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Where Was God During Slavery

By Sicebise Msengana











The same place he was when he drowned millions of men, women and children with a globe flood in Noah's days. The same place he was when he punished the entire human race because of the actions of two sinful individuals -- Adam and Eve.

Become Happy Like Gods

By Sicebise Msengana










"Being godless is simply a great thing. We do not have to enslave ourselves with the nonsense beliefs and magical rituals of religions.  We know everything is over with this life. 

Science Disproves The Flood of Noah

By Sicebise Msengana










I'm a science lover and I am intrigued by how the universe works. For the past three years, I've made observations based on scientific evidence -- factual evidence supported by scientific discoveries.

Women Especially African Women Would Very Dumb To Follow Islam

By Sicebise Msengana

The joke is women who are still dumb enough to follow this male chauvinist murder cult that OPPRESSES, DEGRADES, RAPES and KILL innocent women around the world, especially in the Middle East.

How to Start a Religion in 12 Easy Ways

By Sicebise Msengana








Are you constantly stressed out and broke as an African? Do you want to enjoy life and take full advantage of opportunities? Do you wish to have an intimate relationship with your loved ones or spouse or partner?
In fact, it’s simple, and any African can do it. I have an idea of starting a religio-political cult. You can follow along at home.

Love

By Sicebise Msengana












Love
Love anti-white rants
Love abusing and mistreating women
Love being a hate teacher and an advocate of violence and murderous acts
Love harassing little girls and boys
Love denying education, health care, housing and public funds on the basis of skin colour, religion, gender and origin
Love being a self-righteous hypocrite
Love cancer
Love oppression
Love unprotected sex
Love hate

Face Our Fears Boldly

By Sicebise Msengana






I always see the self-hating attitudes towards Africa as coping mechanisms against the 500 year-old racist anti-African propaganda. People whose ancestors suffered slavery and social degradation developed certain survival traits to cope with their surroundings. The invention of races was one of the darkest moments in human history , W. E. B. Du Bois  makes the following observation: “There came a new doctrine of universal labor: mankind were of two sorts—the superior and the inferior; the inferior toiled for the superior; and the superior were the real men, the inferior half men or less.”


Escapist avenues may offer psychological comfort for many who feel burdened with African phenotype. Many of our people claim all these fancy identities that seem to be non-African e.g. Egyptian, Ethiopian, Moorish, 'Black' Indians, Hebrew Israelites etc., except for African to compensate for inferiority complex. Some Negro pseudo-intellectuals have tried to promote some false information and hate speech especially the Hebrew Israelite movement. These bigoted individuals and hate institutions have yet to produce carefully gathered, cross-checked and tested scientific evidence for those dubious claims. It is true that Europeans (Whites) have lied about our history, talents and capabilities as a people. Even W. E. B. Du Bois said “A system at first conscious and then unconscious of lying about history and distorting it to the disadvantage of the Negroids became so widespread that the history of Africa ceased to be taught, the color of Memnon was forgotten, and every effort was made in archaeology, history, and biography, in biology, psychology, and sociology, to prove the all but universal assumption that the color line had a scientific basis... .” But far stretched theories with no scientific research and hard evidence are just human imagination intended to allay fears and lull to a sense of security, perhaps, through making non-falsifiable statements such as the “White man enslaved, and detached us from our original self” or “Caucasians hid everything about us.” One American Hebrew Israelite said “because initially even the Europeans slave traders distinguished us from the Africans as a completely different nation of people!” It is also a catch-22 situation, where Africans are held responsible and hated for “selling their own people” or for the transatlantic slave trade that actually never happened according to “Black” Indians—but also for failing to  reach out to our people in America (didn’t they just say they are not African, then why should we Africans concern ourselves with non-African affairs?). It seems that we just can't win.

