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Time with the Atheist Who Owns Churches

Atheist who own churches

Somewhere middle of last year, I had the opportunity to attend an entrepreneurial conference and as part of my usual stuff, I made time to build networks. I met Mr. A (hypothetical name), a relatively younger and well-grounded businessman who was part of the guests.

I chose to meet him because his delivery was catchy and convincing; the overriding theme that characterized his speech was “SMARTNESS”. If there’s anything I remember him for, it certainly is the concluding part of his presentation–“I am not rich; I am smart. If you take all my wealth away, I could create it back within a flash so far as my head still functions. If you’re rich without a resourceful brain, you lose hope at a flinch of misfortune”.

Now let me quickly expose you to my personal observation about speeches delivered by businessmen and motivational speakers. On the real, majority of them mostly end up wasting productive time and as well brag with theories without making any practical headway. Apart from the usual “save money” advice that even the layman could give, these supposed business minded people mostly fail to state categorically, a well-developed pragmatic start-up plan required to fuel an infant  business.

With that in mind, I chose to relate with Mr. A on a later date to get specific details about the master plan with which he broke through and made his money. My knowledge in human relation has actually helped me to build a good rapport and quickly familiarize myself with him. With time, we became close friends and actually relate on personal grounds.

Few months into our friendship I got a rumour he’s an atheist which I didn’t believe because I knew him as a very religious person. Since I don’t work with speculations, I’ve decided to test him with either “God bless you” or “Jesus is coming soon” statements.

Now, if you’re familiar with or has ever had a typical atheist as a friend or relative, you’ll get to know the magnitude of hatred they have for those statements. If you receive a favour from a Gnostic atheist and you make the statement “God bless you”, you better pray for the intervention of the spirit of tolerance. If not, gentleman, you’ve marred your relationship with him.

Second, if you put the anger of an intrinsic atheist to test, with the “Jesus is coming soon” statement, and that particular atheist is not a prodigal one, he will not under any circumstance argue that with you. He will throw a usual dare by asking you to “take a marker and write Jesus is coming soon on his wall; when you’re 60 and He (Jesus) doesn’t, he will bring you back to buy a paint and clean the nonsense”.

I tried the second with utmost caution but it backfired. He predicted it and we both laughed it off. He then set a later date to feed my curiosity which I honoured and he opened up.

“Kwame; when I finished my first degree and completed my service, things were so tough. I wrote numerous application letters seeking jobs that never really existed. I took thousands of aptitude tests but couldn’t get a call up. After three (3) good years, I realized I was lacking hence an urgent need to take an action. My course of study taught me to utilize my environment to my benefit so I did few visibility studies and discovered what actually sells in Ghana: religion and politics. They sell faster than anything.

Politics requires connection and demands money relative to religion. I chose religion and started with few friends (atheist). We pooled resources together, started a fifty (50) member capacity church and recruited a pastor. Within six months, we were able to expand it. It went on and on till where we are now. We have 3 major branches operated by well-trained pastors and accountants on regular salaries. We only supervise, take the cash, renovate and build new structures.”

On What Happens When the Members Get To Know They Are Not Believers?

“….religious people hardly change their minds on things they believe. It’s not a possibility but if it does we would have captured a lot of grounds and built structures. It’s a whole project and we’ll easily convert it into a business and employ them back. They don’t have a choice. We actually built other businesses from what we made from the church where some of them actually work. It’s a huge business on its own and it fetches a lot. It’s just a thing about business; you should be smart.

On Ideological Conflicts:

Yes we are aware we don’t like anything religious but there are exceptions when it comes to business. The fact is, the atheist community knew that religious people don’t listen to anything apart from their respective doctrines so instead of engaging them in a fruitless argument, play their card by acting like one of them. We don’t have the time to argue, we do business with them. It makes more sense.

On Sharing This Mind Blowing Discovery in a Write-Up:

You can but I’m trusting your words not to disclose to anyone my identity or that of the church–aside that, I’m cool. They should be smart and make good use of their environment too.

