3. 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. 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. 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Idowu, African Traditional Religion, S.C.M., 1973, p.87. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY The major aim of the study is to examine the effect of western education on Africa traditional values. Negative Effects of Religion 1. 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. TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, PRACTICES AND IMPACTS OF CHRISTIANITY AMONG THE NYISHISI. Dr Bawumia to lead the NPP; Northerners & Zongos are watching. They come as anointed men of God but end up raping innocent children. Religion is one major cause of conflicts in Africa and the world as a whole. Well, it is because, starting a church is the easiest and fastest money-making method in Africa today. Just because foreign religion came along with globalization and urbanization causing a shift in terms of behavior and norms doesn't mean that it's the root cause of change. 6. 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. 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. People by nature tend to maintain the status quo which is challenged by the new generation. The encounter between Christianity and African traditional cosmologies You cannot test nor verify it anywhere in the universe. 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. 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. Of course, it has not in Europe or North America as well. Globalization, in general, erodes cultures. 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. Who wears the robe? 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. The area of study is Buganda in Uganda. 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. Religion is doing more harm than good in Africa. 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. There are so many negative effects of religion which unfortunately our society don't pay much attention to, and these have a more debilitating effect on our forward match to being a more matured and developed place. Conflict is a universal phenomenon that is inevitable in human interaction. 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. Most ancestral spirits are generally good and kind. Why? Dear Author, I don't know who you are but you are very very wise. The Africans affected lost a large part of their sense of identity, self-respect, pride in their blackness etc. 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. I do concede that religion might not be the only factor in determining the above negative effects on African societies. Mainstream religion is rooted in tradition, divisive political agendas and cultural bias! The traditional African religion is part of our culture and traditions and there is very little we can do about it. I feel sad for the poster because he does not understand or know the truth about God. 1, Hutchison, 1913, p.xll. Religion is a major cause of physical conflicts and doctrinal disputes in Africa and the world as a whole. It's much dangerous even with kids where they are indoctrinated from their homes, schools and churches to tow a certain line or face hell fire or danger in life. 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. All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. So you'll come across someone with a symptom of a disease who will rather pray instead of going to the health centre at the first sign, till the condition deteriorates. The African traditional Inter-religious relations, especially, among African Traditional Religion (ATR) worshippers, Muslims and Christians are becoming sources of social tension and violence. 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. 4. I may be sounding like a devil but the truth is that, I do believe in God. It is time we wake up and start thinking. Religion continues to tear Africa into pieces and I don't think Africa can prosper under the dark shadows of religion. Christmas is not just about commemorating but committing to a life of purpose. I think that you have asked some profound questions. Traditional rituals and witchcraft have a bearing on life and even politics in Africa. The more you work the more you earn is how life works, simple mathematics. There are a lot of inventions in this world which have made life and living comfortable and much better. That is why even Jesus warned the Pharisees that they were hypocrites. Africans had religion but the way they practiced their religious beliefs were magical and fearful. 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. The African traditional religion has done more good than evil to Africa but I cannot say the same about Christianity. Impact of Globalization on Traditional African Religion and Cultural Conflict.pdf ... argument in relation with the adverse effect s of . 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. Religious dogma and practices are quite conservative or static. Every poor man wants to start a church in Africa today. In places where Africans had practiced a separate form of religion, had their own societal rules and ethical laws Western Christianity was imposed as a method of guised colonialism. 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. 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). Yet they are the highest contributors in terms of donations/offertories and the general sustenance of these groups. Negative effects of religion on society. The sad thing however is that, almost all these so-called men of God are full of nothing but evil. People have failed to understand life and attempt to understand it by coming up with something that is conventional though can't be proven. 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. Most of the religious sermons on our airwaves are usually warnings or threats to people to do or refrain from doing one thing or the other to avoid a curse or damnation from God. 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. 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. 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. There is a direct relationship between religion and laziness, leading to poverty in our part of the world. They were polytheistic and reaped all the political problems associated with polytheism. Children were afraid to disobey elders, etc. One thing worthy of note is that all these books are supposed to have been written down by men, so what would one expect? Religion just like faith is an expression of one's ignorance about a life not so clearly understood. 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). People were afraid to unjustly attack and trample upon the rights of innocent people. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc. In Islam it's the Koran, whereas Christians use the Bible. Also, religion makes many of its adherents lethargic, instead of being proactive on issues affecting their lives. A typical example is the on-going political campaign season in Ghana where the ruling NDC and the main opposition NPP have been inciting one religious group or the other to vote for its leaders to advance their personal political interests, all to the detriment of social cohesion. 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 … 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. Why? Since Christianity came in contact with the traditional religion, there has always been a sharp conflict between traditionalists and Christians. She M, Any New Revolution in Ghana Would Come from NPP, Not NDC, Reactions to Dr. Wereko Brobbey's "Ghana's Disputed 2020 Ele. The training systems of Africans such as the traditional schools did exist, but most Before the arrival of Christianity, Islam and the other foreign religions, people were afraid to take other people's wives. Religion has no scientific basis whatsoever. Instead of blaming ourselves for our stupidity and ignorance, we blame the poor guy just because it is "written". 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. Abstract. 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. Barbaric traditions such as female genital mutilation, etc. Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora explores African derived religions in a globalized world. Africa, and specifically Nigeria is subject to many problems, including corruption, greed, continued sexual immorality and violence. We blame someone or something we cannot even see with our eyes as the cause of all our problems. 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. Well, it is because the ancestral spirits we worshipped were very just spirits who rewarded the good and punished the evil. Instead of saving souls for Christ, these so-called men of God just kill souls for Christ in Africa today. The occupants of these areas had been nomadic tribes for a very long time. For examples, people in India have food preferences mostly like rice in south India and wheat in northern India. Africans and Westerners experience religion and spirituality in different ways. 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. People were afraid to cheat on other people. In contrast, for given religious beliefs, increases in church attendance tend to reduce economic growth. 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. Christians don't want Muslims to rule them and Muslims are ready to kill for Allah. I do believe in God not Islam and I do believe in God not Judaism or any other religion. 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. 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. 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. 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. Christians believe God is a Christian while Muslims believe God is a Muslim forgetting that God has no religion. And once it is stated in those books, who are you to challenge what they say? The words “effect”, “power”, “impression” and “influence” are the essence of the term “impact”. Is that wisdom? 4. They'll readily quote verses in the bible to support the need for members to donate their monies to the 'work of God'. I cannot say the same about Islam and I cannot say the same about the other foreign religions in Africa today. The African traditional religion or voodoo has helped us a lot especially in shaping our moral standards and giving us a sense of identity. As Islam spread across the Arabian Peninsula and later across North Africa and the Middle East, it had an aggregating effect. I do believe in God not Christianity. Religion seeks to divide and not unite. Europeans must understand and appreciate this fact, but they must not close their eyes to its negative aspects. There are thousands of religions and denominations in this world. It is not uncommon to read in the media that a man has killed or maimed his mother, child or wife as a result of a prophecy he claims to have had about the victim from his pastor or religious leader. how globalization impacted on the traditional African cultures, considering its adverse effects on: traditional African family; indigenous/traditional medicine; education as well as its economic and political dimension in Africa. I pray for an end to election votes buying – Apostle Onyinah This results in one of two outcomes: 1. 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. 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. Religion is the most popular business in Africa today. Born to Love, Born to Save! Christianity promises that the Holy Spirit of God comes into the lives of all believers. Thus they should seek the kingdom of God first and all others shall be added unto them (Matthew 6:33). They come as anointed men of God but end up killing innocent people for money rituals. Non Africans should not pontificate; they've engineered two massive world wars and have prepared for a third. Before the arrival of Christianity, Islam and the other foreign religions, people were afraid to take other people's wives. Because it is "written" the devil or Lucifer is the root of all evil, we blame the devil for almost all our problems. The Creation of the Guan Constituency: The True Position Of The Law, Live updates: Ghanaians go to the polls today, Catch up on the latest news videos from around the world. What is Christmas to the Mystic Christian? 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 … Some so-called pastors and "anointed" men of God point these innocent children out as witches and wizards to be stoned to death. It is not uncommon to see church services from morning till evening in any part of the country, even on weekdays. Negative Effects of Religion1. 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. In some of these organizations, women cannot teach or preach to the congregation, or cannot lead groups. It has no bearing on scriptural truth or Jesus life and ministry and therefore will receive its judgement in full! 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!!! 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. According to the CIA fact book of 2010, Nigeria, with a religious belief index of 96% had maternal mortality rate of 630 out of every 100,000 births, whereas Sweden, with a religious belief index of 17% had a maternal mortality rate of 4 out of every 100,000 births. 7. The African continent experienced its own form of training and learning before it was colonized and even before the arrival of the missionaries. Most of the things we talk about in religion are just assumptions that we claim to be true. This leads to a fragmentation of the society along various lines. 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. 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 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… 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. 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