The Two Face Monster!

 

the battle

I love this wise statement from Mahatma Gandhi, ”My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.” Gandhi extol the virtues of peace and truth, something I think the world lacks today. A friend of mine said recently that religion has shed more blood in human history and that was why he’s an atheist. Grudgingly, I agreed. People kill in the name of a god they have never seen, they destroy and slaughter without remorse and it made me think, shouldn’t religion be a personal thing? A private belief? A right for one to believe whatever one chooses to believe, without fear for one’s life?

But I guess, I’m wrong!

The recent campaign of hell unleashed on Christians and other sects like Yazidis by ISIS in Iraq is not something we can conveniently ignore any longer. Everyone has the right to live but things are not as easy as they seem, or are they?

America is a country which prides herself as a Christian nation. When our Prime Minister, David Cameron stated that Britain is a Christian nation, all hell broke loose! Many were quick to state the opposite, while others were quick to say exactly the same thing. I believe Britain is a Christian nation, and anyone who has a problem with that should go and study history. A nation, or people has the right to call or align herself to certain beliefs or way of life. It’s simple, that’s just ‘free will.’

By now, readers and friends of this blog know when I’m trying to approach a sensitive topic, and I’d wrestled with this for over a week now, so the only sane thing to do  is to write it down for, maybe posterity.

I am a Christian, and proud to be so. I would not apologise to anyone for that, because I have a right, and the will, to be a Christ follower. That shouldn’t be a problem, should it? But yeah, it could be a problem if I live in the northern part of Nigeria, or in Iraq, Syria, or Turkey. Islam claims to be a religion of peace, yet Christians are murdered in that part of the world. In Nigeria alone, Boko Haram has murdered more than 12,000 people, majority of them Christians, women, and children!

Let’s go back in history a bit. Let me use Turkey as an example. The country used to be a 100% Christian population before Mehmed II and his marauding soldiers came and destroy Constantinople and turned all their churches into mosques around fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. You may think that’s centuries ago but in 1895, during the ”Hamidian  massacres”  almost 300,000 Armenians were killed by the Ottoman empire who had ruled over them for more than six hundred years. In 1909, more than 30,000 Armenians were again murdered, their blood darkened the streets unchecked. Between 1914 to 1922, more 850,000 Armenians were murdered. Anyone in doubt can check this link for full details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide

Writing in the late 1890s after a visit to the Ottoman Empire, the British ethnographer William Ramsay described the conditions of Armenian life as follows:

”We must, however, go back to an older time, if we want to appreciate what uncontrolled Turkish rule meant, alike to Armenians and to Greeks. It did not mean religious persecution; it meant unutterable contempt … They were dogs and pigs; and their nature was to be Christians, to be spat upon, if their shadow darkened a Turk, to be outraged, to be the mats on which he wiped the mud from his feet. Conceive the inevitable result of centuries of slavery, of subjection to insult and scorn, centuries in which nothing that belonged to the Armenian, neither his property, his house, his life, his person, nor his family, was sacred or safe from violence – capricious, unprovoked violence – to resist which by violence meant death!”

Anyone who says Islam is a religion of peace should go to Borno state in Nigeria, or better still, just type Boko Haram in YouTube and you would see all their gory acts explicitly displayed. If you live in Europe or other parts of the world like I do, don’t think  for a moment that we’re immune from such horrible and cowardly acts, it played out on our streets in London when a soldier was slaughtered like a common ram. True, some Muslims are saddened by the atrocities committed by this terrorists, but the fact remains that Islam seems to seamlessly perpetuate violence where all non-Muslims are considered ‘infidels’ and ripe for the edge of their swords or guns as the case may be.

Islamist terrorists would stop at nothing to maim and kill if given the chance but what do we do? Nothing! As a Christian, and a woman who believes in free will as God Himself does, everyone have a right to worship whomever they wanted, and if you don’t believe in a God seated in heaven, by all means, you’re right to have your opinion. But to impose the will of a certain religion on people, that’s just wrong.

