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MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

So I started writing this earlier today, thinking I’d publish before I’d go to the event I was assigned to cover but the WordPress app in my phone decided to deal with me because every single thing I typed vanished. I couldn’t cry so I just went to my WhatsApp status to lament.


If you’ve experienced this before, you know how painful it is especially when your ideas were flowing at that point in time. Anyways, nothing will stop me from uploading today. I cast and bind all my enemies by fire!! Okay, I’m joking 😂

Moving on, yesterday was my very good friend and number one fan of Ruonaahsculture (after my parents of course), Kelvin Edimeh’s birthday!! 🥳

Kelvin Edimeh

So, Kelvin writes on his own blog “The Amateur Pen” Check it out! and he’s so nice! He’s always one of the first to get notifications, like and comment on any of my blog posts. He’s been subscribed to Ruonaahsculture for two years now (Please if you haven’t subscribed to my blog, now’s a good time to do so. You’d find the option at the bottom of this post).

Kelvin encourages me to keep writing and he always makes suggestions to make my work better. He also calls himself my dad. Yes Kelvin, I’m putting it here so my real dad will see it 😂 but you’re a great dad because anytime you’re around and I see you, Ice-cream and Shawarma is a goal.😂😂
You should see his babe, Kaine. They have this kind of relationship that singles like me will observe and be like “God when?”

Pure joy! Sigh.

Anyways, I trust he had an amazing day yesterday. Happy birthday again, Kelvin. I’m really glad you’re in my life, God bless you.

Me, my dad and his babe the last time we went out 😂

So, today’s issue:

I was on my own yesterday, being nice and quiet, scrolling through my contacts status updates and bam!! What do I see?

This is a prefect example of temptation.

Why? The fact that I will not be able to ignore something like this is why. Rowland Dominion, thank you for making me abandon the work I was supposed to be doing in order to reply your status update. 🙄🙄
It didn’t stop there. I started thinking (random thoughts guys) and trying to get People’s opinions on this controversial issue. Some of my contacts were very happy to argue in my dm 😂 and I read and listened to what they had to say.

Majority of them said that indeed, religion has done more harm than good in our society and even our country at large. A response to my question was that Religion is supposed to uplift people and not bring them down or brainwash them but it is sad because people tend to commit several atrocities in the name of religion which is to the detriment of the believers and the society at large. It is no news that one of the causes of death in the country is disagreement between religious groups but I’m not going to dwell on that.

I’m a Christian and I do not know much about other religions so I’m just going to talk about what I know. Hallelujah? Amen!
Some Christians have taken religion to extremes especially in our country, Nigeria. I have so many examples to give and it’s funny but it’s annoying at the same time.

Okay so, you’d find that some people actually believe in their pastors much more than they believe in God. Some of them listen to anything and everything these pastors say without even bothering to check if it is in line with the scriptures. They also allow these same pastors to get away with crimes, forgetting that these pastors are humans and they are not above the law.

We know that our pastors should be revered because they’re representatives of God on earth but we should also beware of false Prophets! Sometimes, you’d find pastors who exploit their members in the name of seed sowing. There are also others who have turned the church into a business place and will collect money from people not minding the source. It’s no surprise that in churches today, there’s room for politics, bribery, scam and other forms of scandals because of these people and it’s no surprise that some pastors are among the richest people in the country while their members are in abject poverty. Don’t get me started on those churches that own schools that the children of their members cannot go to because they cannot afford the fees. What happened to the love? What happened to giving?

Ruona are you done? No, dear, Not quite.

We’re discussing the members now. Some of these people have forgotten the main reason for religion. They’ve forgotten the real reason they are Christians or maybe they don’t know and that’s why they follow blindly. I mean, you’ll see that someone is dying and you say you have Faith and you won’t take him/her to the hospital? I’m not saying that there is nothing like Faith but Faith without works is dead! Or you’ll say you’re waiting for God to bless you with a job and you’re chilling on your bed, expecting the position of a Managing Director to fall on your laps without working towards it? All in the name of religion.

