My Life, My Religion, My Belief- Charly Boy Writes

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Here’s Charly Boy’s latest article he titled ‘The Object of
my Worship”. Enjoy!
No, I no dey suck human blood, I no be general overseer for
illuminati, I no dey Ogboni or for cult, e don doooooooo. You People no go kill
me with laugh for Naija. The way eyes dey red now, you go think say Apollo
catch dem. Many guys dey write me say dem wan join illuminati, Cheai, there is
Godoooo.
I dey sure say the church buildings wey dey Nigeria pass our
population. So called men of god wey dey town don dey assume the proportion of
China. All looking for their next Mugu. Una no see me joor.

I have been queried a lot about my faith these days. Do I
believe in God? Do I believe in Jesus? Do I pray and to who or what? I guess
for many, they probably cannot wrap their minds around my spirituality. Am sure
some people even think say I be native doctor as na only me dey take siesta
inside coffin when I never die. No vex, na my life and I dey rock-am anyhow, no
homo.
Some people dey form good Christians because dem wan go
heaven, me I just dey denge dey pose because am living my own small heaven right
here on this earth for this Nigeria. I no wan wait till I die. Even some of my
Muslim brothers wey wan fast track dem own dey even do suicide bombing. Na only
Naija Christians wey dey fear death yet dem all wan go heaven. Haba.
Most Nigerians who have heavily invested in their
Christianity believe that the concept of any other faith should be considered
false. So how do I start to speak to narrow-minded Christians to understand
that Buddhism is a wholesome practice for everyone, even the Christians themselves?
Take some time out and research, go to google, you will for
sure see so many books on the topic, where Buddhism and Christianity agree in
philosophy; in fact, with some of the key factors of most world religions.
Also, the best of the Bible and Buddhism both converge on the areas of ethics,
kindness, giving, and love.
Too many practitioners of all faiths focus on the rewards at
the end of our journey, when the rewards and purpose are the journey itself
according to the teaching of Buddha.
While I may not be a religious person, I believe in
Jesus/Christianity, I do not deny it. While I do not believe in the afterlife
as Christians do, if those who follow it embody the qualities of Jesus in the
here and now, then I embrace their practice as successful and good. While
Buddhism is a faith of self-realization in the practice of here and now.
Christianity is a practice for the afterlife of God’s revelation.
No matter how my Naija Christian brothers dey see God, my
own way different. I see our Creator as one that does not interfere with the
world in which we live, but only touches the heart of man to let him know He
(God) is there. It is up to man to make his volitional choices using his free
will, and making his own happiness.
The story of Job tells of the story of a faithful man who is
beset by all sorts of misfortune, but he “chooses” to keep his faith. While
Jesus performed miracles and taught His Gospel, He always presented His
parables as tools/models for His followers to make their own choices towards
happiness.
Buddha does the same as Jesus, but without the need to
exclude the idea of other faiths. The Buddha said for us to always question,
practice and see the truth by the fruits of our efforts. If a Christian can
grow and develop his faith by adding the tools of the Buddha, then I see it as
a damn good thing. I don find my direction to heaven, make you find ya own
abegi.

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