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Opinion : SYNCRETIC CREED By Fidelis Ango Ime
Except the propounders of the Big bang theory which theory attributes the existence of, not only the earth, but the entire universe to “an expulsion from a single point of nearly infinite energy density, no one ever doubts that’ …. created heaven and earth.
After the universe’s creation, He proceeded on with the creation of environment, plants, animals and lastly he culminated in the creation of man and woman. Man , the Bible further testifies. “was formed out of clay of the ground and the lord God blew into his nostrils, the breath of life, and so man became a human being.
And in this, human being is composed two principle elements. “Body and soul and all of the soul is the greatest value.
The body is corporeal and so temporal and this means mortal ; that is perishable. The soul is immortal and invisible and is the ” element in man that survives and subsists after the body is dead” .
This human being is the only creature, out of all creatures, that God wills for himself . God almighty destines man for everlasting happiness .These facts are shared by all believers of whatever faith.
There is no man with faith and religion who does not believe in the creative power of God or who cannot attribute either the Creation or the existence of man or the possibility of different genders of human species to this creative power of the Almighty .
All men have common origin, same nature, same destiny and are equally dignified and endowed with equal requisite elements that make man unique in creation. All a man has thought of religion because he is, in his reasoning created in the image of God, and this makes him a religious oriented being (again) because the soul which is the breath of life which was breathed into human body from God’s heart cannot stop feeling towards its origin.
And so man can not rest wishing to be united with God until he finds rest in him. That there exist different religions in the world proves , even all more ,that there is God and that him soul not only intuitively recognises His existence ,but also instinctively understands what He will for man .
It further proves that He has revealed Himself to human minds in different shadows and images.
God is one and all men are one and there is, in actual fact, only one religion; man has only had different versions of this same religion .
If all religions came together to produce what I may call a “SYNCRETIC CREED”, it probably would have read:
“GOD CREATED THE WORLD: HEAVEN AND EARTH
HE CREATED THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIVING THINGS.
HE CREATED MAN: MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM.
GAVE MAN HIS OWN SOUL AND LOVES HIM MOST.
DESTINED HIM FOR HIS HOME.
SHOWN HIMSELF TO MAN IN DIFFERENT SHADOWS AND IMAGES.
AND THESE SHADOWS AND IMAGES ARE WHAT WE MISTAKE AS DIFFERENT
BUT IN ACTUAL FACT THERE’S ONLY ONE RELIGION; WHICH IS THE
KNOWLEDGE THAT; GOD EXISTS
CREATED ALL THINGS AND
MAN’S SOUL GOES BACK TO HIM AFTER DEATH.
HE HAS PREPARED HEAVEN FOR HONEST AND HUMBLE MEN WHO LOVE
HIM AND HELL HE PREPARED FOR RADICAL SINNERS.
GOOD MAN FEARS GOD, PRAYS AND HELPS HIS NEIGHBOR.
BAD MAN EITHER FEARS NOT GOD AND/OR HARMS HIS NEIGHBOURS
MAN IS MAN (ANYWHERE ON EARTH), HE IS ONE AND SAME WITH ANY
MAN HAS COMMON ORIGIN, EQUAL PROSPECTS AND COMMON DESTINY.”
As divine revelations were made to the Jewish prophets, in similar visions, the minds of some spirited individuals of Christian faith, Islamic religion, Hinduism, Buddhism and some others. Even the “traditionalists” have at one time or the other, sensed the existence of the Supreme Being who explains all other beings.
They may be wrong in their recognition of Him as moon, rock, animal sun and so forth; and in their approaches to Him, but one thing is certain; they acknowledge Him as the Creator and their hearts to Him are sincere.
Fidelis Ango Ime
St.Peter Catholic Church