Children as little as five were beheaded in Nigeria, Syria and Iraq. Women were stoned to death or had their throats slits. Christians were rounded up and shot or forced to convert to Islam and then still, they were beheaded. This is not the fifteenth century but it’s happening now. And my fear is that, if this two-faced monster is not curtailed, they could overrun everywhere. People of all faiths should stand up to this threat. Yesterday I read in the newspaper that British grown terrorists were seen distributing leaflets urging Muslims to join their unholy war in Iraq.

This is the Twenty-First century, and by God, Islamist terrorists would fail in their quest to kill and maim the innocent. I’ll be praying, and I hope the US, UK, Europe and other people intent on protecting the sanctity of human life would rise to this threat and quench this rampaging two-faced beast in the name of religion. I believe in peace with all people of all race, colour and way of life, but there would always be those who loves death, as Osama Bin Laden once said, ”Americans love life but we love death.” I pray that humanity would conquer this monsters.

To all my friends worldwide, have a great weekend.

Much love, always!

66 comments on “The Two Face Monster!

  1. Al says:

    Brilliantly put Seyi. I am agnostic, bordering on belief, and what i have seen happen in the last couple of years is horrific. Well, if we look at the last twelve years since 9/11 then it is ingrained in society. Whatever happened to all religions being able to live however their religion wishes to live. I agree, that in the past Christians have gone out and tried to convert people – look at the crusades … and that proves the point that this country is Christian and has been for over 1000 years.

    It’s time people stopped saying who’s God is best and sit down together and work out how each religion can strengthen the other. the weaknesses of Christianity can be strengthened by Judaism, the weakness of Judaism can be strengthened by Buddhism, the weakness of Buddhism can be strengthened by Islam and so on with all working together. It worked in Ancient Greece and Ancient Norse with their Gods. They all worked in harmony, as it the Incan, Aztec, Ancient Chinese. They all worked together to strengthened the whole pantheon.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Great comment Al, and I’m glad you understand my point of view. Britain is a Christian nation, and I don’t even think there should be a debate about that.

      Your wise points that religions should complement each other, is a thing that would make the world a very lovely place to live. But I don’t see that happening. People are too suspicious. For example, Islamist forcing people to convert by force or they would be beheaded! That’s just outrageous!! For example, because you’re agnostic doesn’t make you less of my friend. You have a right to believe or not believe that God exists, that’s your right. If I now want to convert you, it must be through loving action, and if you refuse to see my point of view, that’s it. You have an innate right, and the free will to choose what you want to believe.

      I know this is not going to be a popular post but I just have to write it. Islam perpetuates violence and I sincerely hope, and pray that it would change. I appreciate your visit and comment Al!🙂

      • Al says:

        I don’t normally get involved in religious debates, but you were spot on with what you were saying. There is no tenet in any religious book that says “if they do not convert, then they die”. It is how they decide to interpret it. Which means they can read it again and see the truth. It is not too late yet

      • Seyi sandra says:

        I hate religious debates too Al, but this couple of days I’ve been so distressed watching and reading about beheadings and killings of Christians in Nigeria and Iraq. I’ve experienced religious riots too before I moved to the UK and when this Islamists start, it’s as if a demon entered into them. They kill with wanton relish, and anyone caught in the cross fire is a goner!

        Here in the UK, you can’t say anything wrong about Muslims because of political correctness but Christians too do have a voice, I’m just praying for peace, killings under any guise is just evil.

        I’m afraid I don’t share your optimism. Not all Muslims are bad, granted. My husband has loads of Muslims as friends, and so do I and I wish it could go on like that, being friends with everyone but it’s easier said than done, isn’t it?

      • Al says:

        Unfortunately, I doubt it will be in our lifetime. It will probably after the Third World War.

        Political Correctness is all wrong. The amount of things we can’t say, things we can’t do because of political correctness. Whatever happened to intelligence?

        I received an email asking my to sign a petition trying to get The Sun to remove Page 3. Ever since I have been a child – and I am 47 now – there has been a page 3 in the Sun. It is something that made me not bothered when I saw topless women sunbathing, because it was there all the time.

