TAKING A BREAK…..

Writing is draining and reading is liberating. Once in a while a writer needs to take a step back, put down his pen, find a comfortable chair and do nothing but read to his heart’s desire. With no worry about the next book or the next article to write. To have a period of pensive but relaxing meditation. I have been admonished to do exactly that in Ecclesiastes 12:12 which says,

“And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.”

The Word of God never falters. It reveals the Truth. I really am tired. My flesh is indeed weary. Time for a rest. Who knows, maybe I’ll be back……parting words:

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13

I rest my case.

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BOOK REVIEW: Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo (with Lynn Vincent)

This has to be one of the most hotly debated books I have ever read. Ever since Alex Malarkey recanted his book The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven  I have been overwhelmed with trepidation over reviewing any book of similar nature. Heaven is For Real is a moving tale about a young boy (just under four years old) who was taken up to heaven and shown what life is like up there. What sets this book apart is the extremely bold claim that the boy, Colton Burpo, actually saw the face of Jesus Christ and remembered what He looked like when he returned to ‘real life’.

The book was written by the boy’s father Todd, a small town pastor, with the assistance of Lynn Vincent, a professional writer. The story belongs to that much-ridiculed genre of Near-Death Experience non-fiction which most people find repulsive and difficult to believe. I have read a fair share of such books and I must admit that some of them are nothing but hallucinations and delusions, just mere products of an oxygen-deprived brain under the influence of heavy doses of sedating heavy-duty analgesics. This book is different. It has a certain measure of plausibility which comes with the innocence of an unbiased child recalling what he saw rather than what he imagines. The nonchalance with which it is delivered can only come from recollection of reality and not from imagination.

The way the plot and narration are interwoven can only come from the mind of a gifted writer. Hats off to Lynn for the superb structuring of the book although the language was a bit too simple for my taste. The first pages of the book delve straight into the heavenly experience with the circumstances leading up to the near-death coming later. Colton’s first mention of his experience is outright hilarious. He tells his parents that angels sang to him and when he asked them to sing, “We Will, We Will Rock You” they refused. The next portion of the book then delves into the occurrences leading up to Colton’s duel with death. In short, the poor boy suffered from a ruptured appendix which necessitated surgery to save his life. It is during this surgery that he went to heaven. The entire experience lasted for only 3 minutes.

There are a lot of lessons learnt about God and heaven in this book that I have never read about in all the other NDE books. God the Father is actually a huge figure who sits on a huge throne in a throne room. Jesus Christ still has ‘markers’ as Colton called them on his hands and feet (where the nails pierced when He was crucified). Everyone has wings in heaven except Jesus. Everyone has a halo above their heads. No one is old in heaven. Everyone wears a sash. The angel Gabriel sits on the left side of God’s throne. Aborted babies end up in heaven. There are even more of these pearls in the book, some harder to believe than others, but the most important one was the key message Colton was sent to teach each and every one of us; that no one can enter heaven if they do not have Jesus Christ in their hearts. That is undoubtedly the hardest pill to swallow especially considering that there have also been innumerable NDEs of people who went to ‘heaven’ but did not believe in Jesus. It is these NDEs  that I feel belong to the realm of psychosis because they contradict the fundamental truth that there is no other way to heaven except through Jesus.

The most interesting part of the book has to be the part where the likeness of Jesus is identified. Colton was constantly bombarded with myriad portraits of what Jesus looks like but turned them all down until he was finally shown ‘Prince of Peace: The Resurrection‘, a painting by Akiane Kramarik. To quote Colton himself when he saw that painting, “This one’s right”. It turned out Akiane also went to heaven at about the same age as Colton did and they both had the same experience. Akiane just happened to have a special gift of painting which I highly recommend you look at just as much as I recommend reading this book. It has been adapted into a movie but as always the book is so much better. Is the book true or not? I will leave that up to the reader.

ON JERUSALEM

The current global uproar over Jerusalem has spurred me into action from my deep slumber. There are 195 countries in the world and we have lost track on whose capital is whose due to the global understanding that which room one chooses to place as their main bedroom is to the absolute discretion of the builder of that house. In other words the fundamental question that should first be asked is “who built this house?”. Answering that question gives the definition of a nation and consequently the rights of its sovereignty. The world should not be bothered by mere words but why is it that any words regarding Jerusalem are always met with disproportionate outrage. What is so special about Jerusalem? That is the question I seek to answer.