 

Richard Kwame Krah

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Recent Craze for Doom Prophecies: The need for Standards to Regulate and Promote Decorum

Prophecies of Doom

The idea of taking undue advantage of people’s vulnerability to the fear of the unknown to spit out anything that comes to mind will only end up subjecting the practice to ridicule. The recent craze for death threats, curses and what have you as a way of persuasion is just unreasonable and I think it’s about time the Christian council define standards to regulate the outburst behaviour of some of these religious leaders/bodies.

I believe religion can be repackaged to project a considerable magnitude of positivism in thinking to help nurture a psychologically and emotionally healthy citizenry to drive a development agenda.
We don’t need to allow a type of religious practice that imbues fear and degrades the moral strength of people through all sorts of human fabricated obligations and unnecessary misfortune biased pronouncements in the form of prophecies.

I am not disputing the fact that there are predictions that do materialize–of course, we’ve seen lots of that in both academia and religion. We have scientific theories propounded in 17th/18th centuries that are still making contextual sense with their predictions in this 21st century.

We had great scholars ranging from Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, Einstein, Aristotle, and their contemporaries who studied historical trends, socio-economic, cultural and scientific realities to draw conclusions and make predictions with accuracy or near accuracy which goes a long way to say that, religion does not have an absolute monopoly over predictions.

In the history of religion, there were great prophets who predicted and it came to pass but the difference between their practice and the current craze for doom Prophecy is that, their’s were more preventive, conditional and sensible which shared some scientific similarities.

There were instances where scientists came out with predictions of say, earthquakes or eclipse and advice appropriately like past religious prophets did with their prophecies. Scientists will tell you clearly that, at 1pm prompt, there’ll be an eclipse which will result in a total blackout so avoid driving and direct eye contact, or there will be an earthquake so move from your current position.

The unfortunate side of doom prophecy is that, if a prophet of doom has a knowledge of an upcoming eclipse or earthquake, he will predict your blindness, accident, death and pray it happens for him to gain popularity instead of telling you the available remedies.

There must be standards to regulate such occurrences to promote decorum in religious practices in this country. There should be an obligation that requires anyone that alleges or asserts anything in this country, either in the form of prophecies, voodoo pronouncement or what have you to provide the basis under which those assertions are made and attach reasonable remedies–not a solution that coerces victims to be part of the prophet’s church, cult or pay ransom amounts for redemption.

Define the standards and let them respect it.

 

Richard Kwame Krah

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The 21st Century Perspective of The “Pregnant Virgin” Theory

The 21st century perspective of the “pregnant virgin” theory

CAUTION: “This article is written with a pure scientific language and is not intended to rubbish the spiritual intent behind the characters represented. It’s meant strictly to subject the assertions/claims to logical scrutiny and as well do a bit of inter-generational comparison. Kindly Read with an open mind”

You might not want to talk about these sensitive issues or rather ignore them deliberately for the fear of violating a sacred order or a probable fear of the death penalty for a “curious cat” but I believe otherwise. I believe in critical thinking and actually prefer to utilize skepticism to arrive at realities than succumb to lazy thinking and fall victim to undue manipulations. So kindly drop the hypocritical suit and let’s repeat the forthcoming scene and see how it’ll sound to the 21st century ear.

I’m aware of the fact that modern intelligence is not independent and is actually motivated by previous factors. There were, has been, and will be several updates in all spheres of life to meet up the changing dynamics. Typical example is the modern day round earth theorists who studied the infamous flat earth assertion, drew out the flaws, refuted it and came up with a more holistic one with much sense. Same way we can subject a previous context that accepted the concept of a virgin being impregnated by a certain “spirit” which was purely motivated by lack of intelligence, to a logical test and actually draw a better view of that picture.

