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Jamaicans Losing Their Religion

Jamaicans are slowly losing their religion. It is a social condition that has been happening for years and one that has recently become more evident when popular entertainer, Mr. Vegas, challenged the controversial statements of a well-known pastor on social media and in church. Mr. Vegas’s surprising loss of faith in the church is a recent phenomenon as the popular Dancehall artiste has always been very outspoken about his Christian beliefs in public and in his music.

Mr. Vegas is a smart man who has been reading the bible for years and while he has discovered many passages in it that are contradictory, he has never questioned his Faith before. However, one passage that always bothered his conscience is one that says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. This passage is explained as; people are dying because they don’t or refuse to truly know god.

When a rational thinking person reads this passage and he or she observes the level of corruption in society and in the church he or she will naturally conclude that most people don’t know god. And even those that have unshakable Faith in god are dying in great numbers at the hands of merciless criminals. The rational thinking person will then either challenge the church and society using his own understanding of god or he will seek an alternative belief system because the one that society is using to understand god is not working.

Mr. Vegas has chosen to seek an alternative belief system in Kemetic Spirituality as well as to challenge religion. The question that he has to face now is how he will determine truth from Illusion because real Knowledge is based on Truth. He already knows that only real knowledge can help Black people end our cycle of destruction. The best way determine truth from illusion is through questioning. However, on one hand illusionists believe that to question is to lack faith in what they believe to be true. Therefore, they will redefine questioning to mean (seeking clarity) instead of to actually seeking truth. What then is (seeking clarity) if not to enforce that which you already believe.

All Jamaicans who are experiencing a loss of faith in Christianity and are seeking an alternative belief system need to be careful of settling for other religions or Atheism before you truly understand yourself psychologically. Imagine, 3000 years ago philosophers knew that DESIRE was the key problem in human nature but pastors and 99% of people today do not understand DESIRE. Know that the only balance for Desire is Conscience. That is how all religions were born. Religions are systems of Desire management where an overseer (god) is put in place to help people control their Desires.

People today are actively destroying the tenants of Conscience which are; Fairness, Equity, and Accountability, by using Human Rights laws as a means of quenching their various Desires. Pastors are creating conflict in society because they don’t understand desire so they condemn people without helping them to strengthen their Consciences in a productive way. Conflict will always produce conflict. If pastors were truly conscious they would invite and train people to manage their dysfunctions by strengthening the power of their Minds by strengthening their consciences.

When Jamaicans begin to learn how our Mind works we will also begin to understand the validity of religion and how to move beyond it without destroying ourselves in the process. We will learn that religion can only get us to the bank of a great river where joy and prosperity can be seen at the other side. Those of us who do not understand Life will drown as we try to swim across.  The Mind is the bridge. Learn to understand it, enrich it with knowledge, and we will reconnect to the Spiritual energies of the universe. Our collective unity will then form the bridge to achieve racial respect and prosperity.

An Independent African-American Religiosity | Religion


To each is a goal to which Allah turns him; then strive together (as in a race) towards all that is good. Wheresoever ye are, Allah will bring you together. For Allah has power over all things. – 

[Qur’an 2:148]

 

Accusations have been hurled against African-American Christians that they follow a “white man’s religion.” Similarly, African-American Muslims have been charged as being people following an “Arab religion.” The “Black Jew” is often considered an outsider in their faith especially as they try to make a life for themselves in Israel. In each of these cited examples the African-American Muslim, Christian or Jew is accused of “adopting the religion of the slave…

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We will tap from our rich African traditional religion to end human trafficking in Edo — Oba Ewuare II


By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin-City

Oba Ewuare II of Benin has told the European Union (EU) that the people of the kingdom will tap from the rich African traditional religion to solve human trafficking and other social vices in Edo State.

•Oba Ewuare II of Benin

The Benin monarch spoke when he received a delegation from the European Parliament Sub-committee on Human Rights who paid the Omo N’Oba a courtesy visit.

Oba Ewuare II, who addressed the delegation, noted that the people of Edo and the state government were troubled about the activities of human traffickers which he described as a form of modern day slavery.

He commended the state and federal governments for taking steps to bring back stranded Nigerians in Libya just as he expressed joy over the concern shown by the European union in…

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Column: the appropriation of African Traditional Religion by human traffickers


Tony Kail is an ethnographer and writer. He holds a degree in cultural anthropology and has researched magico-religious cultures for more than twenty-five years. His work has taken him from Voodoo ceremonies in New Orleans to Haitian Botanicas in Harlem and Spiritual Churches in East Africa. He has lectured at more than one hundred universities, hospitals and public safety agencies. Kail has been featured on CNN Online, the History Channel and numerous radio, television and print outlets. He is author of A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo: Rootworkers, Conjurers and Spirituals by History Press. He will be speaking on the subject of Hoodoo and the Blues and Hate Groups and the Pagan Community at Mystic South.

As if members of African traditional religions didn’t have enough to contend…

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‘Black Panther’ inspires Kenyan church leaders’ march for Pan-African unity – Religion News Service


NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A network of progressive churches in the United States, inspired by the success of the movie “Black Panther,” has joined with over 100 Kenyan church leaders in a march to promote a global movement on Pan-African peace, power and prosperity.

The procession in Nairobi on Tuesday (March 27) was part of the activities indicating a growing positive response to the movie, which stars Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o alongside Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Letitia Wright.

Building on the popularity of “Black Panther,” a superhero film packing movie theaters since opening in the U.S. in February, the organizers said they hope to shape a movement that celebrates…

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Journal of Religion in Africa


Executive Editor

Robert Baum, (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA)

Deputy Editors

Afe Adogame (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)

Frederick Klaits (SUNY Buffalo, NY, USA)

Ruth Prince (University of Cambridge, UK)

Elisha Renne (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA)

Reviews Editor

Joseph Hellweg (The Florida State University)

Review copies and reviews for consideration may be sent to:

Dr. Joseph Hellweg

Department of Religion

Florida State University

P. O. Box 3061520

Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520, USA

Email address: jhellweg@fsu.edu

Managing Editor

Dianna Bell (Independent, Cape Town, South Africa)

Founding Editor

Andrew Walls (Edinburgh)

Editorial Advisory Board

Ruy Blanes (University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)

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