CHRISTIANITY: AN INTRODUCTION

When I created this blog, I had a vision for it. It was to be my venting module. It was also to be a blog that would inspire people. Make them happy.

And NOTHING makes people happier than GOD.

So for those who need to know, need to remember or just want to read, I present: AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY. written by the ever awesome Ogechi Obi.

Look at that smile!
Look at that smile!

Without further ado;

The basics of Christianity.

Often times, Christianity is confused with religion but interwoven as the two may appear to be, they are distinct in nature and character. Religion is a mode of worship to a superior being while Christianity is a way of life: a life pattern hidden and revealed in Christ Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life, John 14:6.

Being a christian is way more than being a church goer, or a philanthropist or a missionary. It boils down to the root of your very being, your faith and nature. This will become clearer as we discuss the basics of Christianity.

1. You must have Zoe: Zoe means the God kind of life which Jesus gave us upon his coming, death and resurrection, John 10:10. We remember that Jesus said to Nicodemus that except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Being born of the incorruptible seed of the word of God simply,  means having the (kind of) life that God himself has. And this life comes into our spirit the very moment we confess Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, Romans 10:9-10. This is the first and foremost step of Christianity, accepting and confessing Jesus.

2. Receiving the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost is the spirit of God, freely given to everyman for direction, worship and guidance. The Holy Ghost is a person and not a thing. His presence is felt so powerfully that men begins to act supernaturally. Acts 2:1-8. He manifests himself through tongues, prophecies, conscience etc as He desires. Everybody who professes to be a christian must have the holy spirit whether he is a babe in Christ or a matured son.

3. Must abide in the vine and bear fruit for the Lord. A christian must be a seed sower sowing his seed on a good soil. Being a doer of the word of God and living the predestined life God has given. This is a whole new stage which comes with maturity in faith. A believer is not a servant but a son of God with an inheritance of the kingdom of God, a joint heir with Christ therefore must live and act as such. Any life pattern that doesn’t conform with what christ came to give us is not for you. It is not humility to reject your right and privileges in Christ, rather it is sheer stupidity and ignorance. At this stage, do not allow human orchestrated doctrine to determine your way of life, if you do, you will miss it.

4. Grow in the knowledge of Christ and be wise in your dealings. Always look to the cross and draw strength from the ultimate sacrifice of Christ. Rejoice in times of adversity and hold on to the faith that you profess. Always learn to give thanks and worship God even if your body thinks otherwise. You can control your body with your soul which functions through the mind.

This is an old post to expatiate number 2 above:

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Praying in Tongues

Very often people ask: Why should I speak in tongues which I cannot understand when I can speak in English and communicate effectively. ROMANS 8:26 answers this, “for the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which can not be uttered”.

Whether we accept it or not, we can never exhaust our prayer requests in our ordinary languages: there will always be something left out: we could get tired praying: we could ask for the wrong things, but when we pray in tongues, we are able to cover a vast number of it because it isn’t us praying but the Holy Spirit making intercession for us. A quick illustration: imagine you want to travel to the US and you choose to travel by bus, like it or not, you will never get there(or will get there years later), it’s impossible except you travel by air. In like manner, when you communicate in tongues, you are able to accomplish in ten minutes what should take you ten years to accomplish in ordinary language. Let’s see HEBREWS 4:12: “The word of God is quick and powerful……and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart”. So the Spirit is praying for you in accordance with the word of God. The intents of your hearts and not the desires of your mind are exposed to the Spirit. Therefore the Spirit is making the right prayer for you. ROMANS 8:27: “The Spirit searcheth the heart and knows the mind of the Spirit”. 1 CORINTHIANS 2:10: “The Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God”. This is a sweet communication, the Spirit of God in you communicating with God on your behalf.

When you pray in the Holy Ghost, you utter the wisdom of God in a mystery 1 CORINTHIANS 2:7. Verse 13 went further to say we speak not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth but which the Holy Spirit teacheth.

And here comes the good news, the Devil doesn’t and cannot understand it when you speak in tongues. He is confused. He so desperately wants to know your prayer request but he can’t, that uncertainty bothers him a lot. Its you communicating with God through the Holy Spirit: it’s a divine transaction that doesn’t require a third-party.

