The Bible is the greatest instrument in creating false industries in the continent of Africa and that is not to be celebrated. It is to be frowned upon.
Christianity, as we know it today in the continent of Africa, was midwived to us through Europe by the Missionaries. When they came to the continent, they were reading the same Bible that we are reading today.
When they sat at the Berlin Conference, dividing the continent in 1884 and 1885, they were reading the same Bible that we are reading today. The same Bible in which Paul says in Galatians 328, ”There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
They read that verse, but they came here in the continent to put us in bondage and conquered us. They came to Africa, discriminated and mass murdered her people while being mentored by the same bible.
The Missionaries also came to Africa after dividing the body of Christ.
The English had appropriated the Religion in 1534 and had their Anglican Church, complete with the Monarch as its head.
The Scots had their own, the Presbyterian Church. The Greeks had the Greek Orthodox. The Armenians had the Armenian Orthodox. The Roman Catholics were even bolder, they called it the Roman Catholic Church so that even if you are in Kenya, it is not the Kenyan Catholic Church, but the Roman Catholic Church.
In South Africa, they had the Dutch Reformed Church which became the foundation stone upon which Apartheid in South Africa was articulated in 1948 by Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd, a South African politician, a scholar of applied psychology and sociology, and chief editor of Die Transvaler newspaper who is regarded as the architect of Apartheid.
The bible has been misused. It has been used to support slavery, colonialism, and pervert the truth and as Africans, we ought to find a rediscovery of the same, with a questioning spirit.
Today, many African religious leaders have used religion as a tool to divide, control and exploit the masses, a thing that has led to widespread poverty and suffering on the continent.
Religion should not be used to justify oppression and inequality, but rather as a means of promoting peace, justice, and equality for all people. Africans should reject leaders who use religion to justify their actions and instead support leaders who will work toward the betterment of our people.