Religion; A Path To Salvation And Chain Of Bondage

Religion can be viewed as a particular system of faith and worship. It can further be described as the belief in and worship of a supernatural being.

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The first is faith, the belief one has and abhors in one’s mind. No wonder Yoruba says ‘okan eni n’igbagbo eni’ i.e one’s mind is one’s faith. Some have argued the concept of religion as the basis of existence, man is created basically to worship God. If so, every other aspect of man’s life will be regarded secondary. In respect to this, religion is the only way salvation can be attained since it is the route to get in touch with the creator. That as it may be, to attain this salvation, structures are put in place. Mosques exist for the muslims to call on their lord, churches are built for the christian folks to practice their christianity. Shrines are without a specific figure, their basis is to make sure man carry out his primary assignment on earth, to worship God.

In a circular state like Nigeria, a country with the largest population of black race in the world, a multilingual and multicultural state, a highly devoted country in terms of religion. Religion has got total control of the minds of the people, worshipping God en masse, calling upon Him for their daily bread, preaching what is right and advocating against what is wrong, gifting the needy for the purpose of religious teachings, being steadfast in faith, either in prosperity or adversity; all in the name of seeking God’s pleasure to attain salvation. Nothing would have been wrong with all these only if we got things right within ourselves, our minds, and we haven’t been dogmatic in our approach to the salvation we crave for.

In our present world, with the level of knowledge, the daily advance in science and technology, it is quite disheartening to find out that dogmatism has taken over people’s sense of reasoning and judgement. The religion that was meant to be the path to salvation has turned out to be the chain of bondage. Pastors on pulpit exploit their congregation. Imams preach for the purpose of their pocket. They create fears into the minds of their subjects. They use the reward of the heaven to make them neglect and forget the happiness and goodies of the earth. Traditionalists create life threatening problems to exploit from the common man who sees them as the second in command to the Almighty. Religion was meant to breed good and alleviate evil, our religious leaders advocate same but act otherwise. As their subjects, we rest our belief on them as the representative of the creator, hence, we have chosen not to challenge their authority. What a shame!

When a pastor flies about in his private jets and the same man preaches against worldly materials, I begin to wonder. When our imams stay in mansions and ride exotic cars, and preached to we congregation not to be materialistic because it makes us lose concentration in our worship, I sense hypocrisy. Government launches an unfavourable policy, our religious leaders calm us down, they tell us God dislikes violence, all we should do is keep praying, it’s not funny! A man cheats his fellow man, and the teachings of religion says we should abhor forgiveness in our hearts no matter the level of hurt, hmm! Poverty and penury are the order of the day, religion says we should remain calm, things will get better. At what age?

If the concept of religion is basically this way, then I might not be mistaken to conclude that religion remains a path to salvation and at the same time a chain of bondage.

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