Before the arrival of Christianity, Islam and the other foreign religions, people were afraid to take other people's wives. Religion is the most popular business in Africa today. There are some barbaric traditions that we can and must do away with. One of the primary effects of the spread of Islam into North Africa was the acceptance of the Arabic language. It is not wrong to say religion has brought about some conflicts, but it's very wrong to state that it's because of religion that people can now disrespect parents, take away wives and etc. In African Traditional Religion one can be possessed in order to gain some privileged knowledge. Unsurprisingly, most of their religious holy books (Koran or Bible) have various verses which seem to support this aspect of treating women as second class members. The encounter between Christianity and African traditional cosmologies Africans and Westerners experience religion and spirituality in different ways. This is definitely false. The Creation of the Guan Constituency: The True Position Of The Law, Live updates: Ghanaians go to the polls today, Catch up on the latest news videos from around the world. People by nature tend to maintain the status quo which is challenged by the new generation. They come as anointed men of God but end up killing innocent people for money rituals. Religion takes precedence over all other things in our lives, thus no surprises that hardly do we invent or innovate in any of the technological advancements in the world. Disclaimer: "The views/contents expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Modern Ghana. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY The major aim of the study is to examine the effect of western education on Africa traditional values. Furthermore, religion creates a sense of fear or timidity in its adherents. The book of Revelation clearly shows the reasons why Gods Kingdom ( Heavenly Goverment) in the hands of Christ Jesus will put the record straight once and for all times regarding his Fathers will and purpose for our beautiful earth. There was a sense of fear but discipline within our communities before the arrival of Christianity, Islam and the others. Born to Love, Born to Save! Since Christianity came in contact with the traditional religion, there has always been a sharp conflict between traditionalists and Christians. The words “effect”, “power”, “impression” and “influence” are the essence of the term “impact”. 1.2. It has no bearing on scriptural truth or Jesus life and ministry and therefore will receive its judgement in full! Some may call me the assistant "Lucifer" for making this post but I still believe sometimes we just have to say it the way it is. In African Traditional Religion when a spirit possesses a person there are negative consequences. These monies mostly find their way into the pockets of these charlatans to fund their luxurious lifestyles while the members continue to sink in poverty. The paper looks at some of these practices (positive and negative) and showcases how these cultural heritages in attitudes and behaviors affect the overall progress of … Christians believe God is a Christian while Muslims believe God is a Muslim forgetting that God has no religion. African societies and cultural practices over these years had commanded global attention as it concern health conditions of the people. Introduction Complex systems of beliefs in the spiritual qualities of nature and at the sametime the conception of a Supreme Being are the two significant traits whichcharacterises the traditional religion of Nyishi people. By “impact” is meant: “The effect or impression of one thing on another and the power of making a strong, immediate impression” (The Free Dictionary.com). Christianity and Islam are the cause of almost all the wars and tribal conflicts in Africa today. There definitely are many factors leading to these statistical disparities, but religion no doubt plays a key role in all of it. The African traditional Each sect or denomination always believes its ways and practices as being the approved or acceptable one and as such view the others either as inferior or a threat to theirs. 3. Most ancestral spirits are generally good and kind. There are thousands of religions and denominations in this world. There's a very clear boundary between globalization/ urbanization and religion. The African traditional religion has done more good than evil to Africa but I cannot say the same about Christianity. Why? Religion is a major cause of physical conflicts and doctrinal disputes in Africa and the world as a whole. 3 And similar to this was the dialogue that took place between Edwin Smith, who had gone out as a missionary to Africa, and Emil Ludwig, an eminent biographer. 6. In places where Africans had practiced a separate form of religion, had their own societal rules and ethical laws Western Christianity was imposed as a method of guised colonialism. I may be sounding like a devil but the truth is that, I do believe in God. In addition, religion has created an avenue for a lot of charlatans parading as so-called men of God to fleece the poor of their meagre resources. Inter-religious relations, especially, among African Traditional Religion (ATR) worshippers, Muslims and Christians are becoming sources of social tension and violence. All the cleaning, scrubbing, tidying up, singing and events organization are mostly spearheaded by women, but they are barely represented in the decision-making echelons of religious organizations. They were polytheistic and reaped all the political problems associated with polytheism. And once it is stated in those books, who are you to challenge what they say? are some of the bad ones we can and must do away with. I feel sad for the poster because he does not understand or know the truth about God. Well, it is because, starting a church is the easiest and fastest money-making method in Africa today. Religion is one major cause of conflicts in Africa and the world as a whole. I think that you have asked some profound questions. The only negative actions taken by ancestral spirits is to cause minor illnesses to warn people that they have gotten onto the wrong path. Why? Westerners failed to accept that during the dawn of colonization, mission at first instance failed to convert Africans just because of language barrier, hence labelled African religion, pagan and depicted Africans as people without religion. Mainstream religion is rooted in tradition, divisive political agendas and cultural bias! 4. Negative effects of modernization: Change in culture: Increased modernization has led to the creation of new technologies that go a long way in changing the socio-economic structure of the society. This results in one of two outcomes: 1. Despite the pessimism