Thursday, 18 February 2016


Written by: Promise Edem Nukunu
                     Ag. Secretary-General
                     PeaceAids International

When we rise in the morning and listen to the radio or read the newspaper, we are confronted with the same sad news: violence, crime, wars, and disasters. No former generation has had to experience so much bad news as we face today; this constant awareness of fear and tension should make any sensitive and compassionate person question seriously the progress of our modern world.
Some of these, arise, as a result of religious differences. People of other faiths, recognized others as inferior or less. Who created Religion? The wars, in the Saudi, Eastern and South Asia has a religious connotations. The Northern part of Nigeria in West Africa is no differences. Muslims extremist kills Christians and Christian extremist hates Muslims. Typical Christians cannot publicly declare their religion in some part of Islamic states and vice versa.
Are this people really following the teachings of the religion they profess to follow? The Bible and the Qu’ran concurrently talks and reject hatred and non-violence but some of it followers ignore this but rather practice their own self adopted religion.
We must recognize that, God never created religion. He created man kind for worship. In the creation story which the Bible talks about, it states  ‘’ let us created man in our own image and likeness’’ the Bible never stated ‘’ let us created man in the image and likeness of religion(Muslims, Christians, Buddhist, Hindu, Traditionalist, Pagan, etc). God recognizes that, humanity supersede religion - the medium of worship. Today, human being has connote their religion to all kinds of philosophies and ideologies. An attempt by other fellows to demystify or override turn to an offense of the said fellow. But should it be like that in the first place? I guess no!! I believe we can lived together in a free society were we respect each other not because we want to but because, we are created by one God. Let the Muslim goes to his mosque, and the Christian goes to his church.Let the traditionalist goes to his Shrine and let the Buddhist bow to his god. 

The Qu’ran, in Al-shura 42:13. He has ordained for you the same course of faith as He enjoined on Noah (to adopt), and which We have revealed to you, and it is that (same faith) which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, Jesus, so keep the faith and do not differ in it. (He ordains you) to establish obedience (to Allâh) and not to be divided (in sects) therein. Hard upon the polytheists is that (teaching) which you call them to. Allâh draws (him) towards Himself who wishes (to be drawn to Him), and guides him to Himself who turns (towards Him with a sincere heart).

it (Qu’ran) states, ‘’it does not only recognized the truth of all other divine books and religion but urges Muslims to believe in their divine origin of their teachings and thus to take an effective steps to promote peace and harmony with the followers of other religion’’

The  Qu’ran asserted, judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism etc, are but a different
aspects of one and the same religion which in it original sense connote to one agenda - submission to the will of God and to make peace with God and people. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Rama, Buddha or Confucius, all were the prophets of God (May Allah be pleased with them all) and were sent for guidance of their respective people. The Qu’ran conform to the truth of all faiths and people of other believers’’

We cannot remain, in the battle of religious differences but rather recognizing that, we are one in the human race, recognized by God a such. The Bible made it clear, Jesus Christ did not come to die for only one religion, but for all humans, because, we all have sin.
We must remember, when there is an invention, you used it regardless, of the person’s believe perspective or religious origin. All over the world, i persistently make this clarion call for as to unite in a symphony of brotherhood and sisterhood; Either Muslims, or Christians, Traditionalist or Pagans, Buddhist or Tibetan, Confucius or Hindu, protestant or Catholic, Jews or Gentiles. We do this because, we know the universal power; the power we
can achieve through unity. We do this because, we know, we’re the wonderful work of a marvelous creator.
At least, i know, no one religion has thought their followers to practice evil. Only the followers can inculcate evil in their practice. The Bible never did that, and so is the Qu’ran or the writings of other religions.