The long and short of it is that Jerusalem is the most-known city in the history of Time itself. The very fact that something or someone is ‘mentioned’ endows power unto itself. The modern equivalent would be comparing the value of ‘likes’, ‘mentions’ or ‘followers’ in the modern Information Age to the value of wealth. In our current age being adored carries more value than having money or morality. We are living in the Age of Political Correctness where it is more important to ignore morality over ‘progress’. All of a sudden speaking and standing for the truth has become an abomination. It actually now evokes pure hate. To extend the modernistic metaphor even further, all I am saying is the world should ask themselves, “Why does Israel have so many haters?”. After all it is a very very small country by geographical size.

Of the 195 countries in the world, 65% of them (128 in total number) voted a against giving the tiny country of Israel the right to name Jerusalem as their capital. Why is it any of their business anyway? How many UN votes have we had in the past about ‘naming a capital’ of any nation in the past? The simple answer is NONE. It appears every country is declaring claim of Jerusalem for one reason or another. Whatever reason each nation might have to meddle in the affairs in Jerusalem the fact remains that the common denominator in all major conflicts of global significance arise from religious dogma. Religion has defined our history and there is yet no evidence to show that it will not guide our future. By inference it entails that it is still governing our present.

What has distinguished these religions is in where they have chosen to start looking at history from. The Jews start looking at history from the days of Abraham, the Muslims start from the birth of Mohammed and the majority of Christians have no idea when to start their history from. Christians have lost concept of Time because they have yet to identify their clock. Meanwhile the rest of the world have decided to look at history from their own mortal births. The esoteric ones (the scientists and those who value evidence over belief) continue with their attempt at looking at their history from the moment of creation, from the ‘big bang’. The question of entitlement to land can never be divorced from history and if history itself is under dispute what arises is nothing less than war which is where we are headed.

To whom does Jerusalem belong? That is the fundamental question and it is absolutely impossible to answer the question without looking at the history of the city. The problem with looking at this particular history is that not everyone agrees with its source; the Torah and the Prophets (the Old Testament in the Holy Bible). It is impossible for the Muslims to accept the history of the city without accepting the validity of these texts and that is the biggest dilemma. What makes the situation even more confounding is that their text, the Quran, does not mention Jerusalem not even once as compared to the Jewish texts where it is mentioned almost everywhere. In fact, the Holy Bible mentions Jerusalem 669 times!!! Jerusalem has been the Jewish centre of life for the past 3000 years ever since King David built his capital there. Archaeology actually validates this fact; the ruins of the City of David and the Temple are still in existence to this day.  Why are all these simple facts being ignored?

It is imperative for the Christians to also know the significance of the city. The simple matter is that Jerusalem is the clock of their history and future. The entire narrative of the Holy Bible revolves around Jerusalem and Israel. The God Christians pray to said, “I am zealous for Jerusalem, And for Zion with great zeal” in Zechariah 1:14 and even went as far as calling it “the apple of His eye” in Zechariah 2:8. Perhaps the most important thing for Christians to remember is that even prophecies about the coming of Jesus Christ (which Christians know heralds the end of the world) are timed according to the events in Jerusalem. The most relevant scripture at this point, which fits perfectly with the recent UN vote, is Zechariah 12:2-3 in which God predicted that “all nations of the earth are gathered against [Jerusalem]”.  Surely this should spur any believer into action; it is clear validation that we are living in the end-times and Jesus Christ is coming back any second from now. There is no more time.

ON FAKE NEWS

Ever since the dawn of this millennium there has been an exponential rise in what has been aptly termed ‘fake news’. In my view the term is just a sanitized version of the word ‘propaganda’ which we all know has been in existence since the onset of civilisation. This in turn is just a colloquial term for ‘lies’ on which basis the perpetuation of humanity has been based ever since creation itself. In other words, ‘fake news’ is nothing but ‘propagated lies’.

