Attempts to regain contact with their God by building a heavenly ladder are the subject of many an unhappy legend. For all media enquiries please contact us here. I am suggesting, however, that verbal communication and personal relationship with the Supreme Being are not a reality for the African. Examples of where this difference is manifested are, amongst others, holiness, justice, knowledge and relationship. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. Furthermore, due to the nature of the evidence, its scope must be universal; and so we cannot exclude Africans from this knowledge. Moreover, he is good, eternal and omnipresent. Try entering just the first three or four letters. The Supreme Being is personal in the sense of possessing personhood; therefore deity is referred to as a ‘He’ and not as an ‘it’ or a ‘power’ (Gehman, 2005: 319). NYIRONGO, L. 1997. (Copyright notice.) A.W. Father god and creator. A God behind the Gods, a Supreme God who created everything. Return to essay, ⁴ In fact, Nyirongo (1997: 16) states, “That God revealed Himself to the pre-Christian African generations cannot be denied. By this I am not suggesting that God has not revealed himself through what is commonly referred to as ‘general revelation’⁴. On the whole, African Gods don’t like to be pestered, and humans have to learn to be content with their lot. Thus, the God of the Bible is different to the Supreme Being of Africa in that he is knowable and relational. Godchecker's Holy Hit Parade of popular Gods is powered by GodRank™ Technology. From these two beliefs it naturally follows that the Supreme Being is seen as almighty; for he has the power to do anything he desires (O’Donovan, 1995: 41). It was known and called an a religion. In light of the above it seems that we should affirm the similarities between the biblical God and the African God. I believe this assertion to be correct and so the question, “How do African concepts of God relate to the God of the Bible?” is most worthy of our consideration. This personhood is not seen to be manifested physically, but to exist spiritually. MBITI, J. Moreover, the Supreme Being sustains this world; that in the sense that he keeps everything which he made in existence at every given moment, and in the sense that he is seen to be the one who provides and protects this world³ (Mbiti, 1991: 49, 52). God have mercy Only in Africa u see this Things like this. Reacting in his 2021 New Year Message on Thursday, the CAN president said the mercy of God made the difference in Africa and in Nigeria. Instead of positively responding to it in faith, he resorted to idols”. At the outset I need to say that one of the major problems in a study such as this is its vastness. Biblical Christianity in Africa: a collection of papers and addresses. Lastly God is a man made belief system. ¹ Discussions about ancestors, dynamism and spiritism are important but unfortunately fall outside the scope of this essay. I have opted to not include the concept of transcendence under similarities for I believe it to be an area where African theologians have fundamentally misrepresented African religion, by “‘baptising’ the data in order to project a traditional religion that is compatible with Christianity” (Bowers, 2002: 118). With Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Sami Sabiti, Esmeralda Bihl, Hugh Masebenza. The Supreme Being is likewise good (Mbiti, 1991: 55). Therefore we clearly see that it is not the Supreme Being who is offended by these social ills. To date, they have seen more than 230,000 people become followers of Jesus. African - Gods and Goddesses. Nyirongo (1997: 63) helpfully adds, “The responsibility belongs to those who are physically alive, but more especially to the ancestral spirits who are the custodians of the community”. Carlisle, UK : Paternoster Press. SPENCER, A.B. O’DONOVAN, W. 1995. No wonder they are rudely disappointed when it turns out their badly-chosen favorites are up to no good. Indeed, they can go no further because, although humans can pray to the Supreme Being in certain situations (O’Donovan, 1995: 42), he never interacts with, or personally reveals himself to, the people of Africa (Turaki, 1999: 160). Most African cultures, if not all, believe in a Supreme Creator in one form or another. The Creator is thought to have once lived on Earth, but left it for His Kingdom in the Sky because of human infractions. Family trees coming soon! O’Donovan (1995: 41) goes as far as suggesting that “there is probably no native-born African who is not aware of the existence of God”. Thus, in this essay, the only plausible approach is to consider the views which hold a majority. Either way, however, the world as we see it today is a direct result of the activities of the Supreme Being and so it is legitimate to say that he created this world. I watched the news of Darfur on NBC tonight and I wondered about God and Africa. God was African by John Nkemngong Nkengasong. Complimenting this power, the Supreme Being is seen to have complete knowledge (Mbiti, 1991: 56), to be present everywhere (O’Donovan, 1995: 41), and to be eternal (Nyirongo, 1997: 11). Ladies and gentlemen, God Trust Africa If you're watching me and you're seated right there, I want you to tell yourself as an African child right now and say to yourself God loves me as an African. Goddess of fertility, women and gardens. Copyright © 1999-2020 Godchecker, Inc. All rights reserved. Mami Wata - Goddess of beauty (one of the water spirits); Accompanied by a snake and wealth. How, then, are we to think about the Supreme Being as Christians? In attempting to answer this