Saturday, 29 October 2016

Should The Ghana Police Service Bother Itself With Cranks Who Hear Voices And Prophesy?

One wonders whether some pastors in Ghana dream of being appointed to the exalted  position of "secret-spiritual-advisor" to sitting Ghanaian presidents.

Could that be what all those much-publicised so-called "prophecies" by some pastors - which create such controversies across the country - are actually about, perchance?

If your business model is mind-control of your "flock" - made possible by bestriding the "spiritual realm" like a Colossus - could you not use the interpretation of "dreams" to control even presidents of the Republic of Ghana, who fall under your spell?

Is it not the perfect backdoor route to power in Ghana for dog-collar-megalomaniacs with political ambitions - who doubtless see the endless possibilities for acquiring yet more wealth that could open up for them that way?

For all we know, perhaps some of Ghana's mega-church-founders, who are students of world history, harbour secret ambitions of becoming very powerful and uber-influential individuals in our national life. Think, Rasputin?

Who knows whether such clever people do not regard Gregor Yefimovich Rasputin - the debauched peasant and "spiritual healer" who wielded enormous influence,  in the St. Petersburg court of  Tsar Nicholas 11, Imperial Russia's last ruler - as a perfect role model?

Watching television news reports recently, I was struck by how a certain pastor - who has cornered the market for communicating with God Almighty and regularly issues "prophecies" of coming events based on those communications - bears a remarkable facial resemblance to Rasputin.

A photograph I also saw of him on a Ghana-centric online news portal,  confirmed the fact that he is indeed a spitting image of Rasputin - shorn of long locks and reimagined in the "spiritual realm" as a more moderately-bearded African with a low-cut hairstyle. Wonders.

The question is: Why do so many people in this country allow themselves to be hoodwinked by clever rogues "in the name of the blood of Jesus"  - when in the era of cheap smartphones,  they could text, Skype or WhatsApp God Almighty, directly, themselves? Food for thought.

In future, the Ghana Police Service must not waste precious man-hours, of the period allotted to its well-trained investigators, daily, on charlatans purporting to be "men of God."

As it happens, there are those who say that as a people, we have many faults. What can one say to that? Nothing much, alas: descending into the realms of absurdity has become a national blood-sport ("In-the-name-of-the-blood-of-Jesus!").

However, be that as it may, surely, we must not descend to the point where even  the Ghana Police Service humours "spiritual-realm" attention-seeking cranks?

What can police investigators possibly do with influence-seeking rogues, who apparently derive their "powers" from a "spiritual world" that only they can access, and in which empirical evidence does not exist, and no one can therefore independently verify their patently false claims? Is it not a complete waste of time?

Genuinely religious people, whatever their faith - be they Buddhists, Moslems, Christians, Jews - are very special people, who invariably have the aura of saints around them. They are goodness personified.

They are:  Humble; ever considerate; gentle; kind; forgiving; tolerant; and generous-hearted individuals, who invariably shun the limelight. They are neither ever suspicious of others nor question their motives, and always do good by stealth.

They never see evil where it does not exist: They don't see evil in  the souls of individuals when the devil does not actually reside in them - unlike the many so-called "born-again-Christians" in Ghana whose mean-spiritedness is beyond belief. They are forever seeing evil where none exists. Hypocrites.

And unlike the "spirtual-realm-humbugs" in our midst, the saintly individuals described above as genuinely religious individuals, never make doom-laden public prophesies, ever. They are not in the prophesying business - and are definitely not sanctimonious hypocrites.

Above all, they most certainly don't fleece  the vulnerable, by collecting tithes from their monthly incomes - and in offerings from daily worship session after worship session: and in expensively-priced one-on-one consultations. Thank goodness.

There are far too many "spiritual-realm-humbugs" in this country. Their so-called "prophecies" are all designed to make them powerful individuals in a superstition-riddled nation full of corrupt hypocrites and moral cowards.

In future, the Ghana Police Service must not bother itself with such dubious characters, who in any serious nation, would definitely be regarded as nut-cases: schizophrenics suffering from delusions of grandeur who hear voices and prophesy. Eeebei - is enough not enough? Haaba.

Hmm, Ghana - enti yewieye paa eniea? Asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

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