It thus becomes easier to comprehend the origins and motivation of this fast-growing phenomenon. I beg the reader to ponder on this simple question; ‘why now?’. A retraction to the fundamentals is essential to properly answer this question. The sole purpose of a lie is to deceive or in other words to hide the truth. For example, the fake news menace plaguing the Trump presidency is obviously aimed at hiding his real achievements from the public so as to justify his removal from power; a process which has been going on even before he was sworn in. The mainstream media have continuously portrayed President Trump as an incorrigible despot with no appreciation of the rule of law yet none of them have taken a second to air the massive accomplishments he has brought forth ever his ascendancy. The US unemployment rate has significantly decreased, the stock market continues to improve and tangible tax cuts are for the first time in decades actually feasible and sustainable under his administration. The real reason why they hate him with such passion is that he stands for the ideals on which the USA was founded; the same ideals those who had taken over the affairs of the country had vigorously denigrated in favour of working for a seat on the high table of the New World Order which Trump seeks to stop.

As for minor players in the ‘fake news’ craze, their motivation is very obvious from a psychological perspective. All they want is attention. Ever since we entered the Information Age having the most ‘views’ or ‘followers’ has carried a new kind of prestige which in most parts is equal to the prestige bestowed upon those with the most money or wealth. Attention has been given as much value as wealth and consequently the sense of accomplishment that used to be the preserve of money has also been transferred to fame. Not so long ago a child’s dream was to acquire ‘fame and fortune’ but now the two have been conclusively separated; fame has become more valuable than fortune. What this then means is that ‘fake news’ is a direct consequence of the rise of PRIDE in our society.

Who is the source of pride and lies one might ask. It is obviously none other than the Father of Lies himself, Lucifer. Pride and lies are what define Satan. The fact that these two are on a sharp rise is a clear indication that he is becoming stronger and more assertive. This should ring alarm bells! The ‘fake news’ phenomenon in itself is a clear sign that he is about to reveal himself in the open and that revelation will only come with destruction because that is how he operates. He steals, kills and destroys. That is his trinity. Is that the kind of society we want? A society governed by deception and destruction?

I find reprieve in the simple fact that ‘real news’ is still available to us out there; that there is a source of information which is 100% true with not a single lie within its pages. It sounds ludicrous but the truth is that all the information we need to survive this onslaught of lies is contained in a single volume of text; the Holy Bible. It is the ultimate reference text. That is the sole reason why it exists; to act as a reference point for any form of information thrown at us. If something does not tally with the Holy Bible then it is a lie. Is that not a simple formula? Why allow all the vanities of life bog us down when there is a simple equation we can follow to carry us through?

PREPARING THE WAY

Now that Zimbabwe has been delivered it is now time for me to relax and take a break from writing and commenting on Zimbabwe politics. I must confess that it was a thoroughly draining exercise; one fraught with desperation, disappointment and disbelief. Nonetheless I have absolutely no regrets. The victory was savoury and intoxicating. I feel vindicated and relieved. The new president seems to be on top of the ball and it is my belief that he will deliver on his promises. After all like I said before his job is a very easy one. It is clear what needs to be done and so far he is on the right track.

In the midst of all this euphoria I found it refreshing that the world did not stop moving; that the signs of the second coming of the Prince of Peace have continued to unravel at an accelerated pace. The Bible no longer reads like a work of fiction anymore. Its exhortations are now closer to reality than one might be comfortable with. In other words things are getting really really scary. Lucifer and his demons are no longer hiding anymore. They are now operating in broad daylight in front of the whole world to see. I find it repugnant that our television screens have become awash with shows that openly honour the devil. It is now ‘Lucifer this’, ‘Lucifer that’, ‘Devil this’ and ‘Devil that’ all day everyday.

Even music has become tainted with open devil worship. If you take a second to listen carefully to the lyrics you would be amazed to hear how brazen our musicians are now pledging their allegiance to the devil. The music videos are even worse. The all-seeing eye, the devil’s horns and the 666 hand signs are now a permanent feature. The all-seeing eye is when the artist covers one eye with one hand or piece of clothing to show that they worship the one who ‘sees everything that goes on in this world’ or in other words ‘the ruler of this world’ as he was called by Jesus Christ in the gospels. The devil’s horn is when the artist flashes a hand with the thumb, middle finger and ring finger bent while the index and little fingers stand straight to make an image of two horns. The 666 sign is when the index finger and thumb are cupped to make a circle while the other three fingers are left sticking out albeit in a curved posture. I challenge the reader to make a careful study of prominent satanic artists’ music videos and chameo shots to look for these three signs. A good place to start would be to look at music videos by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and their surrogates.

