Of course, it has not in Europe or North America as well. In Islam it's the Koran, whereas Christians use the Bible. Most carry Bibles which they cannot even read yet they refer to themselves as men of God and instead of preaching the good news to the people to help better their living conditions, preach hatred and fill the hearts of people with fear and evil intentions all for the sake of money. Whereas the congregants are told to aspire to go to heaven to enjoy the best of life, these preachers are enjoying theirs right here on earth at the expense of the gullible and poor members. traditional Africa was the oral literature. You'd pray to these people's God or Allah, and as an African you'll reap nothing except bad luck because your own Ancestors have turned their backs against you for leaving your own traditions and cultures that have served them for millions of years on this earth. Even if you abolished Christianity, Islam, etc the human being will still have his/her basic animal instincts -survival of the fittest or is it the greediest? African societies and cultural practices over these years had commanded global attention as it concern health conditions of the people. We will find other channels to self destruct. In addition, religion has created an avenue for a lot of charlatans parading as so-called men of God to fleece the poor of their meagre resources. Religion is doing more harm than good in Africa. People by nature tend to maintain the status quo which is challenged by the new generation. For examples, people in India have food preferences mostly like rice in south India and wheat in northern India. Why? Religion is one major cause of conflicts in Africa and the world as a whole. It is time we wake up and start thinking. People were afraid to cheat on other people. I pray for an end to election votes buying – Apostle Onyinah Furthermore, religion creates a sense of fear or timidity in its adherents. Some may call me the assistant "Lucifer" for making this post but I still believe sometimes we just have to say it the way it is. African religions, religious beliefs and practices of the peoples of Africa.It should be noted that any attempt to generalize about the nature of “African religions” risks wrongly implying that there is homogeneity among all African cultures.In fact, Africa is a vast continent encompassing both geographic variation and tremendous cultural diversity. 7. Religion continues to tear Africa into pieces and I don't think Africa can prosper under the dark shadows of religion. Go to Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria right now and see things for yourself. Other literature suggests that religious involvement may play a negative role in health outcomes due to beliefs about illness originating as punishment for sins. 5. 4. I think that you have asked some profound questions. Negative effects of religion on society. Stop the vain religion! Is that wisdom? What is Christmas to the Mystic Christian? 1.2. Religion is the most popular business in Africa today. The sad thing however is that, most Africans today have eyes but they cannot see. Oral literature encompasses fables, folktales, legends myths and proverbs. They come as anointed men of God but end up raping innocent children. 3 hours ago, When You Run Your Own Race, Life Won’t Fail You, Gabby Otchere writes on NDC Presidential Election Conundrum, Who wears the robe? 2017-08-04 - On 17 August 2016 an article titled, “The Damning Effects Of Religion In Africa,” written by Kofi Asamoah Okyere was published on … Most Africans today have ears but they cannot hear. Instead of blaming ourselves for our stupidity and ignorance, we blame the poor guy just because it is "written". The area of study is Buganda in Uganda. There are so many videos on youtube about African child witches and how these stupid men of God point them out to be stoned to death for being witches and wizards all in the name of Christianity. Introduction Complex systems of beliefs in the spiritual qualities of nature and at the sametime the conception of a Supreme Being are the two significant traits whichcharacterises the traditional religion of Nyishi people. Each of these religions or denominations have their own guiding books which they refer to as holy and which is supposed to dictate the way and manner their adherents should live their lives and relate to others in the society. 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This has led to verbal and sometimes physical confrontations leading to loss of property and even lives in places like Nigeria and the Central African Republic. People have failed to understand life and attempt to understand it by coming up with something that is conventional though can't be proven. Dear Author, I don't know who you are but you are very very wise. There definitely are many factors leading to these statistical disparities, but religion no doubt plays a key role in all of it. To identify with a religious ideology and call it the only truth and way, can only lead to tremendously bad or negative effects — prejudice, bigotry, and all kinds of violence (just think of how many wars have been carried out throughout history in the name of God and religion). Election of Speaker of the 8th Parliament, What to Look out For, Common core programme for JHS 1 to SHS 1 and its expectation, Hamile to Elubo - observations, rantings, and learnings from the 2020 general elections. Blaming foreign religion can be equaled to "blaming lucifer" for your troubles, something you can't see blaming foreign religion for all your social vices just because "you think so". The issue of religion is controversial. Impact of Globalization on Traditional African Religion and Cultural Conflict.pdf ... argument in relation with the adverse effect s of . However it plays the dominant role and there is little doubt that a less focus on religion and a major attention to science, technology and critical thinking will no doubt propel our development goals forward. Yet they are the highest contributors in terms of donations/offertories and the general sustenance of these groups. Christianity and Islam are the cause of almost all the wars and