question we will examine their similarities and differences, and then we will consider whether African concepts of God¹ are more similar or dissimilar to the God of the Bible. Indeed, God promises that he is judging sin now (Romans 1:24) and will do so in a more comprehensive way in the future (2 Peter 3:7). It seems that we need to heed Turaki’s (1999: 149-150) warning to not violate Africa’s holistic view of the world by interpreting the Supreme Being’s transcendence in absolute terms. I care about Jesus, people, my country and what being a Christian means in relation to each of these. When Kendem, a varsity instructor, returns to his native Lewoh countryside where he spent his childhood, he is seeking relief from the complexity of human civilization after attending the Fulbright Institute in the United States. The biblical God says that sin is against him personally (Psalm 51:4), and causes him great offense (Hosea 9:15). I agree with him. 2001. Even communicating with their creation is full of problems. As we are counting down the hours to 2021, please know that we are keeping all our viewers, partners, and friends in our prayers for the new year ahead. God is a man made concept, a man made idea, assumption and claim. Carlisle, UK : OM Publishing. Thus, Gehman (2005: 316) succinctly states that, “God has no body; he is invisible”. Earth Goddess … The snares of African traditional religion in perspective. We’ve tried to pin them down to a particular area if possible. (If you think there’s as many tribes as there are gods, you could be right!). MBITI, J.S. The humans are left to fend for themselves. Tozer (1994:11) famously suggests that “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us”. They seem naive and unworldly, believing the best of everyone and optimistically giving the benefit of the doubt to all and sundry. Thus, in contrast to the humanistic view of sin in the African tradition, the God of the Bible is seen to be holy and just. ... Their history has a theological meaning. Even from the beginning. God loves Africans and the gospel emerged from Africa. This list also covers spirits and/or deities found within the Afro-American religions—which mostly derives from traditional African religions. Also that he continues to speak to all the tribes of Africa who have not heard the Gospel can also not be denied. O’Donovan (1995: 41) goes as far as suggesting that “there is probably no native-born African who is not aware of the existence of God”. Indeed, we must affirm that the Bible is correct when it asserts that God’s divinity and power have been plain since the creation of the world (Romans 1:19-20). Grand Rapids, MI : BridgePoint Books. The Mother-in-Israel, Pastor Folu Adeboye, wife of the founder and Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, in admitting the supremacy of African spirituality, was quoted in the Guardian newspaper, Nigeria, of July 26, 2009, as follows: “As powerful as African Juju priests are, none of them possess the power to keep the night and stop the morning from coming.” There are two major differences between the God of the Bible and the African concepts of God, which I will discuss. Notice that his argument is built on a fundamental continuity between the biblical God and the African God, and thus it is basically flawed. Is the African concept of God an effective praeparateo evangelica for African Christianity? Return to essay, ³ However, the dual activities of providing and protecting are not undertaken directly by the Supreme Being. African Mythologies are credited for most happenings in their part of the world and revered as deities to be worshiped. Secondly, the God of the Bible is holy and just. Theological pitfalls in Africa. In this communication he has told people what he is like and he has offered them the possibility of relationship. There is a remarkable innocence about the Gods of Africa. Please do not copy without permission. God is seldom charged with wrong doing in Africa”. Examples: JUPITER, JUP, JUPI. In this case, so-called "salvation history" must widen its outreach in order to embrace the horizons of other peoples’ histories”. Sin in the African worldview is against the community and not against God⁵ (Kato, 1975: 42). Secondly, Africans have distorted their knowledge of God. http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=1746, « Worth Hearing: Showbread - Matthias Replaces Judas. But Africa is now of age, and we can start to re-examine these theoretical and interpretive frameworks in view of both believing in the power of God’s Word and being African. Ahí es donde hay la … Yet, there are significant similarities at the same time. These are vital questions which we shall now consider. La mayor parte del continente profesa religiones tradicionales africanas, englobadas dentro del impreciso grupo conocido como animista.. El Islam tiene una presencia dominante en el norte, y destacada en el Sáhara, el Sahel, África Occidental y África Oriental. Gods are often known by several names. Traditional African belief is overwhelmingly monotheistic. Therefore, Africa has effectively made its own God. But I would suggest that we rethink this strategy….balance honoring God, and health protection… — Ssempa = Gabriel Baaba Gwanga'Mujje (@martinssempa) March 23, 2020. [web:]. God of volcanos, the wilderness, and the river. As a result, it is the community who is most offended, by these social ills, and it is they who take the responsibility to discipline the offender. ( Psalm 51:4 ), and the African God has effectively made its own God spiritual to! 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