The white-owned media houses such as CNN and National Geographic always show negative stereotypes of Africa, no wonder the Diaspora Africans hate Africa. The Motherland is a psychological badge of shame for many people of the African descent. Thus, they hate themselves. You can't love yourself without loving Africa. Africa is negatively portrayed as a dying continent, with AIDS-infected hungry little kids, wars, child soldiers, cannibals and Stone Age tribal societies consisting of naked men and women chasing zebras and lions. From these racist and paternalistic lens, it can be overwhelming for those whose racial identity is a simply a qualifier for incarceration, police brutality, economic exploitation and political victimisation.
Malcolm X talked about three ways to independent thinking and nation building:

1) Wake up. Africans have been asleep for more than 500 years, and are sleeping tight even after centuries of bondage—slavery, colonialism and apartheid.

2) Clean up. It is the duty of every African to rid him/herself of the garbage and lies spread by the white man and oneself; Agyei Tyehimba asserts “Ironically, the most vulnerable people often are the easiest to con, swindle, and deceive, because they are so desperate for answers, solutions and ultimately liberation. This leaves considerable room for attention-seekers and sensationalist types to emerge... .” We may have con-artists and impostors among ourselves who claim to represent the truth. Personally, I doubt any religious proselytisers and these “conscious” types. It is great that we don’t have “conscious” freaks in Africa lurking to rob people for their hard earned money, save for religious folks and institutions.

 3) Stand up.  Africans must fight for their HUMAN RIGHTS by what ever means necessary! In self-defense, the primary  goal  is to destroy the enemy, but at the same time, it is self-preservation, because if the enemy is not destroyed, you will be destroyed. In face value, the white power structure looks  terrifying, but in reality, they are not so powerful. The white AmeriKLAN cops that gun down innocent unarmed Africans in the streets of America, that Europeans in Africa that are keeping stolen lands and white racists that  directly or indirectly perpetuate the system through thoughts and actions are nothing but cowards.

Face Our Fears Boldly

By Sicebise Msengana






I always see the self-hating attitudes towards Africa as coping mechanisms against the 500 year-old racist anti-African propaganda. People whose ancestors suffered slavery and social degradation developed certain survival traits to cope with their surroundings. The invention of races was one of the darkest moments in human history , W. E. B. Du Bois  makes the following observation: “There came a new doctrine of universal labor: mankind were of two sorts—the superior and the inferior; the inferior toiled for the superior; and the superior were the real men, the inferior half men or less.”

500 Years of Resentment and Anger Against Africans

By Sicebise Msengana











I won't speak for  'Hebrew Israelites' and 'Black Indians', let their advocates speak for them. I will only speak for Africans -- both continental Africans and Diaspora. I understand that these pseudo-identities our people have picked up are coping mechanisms in a white society that bashes anything that looks 'African.' The poor arguments are in contradiction to scientific and archeological evidence. The purpose of these ideologies are to serve as a group therapy for those affected by slavery.

Religion Has Been a Stumbling Block of Progress


By Sicebise Msengana
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" when you do science, you have to put aside religion. You must exclude the divine from your theories about the world. Once you bring in the supernatural, you can explain anything, but none of your explanations can ever be confirmed, since you're using ideas that go beyond human sense"--Steven Weinberg

From its beginning religion has been a stumbling block against scientific developments. The claims made by religious fanatics are fallacious in many ways. Just because religious scientists did or still do scientific work has nothing to do with science. In fact, greatest scientists were and always irreligious and didn't bring science into religion (i.e. Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin).

Secularism: Scepticism Over The Supernatural Fantasies

By Sicebise Msengana












Predictions for the future:
In the years to come there will be a big evolution of religion. In the next 50-100 years, it won't be the religion we know like today. Just as there is a revolution in world religions. Take a look at Christianity, it is not what it used to be. Some of the teachings taught today would make the epistles and martyrs turn in their graves. For example, prosperity gospel that is used to cheat people of their hard earned money by promises of "divine blessings," faith healing and many other outlandish claims.

