Sunday Reflections: Religious Peace

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L-R: Prelate MCCSN and Secretary, CAN, Lagos State, Baba Aladura, Dr. Israel Akinadeowo; Bishop of Ikeja Methodist Church, Stephen Adegbite; representative of mr. femi Otedola, Mr. Philips Akinola; Treasurer, CAN, Lagos State, Bishop S.T.V. Adegbite and The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III, at the 60th birthday of Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins Thanksgiving Mass, at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos. Photo: AKINOLA ARIYO

By; SAMSON YAKI

The brotherhood of men is founded on the fatherhood of God, and the family of God is derived from the love of God. For God the Father divinely loves his children, all of them.

The kingdom of heaven, the divine government, is founded on the fact of divine sovereignty which is the spirit of God. Since God is spirit, this kingdom is spiritual. That is to say that the kingdom of heaven is neither material nor merely intellectual; it is a spiritual relationship between God and man.

This means that if different religions recognize the spirit sovereignty of God the Father, then will all such religions remain at peace. It is only when one religion assumes that it is in some way superior to all others, and that it possesses exclusive authority over other religions, will such a religion presume to be intolerant of other religions or dare to persecute other religious believers.

Religious peace can never exist unless all religions are willing to completely deny themselves of all ecclesiastical authority and fully surrender to all concept of spiritual sovereignty.

This means that you cannot have equality among religions (religious liberty) without having religious wars unless all religions consent to the transfer of all religious sovereignty to some superhuman level, which is to God himself; and the kingdom of heaven in the hearts of men will create religious unity (not necessarily uniformity) because any and all religious groups composed of such religious believers will be free from all notions of ecclesiastical authority or religious sovereignty.

God is spirit, and God gives a fragment of his spirit self to dwell in the heart of man. Therefore, spiritually, all men are equal. This makes the kingdom of heaven to be free from castes, classes, social levels, and economic groups because we are all brethren.

But the moment you lose sight of the spirit sovereignty of God the Father, some religion will begin to assert its superiority over other religions; and then, instead of peace on earth and good will among men, there will be dissensions, recriminations, even religious wars, at least wars among religionists.

Even those who regard themselves as equals, unless they mutually acknowledge themselves as subject to some super sovereignty, some authority over and above themselves, sooner or later are tempted to try out their ability to gain power and authority over other persons and groups. This goes to say that the concept of equality never brings peace except in the mutual recognition of some over controlling influence of super sovereignty.

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