-Religious Indoctrination and Denominations-
As the core Christian that I am, or should I say I was, I don’t believe I had a choice. It was either Christianity or hell, and I don’t think anyone in their right senses ever wants to suffer eternal damnation.
Religion is the opium of the masses and since nobody is religiously wrong, we seem to be in a constant state of religious high, whereby we fight everybody for religious supremacy.
Some Christians believe Muslims will go to hell, while Muslims believe Christ’s followers are unbelievers, with both parties locked in a war of earthly domination. In the meantime, both parties continue to preach heavenly possession.
Within Christianity, the various denominations do not even agree. A Pentecostal believer says the Catholic doctrines are wrong. Anglicans believe you can serve at the altar and shun the celibate life. The Charismatic Movement of the Lord’s Chosen say that wearing jewelries are a sure path to hell. Jehovah’s witnesses say Jesus was nailed hands above his head instead of the widely acclaimed outstretched version.
Interestingly, all of these Christian denominations believe that they are right and preach doctrines and sermons after God’s own heart. Once a while, they come to a common public ground to say Christianity is a religion of peace and love. However, in their tents of gathering, they tear down one another, while possibly leading many down the path of eternal damnation.
I’m not one to tell who is right and who isn’t. Nonetheless, I believe that just after Jesus died, his followers, led by the twelve apostles, had the most practical example of Christian living. They lived by the basic philosophy of loving your neighbour in equal ratio to self.
Instead now, centuries and kilo years of human manipulation and personal indoctrination has changed this way of life. What one finds now are adulterated versions of Christianity, filled with personal beliefs, including what is now referred to as ‘Prosperity Doctrine”.
Instagram user ‘hungerforhappiness’ said,
“The programs that are running your behaviour were most likely adopted at a very young age. They were told to you and because you didn’t have a contract or an education to think, you’ve taken them and have been reinforcing them for decades. The most important thing to note here is that you do not own those programs, they are just unconsciously running in the background, interrupting the flow of abundance in you. For majority of the people, they are completely unaware of these scarcity programs that are manifesting and growing on their emotional fields. Awareness brings clarity to these programs, and with enough clarity and grit, we can begin the process of transcending these patterns into a higher state of consciousness and of course; Abundance.”
One of such programs is religious indoctrination. This is undoubtedly the strongest of these programs and it shapes the day-to-day running of our lives, starting from our ground perception of what life should be, what is right and wrong, good and evil, heroic and villainous, what we should and shouldn’t do.
Until we come into the light of self-realization, we will progressively live in a make-believe world where we believe we are drivers of our lives while in truth, we are mere passengers in a social engine driven bus. We’d be spectators in a cinema watching a movie that is our life where we are actors instead of directors.
The world hangs in a balance, a scale unequal. This is a rigged life, a program that has been bugged from the start, but what do I know? I’m just a dumb 21-year old organic processor, trying to beat my benchmark and defy the status quo.
- Ufana Ishoyor
Student, Department of Mass Communication
Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH)