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True Story: When a Priest takes it to the Shrine, who gets the Sentence?

Writer- Solomon Chibuzor
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[True Story..embellished a bit]

When in Church, we learn about the amazing qualities of our Almighty Father in Heaven.

“God is wonderful”

“God is powerful”

“God is beautiful”

“God is merciful”

…oh yeah, ‘merciful’, this is our most preferred quality of the creator because let’s face it, as humans, we don’t actually strive that much to do good so we count on the mercies of our heavenly father to wipe our slates clean over and over. This is more evident whenever we kneel down in our closets to pray or speak to the priests in the confessionals.

As you know, priests have ‘the right’ to forgive, except only recently the pontifical secrecy rules for sex abuse cases was scrapped by the current Pope Francis. Asides that, every other word uttered to a priest remains a secret.

Wondering my emphasis on priests? I grew up to see my village Parish under construction, and thirty years later, it was still under construction despite all the funds raised over the years which is usually left in the care of the village principalities (building committees).

Read: Testifiers are Performers

The current priest on arriving the parish acted oblivious to the situation for a while, trying not to meddle into church politics for obvious reasons. Well, that is until he just couldn’t anymore.

He woke up one day to discover that the 100 bags of cement he was personally gifted had been carted away by ‘ghosts’ from the storage only members of the building committee had access to.

He summoned them over the missing bags but they all denied. Going priestly, he asked them to come for confessions but I’m guessing they all said within themselves “Nah priest, we ain’t feeling the holy vibes just yet”. Even after giving a week ultimatum, they probably thought “nothing will happen, God is merciful. We are safe”

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“Confess! Confess!” he charged.
Read: ‘Fallen Christians’…They Had No Stand!

A week later, my dear Rev’d father stepped out of his cassock and wore a jean and polo. He went across the road from the parish premises to “Oñû Modo ômadû” (the village shrine, whose priest ironically is dead) and laid a deadly and fast-acting curse on them there.

The bushes have ears. People heard it. They told their neighbours, and their neighbours told the culprits. “Father!!! Father… Father where are you? Father I have sinned, please father forgive me”, one of the culprits came pleading with the priest.

The priest smiled. Prayed for him, and he lived. A week later, the other three died in different mysterious circumstances. 

Now the Question… Why do we fear other deities and take the Almighty for granted?

 

Note: Onu Odo means ‘the masquerade’s abode’

Omadu- is the village, in the town known as EBE.( Ebe is a town in UDI LGA, of Enugu State)

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Seyi

😂 😂 I love this story, great message too

Darius
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Darius

God is merciful and slow to wrath. If God was quick to punish us for our wrongdoings, who would be alive today? We know God won’t punish us swiftly when we err that’s why we don’t fear him. Sometimes, He even gives us years to mend our ways and turn a new leaf. A family friend who is a pastor has a daughter who, some years back, decided to dishonour God and her father by marrying a non-Christian. Everybody pleaded with her to rethink her decision but she refused. Fasting and praying was futile as she forged ahead with marriage… Read more »

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I honestly don’t know how to react to your story..I was like.. (Mouth open).

You know many times we expect life to play out like nollywood movie…where bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to good people.
But God is mysterious… That’s just it.

Darius
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Darius

God is indeed mysterious.

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Hmmmm! Do we choose who we love? Should love be about religion especially in this dispensation? What if she lost the love of her life because of the pastors biased view? These questions!! Your first question got me thinking too, I wonder if I will be alive.

Darius
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Darius

Can two work together unless they agree?

Unlike in Yoruba land where Christians and Muslims intermarry, intermarriage between Christians & Muslims in the North is a taboo.

I don’t think her dad would have objected if the guy was a Hindu, a Jew or a Buddhist. I can’t say more than this.

Femi
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Femi

Hian! Ya sure she’s happy? Non Christian doesn’t mean she will not be happy with the man. God doesn’t react when we expect him to, we are just impatient as humans; that’s the truth. One of the prophets’ in the Bible, married an harlot. How do you think the daughter would feel when she realises what her father did? What if she married a so called Christian brother; under the influence of the voodoo? How do you see your pastor now, knowing full well he went to a herbalist for something? And yeah, having kids and a Christian family don’t… Read more »

Amaka
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Amaka

This is such an interesting story.
we all Know God is a merciful and he is never fast to punish.

BENJAY
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BENJAY

Oh Wow!.. Hehehehe.. This is so interesting that i am temporarily blank, i think i will just read up on the opinion of others

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😂😂😂

Femi
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Femi

Typical of Africans na. We actually do not fear other deities, from your story, we fear the aftermath of our evil deeds.

Trust me, a similar occurrence might probably have happened to them with typical prayers in the personal milieu of the priest.

Obama
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Obama

Tradition is strong ooh! Tradition is strong… Mordernism can’t change that neither will it reduce its efficacy.