When you have the opportunity to receive the Holy Ghost, don’t shy away or disrupt the flow with unhealthy or unfounded thoughts about the Gift of speaking in tongues

How can one receive the gift? MATTHEW 28:19: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the father, the son and the Holy Ghost. 1.You can receive this gift by the laying of hands. 2. By desiring it. 1 COR 14 3. The flow of the anointing from a minister. 4. In the place of worship.

It is not a good excuse that you don’t pray in tongues in your church, salvation is personal and so is your relationship with God, people might run your race with you but no one can run it for you. if you desire earnestly the gifts of the Holy Spirit, He will come upon you and fill you.

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LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MEANING OF STALKING…

Stalking, as defined by the Encarta Dictionary, circa 2007, means one of two types of harassment-

1. stealthy pursuit: the act or process of stealthily following or trying to approach somebody or something
2. act of steady harassment: the crime of harassing somebody with persistent, inappropriate, and unwanted attention.In simpler terms, stalking means unwanted attention from a person, with the added element of fear for your safety.

 

Being a lawyer (becoming one anyway), I’ll give you the Black’s Law Dictionary meaning.Here goes:

Stalking is the  act of following or loitering near another, often surreptitiously, with the purpose of annoying or harassing that person or of committing a further crime, such as assault and battery.

Some statutory definitions include an element that the person being stalked must reasonably feel harassed, alarmed or distressed about their personal safety or the safety of one or more persons for whom the person is responsible.

For more definitions, please go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalking, for more information. Thank you.

Relating it to me, I tend to, while browsing, focus on someone’s Facebook page or tweet history, reading it continuously until I’m done and leaving comments as I see fit. This has been construed by some as stalking.

But some things jump out at me. In all the above definitions, stalking is defined as harassment. Maybe I’m guilty of that. If I am, correct me gently and I will stop. But, unless you feel genuinely harassed, or fear for your safety, DO NOT CALL ME A STALKER. EVER.

In case this has not crossed your minds, stalking is a crime. Not in Nigeria yet, but I presume it might be soon. Now think, darlings, how you would feel if, for instance, you left a comment on my Facebook wall or replying to something on my Twitter Feed and then had me call you a stalker. How. Would. You. Feel?

Think Hard.

Now let me exacerbate the anger. How would you feel if I happened to call you a stalker, in public, without even the courtesy of using a DM? Or even a Facebook message.

I try hard to go only where I’m wanted. And the Nigerian legal scene is predicated mostly on the position that all lawyers and aspiring lawyers must be “fit and proper”.

It is not fit and proper for an aspiring lawyer to be accused of stalking, however jokingly.

This post was written out of rage. It seems calm, the tone, but believe me, every time I think about the incident, I get enraged all over again. I keep praying but the rage has not left. I don’t know why. This is a last ditch effort to get rid of said rage.

Call me a stalker once and I’ll write a post.

Do it twice and never come or call anywhere near me.

You have been warned.

Frequently Asked Questions

In my sojourn here on earth, it quickly came to my knowledge that I am asked mostly the same questions whenever I go anywhere. These are the questions in list format and my responses to them. And, as I am vain enough to want some attention on this blog, I intend to direct all future questioners my age and slightly upwards, to this page for any further clarifications. To wit, the questions:

1. Obianuju? Aren’t you Yoruba?

Answer: No, I’m not.

2. Are you sure you’re not Yoruba?

Answer: I am very sure. I am full 100% Igbo.

3. Are you very sure….?

Answer: Yes I am very sure. And right now, you’re pissing me off. A high cheekbone does not automatically mean I’m Yoruba. A darker skin shade and persons of Igbo descent are not mutually exclusive. My look is a modified reincarnation of my grandmother’s and I dare you to ask again.

4. Is there something in your eye?

Answer: No.

5. I think there might be something wrong with your eye. Or is that your natural eye colour?

Answer: (Mischievous) Yes it is.

6. Are you sure?  Because it really looks like there is something in your eye…

Answer: There is no thing in my eye. The something of which you speak is called a contact lens. I have one in both eyes. I will admit that vanity caused me to get them in a different colour, but for all intents and purposes, they are my eyeglasses.

7. Is it hard to put on and off?

Answer: As with most things, the beginning was a little hard. But now, I’ve gotten used to it and I can even wear them without use of a mirror.

8. Do they irritate your eyes?

Answer: Sometimes they do. If I’ve been wearing them for too long; if the solution is expired and if I need to sleep.

9. Let me see how they look…

Answer: Like this-

12042013315110. Can you sleep in them?

Answer: Yes I can. But it is not advised.