The rise of the violent religion and its terror should spurn the meek believer to action. It is imperative for us to recall that this religion does not worship the true God who revealed Himself as Triune rather than as ‘a god of fortresses’ mentioned in Daniel 11:38 whom these lost souls actually worship. If one were to study the text on whose basis the said religion is founded on it will become clearer that all the acts of terror being perpetrated by these “terrorists” are actually sanctioned in their book. Their book teaches that all “non-believers” should be forced to convert or face death. The book does not promote love but hate and fear. As a result it propagates lawlessness in fulfilment of prophecy about the End times in Matthew 24:12 where Jesus Christ said, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”

The overwhelming evidence of the existence of ‘aliens’ on our planet should also make one ponder about where we are headed as a race. Are they malevolent or benevolent? How can we answer the question when they continue to live in hiding? It is my fervent belief that these creatures are planning something sinister and we should prepare for that eventuality. It goes without saying that the greatest threat to our preparedness is the path of secrecy that our world superpowers have chosen to take. It gives one the impression that they are all working in cahoots to achieve some nefarious goal that they know fully well the masses will not approve of. It might not even be far-fetched to assume that these non-human biological entities have a huge influence on the trajectory of world events including the surge in environmental disasters which we have been experiencing of late.

Now that it has become clear that the world as we know it is coming to an end what then are we to do? We should not be paralysed by despondency. We have a lot of work to do while we still have time to do it. Our job is to hasten the coming of the end by fulfilling our end of the prophecy; to preach the coming of a new world. We have now reached a point in history where Matthew 24:14 is being fulfilled; “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” I am doing my part and you should too. The end is nigh.

 

 

 

 

 

MNANGAGWA PRESIDENCY: A MEANS TO AN END

I have read with mirth the confusion and anger that continues to permeate from the analysis given by those who in some unfortunate way had allowed the euphoria of getting it right on Zimbabwe politics in the past to entitle themselves as the “soothsayers of Zimbabwe politics”. I found the term “magician-politician” hilarious. Most are outright mad they never saw this coming. Mugabe is no more. His reign is over. His wife is no more. GRACE MUGABE has been banished to the dustbins of history where she rightfully belongs. The prostituting intellectual Jonathan Moyo is finally gone.  I have a very simple explanation of what really transpired. It was what the Law calls an ACT OF GOD.

I have always maintained that Zimbabwe is by creation a spiritual nation. No great change in Zimbabwe’s history has ever occurred without a heavy dose of spiritual awakening. The last two revolutionary wars are a case in point. The First Chimurenga was not led by the tactical prowess of a mechanical politician but by a High Priestess, Nehanda Nyakasikana. The Second Chimurenga was not led by the teachings of an educated demagogue but by a group of Svikiro’s (High Priests) who guided the so-called ‘nationalists’. Likewise the replacement of the dictator Robert Mugabe with his protege Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa was led by a group of Intercessors who secretly organised themselves into an umbrella body of activists who each did their part in true ‘guerrilla war-face tactics’ to topple the tyrant. The astute observer should have surely seen this obvious trend. In retrospect is it not now obvious that the Zimbabwe Army could not have had the resounding civilian backing they enjoyed had it not been for the army of activists who rallied their supporters to put a democratic seal on Operation Restore Legacy?

It would be prudent for the incumbent president and his party to always take cognizance of this bitter truth as they move forward. They would not be where they are had it not been for the support and unity of these unsung heroes and heroines. What this transition has done more than anything else is change the power dynamics in Zimbabwe politics. The concept of “one centre of power” has been definitively decimated. Power is now back in the hands of the people, not even the military. In all fairness the new president’s job is going to be a very easy one. All he has to do is RESTORE Zimbabwe not necessarily develop it. His objectives are crystal clear and the solution is already there in the annals of our history; Zimbabwe’s prosperity is found in its soil. Agriculture and mining are the bedrocks of our economy. It does not take an act of genius to realize that. There is absolutely no other way to escape this simple fact. In fact God Himself is going to validate this fact by giving Zimbabwe the most beautiful weather the country has ever had in a very long time. This shall be done to prove a point; the point that Zimbabwe is truly a blessed land.