tribal conflicts in Africa today. The four foundational religious beliefs discussed in the previous sections with the above four categories in the philosophical foundations, do have a combined effect in producing “a powerful and pervasive” religious and cultural worldview which dominates and influences the traditional African … It has no bearing on scriptural truth or Jesus life and ministry and therefore will receive its judgement in full! Religion seeks to divide and not unite. TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, PRACTICES AND IMPACTS OF CHRISTIANITY AMONG THE NYISHISI. The encounter between Christianity and African traditional cosmologies The original religions of Africa “are not static”; according to Mayo, “contacts with Christian and Islamic traditions have brought about transformations and syncretism of all three” a perfect example of the triple heritage of Africa… This results in one of two outcomes: 1. Religion is full of hypocrisy. Religion has no scientific basis whatsoever. The sad thing however is that, almost all these so-called men of God are full of nothing but evil. urbanization and its effects on development in africa Warren (2003) defined urbanization as the movement of people from communities concerned chiefly or solely with agriculture to other communities generally larger whose activities are primarily centered in government, trade, manufacture or … Additionally a lot of religious adherents are made to believe that there is no need working harder on this earth to amass wealth, after all you will day one die soon and leave your possessions behind. Unsurprisingly, most of their religious holy books (Koran or Bible) have various verses which seem to support this aspect of treating women as second class members. To put it in other words, while religion takes caution against the norms and the values related to globalization, it challenges the latter since it (religion) does not approve its hybridizing effects. When Ludwig got to There's a very clear boundary between globalization/ urbanization and religion. 6. theme of the paper, i.e. There are thousands of religions and denominations in this world. Politicians need to be accountable (and not blame a biblical "boogie man"), and when people commit crimes against their fellow man, I suspect that the solace of heavenly forgiveness does nothing to deter this wickedness. Since Christianity came in contact with the traditional religion, there has always been a sharp conflict between traditionalists and Christians. In some of these organizations, women cannot teach or preach to the congregation, or cannot lead groups. However, when an incoming culture (in this case civilization/modernism) seeks 315 Impact of Globalization on Traditional African Religion and Cultural Conflict to totally replace the existing cultural value, it causes social frustration and generates maladjustment of group members to this new system which leads to the “demise” of the traditional society. 3. By “impact” is meant: “The effect or impression of one thing on another and the power of making a strong, immediate impression” (The Free Dictionary.com). Even among Muslims there are conflicts between Sunni and Shiite sects over practices, whereas among Christians there are doctrinal conflicts or misunderstandings among the various many denominations, including which is even the right day to congregate for worship. People were afraid to unjustly attack and trample upon the rights of innocent people. Who wears the robe? There are a lot of inventions in this world which have made life and living comfortable and much better. They come as anointed men of God but end up killing innocent people for money rituals. Similarly, religious groups are fighting nonreligious ones. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc. It is not wrong to say religion has brought about some conflicts, but it's very wrong to state that it's because of religion that people can now disrespect parents, take away wives and etc. To sum it up, the African traditional religion has done more good than harm to Africa. Europeans must understand and appreciate this fact, but they must not close their eyes to its negative aspects. Disclaimer: "The views/contents expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Modern Ghana. She M, Any New Revolution in Ghana Would Come from NPP, Not NDC, Reactions to Dr. Wereko Brobbey's "Ghana's Disputed 2020 Ele. You only need to read the so called holy books and wonder whether the author is deliberately insulting your intelligence: such childish outdated fairy-tale nonsense that, obviously, might have had some effect on an ancient unsophisticated primitive mind. I aver that most of what you state is on point,but as you aptly observe in your summation religion is not the sole issue that is keeping Africans behind. We cannot throw away the African traditional religion or voodoo because it is part of what makes us Africans and it has been with us since the beginning of time. The reality is that a lot of these untruths sink into the consciousness of their listeners, who are usually afraid to go out of their way to think independently and act on their own. Abstract. 2. Children as young as 6 months old are being stoned to death, some roasted on fire, some buried alive all in the name of Christianity. The African traditional The book of Revelation clearly shows the reasons why Gods Kingdom ( Heavenly Goverment) in the hands of Christ Jesus will put the record straight once and for all times regarding his Fathers will and purpose for our beautiful earth. There is no doubt that the more time a person spends at his/her religious program to the neglect of his/her work, the less income the person earns, leading to lack and poverty. A lot of believers would rather spend their time attending one religious event or the other throughout the year at the expense of their work or source of livelihood. The paper looks at some of these practices (positive and negative) and showcases how these cultural heritages in attitudes and behaviors affect the overall progress of … We think that this negative effect reflects the time and resources used by the religion sector as well as adverse effects from organized religion on economic regulation — for example, restrictions on markets for credit and insurance. 