        There are complaints here on St George’s Day because it offends people. Wales has a national holiday for St Patrick, Wales has a holiday for St David, Scotland has a holiday for St Andrew. And England? “Don’t put those flags out, it may offend people” I miss the old days.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        You’re damn right Al. Political correctness is wrong but in the same vein, I also understand politicians, especially those in the Western world. They always try to lay a precedent in tolerance but it could be abused!

        Americans don’t take the kind of nonsense we tolerate here in the UK, you either live by the rules or you go back to your home country, it’s as simple as that.

        I’ve got loads of flags in my house, and I’ve raised it in my house several times to celebrate St Patrick and other Christian celebrations, till date, no one has dared to challenge me. I take great pride in my nationality but I’m also British and that is my country too. If our way of life offends people who are meant to be proud to be British, they could always leave!!!!

      • Al says:

        I couldn’t agree more. I live right next to the port, and I have been tempted to put a sign on my balcony that says “If you don’t like our country, there’s the door!” pointing to the docks.

        I don’t mind anyone coming to live in our country as long as they obey the laws of our country and not try to dictate their own laws. For years I have known a couple of people, they own a shop near where I used to live. It was them that suggested my ex do a pregnancy test because I was going round every day for a strawberry cornetto. They even had a box hidden away at the bottom of the freezer just for us. That was nearly nineteen years ago.

        They fled here from Idi Amin’s terrorising grip. I have heard them chastising their children for trying to say that we should obey the laws of their country. They have said that they left the laws behind when they left so as far as they are concerned, they practice their religion in private and obey our laws. They are some of the nicest people you could meet. They will stand up and tell people that killing in the name of religion is wrong, they follow – I don’t know who, because they don’t tell people they should.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        I know what you mean, I’ve felt like that numerous times, it’s just sad really that some people do abuse freedom and privileges. Imagine yourself in Saudi Arabia, living there and not conforming to their laws and ways of life, you’ll be lucky to get out alive. I also heard that in Qatar, you can live there for a hundred years, you’ll not be given citizenship as a Qatari. I guess Britain could make that rule in future, you may never know.

        That’s the irony of life, if you don’t like the way Brits live, just leave, simple as. Although the world is now a global village and thousands, if not millions of Brits live in other countries but I don’t believe we’ll be out with placards telling our domicile country to change to our ways of life. You don’t like it, then don’t live there!

        All said and done, I still think tolerance is key to succeed in the present age. The world would come to a stage where all barriers would fall, whether religious, colour of the skin or sex, it won’t matter anymore. But by that time, life won’t be as we know it…

      • Al says:

        By that time, the only reason we won’t bother about race, religion, creed, colour, name don’t matter, is because we will have been nuked back to the stone age and resorting to grunts and whistles again.

        Most Brits in other countries respect the country they are in and respect the laws there. We are a soft touch. I would love it if we could all respect each other no matter what country we were in.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        I agree Al, visions of such a world is scary, I don’t even want to venture further. I know Brits respect the countries they live in, that’s why you won’t find Brits carrying placards complaining about their domicile country.

        I’ve enjoyed your comments Al. Thanks!🙂

      • Al says:

        I couldn’t resist saying “name don’t matter”, it reminded me of when I was at school and then again when I went to Sunday School (well, Salvation Army)

        ♫And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter, I’ll be there♪

      • Seyi sandra says:

        The song is about heaven or paradise! How cool that would be!🙂 Living in a world devoid or wars and our petty problems.

      • Al says:

        It would be a paradise🙂

  2. Did you forget that Christians have killed in the name of God as well? The Crusades were not a bloodless endeavor.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      No it wasn’t, neither do I accept that it was a loving thing to do and neither would I have supported any killing in the name of any God. Every human life is sacred, that’s my point. No religion has the right to force people to convert or else they face death. But during the crusades, Muslims were killing as well, it was a war that time, and Jerusalem still fell to the Muslims, they won the war. Right now, in modern times, we’re still steeped in this senseless murders. Is it right? Have you seen pictures of children beheaded because their parents are Christians? You should probably check it out on YouTube.

