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God’s Religion (Definitely Not Christianity!)

God; an idea that irritates some very learned men in white lab coats and a name that causes the majority of black-skinned humans to bow. There is a serious disparity as regards who God really is, especially in Nigeria: a money blessing machine? another god of thunder ready to kill homosexuals and rapists only? a partially blind super being who doesn’t see the evil that “church-goers” do? Or an inconsiderate God who lets the poor drink dirty water all their lives? However, God, in various religions, is conceived of as the supreme being, creator, principal object of faith, and he represents the ideal. Come to think of it, there are so many religions, but one God? And if God represents the ideal, and religion is an ‘ideal’, then he must have a religion. What is God’s religion?

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People know Christianity as a miracle religion, maybe that’s why God left Judaism to join it. Nah, God is not a Christian. There are just over 200 million atheists in the world compared to the 6 billion people who practice some kind of religion. It must be quite a big deal, I guess. Basically, religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Every religion has these three things in common: notion of a deity or absolute, description of the central problem of human suffering, the belief in an afterlife that is better than the present life. Hence, religion is a kind of means to escape the sufferings of this world. But why focus on trying to escape when you can uproot the cause of suffering in the world? It is not lack of food that causes hunger in the world, nor lack of houses that leaves people homeless on the street. It is not the lack of clothes that make people wear rags or even go naked. And ‘God’s indifference’ is not the cause of wars. Neither is it because of insufficient money in the world that many people are broke and broken. It is a lack of love. Just love. People pray for the hungry instead of feeding them, things like this cause the growing agitation towards religion.

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God’s religion is the religion of love (I coined a weird word for it, Philism). Since most of all we suffer are because of a lack of love, a true religion’s key principle should be love. Not just theoretically; is there even a thing like theoretical love? People know what you believe by what you consistently say and do. Love is shown in words and actions, it makes every other thing beautiful. Love is tough! And unbelievable most times. I mean, Romeo actually killed himself because he thought Juliet was dead and God let his creatures rough handle and kill him. Love. But there is an exquisite part of love.

The best part of love is in the effect it produces. Love goes beyond just a feeling, it’s an action—of self-giving. It is a universal language that goes with a smile. In God’s religion, love is an unconditional act and breaks barriers of colour or religion. Love entails seeing every other person as human as yourself. Love is understanding, very kind and forgives.

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You don’t have to go as far as dying for someone yet. Our world dearly needs the simplest forms of love. God’s religion needs more followers who will: give sincere compliments that would put a smile on someone’s face, ask ways to be of help, not expect to get help, be prepared to love regardless of hate from a friend, say thank you to someone who renders a service, use what’s needed and give the leftover to those in need, and many other simple acts of kindness that make a big difference. More importantly, God’s religion needs followers who are human enough to see every other person as humans too, those who look at the people whom society classifies as sinners and call them brothers. This beautiful religion of love is not judgemental, it holds a superb future for each person.

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Now think about your current religion, are there elements of God’s own religion in it? Most religions are in line with God’s religion; however, most religions comprise humans and humans are weak. Love is choice, and part of the characteristics of love is patience. There are those who claim to be more religious than the rest of us, no problem. Focus on growing in love, because God is love. Love doesn’t exclude itself, it has very wide arms. The question shouldn’t be about religion or spirituality, we all just simply learn to love a little more in our various religions (and people won’t even think of giving up religion if we receive as much love there?). They are simply various paths that lead to the true religion, the religion of love. In case you don’t have a religion yet, Christianity isn’t a bad idea, you know, we do Christmas parties!

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