3 And similar to this was the dialogue that took place between Edwin Smith, who had gone out as a missionary to Africa, and Emil Ludwig, an eminent biographer. This leads to a fragmentation of the society along various lines. For many Africans and Ghanaians, in particular, it is religion more than anything else that shapes their worldview and participation in social life6. Conflict is a universal phenomenon that is inevitable in human interaction. Religion is the weapon of the white western, eastern and arab nations to colonise, enslave, indoctrinate, culm down, justify, and conquer Africa and Africans. The only negative actions taken by ancestral spirits is to cause minor illnesses to warn people that they have gotten onto the wrong path. Hence, this contribution examines religion as a factor that can be tapped into to mitigate negative effects of climate change, discussing climate change and religion in the context of development practice. Barbaric traditions such as female genital mutilation, etc. The training systems of Africans such as the traditional schools did exist, but most Non Africans should not pontificate; they've engineered two massive world wars and have prepared for a third. It's quite common to hear statements like "stop drinking alcohol or you'll go to hell", "if you don't pay your tithes your blessings will be withheld by God and you'll be poorer', "if you dress provocatively you could be raped", "if you don't repent you'll die sooner than you think", and so many other fear-mongering stuff. Westerners failed to accept that during the dawn of colonization, mission at first instance failed to convert Africans just because of language barrier, hence labelled African religion, pagan and depicted Africans as people without religion. Dr Bawumia to lead the NPP; Northerners & Zongos are watching. Christianity has clearly not completely taken hold in Africa. These monies mostly find their way into the pockets of these charlatans to fund their luxurious lifestyles while the members continue to sink in poverty. And once it is stated in those books, who are you to challenge what they say? I don't think the devil is the root of all illiteracy and stupidity and I think sometimes we just over-blame the devil for no good reasons at all. Why? Instead of saving souls for Christ, these so-called men of God just kill souls for Christ in Africa today. They come in suits sometimes in white gowns dressed like saints but agents of the devil ready to destroy Africa just to make money. In African Traditional Religion when a spirit possesses a person there are negative consequences. Christians don't want Muslims to rule them and Muslims are ready to kill for Allah. These so-called men of God deceive people especially the illiterate poor in the villages and small towns and even the so-called graduates in the cities all in the name of God. Christianity promises that the Holy Spirit of God comes into the lives of all believers. I may be sounding like a devil but the truth is that, I do believe in God. are all full of nothing but evil and it doesn't make sense at all to trust any of these religions more than God himself. Added to the above, a lot of religious misunderstandings, misinterpretations and so-called prophecies have brought about conflicts among family members, leading to destruction, broken homes and even death. Every poor man wants to start a church in Africa today. Religion generally believes that a supernatural power has the final say in how things are destined to work in one's life. In the first of a series of articles on religion, I'm going to show the negative effects of religion on the development and advancement of Africa. We blame someone or something we cannot even see with our eyes as the cause of all our problems. The occupants of these areas had been nomadic tribes for a very long time. Traditional rituals and witchcraft have a bearing on life and even politics in Africa. It's thus not a wonder to find a lot of preventable diseases killing or maiming people in our society. Finally, one major problem with religion in Africa is that it does not encourage creative or critical thinking. Some so-called pastors and "anointed" men of God point these innocent children out as witches and wizards to be stoned to death. Religion does not make sense because everything you know about any religion on earth, SOMEONE TOLD YOU ABOUT IT—It should be a major crime to indoctrinate a child into some religion. Followers of traditional African religion believe that ancestors maintain a spiritual connection with their living relatives. Most ancestral spirits are generally good and kind. There are some barbaric traditions that we can and must do away with. Religion takes precedence over all other things in our lives, thus no surprises that hardly do we invent or innovate in any of the technological advancements in the world. This is definitely false. 3 hours ago, You have enough reason to thank the Lord — Evangelist Atats... Some people especially outsiders sometimes think there is nothing good in the African traditional religion or voodoo but the truth is that, the African traditional religion or voodoo has benefited my people more than Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc. It is thus my hope that as a society we would do a critical and objective evaluation of how we over-emphasise the positives of religion, especially in our educational institutions and political circles, and rather focus our resources, especially time and money, on development-oriented goals. Traditional African Family Family is the backbone and basic unit of every society. In contrast, for given religious beliefs, increases in church attendance tend to reduce economic growth. Despite the pessimism that followed as a result of the threat of rapid Islam advances and harsh treatment meted out by the authorities, Christianity has indeed spread like wild fires in Nigeria and the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. Before the arrival of Christianity, Islam and the other foreign religions, people