  3. renxkyoko says:

    I know that people have commited atrocities in the name of God…. Christians, Muslims alike. This is the reason why religion and the people who believe in their religion should not impose their beliefs on another. Fundamentalist Christians who sow hatred should now realize what fanaticism does to society.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I like your statement, ”This is the reason why religion and the people who believe in their religion should not impose their beliefs on another.” That’s exactly what I’m talking about. Why would Islamic militants force people to convert, and if they refuse, they were beheaded and filmed. That’s the horror of the modern age, and I don’t think anyone in their right mind should try to justify this kind of horror!

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  5. Kudos, Sandra. Powerfully and eloquently written.:-)

    I am a Christian, a follower of Christ, a believer in the sovereignty of God and in the salvation offered by our Lord Jesus Christ. If anyone has a problem with that too bad. Just as Muslims are free to believe in and worship Allah. Must I be beheaded for this? We are all following one God are we not? Or their god is different from ours? The fact that Christians also committed atrocities during the crusades does not mean this should happen. We are in the 21st century and are supposed to be much more civilized. For sure the world looks on while a fanatic group creates Armageddon!.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks my sister!🙂 I wrote this essay because I just need to pour out my feelings, that’s what blogging is for, isn’t it? I’ve realised that Christians are too timid to voice out their opinions, especially Christians in the Western world. And in celebration of free will, I think that needs to change. I hate violence of any kind, committed by any group under any guise for whatever reasons! Some people of a certain school of thought were arguing that during the Crusades, Christians wage war on Islam, but since the Crusade, Islam has ceaselessly wage war on Christianity!

      It’s easier to sit in the comfort of our homes, safe, with our children and partners when other Christians are being tortured and killed daily! I would not apologise for my beliefs, just to live in peace! This is my desire and prayers, and not only me, but sisters, brothers all over the world who call on the name of Jesus and I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

      It’s better to call a spade a spade, we can’t keep romancing evil in the name of liberality. I appreciate your visit Celestine!

  6. I see Celestine calls you Sandra, I will too. 🙂 This is a well written essay. I agree what kind of people kill in the name of religion but this has been a war that started way back with Israel and Ismael the sons of Abraham fighting over land. I don’t have an legion to any religion but I believe in a God of love and peace. I will not lump all Muslims as you do because I know some are horrified by the behavior of these extremist. But because of the brutality they are quiet out of fear. I would even believe some submit out of fear. The extremist are bullies. Just as here in the United States the Kux Klux Klans are Christians and they kill and tortured and are preparing to exterminate everyone who is not white and christian. They are are not the voice of all Christians but they are a large sec. The same with Hitler in his day his opinion was not that of everyone. The bottom line is we have to stop these fools before they destroy the world further.

    My question is what kind of people thinks that God needs all humans to believe in him. I believe in one God with many names for many people. We are on the same page.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Kim, you’re welcome to call me Sandra!🙂 Thanks for your well written comment, although I beg to differ from your opinion that I lump all Muslims together, if you go through paragraph six or seven of my essay, I specifically mentioned that ‘some Muslims are saddened by the atrocities committed by this terrorists.’ I’m not bothered about the Muslims who are not happy about the recent happenings but how many of them has condemned this dastardly acts? Very few indeed.

      I’ve got great friends who are Muslims, and they seemed genuinely apprehensive about the latest threat. My fear is that if those Islamic militants are not culled on time, they could spill over to our shores. Christians too have committed several murders, like the slave trade, most of those slave owners were Christians! When children were killed daily in Gaza, I was mortified and wrote several tweets to that effect. I just want peace, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and even people with no faith should learn to live in peace but the world is such a complex place!

  7. danniehill says:

    It’s good to hear someone express their opinion, especially when they know it won’t be popular. You have my respect. It is terrible when people kill in the name of religion– any religion. We are not here to judge people of other beliefs. Even Jesus didn’t come to this world to judge.

