Manipulation in the name of religion
disappeared after impregnating his wife’s relative and their helper and then on Thursday, Codelia Mondela reported on a bishop who had raped his daughter since she was 14-yearsold while telling her that the Holy Ghost had instructed him to do so.
I am listing them in this manner so that you take in how often these incidents occur.
Religious spaces are quickly becoming very scary. The irony is out of this world because ideally, a church and its leaders are supposed to be a place of refuge for God’s people but according to recent headlines and patterns, the contrary is true.
First things first, this is not an attack on churches, I am Christian and church is the perfect place to rejuvenate your soul and spirit and to keep you excited about your beliefs. So I understand its importance.
However, what has become of concern is all the other harmful activities that have occurred, to women especially, in the name of God but are anything but Godly. It is on that same note that I felt that we should bring to light how we as women see how other women are exploited by religious men.
It is not the right representation of Christianity and it is a definite violation of human rights.
As we read these stories, it is only normal to question why any woman would allow themselves to be in such situations.
How have women become the victims in this slot of crime in particular? Okay, so when we go to church or when we pray we are almost always looking for divine intervention in our lives for the countless problems that we have as people.
Men usually fall for the “your riches will double” tagline while women are drawn towards the solutions to more home-bred issues. For example, it is usually men who are rumoured to have money-making juju and women are always accused of having husband-keeping juju.
It is just an example people, I am just trying to make a point. As a result, women will go to ultimate measures to keep their home in order.
Unfortunately, malicious clergymen have realised our weakness and have forged an industry dedicated to exploiting our desperation.
Picture this; a woman goes to a church leader/prophet crying about how she is failing to conceive and so her marriage is falling apart, her in-laws are looking at her sideways and she just wants a baby! It is a lot of pressure for one woman and she is just hopeless and powerless.
The last thing I would expect as that woman is for the church leader/ prophet to prescribe his body as a cure or treatment for my condition.
However, because the woman has probably tried everything in her power to no avail and now this religious man whom she presumes to be the expert and most knowledgeable in this area is imposing alleged facts that she knows little about, she is bound to fall for his “treatment”.
Deformation of the truth is the number one cause of manipulation in religious spaces. Ill-natured preachers are exceptional benders of God’s word.
They are able to take a verse from the Bible and use it to support their evil intentions. For example, 1 Timothy 2 verses 11 to 12 says that, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness, I permit no woman to teach or have authority over a man; rather, she is to remain silent”.
This verse can be easily distorted to mean something else and I bet that it has been told to a woman who is either a victim of some type of violence to keep her a victim or to a powerful woman to try and tame her.
I am no theologian but I am pretty sure that in this verse God did not mean that women should take rubbish from men lying down because even I know that He declared that He has plans for us and that they are plans for peace and not disaster.