Is There Really a True Religion?

The vetting of Chief Justice nominee Willy Mutunga by Parliament brought to the life the old age question of whether there is a really true religion. And even more whether the religious culture one chooses to follow should be an issue in a nation like Kenya that is majority Christian.

I will start by confessing that despite being born a Christian, I have not been to church in like more than six years despite in the line of duty. My reasons are many starting with “immoral” clergy and their followers, the fact that I did not choose to be born a Christian and because I always ask if it is really the true religion among others.

I am also of the opinion that humanity is in the search for the true religion and one chooses that which they feel satisfies their urges – just like how one can choose to take a Tusker than a Guiness religiously. Why else would one religion like Christianity have so many denominations that always appear more confused to each other?

I wonder what would happen if Christians, Muslims, Hindus etc woke up one day to realise that whatever god they have been worshiping is the true god. What would happen to their beliefs that they have held for years after being born in a family that followed a specific religion?

Having studied a little religion in Christian university, which was a requirement, I was left more confused than enlightened on the true religion and even more whether I was following the true one.  We studied the Old Testament, the New Testament, Bible Doctrine, African Traditional Religions and Christianity and Islam in Africa.

The literature used to support most of the religion even adds to more confusion. What if the authors were very good fiction writers who were just being creative?

Life after death. Isn’t this contradicting in itself? How are we sure that there exist a heaven and a hell other than the stories that have been told to us?

The introduction of Christianity to the African society also gets me thinking. Were our ancestors wrong to carry out their religions in the manner they did before the white man came with the bible?

This argument will go on for ages but the question of whether there is really a true religion will continue for ages to come? I therefore chose to be human and do good to myself and to other when I can and make life more comfortable for myself and other human beings at all time.

Further, I think that the only certain thing in life is death and your body decays if buried and so you can as well throw mine into a forest or the sea like Osama.

Lets continue searching and when you find the true religion, please let me know.


6 thoughts on “Is There Really a True Religion?

  1. Hi…Oliver first let me start by saying great blog and pieces. As a journalist (trained and scantly writing) i applaud you for the consistency and the good work.

    On to the subject matter, just like all of us. We have had questions on ‘religion’ God, faith, our humanity and the likes and i believe no one can claims or can claim to have some of the answers of all this many complex realities. Nevertheless i believe many of the questions humanity has always asked have been answered and more light will be shed as we continue in this metamorphic journey we call life.

    I will agree with Zacharia that your arguments are just plain simplistic and no serious student of religion, philosophy, linguistics, or theology would even claim they have merit (no pun intended).

    I would want to pose a question to you…..explain (try to figure out) why human beings have a defect in their intrinsic moral, emotional, physiological make up. In other words why do humans behave badly? someone will say social conditioning, but really that road has been passed and rendered void of substance. Even the best people, raised in the best social and moral environments are still selfish, deceitful, warped, conceited, always lying and putting themselves ahead of others if need be.

    The day as individuals or as a community of humans figure out the man intrinsic moral dilemma. That will be the day that true freedom and faith is found my fellow fourth estate brother.

    Here is my experience, i have been convinced to the core of my being that Christianity (not institutional, liturgical, ceremonial, go to church on Sunday religion in the name of God) makes the most sense as far as explaining the man dilemma. True simple, organic Christianity teaches that man was perfect once, then through deception was duped into falling into a mistake that cost him his moral perfect intrinsic make up. Then a good loving God pursued him and made amends at the cross of cavalry through Christ once and for all. And now is shouting from the rooftops saying HEY GUYS IT’S OK, DON’T WORRY I HAVE DONE IT, YOU ARE FREE TO LIVE TO LOVE BOTH GOD AND MAN WITHOUT FEAR OF CONDEMNATION. True Christianity is real and can and shall be found on the earth.

    As a serious journalist (and i know you are) investigate the claims of the man Christ (forget the monster that is institutional, religious, money making circus they call church) and you will find that like C S. Lewis (author, philosopher, well known for Chronicles of Narnia works, and good friend and disciple of J R. Tolkien author of Lord of the Rings, both were Christians) hahahaha just thought i rub it in kidogo. You will discover that the old and yet alive quote is so true.

    “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg–or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.” – C S. Lewis

  2. Av askd myself tht question alot ths yr,being brought up in chrch,a born again spirit filled believer.Av lrnt tht faith aint a matter of feelings bt of the knowledge of the word of God.pS.139.WEA ELSE CAN I GO 4RM U?

  3. I don’t know much about God but I know He exists. Maybe God never changes, maybe He does. Maybe He is not all powerful, maybe He needs us to make Him complete, maybe that is why He made us.We keep asking ourselves where all the good in this world comes from but I have seen so much good in life, where does it come from?

    Have I ever given orders to the morning,
    or shown the dawn its place,
    that it might take the earth by the edges
    and shake the wicked out of it? ….
    Do I hunt the prey for the lioness
    and satisfy the hunger of the lions
    when they crouch in their dens
    or lie in wait in a thicket?
    Who provides food for the raven
    when its young cry out to God
    and wander about for lack of food?

    I might not know much but I know it does not depend on our religion because God in all His might is not Christian.

  4. As much as you want to believe you have critical questions about religion, i find your views over simplistic and lacking in what students of philosophy of religion would wish to discuss… the fact that to you find yourself not able to affiliate yourself to social institutions in the name of religion does not prove its non-existence, leave alone the metaphysical question of its truthfulness… maybe you could attempt dwelling on the question of spirituality and not institution in which matters religion are exercised… quoting selectively religious traditions alone cannot be used to argue on the truthfulness of any of them… only when you open yourself to comparative study of religion and religious traditions some of which cannot be removed from human nature then would you be doing justice to your own opinion, otherwise you expose an attitude of ungainly and state of emptiness… take time to understand what religious traditions are evolving like human existence itself; do comparative study and analysis then bring it to the court of students of religion not students of scripture – because the bible and religious traditions you allude to are only part of the content and not the whole content there is for what religion is…

  5. I will start by agreeing with you. In this life there is no true religion. As a matter of fact, religion is Gods worst enemy.
    Having said that I will disagree with you when you claim that you are a born again christian. Being a christian means being like christ. I dont think christ would miss going to church because of the behaviour of others.
    True christianity means embracing others in love. I dont deny that there are a few rotten potatoes among the clergy and the flock, but who are we to judge? Do your part as the Good Book advices, then leave the rest to God.

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