that followed as a result of the threat of rapid Islam advances and harsh treatment meted out by the authorities, Christianity has indeed spread like wild fires in Nigeria and the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. I aver that most of what you state is on point,but as you aptly observe in your summation religion is not the sole issue that is keeping Africans behind. Stop the vain religion! There are so many videos on youtube about African child witches and how these stupid men of God point them out to be stoned to death for being witches and wizards all in the name of Christianity. In contrast, for given religious beliefs, increases in church attendance tend to reduce economic growth. You'd pray to these people's God or Allah, and as an African you'll reap nothing except bad luck because your own Ancestors have turned their backs against you for leaving your own traditions and cultures that have served them for millions of years on this earth. As Islam spread across the Arabian Peninsula and later across North Africa and the Middle East, it had an aggregating effect. Religion does not make sense because everything you know about any religion on earth, SOMEONE TOLD YOU ABOUT IT—It should be a major crime to indoctrinate a child into some religion. There is a direct relationship between religion and laziness, leading to poverty in our part of the world. Europeans must understand and appreciate this fact, but they must not close their eyes to its negative aspects. What is Christmas to the Mystic Christian? 7. All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc. traditional Africa was the oral literature. It's quite common to hear statements like "stop drinking alcohol or you'll go to hell", "if you don't pay your tithes your blessings will be withheld by God and you'll be poorer', "if you dress provocatively you could be raped", "if you don't repent you'll die sooner than you think", and so many other fear-mongering stuff. 5. Instead of blaming ourselves for our stupidity and ignorance, we blame the poor guy just because it is "written". Christmas is not just about commemorating but committing to a life of purpose. Added to the above, many governments in Africa use religion as a vehicle to forment trouble or create disaffection among the populace, all to advance their political and parochial interests. Religion is doing more harm than good in Africa. Before the arrival of Christianity, Islam and the other foreign religions, people were afraid to take other people's wives. Yet they are the highest contributors in terms of donations/offertories and the general sustenance of these groups. I do believe in God not Islam and I do believe in God not Judaism or any other religion. I do concede that religion might not be the only factor in determining the above negative effects on African societies. Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora explores African derived religions in a globalized world. are all full of nothing but evil and it doesn't make sense at all to trust any of these religions more than God himself. Negative effects of religion on society. Followers of traditional African religion believe that ancestors maintain a spiritual connection with their living relatives. urbanization and its effects on development in africa Warren (2003) defined urbanization as the movement of people from communities concerned chiefly or solely with agriculture to other communities generally larger whose activities are primarily centered in government, trade, manufacture or … However the most dominant ones in Ghana and Africa are Islam and Christianity, both accounting for more than 90% of religious adherents, with the rest, including traditional beliefs, having less than 10% of adherents. There is no doubt that the more time a person spends at his/her religious program to the neglect of his/her work, the less income the person earns, leading to lack and poverty. It is thus my hope that as a society we would do a critical and objective evaluation of how we over-emphasise the positives of religion, especially in our educational institutions and political circles, and rather focus our resources, especially time and money, on development-oriented goals. Negative Effects of Religion1. 1. People have different food preferences based on the region, climate and also culture. A lot of these preachers are living in luxurious homes, driving the latest luxury cars, traveling to the most exotic holiday destinations with their families, educating their children in the most expensive schools, etc, whereas most of their followers can barely pay their utility bills and kids' fees even in public schools. Dear Author, I don't know who you are but you are very very wise. The Africans affected lost a large part of their sense of identity, self-respect, pride in their blackness etc. Modern Ghana will not be responsible or liable for any inaccurate or incorrect statements contained in this article.". There are so many pastors, bishops and even popes roaming about in Africa today. Religion generally believes that a supernatural power has the final say in how things are destined to work in one's life. Most of the things we talk about in religion are just assumptions that we claim to be true. However, when an incoming culture (in this case civilization/modernism) seeks 315 Impact of Globalization on Traditional African Religion and Cultural Conflict to totally replace the existing cultural value, it causes social frustration and generates maladjustment of group members to this new system which leads to the “demise” of the traditional society. They'll readily quote verses in the bible to support the need for members to donate their monies to the 'work of God'. Additionally a lot of religious adherents are made to believe that there is no need working harder on this earth to amass wealth, after all you will day one die soon and leave your possessions behind. We will find other channels to self destruct. Globalization, in general, erodes cultures. People were afraid to cheat on other people. The training systems of Africans such as the traditional schools did exist, but most Instead of saving souls for Christ, these so-called men of God just kill souls for Christ in Africa today. Christianity has clearly not completely taken hold in Africa. So you'll come across someone with a symptom of a disease who will rather pray instead of going to the health centre at the first sign, till the condition deteriorates. I cannot say the same about Islam and I cannot say the same about the other foreign religions in Africa today. The scope of the study is 1877-when Christianity was first introduced in Uganda to 1962 when Uganda got her independence; the period when Christian missionaries lost influence together with the colonial rulers. I pray for an end to election votes buying – Apostle Onyinah This may sound very crazy but it is very true. These so-called men of God deceive people especially the illiterate poor in the villages and small towns and even the so-called graduates in the cities all in the name of God. Religion can be loosely defined as a belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny. Each sect or denomination always believes its ways and practices as being the approved or acceptable one and as such view the others either as inferior or a threat to theirs. 