    I have to disagree with Al’s assessment that all religions have tenets of peace and tolerance. Some he named raised themselves up with human sacrifice and persecution. Islam gained ground by believers taking over villages and offering the inhabitant two choice– convert or die (sound familiar). Persecution, through taxing and threats of death, are tenet of some of today’s religions. It has become, in today’s world, a terrible thing to speak your mind if the subject does not conform to liberal beliefs.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Dannie! I’m glad you realised that I’m not on the judging game. I knew this post would not be popular but liberality is the new game used by baddies to perpetuate their dastardly acts. And it’s also sad that people are comfortable listening to news of beheadings and killings in this present age by a group of lunatics who wants to enforce their belief on others without doing nothing about it. It’s taking liberality too far!

      I agree on your point about Al, but I assume he believes all those religions could coexist together in peace but things are more complicated than that. He obviously had no inklings to the ‘real’ practices of some of the aforementioned religions.

      I was glad to listen to David Cameron’s short speech today on those Islamic militants, it appeared they are taking the threats seriously now.

  8. Killing in the name of ANY religion is wrong. I’m certain that many Muslims are heartbroken by this perversion of their faith, just as many Christians are sickened by the wrongs done to others in the name of Jesus. It’s unacceptable that these things still happen in today’s world.

    This is a difficult topic to cover, Seyi. As always, you approached it with respect and love.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I agree with you Anita! It still surprises me though in modern times, that such acts could still be carried out with great pride. Thanks for reading and understanding such a complex and dangerous topic. A friend who read it came to my house today to be sure I was okay, she seemed happy to see me safe!🙂 It showed the extent of fear that people already have about those evil terrorists!

      I’m glad to see you around my friend, it’s been a while!🙂 I’ll hop over to yours soon!

  9. Writers should be brave, able to tackle any topic, even dangerous topics like religious extremism and you did it brilliantly. What is happening in Iraq and Africa is sickening to say the least. Rounding church goers up and spreeing them with AK 47, beheading children, men, putting their heads on spikes is just more than words could describe. You wrote it so well, I hope there would be a change one day.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Christy, I believe writers who suppressed certain topics because they could cause offence are not worthy to be called by that name. Speaking up against a great evil is the duty of all, especially those who weld the pen rather than the sword. I believe this adage, ‘the pen is mightier than the sword.’ My hope is that others would be quick to condemn this rampaging demons from hell!

      Like you, I hope there would be a positive change one day, until then, we need to fight for our way of life!

      • I believe you are right. Writers should be bold, fearless, and write on topics that makes an impact. Not mere rhetoric and innuendos often accentuated by a sense of accomplishment.

        I admire your courage Seyi! Write on!!🙂

  10. Sherri says:

    Amen, amen and amen. Dear Seyi, I applaud your courage, bravery, honesty and loving Christian spirit that flows through this excellently written piece and I stand with you agreeing with every single word you write. Britain is a Christian nation and I will tell anyone and anybody that. To try to change that and make us bend over backwards and please who knows who is a perversion of history, of who we are as a nation and what we stand for. So many are so quick to bring up the Christian crusades but you are not condoning any violence. What is that saying that if we believe in nothing we believe in anything? Take heart dear one and be strong, as we stand together in prayer for we are indeed in a war. Much love to you dear friend and sister❤ xx

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks so much for your support and love. We are a nation of Christian values, and this seemingly far-away threats could inch closer than we think if we DON’T do anything about it! I’m glad the Prime Minister is taking more action. I don’t think we should all sit back idly watching other Christians, and even people of other faiths killed because they refuse to convert to Islam!

      I know the battle belongs to the Lord, but we also need to pray and strategize, there are several British Muslims fighting in this evil war, what would happen when they come back? Are we going to be faced with another murder, or murders on our streets in broad daylight? I’m certain God would fight for us, but it would be important to be strong like you said.

