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The Royal Wedding

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

I have observed that many have been theologising on the recent royal wedding. In fact in some quarters, God favoured Meghan Merkel to be blessed with Prince Harry.

While I am happy for the newly weds, in my view, If it was God who favoured Meghan over the billions of single women who would have wanted to be married to Prince Harry in the world today, then God would not be benevolent – at least as we understand the concept.

Fundamentally, the idea of God’s sovereignty often leads to more ethical and philosophical questions when we try to explain it using such examples.

By the way, the question of injustice, or the Problem of Evil, is a cross cutting theme in most faith. It is a debate that has been with us from our very existence.

In Judaism for instance, thinkers would often ask why God did nothing to save the innocent from natural disasters, famine, sickness, diseases, pain, suffering and death. In some cases, they interpreted it as judgement for one reason or the other.

They asked why change or redemption often failed to materialise for the poor, vulnerable and powerless. Why their oppressors seemed to prosper, in spite of their evil deeds.

Put in today’s context, why most of the richest and prosperous countries tend to be countries that have prospered through exploitative practices, aggressive policies, nationalistic goals, and industrial scale corruption; and their victims still languish in poverty.

These thinkers observe that some evil people prospered, and some good people suffered till death with no form of justice, while others were killed for doing nothing wrong or illegal. Then they began to toy with the possibility of life after death. And subsequently, judgement for our actions while alive in the shape of heaven and hell.

The questions for believers then, especially those of the Abrahamic faith is: will we still continue within the doctrinal and moral framework of our faith if we knew that heaven and hell were only ideas developed by Jewish philosophers as a means of regulating their community through fear against behaviours that endangered their existence and prosperity?

This question is vitally important because a humanist will still be fighting for justice, and doing what is ethically and morally right, regardless of the existence of God, judgement, heaven, or hell.

This is because they are not motivated by the fear of going to hell, or by rewards, rather, they are inspired by what they believe is morally and ethically right for peaceful coexistence and prosperity of all humanity, regardless of faith, colour, gender, social class; or anything else that religion teaches or instructs which alienates, or divides humanity.

Healingsrings fellowship: Human Capital Development

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Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Who truly am I? The quest for a sense of identity: an exploration of the Book of Exodus

In previous weeks, we established that unlike traditional doctrine that the Old Testament was written by Moses, it was in fact written retrospectively by multiple contributors over a prolonged period.

Most scholars now agree that the recording of their oral history, compilation and redaction started during the Exile, and was completed at some point after the Exile.

The only way the elites can maintain the social order is through the proper functioning of institutions. The survival of the elites was dependent on the masses. They needed the people to work their farms, pay taxes, serve in their equivalent of the police and armed forces, and to maintain their spiritual and cultural institutions through participation.

Therefore, amidst the disruption of political and spiritual institutions, the destruction of The Temple, and subsequent Exile; the need to consolidate and revise existing narrative of the Divine, and, to understand the geopolitics of their time emerged as a priority.

On a macro level, much like we have today, there were competing powers. Empires like: Egypt, Babylon, Greece and Persia were the ‘super powers’ of the era. And as a result of the location of the Israelites (the bottle beck between Africa and the Middle East), geopolitically, they became an important nation for these competing forces.

Consequently the book of Exodus is not historic or biographical, but what is known as a founding myth. Although more comprehensive in terms of depth, it is not dissimilar to the founding myths of African Kingdoms like the Yoruba’s in western Nigeria, which is centred around a mythical figure – Oduduwa.

Therefore, it’s purpose was not to account for what happened in terms of historicity, but as a reflection and commentaries on the historical experience of the exile community in Babylon, and later Jerusalem.

Like all founding myths, the primary goal was to galvanise the people towards a metaphysical and physical identity, and for the purposes of nationhood.

With the benefit of hindsight, we can see the positive impact of these stories on the Jewish people, and in contrast, the detrimental effect of the disruption of the political and social order in Africa. And the establishment of competing ideologies, institutions and beliefs; on the psyche of Africans.

Here lies the challenges of Africans and our dear brothers and sisters of African descent. In the absence of a central narrative that provides a sense of identity, co-existence and nation building becomes an impossible task.

After years of being educated by foreign invaders to believe that we are pagans, that we are backward, that we are cursed, that we are black, that we are uncivilised, that we are primitive, that we are uneducated, that we are ugly; and that God was angry with us because we were neither Christians or Muslims.

Join us at 3pm

Scriptural focus: Exodus chapters 7-9 (NRSV)

St John the Evangelist Hall

Church Rd,

Sidcup DA14 6BX

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This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship!

If you are in Chadwell St Mary or the surrounding area, please note that I will be speaking at the Community Church Chadwell, under the theme: 

How To Make A Difference In Our Broken World. 

This talk will focus on contextualisation using the Emmanuel (God with us in the here and now) Principle. 

In other words, how we can make the scriptures relevant to the challenges facing our world locally and globally. 
So, join me for their 9:30am service at:
Community Church Chadwell

8 Defoe Parade,

Chadwell St. Mary, 

RM16 4QR

“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7