I was tweeting while eating the “excuse-for-a-meal” i appropriately called “nugwa’s jamboree”. You honestly dont even wanna know what was in it… Mehn, the idea of marriage aint looking so scary anymore right now o! As long as its gonna save me (and the world) from concorting any more “jamborees” in the future. Dont get me wrong, i still plan to pull the once-a-year cook for the wife suprise, (Yeah, am romantic like that…hehehe), but for the good of mankind and the health and longevity of the woman who’ll be lucky enough to marry me, it think it would be best to stay away from cooking. As i was saying, while “twe-eating”, something i read struck a chord in me. A friend tweeted about how she had just finished a proposed blog post which (in her own words) “was sensational but filled with hate, sex and perversion, and therefore it gave no life”. I paused… for quite a while, and since i had ,prior to reading that tweet, been thinking about something a colleague said about God, I decided to do a post myself, something that would be life-giving… Thanks Ada.

 

*EXHALES*

 

 

I begin this post with a picture, for those of you whose devices dont have zoom buttons or worsestill, whose screen resolutions are ridiculously small (And thats almost all BB’s- Androids are the future…Word!), thats a picture of the late Sani Abacha, Mohammed Danjuma, Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo while they were all still in the army. Stop right there! I just heard you say “photoshop things”… well thats why you should smash your BB’s and get the Motorolla Atrix or HTC G1 or betterstill the iphone 4!…smh. On a serious note though, i know its hard to believe but this aint photoshop. It was actually a picture taken in the early 70’s.

At this point, your minds probably going “what does this picture have to do with your friend who tweeted and what does that have to do with your kitchen practicals and still what does that have to do with your colleagues statement which you still haven’t told us?” Well it all unravels in…

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not now… Go get a life…

Gotcha! Just kiddin…

Okay here goes…

During lunch break today at work a colleague was rambling about something she called “predestination” and about how its unfair to humanity. She claimed God knew everything that was gonna happen but still he let it happen simply because He is mean. Why bother being good when He already has a script all laid out which clearly states who will be good and who will be bad? Why try to change the world when God probably has said it will stay the same? You see, she’s not an atheist, but she just is one’a those people who tend to blame God for every problem the human race has had to contend with… there’s a name for such people… i dont know it, but there has to be a name for them. I never force people to believe in God, i just preach the gospel and let that be that. But she already believes there is a God, she just doesn’t believe He’s as good as we christians like to say He is. So the job was convincing her that He is. Lunch break came to an end too soon and since she works on the 26th floor, there’s a 1% chance i might see her anytime soon, or even remember her face whenever I do. So i’m doing my “convincing” on the internet. She’ll get this somehow, I have faith…

The webster dictionary defines predestination as “previous determination as if by destiny, fate or divine will”. In english it means things dey happen because “pesin” don already talk say e go happen… wait, i said english… never mind. So that means God already knows everything that will happen because He has “said” it will happen. This begs the question, why would he “say” bad things should happen, and why would he let them happen if He really is as Good a God as we Christians credit him to be? My opinion is this…

God Knows everything that will happen, right from eve eating the fruit to those who will make it to heaven. If He didnt He wouldnt be omniscient, He wouldnt be God. However i disagree that He “said” it would all happen that way. Thats where free will comes in. You see, (i’m tryna get into Gods Mind here…), it would be no fun if He created beings with no free will of their own. They would be robots. He wouldn’t actually be able to claim that His beings loved Him since He created them without the ability to “not love him”. If He desires to be truly loved, like we all do, He would have to give His creation the ability to choose not to love Him. Thats what would bring home the exhilarating feeling of being loved. However, free-will was a bad idea (in my opinion). The world is what it is today because of free-will. The ability to choose evil over good is something man should never have been given. The world’s problems don’t start with God. They start with man… because its man who chooses to do the bad things that cause everyone pain, cases in point, racism, alqaeda, wars, killings, Dame Jonathans english… I hear you ask what about Japan!? What about natural disasters? Does man cause those too? Well, not totally but deepwater activity (shell and chevron, una well done o!) actually causes shifts in underwater plates which in turn cause tsunamis. Not saying all natural disasters have mans actions somewhere in the mix but until the day we can fully explain how a big nuclear bang that was uncontrolled could systematically and intentionally form an existence that is in perfect equilibrium which we today call the universe, we would be foolhardy to doubt the existence of God. And since we cant explain why we have five fingers rather than ten on one hand, we shouldnt bother trying to explain why He chooses to let natural disasters and other bad things happen.

Was God just being morbidly humorous when he let that camera-man take that picture above? The picture looks like those men were playing draught (checkers) with Nigeria’s destiny. Why dint he kill abacha then? You did not ask to be born, you wont ask to die… (actually if Dame patience doesn’t stop public speaking, you just might).

So IMO, the best thing to do is to live the life you cannot explain, to the best you can. Stop blaming God for all your misfortune, get your ass up and stop being lazy. Even the Bible says “show me your faith without your works, and i’ll show you my faith by my works” You and I have a part to play in the “occurrence” of history. If mans actions are what write destiny, and God is omniscient, then I’d like to believe that God knows I’m not gonna just sit down on my ass and complain, but I’m gonna feed the hungry, clothe the naked, make my country and the world a better place than i met it in my very own little way. If i get to find out that God doesn’t exist and there is no afterlife, then i’ll be gone but the world will remember me for good. If however, I’m right and he does exist, He’s gonna say “welcome home ye good and faithful servant, enter into the rest of thy Master”… and what a rest it would be… a rest where Nigeria is totally peaceful, arsenal actually wins trophies, and Dame jonathan actually speaks queens english. I smiled as i wrote that last sentence…

Its almost 1a.m. now. Gotta go to bed, work in the A.M. All my naija peeps retweet this please, its almost 7am there right now… and forgive the gbagauns, I’m mega sleepy…

Leave a comment. And…I’m out!

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