      I appreciate your kindness and love my dear sister!
      Love and blessings to you my friend.🙂🙂

  11. Luanne says:

    Seyi, thank you for speaking up about this. I feel that I am a student of history and while I know that America was set up as a country where people of any religion should be able to practice it in freedom, the basic principles spring from Christian teachings as those who imagined and created the country were Christians. So while I don’t like calling it a Christian country because that excludes others and ultimately people could forget that all religions are supposed to coexist in freedom here, I do recognize that it was created by Christians out of a sense of justice and peace. Britain has a much longer history and religion has been a much greater part of the government, so it makes sense to think of Britain as a Christian country.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your comment Luanne, and I perfectly understand your stand on America been a country founded by Christians with the sincere desire to coexist with other religions. There is no crime in saying a certain country is Islamic, Christian, or even secular. However, when a group of people band together to terrorise and kill, trying to force others to live in a certain way, that’s when the existence of such groups of people are a threat to civilisation as we know it. America is a great nation, our greatest ally, and deep down, I believe people of other faiths still have freedom to practise their religion in peace. Unlike other countries where one’s faith could lead to one’s quick demise!

      I really appreciate your visit and comment Luanne!🙂

  12. Ste J says:

    I think these days, religion is used by people who don’t believe in the value of peace but want to use other people’s beliefs for their own ends. It seems ridiculous that we can’t just get on with what we wish to do and leave others to their views. When the idea of Britain having sharia law gets mooted I just shake my head, as that is just one bizarre notion. Life is overly complex when it has no need to be.

    Islam is becoming seen as a dangerous and violent religion which is unfair on the millions of true believers who don’t want to be judged by the vile nature of the minority.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I certainly agree with you that religion is used by people who don’t believe in the value of peace but want to use other people’s beliefs for their own ends. How can it even be uttered loud that Britain should agree to the ludicrous idea of having Shari law enshrined in our constitution? Muslims are only 2% of the population of the UK! I just wonder why people have to force their views on others.

      Islam has been notorious for centuries Ste J. Granted, there are millions of them who are just going about their lives normally and hated the stigma attached to their faith, but the actions of the minority speaks horror and I think the Muslim community could do more to shut such groups down, but they seemed rather slow in doing that. Maybe I’m wrong, but till date, I’ve not read or heard anything in the media about senior Islamic clerics condemning the actions of these minority devils.

  13. Uzoma says:

    Oh ride on, sis! Man has turned religion into an indirect too for violence and brainwashing. I, too, am proud to be a Christian. It’s a religion of peace and there are plenty reasons to prove that. Take Nigeria for example. Boko Haram has continued to slaughter people–mainly Christians–all in the name of religion (Jihad). Yet their brothers are here in the south, freely going about their businesses. Have we attempted to take their lives despite the recent happenings? No. I always ask the Moslems where they think Allah is. The answer I get is heavenly paradise. If so, aren’t we all serving the same deity? Why kill? Well, these terrorists don’t have a religion. I believe they are psychos, demons among men.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your comment Uzoma. You’re quiet right, man has turned religion into an indirect tool for violence and the terrorists are psychos and demons. When one thinks of Boko Haram, a shivers always goes through one’s spine, if Christians were as lawless as they the terrorists were, Nigeria would have gone up in flames. However, that’s not what we stand for, we stand for peace and love. I just pray and hope the world would be a better place to live soon!

      I appreciate your visit my brother, do continue to enjoy your week!

  14. gageier says:

    Liebe Seyi einen schönen Montag wünsche ich dir mit ganz vielen lieben Grüßen Klaus

  15. I think you might be on fairly unsteady ground here my friend. Christians are not the best example of understanding and tolerance of others. And they’ve committed more than their fair share of atrocities over the centuries in the name of God.
    I’m not religious, and I’m certainly not a spokesman or apologist for any religion or belief system but what the likes of Boko Haram are up to has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. Unfortunately the Qur’an is misquoted and used as an excuse in the same way the Bible has for centuries.
    There are good and bad among all peoples regardless of how or whom they choose to worship. The way I see it, if there is such a place as heaven then just be a good person and kind to others and you’re bound to get in. If there isn’t a heaven waiting then just leave a little goodness behind when you go.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I disagree with you Danny. I’m not on unsteady ground. I’ve lived in Northern Nigeria, I’ve fled for my life from rampaging Islamic fanatics, I’ve lived within hateful Muslims, befriended them, so I know what I’m writing about; one of my best friends happens to be a Muslim and we’ve talked at length about the present threat. If you really read my post, you’ll understand that I’m not waving the flag that Christianity is the BEST religion, no! I’m campaigning for ‘FREE WILL,’ the ability to choose whether you want to have faith in a certain God or not, and the ability for people to live in relative peace irrespective of their faiths.