2. 3 hours ago, You have enough reason to thank the Lord — Evangelist Atats... When Ludwig got to Election of Speaker of the 8th Parliament, What to Look out For, Common core programme for JHS 1 to SHS 1 and its expectation, Hamile to Elubo - observations, rantings, and learnings from the 2020 general elections. Children were afraid to disobey elders, etc. Every poor man wants to start a church in Africa today. In some of these organizations, women cannot teach or preach to the congregation, or cannot lead groups. Abstract. Much as the intentions and ultimate aim of religion generally is to promote peace, harmony and development in the society, the same cannot be said in reality as what happens. They come in suits sometimes in white gowns dressed like saints but agents of the devil ready to destroy Africa just to make money. Traditional African Family Family is the backbone and basic unit of every society. Africans had religion but the way they practiced their religious beliefs were magical and fearful. According to the CIA fact book of 2010, Nigeria, with a religious belief index of 96% had maternal mortality rate of 630 out of every 100,000 births, whereas Sweden, with a religious belief index of 17% had a maternal mortality rate of 4 out of every 100,000 births. Is that wisdom? The issue of religion is controversial. This has led to verbal and sometimes physical confrontations leading to loss of property and even lives in places like Nigeria and the Central African Republic. Africa, and specifically Nigeria is subject to many problems, including corruption, greed, continued sexual immorality and violence. A typical example is the on-going political campaign season in Ghana where the ruling NDC and the main opposition NPP have been inciting one religious group or the other to vote for its leaders to advance their personal political interests, all to the detriment of social cohesion. Even among Muslims there are conflicts between Sunni and Shiite sects over practices, whereas among Christians there are doctrinal conflicts or misunderstandings among the various many denominations, including which is even the right day to congregate for worship. Some may say we were illiterates for believing in ancestral spirits yet most of these so-called literates believe in saints forgetting that saints are also ancestral spirits. how globalization impacted on the traditional African cultures, considering its adverse effects on: traditional African family; indigenous/traditional medicine; education as well as its economic and political dimension in Africa. The Impact of Islam . TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, PRACTICES AND IMPACTS OF CHRISTIANITY AMONG THE NYISHISI. That explains the tensions and conflicts we see today in Africa especially in countries like Nigeria and Ivory Coast where the Christian-Muslim populations are close to 50-50. Some so-called pastors and "anointed" men of God point these innocent children out as witches and wizards to be stoned to death. The more you work the more you earn is how life works, simple mathematics. To put it in other words, while religion takes caution against the norms and the values related to globalization, it challenges the latter since it (religion) does not approve its hybridizing effects. A lot of believers would rather spend their time attending one religious event or the other throughout the year at the expense of their work or source of livelihood. For many Africans and Ghanaians, in particular, it is religion more than anything else that shapes their worldview and participation in social life6. Negative Effects of Religion 1. Barbaric traditions such as female genital mutilation, etc. Oral literature encompasses fables, folktales, legends myths and proverbs. In Islam it's the Koran, whereas Christians use the Bible. Thus they should seek the kingdom of God first and all others shall be added unto them (Matthew 6:33). Religion just like faith is an expression of one's ignorance about a life not so clearly understood. Similarly, religious groups are fighting nonreligious ones. Most of the religious sermons on our airwaves are usually warnings or threats to people to do or refrain from doing one thing or the other to avoid a curse or damnation from God. Each of these religions or denominations have their own guiding books which they refer to as holy and which is supposed to dictate the way and manner their adherents should live their lives and relate to others in the society. 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It can also refer to the institutionalisation of such beliefs and their practices. We think that this negative effect reflects the time and resources used by the religion sector as well as adverse effects from organized religion on economic regulation — for example, restrictions on markets for credit and insurance. Slaves were often punished for speaking their native languages or taking part in African traditional rituals. The sad thing however is that, almost all these so-called men of God are full of nothing but evil. The initiation of a Christian driven slave trade was a very detrimental blow to African culture; thus having a negative effect on the development of African Americans. People were afraid to cheat on other people. Dr Bawumia to lead the NPP; Northerners & Zongos are watching. Your preachers, pastors, and imans are just deceiving you into believing that you are meant to enjoy heaven when you are dead but in the meantime give them all your money for them to give you a ticket to enter those heavens...A GREAT DECEPTION!!! Well, it is because God has no religion and that is what people should know. Politicians need to be accountable (and not blame a biblical "boogie man"), and when people commit crimes against their fellow man, I suspect that the solace of heavenly forgiveness does nothing to deter this wickedness. Christians don't want Muslims to rule them and Muslims are ready to kill for Allah. Whereas religion and critical thinking is encouraged in Asia, Europe and America, it is not so in Africa. Well, it is because the ancestral spirits we worshipped were very just spirits who rewarded the good and punished the evil. 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