Do prayers work?

 

DOES PRAYER EVEN WORK?

Happy Sunday my people, I trust many of you will be in church now performing your every Sunday worship routine.

I understand this topic is one of the most controversial topics out there, and might make some people uncomfortable.
This is my own take and you are by no way obligated to read or change your already existing views and practice. For the it works for me brigade I know it’s hard to accept that it’s your hard work and determination that’s working for you and not you changing any “God’s mind and plans”.

1. Can praying change “external” things, for example the weather?
2. Can it have an “internal” effect on the person who is doing the praying?

Believers can answer yes it does for 2 and point to themselves, but as for point 1 it’s open to a debate.

Prayer, according to Hemant Mehta, “Prayers benefit only those believers who say or hear them. Prayer gives them comfort. It lets them think they have some control over a situation that may be out of their hands. Prayers is normally first resort of people who never bothered to think about how they could actually fix the problem at hand”.

Just today I was speaking with a colleague and I complained that this rain will push me to start looking for a car and drop my bike as the British weather is back.
She said you are a big boy you can afford it, and I laughed and said at the minute I can’t. She the said by the Grace of God you will afford you will, that made me burst in laughter again. Now I have done my calculations on my finances to come to my conclusion that I won’t be able to afford it at this time. I wondered where the grace would come from? 1. I didn’t play any lottery
2. Unless a random person would give me a gift (which I wish would happen tho lol ) only happens in Nigeria.
3. I got no other business am expecting such funds from.

There’s a very real downside to praying, take for instance the problems in the Middle belt of Nigeria, the president instead of acting upon the fundamental principles of governance which is the protection and security of his people asks people to pray.
We cannot solve our problems through prayers, We often see people with good intentions praying for victims in the wake of a tragedy, but prayer is useless without action, and those actions make the prayers irrelevant.

When it comes down to it, prayer is illogical, even in religious terms. If God has a plan, why try to thwart it? If God can be swayed by prayers, what kind of God would allow the horrors we see in the world?
What’s the point of praying if God already knows the future, orchestrates what’s going to happen, and knows what we need?
if you believe that God not only listens to prayers but answers them too, how do you distinguish your own thoughts and feelings from God’s answers?

Happy Sunday. 🖖🏽

Samuel Nwaiwu

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Nollywood, The Enemy Within, Part 1.

Growing up as a child, I had this dream of marrying an Indian woman, I believed then, that Indian women are the most beautiful on earth. I also fantasised about traveling to India 🇮🇳 to acquire some powerful mystic powers to protect me and family from alleged evil men.

Back then in secondary school, after watching Ninja one eye, American Ninja and Five Elements Of Ninja, many of mates took up Ninja and samurai as a guy-name (Nickname).

This is a classic example of cinematic influence, and the Bollywood, the Chinese and Japanese movie industries did an outstanding job in marketing and exporting their cultural heritage and world view. Same as Hollywood, one of America’s greatest propaganda machine, promoter and exporter of American lifestyles, culture, fashion, influence etc.

Back then and till now, I never witnessed a scene where a Christian preacher walks into a Hindu temple battled the priests, defeats them and converts the entire village to Jesus and Christianity. I never saw a scene where a Christian pastor walks into Chinese Buddha shrine or Japanese Shinto temple speaks in tongues, sprinkles holy water, waves his rosary and defeats all their powers, converts the entire village to Christianity.

Then I begin to ask, is the power of this Jesus, the Holy Ghost fire 🔥 and all the anointing so powerless when matched on Krishna and lord shiva the Indian deities? Is it powerless when confronting Buddha and all the other Asian deities?

But Nollywood creates such scenes where the powerless name of Jesus in Asia, becomes so powerful against the African deities. The name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, Holy Ghost fire and anointing are only powerful on African soil and against African deities.

Due to cinematic influence, a Nigerian can walk into any Chinese, Indian and Japanese Resturants, decorated with shrines, images and sculptures of Krishna, Lord shiva, Buddha, and he feels comfortable, enjoys his meal, but try decorating your Resturant with shrines and images of Shango, Ogun, Ikenga, Amadioha in Nigeria 🇳🇬, you become an evil man, blood ritualist, an occult, a witch and your Resturant might be in danger of a mob action.

We never bothered that samurais and ninjas were assassins and cold blooded murderers used by the emperor to hold his empire together, we still loved them and bear the names as nicknames. But the very sight of a native doctor, voodoo or juju man on the screen of Nollywood sends negative messages to our brains, that’s effect of presentation and representation in movies.

In this battle of cultural supremacy, the Indians and Chinese held their gates. They rejected every aspect of colonial imperialism that sought to tarnish and denigrate their cultural heritage. That’s why they stand tall, head and shoulders with their European Counter parts today. That’s why you will never see any of such demeaning and belittling scenes in their movies.

Religion is nothing but a battle of cultural identity and supremacy. Just like Troy, Africa allowed and welcomed this Trojan Horse 🐎 (Christianity & Islam) And on that, Africa lost, on that Nollywood failed.

Uba Acho

Peace ✌🏿

Differences in Judaism and Christianity

Is Satan really a “fallen and rebellious angel.”

What are the differences – Christianity vs Judaism? Part 1

For centuries, Christians have asked why Jews don’t accept the authenticity of the New Testament. Well for me I still question the authenticity of both Testaments, as both has its flaws and short comings.

Judaism believes that the Jewish Scriptures, often referred to as the Old Testament,are the inspired word of God. If passages appear to contradict one another, it is our responsibility to delve deeply and uncover a correct understanding. Unfortunately, some Christians believe that the end justifies the means and often use the following New Testament passage to justify their approach. “Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed…” [Philippians 1:18]

Judaism sees Satan is a force, an angel, used by God to test mankind. Furthermore, we can understand the purpose of evil in this world and why the Jewish prophet Isaiah 45:7 states that God, “makes peace and creates evil (רע).” Contrary to Christianity’s viewpoint, which is similar to the one inherent in Greek mythology, Judaism does not regard Satan as a separate force that exists to oppose God.

Isaiah 45:7King James Version (KJV)

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

So can we all agree irrespective of your faith that Satan is an emissary sent by God who created him solely for His use in testing mankind.

I wish you guys a Happy New Years as you continue to work harder to better that 2017. Peace be with you 🖖🏽

Religious Delusion in Nigeria

Few months ago, all the con men in Nigeria, otherwise known as Pastors, prophets and GO’s, were all mouthy, speaking up, rationalising why their sheeps must pay tithes. They even threaten people with death, courses and wrath of their Bible monster God.

But for the past few days, their tithers, sheeps are being butchered and slaughtered literally like sheeps. Looks like they’ve all gone deaf, bling and dumb. Their God has no wrath again to melt on the perpetrators.

Obviously as Con business men, they were agitated 😡 and terrified when their business and source of income was threatened.

But they can’t be bothered to speak up now, money is more valuable and precious to them than life.

I decided not to make a post for the religionists and sheeps regarding these callous incidents, because I’ve respect for the dead, will rather allow the victims and their families and love ones to mourn and reflect.

Hopefully many of us will start thinking and being reasonable.

You’re on your own, no Jesus Christ or Jehovah can save you. Use your #Aka #Ikenga #Ako #Na #Uche to save yourself.

Uba Acho