      Although I agree with your assertion that there are good and bad people, but when human beings are herded together like cows and forced to convert to Islam, and if they don’t, they’re shot or beheaded, that’s what I totally abhor, it’s not right. Like I wrote in one of my comments, I’m not going to apologise for my faith, I’m not even going to defend being a Christian because that’s not my job. But I love Jesus, I’m a Christian and thank God I can freely practice that because of where I live, not so for many in my shoes.

  16. My Darling Friend, I’ve read through your wonderful piece and must say you did a wonderful job on the exposé.

    Even though I’m Christ-Like I wouldn’t want to adopt the Christianity tag. I’ve seen grave injustices done in the name of religion. The all sovereign Almighty certainly need no man to fight on His behalf or kill another for not aligning.

    Christ is the epistle written in our hearts read by all men. We are equally as guilty as those terrorizing to draw their points home. The colonialists used religion, i.e. Christianity to maim Millions across the globe. Like you have rightly said, this is a sensitive aspect writers need to be wary of lest one sacrifice objectivity on the alter of religious sentiments.

    I believe though that we are all connected and if I so choose to hate another, I end up hating myself. A harm to one is a harm to all and by extension a harm to self. We are all affected by the barbaric killings both physically and emotionally by the Global Capitalistic Soldiers of Fortune that disguises their profiteering in religious cloaks. I wonder the faith of the Private Military Contractors and gun runners who profits from these wars.

    We become drafted the moment we take sides. Relationship with God remain personal and I’ll forever live my Neighbour as I do myself regardless of our disparities.

    Boko Haram just to correct your view is not a religious war, it’s a political tool of division along religious and ethnic lines. Their actions even shocked other Islamist terrorists. Islam as I’ve studied out of interest is not a religion depicted by these irredentists. It is a religion of peace, they are no yard stick to judge other peace living Muslims. By the way the word Muslim means Believer. Same way the tag Christian does not necessarily mean saints these days.

    Let me give this a rest and pray we all come to true repentance (thinking again) to see things for what they truly are. No religion is worth fighting for. God is God.

    Love All.

  17. Seyi sandra says:

    Thanks for your comment Sega, I appreciate it. You would see from the beginning of my essay that I adjudged religion to be a personal thing, not a collective affair but still, I’m proud to call myself a Christian. Neither am I taking sides, but I’m just calling a spade a spade.

    The main objective of my essay is campaigning for ‘free will,’ the ability of a person or groups of people to live their lives the way they want, whether they wanted to have faith in a God or not is totally their personal affair. That is why I have a problem with Islamic Jihadists, killing, rampaging and forcing people to convert forcefully to Islam. This has happened repeatedly in Nigeria for decades, during the Kaduna riots, Jos riots, Kano rights, where Muslims kill Christians for no just course. This is not taking sides but having the guts to call evil what it is. Like you, you prefer to disassociate yourself from Christianity, which is fine, It’s your right. And again like you said, no religion is worth fighting for, and I would emphasize again that I’m not fighting for Christianity, the God I serve needs no one to fight for Him but in this present age, it’s paramount for people to have freedom to worship whosoever they want to.

    I hate no one Sega, if you’ve gone through hundreds of my post, I always uphold love and tolerance and I’m definitely not taking sides but when people are murdered daily for their faiths, I see a problem in that and if you read my post very well, you’ll understand my points, which is, protecting the sanctity of life and freedom to be who you want to be!