My friend said that some so called “churchy” people tend to be so narrow minded and they’re literally blind to potential issues outside what their pastors have said. This makes them miss chances to learn. How about those ones who dabble in all sorts of negative things (and I mean all sorts of things) to make money and they have the nerve to say “it’s God that is blessing my hustle” and even pay tithes? Some of these so called Christians have become materialistic that it’s heartbreaking. Most people these days are just looking for what they can get from the church. They go for their own selfish reasons, sometimes become men pleasers and not to worship God. No, tell me how their outlook on religion isn’t harming the society?

Okay, I’ve said enough. There’s one thing I know tho’ and that is the fact I do not feel that religion in itself has done harm in the society. I know for a fact that it is the people that have painted religion in a bad light. For Christians, the Bible says in John 4:24 that we should worship God in Spirit and in truth. That way, we’d be able to live as true Christians and not tarnish the image of our religion, thereby causing harm in the society.

Ejiro Asakitikpi

So, with these few points of mine, I hope I’ve been able to share my thoughts in a way you’d understand. Thanks for coming to my Ted talk. We’ll see later. I’m going to eat spaghetti.

Love,
‘Ruona. ❤️

P.S:

What do you think about religion? Has it caused more harm than good?

What do you think about my point of view? Do you agree that it’s the people that make religion bad and not religion itself? If you don’t, why?

Do you belong to any other religion that isn’t Christianity? Would you like to share your views?

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Author:

I'm Oseruona Asak, popularly known as 'Ruona. I think it’s weird that I cannot describe myself perfectly but I’m passionate about those things that are close to my heart, including sharing my thoughts with you.

24 thoughts on “MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

  1. The nice piece you write is becoming a habit. A good habit! My take on this: If it’s a religion, I think it’s doing more harm than good to society today. Christianity particularly, is doing more harm today because it has been reduced to a religion by many people. When Christianity is a way of life to the believer, love permeates his living. And love is not dysfunctional. Christianity should be a way of life for the believer NOT a religion even though we indicate as such in the forms we fill. Well, I’ve had my say. Meanwhile, Kelvin, good mentoring! You are dad, I am her Dad. Cheers.

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  2. As for me, i will say religion is our intermediary and push to knowing God, which i will say is good, but the present leaders of this so religion or religions are just wolfs in sheep’s clothing or are there to prey on the followers of this so called religion. So i will say that the leaders of these religion that are causing the harm. Thank you
    P. S ruona do and come back am missing you

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  3. Religion has done good in the sense that it has helped put people in check. It has also caused harm in the sense that it has turned people to fanatics and they have decided to blow their beliefs out of proportion. Not forgetting the fact that some religious groups think that they are better than others..
    it’s crazy lol 😂

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  4. Nice, as usual
    I agree with your view, religion in itself was never intended to be a problem, it’s the people (esp Nigerians, we always find a way to make Even the most purest and honest things bad) who practice it that has turned religion to something else.

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  5. Really nice content Ro. I totally agree with your points. There are exploiters that prey on ignorant people in churces, i also believe that extremism is also a great issue as we can observe, we are christians because we believe in and follow Christ we can only preach it and not force or impose it, some people/religions resort to violence💁🏾‍♂️.

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  6. Religion can be used both positively and negatively if the the people have the will to. A country can be highly developed if it has it’s roots in religion and this I think will have a positive impact on the development of our nation if we focus on the teachings that all our religions preach which is basically the same thing to an extent such as love tolerance content and so forth. The only thing pulling us down in our so called holy war is the differences on culture that our religions have influenced us with and that we need to change if we can integrate the values of all religions into our lives and set aside our beliefs for our personal lives

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  7. They say “when purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable”. A knife could be used to cut a load of bread and could also be used to commit murder. But Knives don’t kill people, people do. My 2 cents tho, religion is what we make of it. It has sadly been misconstrued and taken to the extreme by a lot of us. Another anger of mine is when people use religion as an excuse for laziness or ignorance. Ignoring the principles of hardwork, dilligence… We can only pray for enlightenment! Well said Ruona! This is an amazing piece!❤️

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    1. Thank you, elder. Indeed, you have spoken well 😂 but really tho’ the earlier people realize the damage they’re causing to themselves and the society at large using religion as an excuse, the better for us.
      Thanks for stopping by 💜

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