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Ooni's Statement ''Jesus Is My Father'' Generating Frenzy

The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja was coronated in December 2015 and shortly after that, he went to his church for thanks giving and bowed down to pray. When he bowed down, he said ''Jesus is my father''. This statement is generating a lot of frenzy now, I wonder why?

Many Gentiles are reported as adoring Jesus in the gospel accounts, and Jesus is also reported as admiring some Gentiles, about whom he said: “Not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” That is the irony with Christians. Not to be a Christian is to be doomed. And so, who said Jesus is the founder of Christianity as a religion? What he stressed was love of God and neighbour; hence his parable of the Good Samaritan, and the story of the Centurion. He didn’t practise any religion other than Judaism from infancy to grave. He never demonised anybody on the ground of religion.

While Jesus said it is not those who call him Lord, Lord, who would enter God’s kingdom, but those who do the will of the Father in heaven, Christians are saying accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour is the key to heaven.

Christianity is no more about making sense but using the name of Jesus to build earthly kingdom for Christian clerics who are today’s scribes and Pharisees. Too many Nigerians will deny that Jesus carried away corruption and heartlessness that are creating mass abject poverty in a land flowing with milk and honey. Europe and America didn’t develop until they separated church from state: secularity.

Credit: Guardian