By Azemobor Gregory
It was Thomas Paine who once said,” The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion”. This famous philosophical submission aptly captures the brotherhood of the human race and the imperativeness to elevate the cause of humanity over and above the divisive tendencies of religion.
It is instructive to note that God, the creator of the universe and the divine progenitor of the human race intended for us to live as one big family, while He superintend as a loving Father over the affairs of our common existence. For this purpose, God created us with the innate capacity to show affection and kindness to other humans who could be in need or danger. This special quality to express compassion to others is what makes us humans, unlike the rest of the zoological community.
The word ‘Humanity’ is from the Latin humanitas for “human nature, kindness.” And, is also used to refer to the human race, which includes everyone on Earth. It’s also a word for the qualities that make us human, such as the ability to love and have compassion.
Now, when Christ came to earth, His mission was not to establish a ‘new religion’ but to promote the cause of humanity. He was unarguably the greatest humanitarian that ever lived. He was a rare embodiment of love and compassion. His humanity effused everywhere He went.
In Matthew 25: 31-40, Jesus delivered a grand homily that depicted the fact that He came to promote the cause of humanity, and not to establish a ‘new religion’. Hear him:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Please note that there was no mention of religion in the above sermon. The central message of His discourse was the cause of humanity, and not the promotion of some complicated religious creed. The corollary of His Message, is that the religion one professes is immaterial, and that what is important, is our service to humanity. According to him, we are adjudged ‘righteous’ on the basis of our love, kindness and compassion to others.
In another development, when asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus Christ simply stated in Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
The above statement implies, love for humans (humanity) equals love for God.
Let me also reiterate here that love being a divine commandment has an emotion called compassion. Compassion is the sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. It is our expression of compassion that makes us humans .Can you imagine a world where all of us would fully express compassion to the sufferings and misfortune of people around us? Wouldn’t this create a world where poverty and miseries will be eradicated? Wouldn’t there be peace and stability in our beleaguered planet?
Recent report shows that, 84 percent of the world population belong to a religion; a third are Christian. “Worldwide, more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group,” says a new comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories.
As of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth,” the Pew report says. “Islam was second, with1.6 billion adherents, or 23 percent of the global population.” And of course we have adherents of other religions.
Now, in spite of the multiplicity of religions and the humongous number of their adherents, the world’s poverty index keeps soaring. Global statistics show that. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. This index is really a grimy picture of humanity and it is very pathetic!
Now coming home to Nigeria, we have just been ‘crowned’ as the global headquarters of poor people in the world, with over 80 million Nigerians living in extreme poverty. This is a country that is deeply religious, and yet her religiosity has not been able to create a society that is entrenched in the culture of love. What an irony!
In our parlous state as a nation, only love will guarantee that we care for the weak, the vulnerable and the poor; love will deter our political leaders from stealing and misappropriating our common patrimony. Love, indeed is the answer to the endemic corruption that has plagued our nation since independence,
Now, analyzing the above statistics, it shows that religion has completely failed humanity. We need to abolish religion now!
Humanity needs love, and not religion
Love is all we need. Love will heal the world!
Love is what Christ preached.
Love is what He lived and died for!.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” –John 3:16
Azemobor Gregory, The International Coordinator of Voice of Divine Truth International Outreach, is a Messenger of Truth and Apostle of Humanity.
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