If you haven’t guessed it, I was born to very religious parents and grew up in what you may call a typical ‘Christian home;’ morning devotions for the family, and participation in church services / activities were uncompromising part of the course of life. I accepted everything I was told about God, Jesus, prayer, etc. without question and read my Bible for added inspiration without questioning anything; but that was soon to change, however, for the better. It started with a book: ‘How to Get More from Your Bible;’ I got to know for the first time that the Bible was not originally in English, chapters and verses, etc; I began to gather that there was more to the Bible than ordinarily presented. I was compelled to buy both NIV and KJV versions of the ‘Thompson’s Chain Reference Bible,’ ‘The Complete Word Study Bibles; with the Strong’s Hebrew / Greek Concordance,’ and others for serious studies.
Then I noticed factual differences in the various translations/versions, and later plain contradictions.
My curiousity turned into extreme concern when I began to notice that a lot of the religious teachings by the ministers were (and still are) at variance with the text of the Bible, and either that Christians (especially the pastors / leaders) had primarily missed basic comprehension of the writings, and in some cases were propagating what they had heard but not verified; consequently and inadvertently, they were misleading their followers; or otherwise that, they were deliberately teaching portions of the Bible that favoured their economic / business interests, or otherwise just to console themselves and / or their followers. In some cases, they were deliberately twisting the facts to achieve selfish purposes, and preying on the fact that many of the religious people do not have the discipline to read and cross-check the facts for themselves (as the Berean believers talked about in Acts used to do) and / or on the fact that they lacked the courage to ask the relevant / critical questions.
I noticed that these were contributing to many individuals’ misery, and to the general underdevelopment (or the slow rate of development) of Ghana (and Africa). See, why is that a lot of the countries in Africa, including Ghana, are bedeviled with age old developmental problems; even though Africa is very rich in natural resources, and almost all the people are very religious and have been praying fervently and consistently; besides the Universities, Polytechnics, Training Colleges, and Technical Schools produce numerous intellectuals – Professors, Doctorate Holders, Masters Holders, Diploma Holders, and a whole lot of people with serious academic credentials; some from very reputable universities across the globe?
This influenced me to launch into intensive research to unearth the truth, and to propagate my objective findings with the view to inform and enlighten / enlighten many. The Zing4Life! Series, and especially, ‘What the Church Refuses to Teach About Christianity’ series, are part of the effort.
You may click here to see all the 5 major themes, or click here to see why I respect ‘titles’ but do not fall for them. Or you may click here to see the most significant turning point in my life, and how that should be your story too!