It is popularly said, “There is only one God and we all have different ways to reach Him.”
This world view is behind the spirit of traditional worship, ecumenism and syncretism.
Also it is said, “Every community and people groups has its OWN name for God.” This sounds true to the naive heart. But a deep look at scripture reveals otherwise. There is an increasing rise of African Traditional Religion movement, and the central mantra is to bring African back to their roots, or to the African ‘god’, whom they teach the West discarded when they brought in Christianity. Lot of people are beginning to turn their back on the church to embrace traditional worship.
Most people within the Igbo church have no issues calling or serving 'Jesus' and 'Amadioha'.
Amadioha is the god/arusi (deities)of thunder and lightning of the Igbo people of south eastern Nigeria. He is first and foremost known as a god of justice. Amadioha who is a god is claimed to be the son of Chineke. And Chineke (Creator) by many igbos is introduced as the God of Scriptures (error) How about Chukwu?
In the Igbo pantheon, Chukwu is the source of all other ‘Igbo deities’ and is responsible for assigning them their different tasks. The Igbo people believe that all things come from Chukwu, who brings the rain necessary for plants to grow and controls everything on Earth and the spiritual world. They believe Chukwu to be an undefinable omnipotent and omnipresent supreme deity that encompasses everything in space and space itself.
The same with most ‘Christian Yorubas’ who call on ‘Jesu’ and ‘Orunmila’ (the god of wisdom, knowledge, and omniscience).
Let me shift a bit before I go further. The Yoruba ethic groups in Nigeria claim to call ‘God’- ‘Olodumare’. Even Yoruba ‘Christians call him the same. But there is problem. In the Yoruba traditional word it hold the belief of seven Pantheon, here are their names: Elegua (Eledua) , Obatala, Ogun, Shango, Yemaya, Oshun, and Orunmilla. These Pantheons are called’ Orisha’.
The orisha (spelled òrìṣà in the Yoruba language) are spirits sent by Olodumare (don’t forget they claim Olodumare is God) for the guidance of all creation and of humanity in particular, on how to live and be successful on Earth.
Among these Pantheo Ṣàngó is viewed as the most powerful and feared of the orisha pantheon. He casts a “thunderstone” to earth, which creates thunder and lightning, to anyone who offends him.
These was the foundation of African Traditional Worship before Christianity made these Pantheons irrelevant. Today, an ongoing Revival of these Pantheons is happening and they now are placed side by side with ‘Christian Jesus’ . The Vatican (the Pope), and some Protestant now accommodate, approve the unity of these Pantheons with their Christian Religious faith.
For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of YeHoVaH our Elohim for ever and ever.
The construction in Micah 4:5 reveals that nations have always and will always be identified by their gods. But their god, even if it’s Amadioha, chineke, Chukwu, Sango, Orunmila MUST not be mistaken for the Almighty Elohim. Christianity insufficiently tried to establish the existence of one Ultimate God of the universe, why denying the reality of these Pantheons these nations walked in.
Christianity failed. How? It told these people group ‘it was the same god’ they brought but they (the nations) worshiped Him wrongly, they misunderstood Paul ‘Unknown god’ speech on Mars Hill. It was not the same God, and these nations did know the Pantheons they worshipped.
Our Elohim is distinct and Holy! He has a name that is distinct. A Name Revealed in Torah! The Messiah has a Name that is distinct. A name exalted above every name, ‘Yeshua’.
Do you leave an exalted Name to call ‘Chukwu, chineke, sango’, unexalted name. Because your forefathers told you it was the same ‘God’.
YeHoVaH our Elohim, should not be reference as the Jewish god, or seen as the God of the Israelite. He is sufficiently revealed in Scriptures as the True, One and Only Elohim of the Universe.
Apostle Ndubuisi Eke
House of Israel Nigeria.