were afraid to take other people's wives. I do believe in God not Islam and I do believe in God not Judaism or any other religion. The initiation of a Christian driven slave trade was a very detrimental blow to African culture; thus having a negative effect on the development of African Americans. The volume focuses on the continent, on African identity in globalization, and on African religion in cultural change. There are so many pastors, bishops and even popes roaming about in Africa today. Negative Effects of Religion1. This article focuses on the religious encounter between European Christian Missionaries and the African traditional religious beliefs in East Africa. In African Traditional Religion one can be possessed in order to gain some privileged knowledge. A lot of these preachers are living in luxurious homes, driving the latest luxury cars, traveling to the most exotic holiday destinations with their families, educating their children in the most expensive schools, etc, whereas most of their followers can barely pay their utility bills and kids' fees even in public schools. In order words, the phenomenon help to put an end to some of the traditional religion rituals conducted by sacrificing human being to appease the gods. Some may say we were illiterates for believing in ancestral spirits yet most of these so-called literates believe in saints forgetting that saints are also ancestral spirits. The scope of the study is 1877-when Christianity was first introduced in Uganda to 1962 when Uganda got her independence; the period when Christian missionaries lost influence together with the colonial rulers. Also, religion makes many of its adherents lethargic, instead of being proactive on issues affecting their lives. Since I'm a Ghanaian and someone who used to practice the Christian religion, I would be dwelling most of my scenarios and examples from these two backgrounds. combined. The words “effect”, “power”, “impression” and “influence” are the essence of the term “impact”. Religion is a major cause of physical conflicts and doctrinal disputes in Africa and the world as a whole. This may sound very crazy but it is very true. The Africans affected lost a large part of their sense of identity, self-respect, pride in their blackness etc. Globalization, in general, erodes cultures. Religious dogma and practices are quite conservative or static. Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora explores African derived religions in a globalized world. Christmas is not just about commemorating but committing to a life of purpose. Religion just like faith is an expression of one's ignorance about a life not so clearly understood. Negative Effects of Religion 1. The traditional African religion is part of our culture and traditions and there is very little we can do about it. Well, it is because the ancestral spirits we worshipped were very just spirits who rewarded the good and punished the evil. That explains the tensions and conflicts we see today in Africa especially in countries like Nigeria and Ivory Coast where the Christian-Muslim populations are close to 50-50. Well, it is because God has no religion and that is what people should know. Families were split apart and children were sold. Religion can be loosely defined as a belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny. One thing worthy of note is that all these books are supposed to have been written down by men, so what would one expect? There is a direct link between religion and laziness which contributes to poverty in Africa; religion makes people lackadaisical in their attitude towards finding practical ways to improve their undesirable living conditions. That is why even Jesus warned the Pharisees that they were hypocrites. 3 Leo Frobenius, The Voice of Africa, Vol. The African continent experienced its own form of training and learning before it was colonized and even before the arrival of the missionaries. I cannot say the same about Islam and I cannot say the same about the other foreign religions in Africa today. Africa, and specifically Nigeria is subject to many problems, including corruption, greed, continued sexual immorality and violence. People were afraid to cheat on other people. All the cleaning, scrubbing, tidying up, singing and events organization are mostly spearheaded by women, but they are barely represented in the decision-making echelons of religious organizations. It is not uncommon to see church services from morning till evening in any part of the country, even on weekdays. Each sect or denomination always believes its ways and practices as being the approved or acceptable one and as such view the others either as inferior or a threat to theirs. The more you work the more you earn is how life works, simple mathematics. However the most dominant ones in Ghana and Africa are Islam and Christianity, both accounting for more than 90% of religious adherents, with the rest, including traditional beliefs, having less than 10% of adherents. All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. They were polytheistic and reaped all the political problems associated with polytheism. Well, it is because, starting a church is the easiest and fastest money-making method in Africa today. In religion, we are made to believe that we were created by a God, who expects us to live and act according to certain given tenets so that we can be found worthy of his blessings, grace and love both here on earth and the afterlife. One of the primary effects of the spread of Islam into North Africa was the acceptance of the Arabic language. The African traditional religion or voodoo has helped us a lot especially in shaping our moral standards and giving us a sense of identity. Most religious groups discriminate against women in so many ways, even though they usually form the bulk of the members of any sect or denomination. Your preachers, pastors, and imans are just deceiving you into believing that you are meant to enjoy heaven when you are dead but in the meantime give them all your money for them to give you a ticket to enter those heavens...A GREAT DECEPTION!!! 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