The Bible asserted in Ephesians book chapter 4 verses 30-32, ‘’Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit, by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 instead, be kind to each other, tender hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Jesus Christ has forgiven you’’

 Although, i recognized individual difference and the fact, that we all (to some extent) are products of different background, as far as geographical location is concern, we can still live in harmony. Others may be, psychologically impaired as far as health is concern. Whiles others are psychologically impaired not because of a health anomalies or disorder but as a result of their own parochial and self seeking interest. They plan their own evil agenda to harm the world. To such people, we can come against them by uniting to bring them out. We are more than them.
Albert Einstein asserted ‘’ the bad people rule because the good people (like you) are seated unconcern during nothing’’. I am not speaking fiction but a reality that all this is achievable. Science and technology is good and has helped man in it diversity, It is ironic that the more serious problems emanate from the more industrially advanced societies. Science and technology have worked wonders in many fields, but the basic human problems remain-Peace. There is unprecedented literacy, yet this universal education does not seem to have fostered goodness, but only mental restlessness and discontent instead.

I am sure that many people share my concern about the present worldwide moral crisis and will join in my appeal to all humanitarians and religious practitioners who also share this concern to help make our societies more compassionate, just, and equitable.From this perspective I share with you - that:

Ø  Universal humanitarianism is essential to solve global problems; Compassion, justice and the rule of law are the pillars of world peace;

Ø  By far the greatest single danger facing humankind - in fact, all living beings on our planet - is the threat of war and terrorism

The world is becoming smaller and smaller - and more and more interdependent - as a
result of rapid technological advances and international trade as well as increasing trans-national relations. We now depend very much on each other. Today we are so interdependent, so closely interconnected with each other, that without a sense of universal responsibility, a feeling of universal brotherhood and sisterhood, and an understanding and belief that we really are part of one big human family, we cannot hope to overcome the dangers to our very existence - let alone bring about peace and happiness. Whiles, some recognized this, other religious extremist and terrorist override this belief.

One nation's problems can no longer be satisfactorily solved by itself alone; too much depends on the interest, attitude, and cooperation of other nations. A universal humanitarian approach to world problems seems the only sound basis for world peace, it because we recognized that no man is an island. Whiles, others work to bring about religious indifference, the practitioners of different faiths can work together for world peace when we view different religions as essentially instruments to develop a good heart - love and respect for others, a true sense of community. The most important thing is to look at the purpose of religion and not at the details of theology or metaphysics, which can lead to mere intellectualism. I believe that all the major religions of the world can contribute to world peace and work together for the benefit of humanity if we put aside subtle metaphysical differences, which are really the internal business of each religion.

Hatred and fighting cannot bring happiness to anyone, even to the winners of battles. Violence always produces misery and thus is essentially counter-productive. It is, therefore, time for everyone and world leaders to learn to transcend the differences of race, culture, and ideology and to regard one another through eyes that see the common human situation. To do so would benefit individuals, communities, nations, and the world at large.

 The achievement of justice, harmony, and peace depends on many factors such as good governance, rule of law and the principles of universal declaration of sound moral justifiable human right. Human qualities as morality, compassion, decency, wisdom, and so forth have been the foundations of all civilizations. These qualities must be cultivated and sustained through systematic moral education in a conducive social environment so that a more humane world may emerge. The qualities required to create such a world must be inculcated right from the beginning, from childhood. We cannot wait for the next generation to make this change; the present generation must attempt a renewal of basic human values. If there is any hope, it is in the future generations, but not unless we institute major change on a worldwide scale in our present educational system. We need a revolution in our commitment to and practice of universal humanitarian values.

Living in society, we should share the sufferings of our fellow citizens and practice compassion and tolerance not only towards our loved ones but also towards our enemies. This is the test of our moral strength. We must set an example by our own practice, for we cannot hope to convince others of the value of religion by mere words. We must live up to the same high standards of integrity and sacrifice that we ask of others. The ultimate purpose of all religions is to serve and benefit humanity.
But, the embracing of a particular religion does not mean the rejection of another religion or one's own community. In fact, it is important that those who embrace a religion should not cut themselves off from their own society; as in the case of certain extremist, who sees the rest of the world as evil.
In this regard there are two things important to keep in mind: self-examination and self-correction. We should constantly check our attitude toward others, examining ourselves carefully, and we should correct ourselves immediately when we find we are in the wrong.

This article is also publisheh in ''The HeardNews'' news paper

Promise Edem Nukunu
Ag. Secretary-General
PeaceAids International