With regards to the above, a critical approach was implored to situate the issue of a pregnant virgin within the 21st century context with attempts to match it against logic and the available novelties. The Jesus theory was undoubtedly propounded within a context that lacks DNA revolution and a relative intelligence. The paternity of Christ would have been tested should the same claim be made today because of the scientific intelligence we have evolved.

Remove your religious spectacle and help me observe things from this perspective. Take for example, a virgin sibling of yours walking home one day to inform you in this 21st century that she’s pregnant and a certain spirit is responsible for it. It will sound total odd if not silly even if you are a religious priest, a pope or a committed ritualist.

Now, your doubts will not be motivated by the lack of believe in any doctrine or a rebellion of any sort but the available facts. The general enlightenment and social realities of our century will not allow anyone to believe or swallow such claims without subjecting it to a thorough scrutiny–even if it was a “spirit motivated” pregnancy, and the “son of God” factor is attached to it, we will still test the child’s DNA out of curiosity because, our breed is scientifically inclined.

The bottom line is that, there are context differences and indoctrination issues which means we cannot blame fully, our forebears for believing the “pregnant virgin” theory without critical assessment because the modus operandi of their society was purely theological which Isidore Marie Auguste François Xavier Comte, a renowned French philosopher referred to as a society that attributes every occurrence to a “God factor” which implies a minimal application of science and logical reasoning.

It is about time the 21st century citizenry accept it’s true identity to enable us identify and deal appropriately with some of these unfounded and illogical claims we were socialized to accept. The way we saw those who hitherto 21st century discoveries believed the earth was flat as amateurish and lazy thinkers, same way will posterity be disappointed in us for transferring illogical contents to them should we successfully fall victim of that…… save posterity the stress!!!!

 

Richard Kwame Krah

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The Bane of the “Unbeliever” and Our “Confused” Christendom

#Unbelievers #thesquealer

After reading my “annoying” lengthy revolutionary religious article, he slid into my inbox and enumerated all the reasons why I should desist from unbelievers (I doubt who he thinks they are though) because they’re going to hell and actually follow him to his church to “honour the Sabbath” rather than opting to worship God from my own closet. Omnipresence might have lost its value I guess.

Amidst the conversation I remembered Mark Zuckerberg (the owner of Facebook) and Steve Wozniak (The co-inventor of the iPhone he was using) are atheists so I asked him to redefine “unbelievers” because, you know what I mean. “Intrinsic Atheist don’t believe in anything but you use their platform and phone to type “stuff” and in turn revile them? Maybe the sect of Christendom he ascribed to is somehow confused if not frustrated.

If not, why would you use the platform of atheists and in turn envelop them in a set called unbelievers and refer to them as “Infidels, literally the unfaithful or those who doubt or reject central tenets of religion?” If not confusion, why would you read your doctrine from Google, a platform owned by Larry Page, a complete Buddhist and still have the guts to wobble around infamous words to declare him and every other Buddhist lost and possible candidates of hell?

The most charitable person on earth as I type these words is Bill Gates, an absolute Atheist but he found delight in helping the poor whilst the supposed candidates of a utopian heaven buy private jets, rides illogically expensive cars and lives all the extravagant lives with what they mobilize from the lay-poor. Who is lost in reality? The owner of jets with poverty stricken followers or the atheist who builds a foundation that gives out a hooping $28billion in a single year to keep the needy alive whilst they worship God and prepare their souls for heaven?

He might have awakened a beast in me to have brought the religious argument to my doorways. I believe religion has its own lane to respect, doctrines to redefine and a set of dogmatic people to target with it’s unfounded, hypocritical, sanctimonious, and paradoxical tenets but certainly not the territory of the rebel few who knows there’s no way a God energy or concept will support hypocrisy at the neglect of reality. Behind the religious guise I have always said and I repeat, is a generation that claims holy but is rotten in reality.

You must be tickling yourself and be laughing to have thought there’s a God who will overlook the good conscience of such category of people and cast them into a supposed flame of fire to suffer after their good deeds whilst the real “criminals” sit on some throne elsewhere.