The new president and his party should not get too comfortable. Mnangagwa shall reign for just a season. I must re-iterate that their purpose in Zimbabwe’s history is to restore Zimbabwe to where they found it when they got into power in 1980. It would be folly for us to ignore the simple fact that they were the same people who destroyed this country. Robert Mugabe did not act alone. They are equally complicit in this grave act of injustice. There will never be a “new Zimbabwe” as long as it is run by old Zimbabweans. That is treason against the laws of the language itself. The mathematics does not tally. It is absolutely impossible to speak of “a new dawn” without having new leaders and new ideas. Democracy has been restored and the task of removing ZANU-PF from power has to continue with renewed effort and with greater strength.

My message and objective is unwavering and crystal clear. The President of Zimbabwe has to be Jesus Christ and anyone who occupies the office has to know who they serve. This is an absolute necessity if this nation is to prosper. We cannot run away from the Truth. We are living in the End-Times and any nation on whose sight is the eye of the one and true God has to be prepared for attack from the ruler of this world (which is soon coming to an end). False prophets should be exposed, corrupt politicians should be exposed and held accountable, the security forces need to be reconstituted, elections should be held as planned and our minerals need to be exploited. The nation of Zimbabwe needs to urgently prepare for the coming Kingdom. The time is nigh, the signs are clear. There are two great wars (the Third World War which will be a nuclear war and very short. The second war is against alien beings who would be carnivorous) which are on our doorstep which we need to prepare for. There is still a lot of work to be done but those who endure are reminded that there is a reward as described by the beloved John in Revelations 20:4; “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgement was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

 

 

TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

Trials and tribulations are not a burden but a necessity in life. They make you strong and force you to see the Truth. One unnamed author said, “Sorrow is better than laughter, for by a sad countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” [Ecclesiastes 7:3-4].

One will be hard-pressed to find any individual in our history who has accomplished great feats of valour worth recording in the annals of history without having gone through a period of resistance or even ridicule. Greatness comes when these barriers of regression are broken through stubborn faith in the end-point of the ordeal rather than focusing on and succumbing to the whims of society’s negativity and paranoia. In actual fact the reality is that the greater the contrary forces blow against the labourer the more abundant the harvest. In other words great victories can only come from great battles.

The reasoning behind this infallible law of nature is relatively simple if one were to take the time to reflect on it. Those who have taken it upon themselves to set the laws of life here on Earth have shaped life in such a way that challenging the established laws of existence can only come at a heavy price on one’s happiness. We are all forced to obey the rules or perish. Reward for bravery only comes with consensus by a group of individuals who have deified themselves as the owners of time, space and matter; the constituents of the entire universe. They have even gone to the extent of defining sanity for us; the act of doing what you are told without question.

The very act of challenging this status quo is what nurtures wisdom and happiness. There is one man recorded in history who did exactly that and was killed for it. His only crime was showing humanity that their happiness should not come from following the rules of these rulers but rather by observing the laws of the Giver of Life Himself. This was a radical idea that has to this day led many to their deaths. The rulers of Earth have made it their sole intention to intensify trials and tribulations on followers of this Revolutionary till they succumb. That ladies and gentlemen is why the Man Himself warned us in Matthew 18:7 when He said, “Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!”.

In this world proclaiming that one is a Christian (the word means one who is like Christ) is translated as one who does not follow the rules. The rules say do not talk about Jesus Christ or else you will be branded as insane. Our psyche has been indoctrinated with this response to any individual who might come and try teaching us about this Man. That is a lethal mentality that is going to lead many to perdition for eternity. What does one have to lose by following Jesus Christ? All it takes is reading what He said and all trials and tribulations will have meaning and purpose. I am even brave enough to say that following Him makes all trials and tribulations worthwhile. Is that not the definition of happiness?

WHAT MAKES A NATION GREAT

It starts with identity and unity. No nation in the history of humankind has ever existed without a purpose. It is when a group of people agree on a single purpose that they start to be identified as a nation. A nation is not defined by geographical boundaries but by what a collection of people stand for. When this fundamental question has been answered in unison then can a nation start thinking about being great.

What should follow is a study of how the great nations in history stood for. Common sense will then dictate that the nations of England and the United States of America make for an apt subject for introspection. It is not at all a daunting task to identify what these nations stood for. The English identified themselves as the evangelists of civilisation while the Americans identified themselves as the guardians of democracy. What elevated  both these nations into the realms of greatness was the strength of their conviction in fulfilling the teachings of the most powerful book in the world the Holy Bible. That is the common denominator.