Years ago, I asked a person of faith, why doesn't God perform miracles as He used to do in ancient times. The answer was simple: "miracles have failed to convince people of God's love and grace.  Even if God performed miracles through his prophets, the emphasis today is put on people using faith to find and please God." A look at Islam, Take a look at Islam in its infancy. The religion was built on bloody conquests of the pagans. The Jihad or holy wars were fought in the name of Allah were means to spread the Muslim faith across the world.

But today one may find that there is a slight deviation from the original teachings of the Quran. Islam is becoming more tolerant and accepting particularly among the Western countries. Much of the Quran is interpreted metaphorically by many Islamic scholars. The same holds for other world religions. In the next 100 years, humanity for the first time may witness a form of religion that is secular in nature. We might see a form of world religion that incorporates all world religions in one religions system. A religious system that is tolerant to the homosexual community, the doctrine of Hell is metaphor of a real place. Scepticism over blind obedience.

Reason and logic over the supernatural and miracles. Sick people over depraved sinners. Today, scientists are trying to solve the problem of consciousness, if the findings reveal that the soul is not immortal. Then, Heaven and Hell, will be allegories of real places. Instead, of people going to suffer in hell for eternity. Hell could be a place that purifies sinners who were unable to attain sanctity in this lifetime. As science advances people won't need God to provide explanations for the difficult questions. Scientific advancements will fill most of the gaps. The fundamental doctrines of this secular religion is more of a "lifestyle religion." One can believe in God, or not, God won't hold you accountable for your lifestyle choices. A person can do whatever they want as long as they are good to their fellow human beings, tithe to church.

Secularism: Scepticism Over The Supernatural Fantasies

By Sicebise Msengana












Predictions for the future:
In the years to come there will be a big evolution of religion. In the next 50-100 years, it won't be the religion we know like today. Just as there is a revolution in world religions. Take a look at Christianity, it is not what it used to be. Some of the teachings taught today would make the epistles and martyrs turn in their graves. For example, prosperity gospel that is used to cheat people of their hard earned money by promises of "divine blessings," faith healing and many other outlandish claims.

Confessions of Nat Turner

By Sicebise Msengana






















THE
CONFESSIONS
OF NAT TURNER, THE LEADER OF THE LATE
INSURRECTION IN SOUTH HAMPTON, VA.



As fully and voluntarily made to
THOMAS R. GRAY
In the prison where he was confined, and acknowledged by
him to be such when read before the Court of Southampton;
with the certificate, under seal of
the Court convened at Jerusalem,
Nov. 5, 1831, for his trial.
ALSO, AN AUTHENTIC
ACCOUNT OF THE WHOLE INSURRECTION,
WITH LISTS OF THE WHITES WHO WERE MURDERED,
AND OF THE NEGROES BROUGHT BEFORE THE COURT OF
SOUTHHAMPTON, AND THERE SENTENCED, &c.

Baltimore:
PUBLISHED BY THOMAS R. GRAY.
Lucas & Deaver, print.
1831.



Page verso
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, TO WIT:

The Message is Still 'Nonviolence and Forgiveness'?

By Sicebise Msengana











We live in a world in a shadow. Bad things happen everyday and there's nothing we can do about it. However, as we grow we see people doing bad things to other people. We see people discriminate, lynch, brutally beat and kill others. How can we make sense of these atrocious acts committed to innocent people? How do we go about this painful reality?

Up From Slavery

By Sicebise Msengana




















Chapter I. A Slave Among Slaves 

I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia. I am not quite sure of the exact place or exact date of my birth, but at any rate I suspect I must have been born somewhere and at some time. As nearly as I have been able to learn, I was born near a cross-roads post-office called Hale's Ford, and the year was 1858 or 1859. I do not know the month or the day. The earliest impressions I can now recall are of the plantation and the slave quarters--the latter being the part of the plantation where the slaves had their cabins. 

My life had its beginning in the midst of the most miserable, desolate, and discouraging surroundings. This was so, however, not because my owners were especially cruel, for they were not, as compared with many others. I was born in a typical log cabin, about fourteen by sixteen feet square. In this cabin I lived with my mother and a brother and sister till after the Civil War, when we were all declared free.

Where Was God During Slavery

By Sicebise Msengana













Where was God during slavery? In other words, what did he do to stop the Transatlantic slave trade? This is a tough question because God has been silent on many issues facing his creation. Instead,  he has been hidden, never letting us see or hear God, but occasionally trying to get our attention through indirect means: "working" through people, revealing his supposed existence through creation and dropping "hints" here and there. But it is not direct.

Ancient Ethiopian Rock Churches

By Sicebise Msengana














Lalibela is a town in Ethiopia famous for its rock-cut churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum , and a center of worship. Massive eleven rock-hewn churches , each carved out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level. The current town of Lalibela was known as Roha.

                           
  The origins of these rock churches date back to the reign of  Saint Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, also known as King Lalibela. However, the dating varies between scholars; some date it to the time of the apostles in the 3th century AD - 7th century AD.  The purpose of the churches was to  create a New Jerusalem for those who could not make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Even the general layout and names of the major buildings in Lalibela are widely believed, to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem.

Each rock church was carved from a single piece of rock to symbolize spirituality and humility. Among the first Europeans to see these churches was the Portuguese explorer Pêro da Covilhã (1460–1526). The excavations began in the 20th century, according to UNESCO: There are two main groups of churches – to the north of the river Jordan: Biete Medhani Alem (House of the Saviour of the World), Biete Mariam (House of Mary), Biete Maskal (House of the Cross), Biete Denagel (House of Virgins), Biete Golgotha Mikael (House of
Golgotha Mikael); and to the south of the river, Biete Amanuel (House of Emmanuel), Biete Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St.
Mercoreos), Biete Abba Libanos (House of Abbot Libanos), Biete Gabriel Raphael (House of Gabriel Raphael), and Biete Lehem (House of Holy Bread). The eleventh church, Biete Ghiorgis (House
of St. George), is isolated from the others, but connected by a system of trenches.  "What makes the Lalibela churches important is that they are still in use," says Woldegiorgis. "It's not a museum; it's a living heritage. Every day, every morning, there is a service in all the churches." -CNN.

 As a continental African, the history of our region bears testimony to the ingenuity of our ancestors.  When we discover ancient civilizations like this impressive ancient churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia, Africa that was hewn from rock c. 6th or 7th century and completed around 12th century. It proves beyond doubt that Africa has contributed to human civilization.

Ancient Ethiopian Rock Churches

By Sicebise Msengana














Lalibela is a town in Ethiopia famous for its rock-cut churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum , and a center of worship. Massive eleven rock-hewn churches , each carved out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level. The current town of Lalibela was known as Roha.

Why Hell is intellectual laziness and morally wrong

By Sicebise Msengana
Pic: Jesusisprecious.com












According Wikipedia, there are roughly 4, 200 religions in the world. With each religion is a God or gods. While Christianity, Islam and Judaism are monotheistic religions, some religions such as Hinduism boost up to 33 million gods or more as shown in the Huffpost study.

Revelation 20:15 says, " And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE."

The Real Medusa

By Unknown author
Pic: Sicebiseonline

















Medusa, a real woman, was the Afrikan serpent-goddess said to have worn a pouch around her waist containing live snakes that represented wisdom and renewal. She was said to have carried the original Gorgon mask to frighten off the unskilled, and it was painted red to symbolize the power of menstrual blood with “gruesome glaring eyes, bared fanged teeth and, like the Hindu Goddess Kali, a protruding tongue” Goddess Inspired . Her name
derived from Egyptian Maat (Truth) “which also gives us the words medicine, mathematics, and Sanskrit medha (