Then that God will surely fall victim of Richard Dawkins’ venomous description of a God concept as being “arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully”.

No you didn’t get that twist! I personally prefer to dine with a prostitute who gives refuge to the vulnerable than a religious nun who hides her outrageously immoral sexual escapades in a robe to deceive men thinking God is glaucomic not to have noticed her ignorance. I surely need to end this before it escalates. I better do before the wanderers get damaged. If you visit your place of worship, make sure you perform your rituals in truth not under a hypocritical guise.

Your concerned friend at the extreme!

 

Richard Kwame Krah

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Africa–the Continent of Wealth and Poverty

Mapping Africa’s Resources

Africa remains a key territory on the global map. Rich in oil and natural resources, the continent holds a strategic position. It is the world's fastest-growing region for foreign direct investment, and it has approximately 30 percent of the earth's remaining mineral resources. Yet, remain a continent of poverty.

Haven’t we sung to the choir enough (trying to convince a person or group to accept an opinion that they already agree with, and or have already demonstrated their faith and still do), such that we need a strategy change?

Haven’t we “demonstrated faith” enough to now allow for radical measures and solutions to our problems?—practical approach in doing things.

Practicality, reality, possibilities.

We profess in a God of possibilities. Possibilities don’t go without practicalities (action), and we cannot continue to be singing to the choir [as explained above] without acting hardly. Once again my point, “nothing next to success but hard work” (and that’s the song we need to be singing)—not to mean God isn't foremost.

That is what every growing and forward looking nation must do—same creations of God. They sing to succeed with all the given energy, passion and determination from God—that’s hard work enough. Yet we do the exact opposite, and are poorer by standards.

If our ways were to be just and perfect enough, we should be richer and better in standing since Adam.

“If” God has given us all we ask for in advance, then why aren’t we working hard for them to get richer, but singing to the choir?—it’s a mindset.

If Africa has about 30% of earth’s mineral resources [including cobalt, uranium, diamonds and gold, as well as significant oil and gas reserves], then obviously what again are we troubling God for? God must be really upset with us then. Sub-Saharan Africa has six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies. North Africa counts with vast oil and natural gas deposits; the Sahara holds the most strategic nuclear ore; and resources such as coltan, gold, and copper, among many others, are abundant on the continent--yet, Africa has struggled since colonial times to truly realize its potential.

So much talk of an African renaissance in recent years. Thabo Mbeki, South Africa's second post-apartheid president has spoken of a 'rebirth that must encompass all Africans'—when shall that be?

So, what is to be done? At the heart of any solution must be transparency. We need to be more open in our dealings, economically, politically, socially, religiously, and working towards a change of mindset.

People are HIGHLY fixated in a way that if we do not change our strategy, we shall remain poorer than we are now. If success [measured in varied forms] is the way, and the reason we pray, why then remain poor when we tend to pray that much?

It is a mindset problem, and requires a crusade in correction.

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Forget Development: Africans Want To Go To Heaven

Heaven

How do they do the thinking? The very people who cry fault over Africa’s development?  Let’s make things clear here to help them deal with their misconceptions.

I believe everyone has priorities in Africa. We love God and we love to go to “heaven”, the more reason why we are building more churches, mosques and other religious structures than business ventures that will enable us engage our youthful population in productive activities on the Continent.

The Chinese can continue and build their trains to run at the speed of light and produce all sorts of vehicles to improve transportation; the Americans should go ahead and invest more into research and build ultramodern systems; the Russians can continue to explore rocket science. In fact, our western counterparts can go ahead and implement prudent economic policies, put in place relevant anti-corruption measures to boost efficiency in their institutions and develop their respective countries.

Do we really care? Everybody got choices you know–we will build more and more religious institutions, equip our citizenry with core religious tenets, and protect our souls from infamy because all those material things are vanity.

For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul? Although the temptations of deviating and giving priority to these material things may come our way, we must hold on fast “for the end time is near”.

 

Richard Kwame Krah

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