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Religion and Health: A Study on Selected Old Testament Dietary Laws for Healthy Living
(Insight: Journal of Religious Studies Babcock University, 2022)
Healing and divine health are God's perfect will for mankind. God's plan for man was that he would enjoy divine health. Good health is one of the requisites for worship. A personality in good health stands on a better pedestal of worship than a personality with health challenges. Just as the soul needs hadebar- the Word for sound mind, games, natural foods rich in minerals, vitamins, trace elements, vital nutrients and other substances which have positive medical and curative properties are needed to keep the physical body in good health, in this era of wonder drugs, hormones and synthetic compounds. This paper which is mainly an inductive study, seeks to re-echo the need for all and sundry to adopt and apply biblical dietary principles for the enhancement of good health. Therefore, through this inductive study, the paper projects God's standard on the issue of diet as taught in the Scripture. From the findings of the study, the reasons, and benefits of the dietary laws in the Scripture are germane.
Socio-Religious and Political Implications of Righteousness in Amos 5:24 on Nigerian Developmental Milieu
(NOUN Scholar Journal of Arts nd Humanities, 2022)
A good number of academic works done in the book of Amos focused basically on social injustice with little emphasis on righteousness. Despite the attempts by scholars, the Government and well meaning Nigerians to salvage the insalubrious situation, the escalation of corruption and social vices continually hindered the political and economic development of Nigeria. In the meantime, the acclaimed giant of Africa is plagued with a violation of good governance and moral values. However, this paper employed a historical-critical method to examine the theology of righteousness in Amos 5:24 and its socio-religious import in the Nigerian developmental milieu to restore justice and righteousness. The findings show that there is a dire need for God's approved righteousness that produces equity, fairness, economic growth and political stability. It is worthy to note that religious and ethnic crises are hybrids of unrighteousness and moral dissipation from the family, the religious organizations, the educational environment, political parties and society at large. There seems to be spiritual blindness of the religious adherents, and upper and ruling classes in Nigeria which is evident in the unjust exploitation of the poor. The fact is this if about 95% of Nigerians claim to be religious, who then are the perpetrators of evil in the nation? This signals the unidentified missing link in the socio-religious context of Nigeria — hence, the thrust of this article. The present study, therefore, recommends serious tracking of God's approved righteousness, responsibility and accountability in governance. Self- righteousness and hypocritical worship that substitute for the demand of the covenant should be eschewed to attract the mercy of God for national development. Religious adherents and leaders should uphold the integrity and emulate Prophet Amos in providing eternal witnessing of God's opposition to economic, political and social abnormality. To ensure that justice rolls like water and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream as stated in Amos 5:24, all Nigerians should maintain self-discipline, and moral values and advocate righteousness in all agents of socialization.
Hermeneutic Methods and Biblical Interpretation: Implications for Sustainable Peace in the Northeast, Nigeria
(John Archers, 2022)
The Bible is a compendium of books. Each book that makes up the entire Bible is powerful on its own and the combinations of these singular books in the canon make the Bible a great resource for change, growth and development. Because of its versatility, there is no other single literature that is widely published, interpreted and spread in different languages and tongues like the Bible. It is both infallible and inerrant, but these qualities can only be vividly expressed by the expertise and professionalism of the Bible interpreter. Depending on the soundness of the exegete, the Bible can be interpreted to deal with errors and confront societal problems and it could as well be interpreted wrongly to cause strife and tension in the society. Hence, the peace the Bible portrays, and on the other hand, the chaos it can be made to generate all depends on the interpreter as well as the hermeneutic method he/she chooses to make use of at every point in time. In this work, the author critically examines the influence of Hermeneutic methods on Biblical interpretation and its implications for the sustainable peace of the Northeast, Nigeria, which is being ravaged by insurgency and insecurity. Historical and phenomenological methodologies were employed by the author in the work. It is observed that a right hermeneutical method of the Bible and application by the interpreter to the context of the North East has greatly influenced the communities and the region and their dwellers. It is recommended that interpreters of the Bible should be diligent in their task and Christians should continue to show love and be Christ-like no matter what the situation is.
Leadership and Peace Building in Nigerian Perspectives
(Department of Religious Studies, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye Ogun State, 2020)
Peace building has always been considered as a restorative measure put in place between groups of people or nations after an initial experience of conflict. This makes peace building to come after a breakdown of exiting peace and mutual togetherness between organisations or groups. Peace building does not happen by chance or come easily; it takes critical and tactical analysis of issues by those who because of their positions in the society are respected by the populace. Three categories of leaders are known and respected in African communities generally and in Nigeria especially. These are Traditional rulers, political and religious leaders. In this paper, therefore, the roles of the leadership of these three tiers of leaders to peace building in Nigeria are discussed. Using historical and contextual analysis, this work examines what personal qualities and skills that are essential for leaders taking up the task of building to possess and the technicalities involved in the task The writers emphasise that peace building is not out to completely remove a conflict and bring about perfection of peace, but to manage the situation between/among the conflicting parties so as not to lead to afresh conflict. It was recommended that in peace building leaders need to be security conscious as they perform the task of peace building because peace terminators are usually out to frustrate their good intentions and are always ready to inflict injuries and cause destruction when their power and personal interests are threatened