Testaments of GOD contain the sacred stories of the world from different continents. The purpose is to enrich the world and to put an end to stories of exclusivity, chosen people, absolutism and fundamentalism. A secondary but equally important purpose is to increase the number of owners in the sacred text publishing industry. One of the problems of our economy is that only a few people control the means of production. We can change the lives of many people the moment we include more people in the distribution of goods and services.
I have suggested 7 Sacred texts, one from each continent and they include the African Testament of GOD (AFTOG), the Antarctican Testament of GOD (ANTOG), the Asian Testament of GOD (ASTOG), the European Testament of GOD (EUTOG), the Oceanian Testament of GOD (OCETOG), the North American Testament of GOD (NATOG) and the South American Testament of GOD (SATOG). Writers may never use any of these names but they provide a starting point to the testaments of GOD project!
I cannot over emphasize the importance of writing your sacred stories irrespective of your religious beliefs or unbelief. What is at stake is your freedom! The slavery of the mind is the greatest threat to our civilization. We were not created to believe; we were created to know and to shine! We were not created to expect saviors to save us; we were created to experience life in all its forms. We were not created to worship foreign Gods; we were created to enrich the world with our own experiences. We were not created to believe in foreign sacred texts; we were created to share our sacred experiences!
Have you ever thought about who benefits each time you buy a foreign sacred text? Have you considered whose ancestors are elevated each time you read from a foreign sacred text? Have you reflected on who is enriched each time you go on pilgrimage to a foreign land? These are the ideas that have continued to keep you in one place year in year out. They have kept you in one place because you believed in the way things are to be the truth. Nothing could be further from the truth because you live in a changing universe and you can change what people have put in place! This change begins by first writing your sacred story and sharing it with the world.
Give life a push and it will take you to places beyond your dreams! We are all loved without conditions and we are all blessed without requirements. No culture, organization, nation, group of people, Cultural God or religion has an exclusive right on GOD. Humans make it seem so but what humans have done you can also undo. Write your sacred story and upgrade your life; write your sacred story and make your ancestors proud; write your sacred story and enrich your children; write your sacred story and put an end to fundamentalism, exclusivity, and absolutism; write your sacred story and change the world!
North America was one of the foremost continents in the propagation of Christianity, mostly the Protestant movement, to other parts of the world. I remember ordering a free Bible from the United States when I was in the elementary school growing up in Nigeria. Personally I am not in favor of foreign religions in native lands for reasons I have stated earlier but I recognize the role of North America in the expansion of religion mostly in Africa. The spread of Christianity in Africa may have produced many converts but the religion has not improved the quality of life of the people. If all a religion does is to promise heaven and threaten hell without changing the economic and spiritual lives of the people it should be abandoned in favor of a religion that improves the lives of the people in all areas of life! The truth is that the promises of heaven and the threats of hell coupled with promises that God would enrich the people if they gave to the ministry has made many preachers millionaires at the expense of the people!
Damnation is condemnation to eternal punishment. Damnation was my toughest challenge after I fired my God. Two passages in the New Testament held me captive for months if not years. I was caught between two choices: believe and be saved or disbelieve and be damned! The passages came from the Gospel of John:
- "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son." John 3:16-18.
- "The father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him." John 3: 35-36.
The realities of belief are the images in your head. But are the images real? Of course not; you created them with fuel from the culture in which you live. In my case I could see the consequences of firing my God like burning in hell with hungry ghosts tormenting my body. But all these existed in my mind, they are not real and the first step toward taking back my life was to stop the movie in my head. As I said earlier I had two choices: believe and be saved and disbelieve and be damned! You could see that it sounds easier to believe than to disbelieve because you are promised eternal life (Great Marketing Strategy!). However the moment you stop the movie in your head, you could think clearly irrespective of the promises and the threats. The first question I asked was “What is eternal life?” and the second question was “Who really needs eternal life after living in this world for one day?” Obviously eternal life from a foreign cultural God was not for me. I would prefer the natural course of events to influence my life! So I rejected John’s eternal life proposition!
Well said but that did not get me off the hook. If I rejected eternal life the alternative was burning in hell. How did I get out of that? I took time to reflect on the passages again and decided to use foreign text, freedom of choice, unconditional love and belief” to attain balance.
As a person who was born in Abalama, Nigeria my Bible is a foreign text. Once I realized that my Bible was written by a foreign culture and imposed on my people it became very easy for me to disbelieve the book. This does not mean you cannot appreciate the works of other cultures; it just means that you are here to promote your contributions and not the contributions of others!
My mother once advised me when I was growing up that what I do not believe will not have power over me. You would observe that most religious people who have a sacred text do not really think much about other sacred texts and whatever is written in those texts would not affect them because they do not believe them and what they do not believe cannot harm them. In the same way I do not believe John’s statement about damnation because I am not a creature of conditions!
Further we are not here to have the same experiences because if we did there would be no progress and we will continue to repeat the same mistakes so it is all right to differ. Before I continue I want you to consider families, organizations, and nations. In most cases members of these groups behave similarly and sometimes they think the same way like in the religious organizations. If all of us think the same way and we are Christians is it possible that we might consider Moslems as our enemies? Yes, it is possible because religious doctrines emphatically state that “if you are not for us you are against us”. If this is the case would you be happy to leave such a world to your children?
For the most part the scriptures do not reflect reality and many people are stuck but it is not too late to voice your feelings about exclusivity and chosen people. The reality is that no one knows who the savior is when the shadows fall. It could be a Christian, a Moslem, a Hindu, a Taoist or a gay person. This is the world in which we live so let us embrace it and put an end to separation and exclusivity in the name of cultural Gods.
If Apostle John thinks Jesus is the only way I cannot crucify him because he wrote at a different time in human history. There was no Internet then and he probably did not know about Lao Tsu, the Buddha, Confucius or Lord Krishna for that matter. He may also not have read the Bhagavad Gita otherwise he would not consider Jesus as the only way. Thus given our current circumstances we can all agree that the Universe instead of any of the cultural Gods or saviors is the only way because it loves without conditions and it blesses without requirements!
North American Testament of GOD
North America is the 3rd largest continent in the world. It is also a continent with many different cultures and different experiences. Slavery, colonization and exploitation selectively happened to different people to the extent that one sacred text for all North Americans is not advisable. My recommendation is for Canada and the United States to share a sacred text; Mexico and the neighboring countries will share another sacred text and those countries in the islands should share a sacred text. Write your sacred story today!
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