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Redefining Christianity

Christian Bible, rosary, and crucifix.

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The article you are about to read simply voices my opinion and not that of any existing religious group or movement. Any similarities to existing groups is purely coincidental.

I’m not a Christian. Not just because I don’t want to be a Christian, but because I feel Christianity as a whole has lost its meaning. And I definitely can’t be a part of a meaningless movement.

The word ‘Christians’ came into existence when it was used to describe Jesus’ disciples by folks at ancient Antioch. It meant ‘Christ-like’. Basically, these folks could clearly see the disciples walking in their saviour’s steps. What we have today is very much different.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing articles under the category – Redefining Christianity. I have some topics lined up to deal with various aspects of Christianity. Here are a few of them:

  • What Would Jesus Do: Origins and Importance
  • Denominations, hierarchy and divisions in the church
  • Christian holidays
  • etc.

I will appreciate topic suggestions on aspects of Christianity which you think could be discussed on this blog.

Update: The first paragraph is me trying to say I don’t conform to Christianity as practiced today. (For those who got it wrong).

Our Father…

I woke up exactly 12:46pm this afternoon. That was a good 12-hour sleep. Something I haven’t had in a long time.

I had a conversation with a friend via IM, Saturday evening. We were joking about ‘defiled beds’ and praying on such beds when I hinted that I wasn’t a Christian. Her response – “that’s very foolish”. Then next thing – “1 more person I need to pray for”. LOL. Maybe I dont know how things work but I’d like to think if I were God, I would dis-own such a Christian. But then, that’s probably why I’m not God… or probably a reason why there’s no ‘God’.

Now, dont get me wrong. I’m not atheist. I was brought up in a Christian home. My dad was a priest, and my mum was a chorister. We attended Deeper Life Bible Church. I still respect some of the church’s values even though I don’t actively attend it anymore – the numerous reasons for this will be discussed some other time. At some point anyway, I had to stop in my religious tracks, and try to see things from the other side of the fence.

So I woke up 12:46pm and didn’t actually get up till about 3 hours later. My laptop was on the bed (was on facebook before I slept off), so I checked my facebook notifications, replied emails, checked up on what those I follow on Twitter were up to, and started reading Heroes spoilers. Basically, my ‘weekend’ ended right after that cos I was back to work in no time. At least, I had a good night rest in a long time.

The day is over already. Tomorrow is Monday. Guess its time to say that goodnight prayer. Getting rusty these days, but I recollect prayers start with “Our Father…” :-) Goodnight!

Hello world!

A true Hello World indeed!

This is my first post on this blog. Never mind the older posts – I imported those from my previous Windows Live Spaces and WordPress.com blogs.

This blog will give you an insight into the weird and lonely life of a programmer, and his frequent disappointing encounters with the real-world. By the way, I just love this theme. It’s so simple… and it defines me, I guess. Don’t have much to say apart from reminding you to add this page to your RSS reader.

:-)

Freedom of speech

What in heavens will get a politician’s daughter scared when she sees her name on someone’s blog?! I aint saying no more than that, but I think if i can pen it down in my diary, then I can put it up here. Does anyone disagree? Anyways, hope you guys are enjoyin’ ur new year celeberations – with freedom of expression of course :) !

I think I’ll be more regular now with my blog postings this year (My own new year resolution). 1 post per day! Remember the ‘one post a day’ tournament that held last November, thank heavens I didnt participate! I’d have been the worst contestant. Well, I think its time for me to express my freedom of speech to its maximum.

Happy new year y’all

Imagine, after all the pomp and {forgotten the spelling} that usually follows the transition from one year to another, Olubi Ezra is just celebrating his! From 10pm Dec 31st to 3am Jan 1st, I was sitted at my laptop. I tried calling a few friends to see what’s up but they were all in church! WTF?! Why was the whole of nigeria in church? Was chatting with a girlfriend in the U.S. who was watching the whatever ball dropping in times square, whatever that means. . . but she was obviously having fun while masses down here (or should I say up here:) ) where praying.

I asked someone the following day to tell me the importance of the prayers, and ended up having my christianity questioned! Here are excerpts:

ME: y d i hav to go to church on dec 31?! please give me a very good reason
Her: its important
ME: a gud reason.
Her: cos its to usher in a new yr
Her: u hav a new yr resolution
Her: rite?
ME: the new year would still come even if 3 meteoriites wiped out life on earth
ME: and of wat significance is a new year resolution?! if its going to be forgotten by the end of january
Her: it keeps u in check
Her: as in
Her: mayb like if there r things
ME: it can be made anytime. it doesnt hav to be at the start of the year
ME: in that case, u’re kinda worshippin the date, not god
Her: no
Her: am not
Her: its to pronounce gud things in ur life 4 d whole yr
ME: how?
ME: what extra effect does prayin on dec 31st have over praying march 14?
Her: wel
ME: u knw all u’re sayin isnt convincing at all. its just the religious illusion we’ve come to take as the norm in nigeria
Her: dats not thru

Wow! Tis very funny to me that the country that seems to be the most prayerful is also the one of the most notorious and corrupt! Well, that aside, hope you guys had a wonderful new year celeberation – cos I’m still expecting my gifts:).

Take care y’all.

Taking my time

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for not posting anything for some time now. I really have no excuse. I’ll do my best to be more regular here now. But if the comments dont keep coming, I might just stop :). So y’all should try putting in some encouragement.

Just landed a new job at a web applications development firm in Victoria Island, North Ocean Ltd to be specific. It’s a relatively new company sha but its cool working with them. I’m currently the lead applications developer, hope to step up very soon.

A lot of things have happened to me in recent times. For instance, the girl i talked about previously, her name is Lara Oshibote. She’s acting strange nowadays. i really dont know what exactly is wrong but funny enough, I still feel I’m in love with her. I really hope her attitude to me will change soon.

Met this girl, Andoki Ibeshi… exactly a week ago online. She’s the daughter to one Hon. Emmanuel Ibeshi, a rep or something. Well, she’s cool and really fun to chat with altho she lied twice about her age to me. She’s probably still taking her time to trust me maybe.

Lastly, I recently started showing myself on the rap section of some Nigerian forum like that, nairaland.com to be specific. Entered in for a competition for the best rapper on that forum, you can check it out here. Hopefully, I should win sha! Abeg make una pray for me. My screen name there is Naijafan (just in case).

Wishing y’all a merry christmas and happy new year!