The greatest disservice religion has done to humanity is the propagation of a systemic misbelief about God. Over the years organized religion had propagandized a misconstruction of the nature and persona of the supreme God. They have created a ‘religious God’ designed according to the whims and caprices of their human doctrines which is a complete misrepresentation of the ‘universal God’. The fallout of this grand deception of religion is that many of their adherents have no iota of knowledge about who God truly is. God’s universal principles that govern the earth are subsumed by vain religious dogmas. The resultant effect of this malady is the precipitation of a chaotic world mired in multifaceted dis-functionalities.
Let me state here unequivocally that the religious notion of godliness is a fallacy. Godliness has nothing to do with religious affiliations or piety. You do not necessarily need to subscribe to any religion to be godly. Your strict adherence to religious doctrines, dogmas and rituals do not confer godliness on you. Being devout is not the same thing as being godly. The purpose of this treatise is to elucidate on the true meaning of godliness that is devoid of religious coloration. Although the literary meaning of godliness connotes religious piety or devoutness, it is instructive to note that true godliness is actually the ‘expression of the God’ in all us. You heard me right! There is God in all of us. Genesis 2:7 states
“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being”
Please note that the ‘breath’ in this context was not oxygen, it was a transmission of God’s spirit into man that made him a ‘living being’. That means, man is a spirit (God’s spirit) that lives in a physical body. God dwells in all of us. The holy book affirms this truth:
“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” -1 Corinthian 3:16
It is pertinent to emphasize here that the ‘Spirit of God’ lives in every human being irrespective of their religious affiliations. Our Spirit is an offshoot of the Spirit of God having the same intrinsic nature and characteristic. If you like you can say we are ‘gods in human flesh’
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” – Genesis 1:26
This is God saying “ let us make man in our image, to be like us”. And so by inference, we have the essence of God- His inherent characteristics. We were created to live and behave like him as His children. We were essentially created to express the ‘God in us’ here on earth.. And this innate attributes ought to reflect in our everyday life, especially in our relationship with others.
Now, what is that nature of God that we ought to manifest as humans? The holy book tells us that God is love and that he is the supreme epitome of goodness. Therefore, as His children, created in his image and likeness, whenever we demonstrate love and goodness in our association with others, we are said to be truly ‘Godly’. Not just the ubiquitous ‘religious godliness’ that is predicated on vain piety and ritualism.
The sad reality in our world today is the incredible disparity between religion and godliness. You have a world that is deeply religious, proclaiming reverence and affinity to the Supreme God, and yet inconceivably ungodly. The world’s population today stands at about 7.2 billion people. About 6 million of this global population profess to one religion or the other, except the 1.2 billion people who are secular atheist. Christianity tops this chart with about 2.4 billion people, followed by Islam, 1.8 billion and Hinduism, 1.15 billion. And of course we have the other smaller religions. What this mean statistically speaking is that 6 out of every 7 persons on earth belong to a religion. Now, the questions would be: if this huge number of people in the world is religious, why do we have so much ungodliness around us?. Why is evil pervasive? Who are those perpetuate atrocities against humanity? Why has religion not been able to create a better world? Questions! Questions!! …..
The bitter truth the world needs to accept is that religion was never invented and designed to show us who the true God is. Religion is like other man-made organized systems that are rooted in defective human ideologies and philosophies. We must as a matter of urgency begin to find God outside the confines of religion. The ‘universal God’ is not the same as the ‘religious God’. The ‘universal God’ does not belong to your religion. He is the creator and owner of the universe. He is omnipresent and omniscient. He is too supreme to be boxed into the parochialism of human religion.
True Godliness therefore recognizes the veracity, that God abides in us and He constantly seeks to ventilate his divine nature in our daily conduct and lifestyle. He communicates with us always. He is the moral ‘voice’ popularly called conscience that tells us what is good or bad. He propels us towards good works. He guides us along the path of moral rectitude. Each time we do what is ‘righteous’, He is happy and we tend to experience inner peace, joy and ‘fulfillment’.
True Godliness that practically validates the nature of God and not the pious religious godliness , is what we need, to create a better society that promotes the good of all. True godliness will entrench the culture of love and create a peaceful world. Poverty will be eradicated, as our common prosperity would be the conjoint aspiration of humanity. Crime will be exterminated from our world as the force of evil will be vanquished by the superior force of good.
Azemobor Gregory is a Messenger of divine Truth, an apostle of love for humanity.
He is the Chief Servant of Voice of Divine Truth International Outreach,
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