba, brazil, australia etc.

It is indeed the black race as I said earlier.

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I am of the strong opinion that Nigeria will move forward and progress, if we can BAN religion.

Because then people will begin to see COMMONALITIES/SIMILARITIES rather than differences.

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Olsteen is human. Nothing makes him great.

Didn't his wife assualt someone and I heard them calculating her networth, its like $20 million

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good question

Reasons why I know people go to church in Nigeria: has little to nothing to do with god or Jesus

Find a husband/wife

get contracts: you might rob elbows with a senator/politician/businessman

have a social life

Local churches are small. UNKnown people go there.

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Megachurch = Mega miracle

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Do you mean that Nigerians worship these men, to get themselves out of poverty?  or mean these so called gods of men brainwash people to get themselves out of poverty?

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I want to know why people go to these Mega Churches? What is wrong with the local small church in your neighborhood?

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How many people are killed in Nigeria because of religion ? How many people's lives have been destroyed because of "blind faith"

How many people have been made millionaires because of religion ?

there are many stories of people who are beaten or have been stoned to death in Nigeria because they have been termed "witches" or those who have died fasting and praying for god's miracles, or those members who died during deliverance,

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@topic, maybe because they think it's their way to success/out of poverty.

@Onyinye2, please, the poster is right. If you've been to Nigeria or their churches, you'll know what we're talking about here.

@somebody, I think it's a Nigerian thing, don't know about the black race thingy.

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Do you know how many people are killed, yes killed for expressing any type of religion? Do you know how many people are jailed because of religion in China? If you are going to use an example, use another country instead of China.

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propaganda and lies, we all see proof of China's prosperity

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You and I know that CHINA is doing well ECONOMICALLY.

Why not use China as an example. Religion there is a secondary issue and I think that its responsible for thier progress.

There are MORE Commonalities/Similarities rather than the divisive tool of religion.

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Biko, do not bring the likes of China in to this. That place is nothing but propaganda and lies.

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I give you an abridged list??

1. Oyedepo

2. Matthew Ashimolowo

3. William Kumuyi

4. Enoch Adeboye

5. Chris Oyakhilome

start with these.

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Look at Communist China: Economy is BOOOMING!!!!

In fact, I think that religion is NOT taught in schools. They recognize religion as a tool of oppression.

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Madamkoko, It is not just Nigerians but the black race as a whole. I believe the reason black countries

worldwide have not been able to progress compared to their white/latin/asian counterparts

is due to this idol worshipping you have eloquently highlighted. Black people must do away

with this for us to move forward and progress as a people.

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Are you saying that you want a list of men Nigerians worship ?

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Nne, what men are you talking about?

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