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CHRISTIANITY VS TRADITIONAL HEALERS

I have a friend. My friend is a bubbly, smart, funny personality. She prays, reads her Bible, goes to church and is what I would call a good person. This friend sometimes has traditional ceremonies which require slaughtering of an animal, other times she will seek counsel from a “traditional advisor”. When I found this out I was taken aback, but not judgemental.


 I myself come from a family that slaughters and works with the notion of ancestral respect and protection. “Witch doctors”, sangomas, traditional healers, inyangas, herbalists however, those are foreign concepts for me.I have been taught that there is a definitive difference in the two worlds we have made collide as people, particularly Africans (the only viewpoint I can stand from). 

Some people mix bits and pieces of belief systems that suit them, which I have learnt is not acceptable according to The Word. The Bible is quite clear, in fact, on the matter. Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'” (NIV) Deuteronomy 6:13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. (NIV)I am sure some people may roll their eyes at these words, even shun the “ancient beliefs” saying the bible is not current.

As a Christian, however, when we say “He is the Alpha and Omega” that is the beginning and the end- of ALL things. Of time, of people, things, of ALL! If this is the case, how can we speak outside of His instructions? The bible says in the beginning there was the Word and the Word was with God. Again I ask, how are we selectively chopping and choosing what pertains to us in Christianity? Let it be known, I am not addressing anyone other than Christians.

 I am not advocating for a religious debate on the merits of Christianity. When we “honour” amadlozi, or respect cultural practices that contradict what we are taught, who are we kidding? Hosea 4:6 says “My people shall perish for lack of knowledge”. I tend to believe more often than not this is the case for those, even with good intentions, in their relationship with God. We cannot dabble as it suits us. 

We cannot idolize or fear any other greater power than that of our Creator. It’s a contradiction that only you as an individual will have to deal with. When we make offering and are given charms to protect us, what are we saying of the Word that tells us not to fear as the Lord is with us? What about believing that no weapons formed against us shall prosper? What happened to walking by faith and not sight?

Spirituality is as real as the medium you are using to read this. Personally I believe that every single person has their divine revelations when they need to. Listen to that. While you may come from a family that has its practices, man was born with freewill. I honestly believe, while you may be persecuted for being rebellious by being saved and acting differently, when you know better, you do better.

Do Africans have a place in Christianity? Absolutely.  What that means for customs however, is up to you.
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