Reason should then subdue the seeker of greatness to open the said Book and find out what it says about how a nation can become great. After much study with the aid of the Author of the Book I have managed to identify the one verse in the entire Bible where the simple question is answered. It is Proverbs 14:34. It says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” In other words, what makes a nation great is observing the ordinances of the Creator of all nations, God. This also explains why a single nation can vacillate between greatness and mediocrity. History corroborates this fundamental lesson. Great nations have all fallen singularily because of sin. It is my assertion that the USA was rapidly following this trajectory but her downfall has been somewhat slowed down by the ascendancy of Donald Trump who has reminded the nation that her greatness came from God therefore He should be feared and followed again if the US is to retain and maintain its greatness.

At one point in history the nation of Zimbabwe was once called Great Zimbabwe by the English-speaking explorers who visited it. What made the nation great was the strength of its conviction in following the ordinances of Musikavanhu, the Creator of the human race. The downfall of the great nation came with the infusion of parallel doctrines and the diffusion of it’s morality at the hands of another great nation with a stronger conviction, England. Now the nation no longer has an identity and it continues to divide itself along hazy lines drawn at the fall of Great Zimbabwe. I might even go as far as claiming that it is no longer a nation at all but just a collection of people following different gods under one roof enclosed in a teapot shaped fence.

THE BASIS OF WITCHCRAFT

Witchcraft is most commonly practised by ethnicities of African origin. Those of other races who have adopted it have further divided it into white magic and black magic. Here in Africa witchcraft is still pure and unadulterated. It is still so firmly rooted in our society that it even has space in national discourse; political and otherwise. Politicians themselves have even testified to its influence in their personal and public lives. In other parts of the world this would be branded as insanity. I am of the view that branding it as such is just plain arrogance. It still exists and still needs to be discussed.

The root of witchcraft is in the belief in physical manifestations of the supernatural. This belief existed in African society long before the invasion of Christianity. It is common knowledge that the inhabitants of the African continent had a religion of their own before their colonisation by Christian Imperialists. In the Mutapa Empire headquartered at the Great Zimbabwe the Most High God had His own local name, Musikavanhu, meaning The Creator of the Human Race. When white people came to invade the land the Chief Priestess Nehanda Nyakasikana warned the local church that human beings with pale skin would come and spill innocent blood for the land. I find it peculiar that she already knew that they both worshipped the same God but the invaders would use their own version of the basic Truth to proclaim themselves as gods. That is how deeply spiritual Africans already were long before the arrival of the Holy Bible.

What the arrival of the Holy Bible signaled was the revelation of the true nature of the other spirits Africans were worshipping as gods themselves, viz the dead (ancestral spirits). In the local religion idol worship had already found its way into true worship in the form of placing unreserved respect for the long deceased souls. What the local church followers forgot to ask was “where are these spirits living?”. The concept of “heaven and hell” seemed to have deluded the local church. Out of this ignorance came the deception of worshipping inhabitants of hell in exchange of physical manifestation of spiritual power whose origin the worshipper chose to ignore. What resulted was a society obsessed with spiritual power rather than physical power. The definition of ‘power’ in the local society was ‘one who can make physical manifestations of spiritual power’. In the modern language this can be translated to ‘one who can perform the most powerful miracles.’ This also explains why the current obsession over ‘prophets and miracles’ should not be a surprise at all.

Every society is driven by the fight for power whichever way it defines it. Western society is driven by the fight for money because it has defined its ‘power’ as ‘one with the most money’. Of course this fight also subsisted in local society; he with the largetst herd of cattle also had more power. The difference comes in our local society viewing spiritual power as superior to material power.  What ensues is a society that also relishes fear. It all starts and ends with fear. Fear of dying in the invisible hands of the man next door; fear of being caught without protection; fear of being caught in the act and the fear of losing a battle. I have a firm belief that at the back of most African minds lies a dream of being a witch doctor as one grows up seeing the wonders done by those “gifted few” who seem to have the world at their feet. It is this lethal reverence of those who practise “white magic” or “black magic to heal” that creates witches and wizards. The desire to also have the same power and use it for one’s personal benefit. Is that not the definition of a witch? One who uses black magic for his own selfish end.

 

 

 

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