    Personally, I don’t believe Boko Haram is merely a political group of thugs, the highest people they’ve murdered were Christians. Going to a church of over 500 people, spraying them with AK 47 and setting the church ablaze! That’s horror, and any religion affiliated with that is not peaceful. One of my best friends in the UK is a Muslim, and she hated the horror people committed in the name of her religion, I have no problems with Muslims or people of other faiths, where I have problems is forcing people to convert or they’re beheaded and then posted it on YouTube or Twitter, I mean that’s sickening! Even God recognises ‘free will’ that’s why we can choose to be good or bad.

  18. Integrityboy says:

    Its sad sitting in the South West part of Nigeria and hearing the horror evil happening in the North daily.

    As a Christian i try so hard to believe Islam is a religion of peace but am always wrong.
    With killings happening around the world; Nigeria,Somalia,Iraq,Syria e.t.c. Its that time we leave everyone to what he/she believe in…… We pray the daily bloodshed comes to an end soon, its getting too much.

    Nice write up ma

    • Seyi sandra says:

      It’s sad really, yet many people still believed Islam is a religion of peace. Although I agree that there are many Muslims who would love to practice their faith in peace but the coincidence of multiple terrorists killing Christians and people of other faiths if they don’t believe in their god is terrifying! I hope it ends soon like you said!!!

  19. Amen to your post, Seyi. In this day and age it’s dangerous to be a Christian because of the extremists, and it’s not safe in the womb for the unborn because of the spineless. I look forward to the return of the King. In the meantime… I pray that Christ’s love will win over the hearts of as many people as possible.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I agree with you Wendy, I look forward to the return of the King, it’s just scary thinking what the world is going to be in a couple of decades or centuries! But I would also echo your words, I hope Christ’s love would win many more hearts and the devil would be put to shame!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Love and blessing.🙂

  20. Well said and courageously written. Thank you, Seyi, for your very powerful and much-needed witness.

    Where are the Islamic leaders who should be condemning these horrific acts of violence being committed in the name of Allah?? If they’re speaking out, I haven’t heard them. Only madmen could believe that God could approve and support such horrific savagery– savagery carried out in His name.

    I pray for all my Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq, and I pray that the world will come together to condemn Islamic terrorism and defeat it. It has to be condemned for what it is: brutal, unfeeling, and perverse.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      You’re right Mark, we should all come together to condemn Islamic terrorism in the sternest possible way, and I kind of have faith that we are going to beat this! Their savagery exceeds even Al Qaeda’s expectations and it’s sad to that most of the Middle East countries conveniently kept mum, it’s a shame really!

      I echo your prayers my friend, I pray that our Christian brothers and sisters would be safe from these barbaric aggressors. I’m grateful for your visit!
      Love and blessings to you.🙂

  21. To kill another person in the name of religion seems so backwards when religion is supposed to be about spreading love and independence… it is not right! I thank you for the boldness of your post, for sharing your thoughts, and for continuing to defend the Christian religion xo

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks so much Christy! It’s really sad to watch what the world is turning into, killing another human being because of his/her faith, it’s just so diabolical and evil. I appreciate your visit my friend!
      Blessings.

  22. I understand your sentiments. Just remember, though, that if you rewound the world four hundred years or so and the modern eye then transmitted what you saw via satellite into every home…well, the Christians sects wouldn’t come out looking so great either. My point: perspective. On balance and throughout history, religion has done more harm to civilizations than good.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your comment Stephan. If what the Christian sects and Islamic Jihadists has done throughout the centuries could be streamed into every homes via our modern technology, I’m certain it would be horrible indeed. However, right now, radical Islam seemed to have surpassed the atrocities of centuries ago. Shall we continue to condone and accept the evil that radicalised Islam is unleashing on the world because of the battles of the crusaders? (By the way, they lost to Saladin and Turkey was totally taken over by Muslims)
      The history of Islam has been marred in violence and bloodshed from day one.

      • Oh, I agree with you completely. It’s just that your message is driven home more forcefully if you say, in essence, “we can’t let this happen – again.” I think it is futile to compare one religion’s violence to another as if the degree was what really mattered.

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