11. Can you speak Yoruba?

Answer: No, I cannot.

12. But you grew up here (Lagos)? Why can’t you?

Answer: (A shrug).

13. Can you speak any language other than English?

Answer: Yes.

14. What did you put on your teeth?

Answer: They are called braces. I got them to help straighten my teeth.

15. Can you even cook? You look very fragile…

Answer: Yes, I can.

16. Are you sure?

Answer: Yes, I’m sure.

17.  How old are you?

Answer: None of your business.

18. Are you the writer/ writing for Inbetweenpeople?

Answer: Our history is long and complicated. Truth is stranger than fiction. But right now? I am not.

19. But you share a name. And the designation before it; “Hrh” is part of your Twitter handle….

Answer: For many years my nickname was OBJ. The designation is on a stubborn whim and I have not trademarked it.

20. How do you intend to run your blogs together?

Answer: Our blogs are not together.We don’t want to transfer the blog again so we are going to use it together. She’ll have the WordPress account. I can make my replies using Facebook/ Twitter. (Fortunately, I don’t have to).

21. You are very quiet. Very boring. Why?

Answer: Still waters run deep…

22. You’re studying law? Why? Don’t you know lawyers are liars?

Answer: Lying is a character trait. It is neither trademarked nor traceable to any one profession.

23. Will you defend me if I am arrested?

Answer: As long as you pay me.

24. You hardly talk. Are you sure you want to be a lawyer?

Answer: My roommates and friends would tell you different. Besides, law is about problem solving. Litigation, a branch of law, is about processes and sometimes about talking. Talking is a miniscule aspect of law.

25. Why do you drink so much water?

Answer: I was a camel in my former life.

26. Why is your body hot?

Answer: I am a warm-blooded animal.

27. Insearchofperfecthair? Are men allowed into this blog?

Answer: Yes, they are. It is greatly encouraged that they come.

28. I thought you were a slow eater. Why are you eating so fast?

Answer: Because I don’t want to listen to you anymore.

My Multiple Person “Disorder”/ The 3 Versions of Me You’re Likely To Meet

All good blogs start with an introduction to the person writing it. This is what constitutes as mine.

It’s a frequently asked question; why I’m so different. I have learnt to take all criticism as compliments of a sort and even (try to) like them. But this one, I genuinely love.

Every day, when I wake up, I undergo a personality change, depending on how I’ve slept and sometimes, on what happens as soon as I wake.

If I slept well after a day wherein I’ve achieved most of the things I set out to, I am happy. If I don’t, I’m not.

Now to the persons. My name is Obianuju (for those who don’t know), so all the names I’ll use, will be three-letter consecutive derivatives from that name. To wit:

Obi, Anu and Uju

Obi– Subtle, demure, QUIET. This is the girl so many people meet. The one so divergent from Anu and Uju that some people have concluded that we could not be the same. Usually found in class, in places where people are yelling other than churches (she doesn’t like to shout), at Penguin school dinners but strangely, hardly ever at the library. She’s the creative in the family. Almost always attired in a black skirt or a dress of dark colours-  penguin regulations. She loves to write, hardly talks, and is more lethargic than the rest.

Anu

I transform into Anu when I’m upset. Stepping on my shoes, I’d remain Obi or Uju. Screaming at me, yelling to the air insults meant for me, polarizing my time on trivial things when I’m busy, asking me questions when I just want to eat, screaming so your saliva sprays on my newly washed hair, criticising endlessly; I transform from quiet and demure or crazy and happy, into angry and all-too-ready to say something I’ll later regret. So I usually just shut up and glare like my life depends on it.

Uju

Mad, in a single word.

Found; on hair washing days (I love to wash my hair), on some holidays, around family and friends, on days when the moin- moin in Penguin School is not sloppily cooked and actually looks appetizing. When flies are not buzzing in the hostel, when she has finished her exams, at church, in the library, when everyone around is happy with her, whenever she is complimented and no snide comments have been directed to her in a while. Creative as well, this shows in the photographs she will take, and the ears she will cause to be closed by her admittedly terrifying voice. Too energetic for her own good, she works it out by running or walking really fast around nice young people (who later get the idea that she has a crush on them).

Now you know.

A picture guide; for further clarification:

OBI

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ANU

ANU

UJU

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NB: To forestall the mischief makers, whatever trait I exhibit, I’m still Obianuju.