One of the most common objections to the Christian Faith is usually along these lines: Christianity was brought to Africa by evil European colonizers with the intent of subduing Africans.
In fact the atheist usually just assumes that this statement alone is enough evidence to embarrass believers into renouncing their faith or to stop unbelievers from ever becoming Christians.
Yet the atheist quotes from god hating, and likeminded European philosophers and even uses the tongue of the colonizers to communicate his hatred for a “European god”. He fails to even realise that these very actions must refute his own argument. If supposedly everything that colonisers used to subdue Africans is bad then Africans should not use anything that Europeans used to subdue Africans, this should basically include the language, and the philosophy of the colonisers.
Yet the atheist doesn’t see this contradiction because he thinks of self as wise. Any student of apologetics must learn to identify self refuting arguments and specifically the argument against Christianity on the basis of colonialism whenever the atheist deploys this argument even if it is veiled in myriad of verbosity.
In this article I deal with self contradictory claims of an atheist Shingai Ndoro who loves to state that the idea of “God” was brought about by Europeans and thus must be rejected on account of it being a bad idea since it was an invention of the Europeans who also happened to be cruel colonisers.
VA NDORO: “Almighty God” violates the principles of secularity and human diversity and inclusivity because it assumes that every citizen of a country is theistic and therefore agrees to the existence of a God… ….. God is religiously assumed (thus not factual) as a humanoid force with superior powers over the lives of people, is claimed to determine a future by supplication, guides and support lives, and is owed unquestioning submission and obedience.
“God” is anthropological or humanoid figure imagined by some obscure Europeans derived from the creative myths of ancient civilizations.
A commonly used word doesn’t make it true for continued usage for both secular humanist and religious references. The Republic of Zimbabwe cannot constitutionally use public resources to compel anyone to subscribe to a colonial humanoid figure.
What kind of an identity is that for confident Africans with individual and collective agency who immortalize a colonial humanoid creature?
KUWENGA: According to Va Ndoro, the inclusion of the phrase “Almighty God” in the preamble of the constitution of Zimbabwe, an independent African country was a waste of money and an inappropriate inclusion since according to him the “Almighty God” is not real but supposedly a mythical European being, an idea he claims was borrowed from European colonisers, who it seems must be hated just as much as any of their ideas.
According to Va Ndoro European ideas are not for independent African countries.
He doesn’t attack the idea of even having a constitution even though constitutionalism in its current form is a European concept and specifically one that was carried over from the former oppressive and very brutal European colonisers.
VA Ndoro might argue that constitutionalism is not a mythical idea but the idea of God is mythical, hence on that basis might claim that he supports constitutionalism even though it is a European concept.
The question then is; suppose God is a myth by what standard does Va Ndoro judge myths to be undesirable, what if we love myths? How can it be judged to be wrong by an objective standard if anyone loves myths? If he calls the belief in God a myth on the basis that God cannot be sensed it by way of the five senses then can Va Ndoro deny the existence of propositions and language all which are but non material things that can neither be touched seen or sensed in any way by any of the five senses.
.It is interesting to note that Va Ndoro does not realise that even bible believing Christians would not claim that the phrase Almighty God refers to their own God. Reason being the bible reveals God to be 3 persons in one essence.
So in other words since the phrase “Almighty God” in the Zimbabwean constitution makes no reference to the Trinity, Va Ndoro’s veiled attack on Christianity falls to the ground because in actual fact the statement “Almighty God” does not actually refer to the Christian God.
Va Ndoro’s assertion that the inclusion of the phrase “Almighty God” in the constitutional preamble is outright favouritism to those who are theistic can only be applied to Christians if the god that Va Ndoro describes as a European human figure is the god that Christians worship. However Va Ndoro’s idea of “god” is indeed strange to Christians. We can safely conclude that the constitutional preamble doesn’t have anything to do with placing Christians over atheists like Va Ndoro claims.
Va Ndoro claims that to include the phrase “Almighty God” in a constitution is an abuse or in his words a violation to principles of secularity and human diversity. He makes it seem that these principles are an objective standard.
We ask, how and why He thinks these principles of all standards, are the most objective standard by which human affairs should be regulated. Whatever answer he might bring to justify his standard should fall to the ground because if He believes in human diversity and secularity as the standard by which the constitution preamble must have been written then by what token does He impose this standard over everybody else who might reject this standard?
If Va Ndoro insists on His standard, How is this different from those he accuses of imposing their theistic idea over everyone as he claims was done by theists on the Zimbabwean constitution?
Is it not interesting that though showing dislike for domination of others over him to a point of even condemning “God” on the basis that He was “imposed” by European colonisers, Va Ndoro actually is undeterred in His quest to impose His own ideas? Is this not clear evidence of self contradiction that Va Ndoro behaves in a way that He would never want to see others behave?
The unbeliever [ Va Ndoro ] thinks that by having the phrase Almighty God in the preamble of the constitution the government wasted public resources on promoting a god who he claims is merely a mythical European humanoid figure. I object to this assertion unless The Triune God is a mythical European figure, but since this is not the case Va Ndoro’s criticism has nothing to do with Christianity, which He nevertheless continues to attack. As is always the case, atheists in their rebellion against God never make any sense.
Va Ndoro fights straw men, He describes the God of Christians in ways opposite to the bible by calling Our God a European. Va Ndoro does not want a “European god” to appear in a European constitution according to European ideas of secularity and human diversity in a European language [English].
VA NDORO : This English word “God” (originally common Germanic “Gott/Gawd/Gaud”) was imported into Christianity after the 9th century. “Gad is a Syrian or Canaanite deity of good luck or fortune. In Hebrew, it is written GD, but with Masoretic vowel-pointing, it gives us ‘Gad’. Other Scriptural references to a similar deity, also written GD, have a vowel-pointing giving us ‘Gawd’ or ‘God’. Gad is identified with Jupiter, the Sky-deity or the Sun-deity.” (Tyndale Archive) The 11th edition of “Encyclopaedia Britannica (1910–11) says, “God — the common Teutonic word for a personal object of religious worship … applied to all those superhuman beings of the heathen mythologies.
The word ‘god’ on the conversion of the Teutonic races to Christianity was adopted as the name of the one Supreme Being…” Webster’s 20th Century Dictionary (Unabridged 1st Edition – 1938), says, “The word is common to Teutonic tongues … It was applied to heathen deities and later, when the Teutonic peoples were converted to Christianity, the word was elevated to the Christian sense.”
James Hastings in “Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics” (1908-1927) adds, “After the conversion of the Teutons to Christianity the word came to be applied also to the Christian Deity …
Its etymology and its original meaning are obscure, and have been much debated.” JGR Forlong in “Faiths of Man, a Cyclopaedia of Religions” (1906) on “God” says, “It is remarkable that philologists are unable to decide the origin of this familiar Teutonic word.”
According to Julius Pokorny’s “Indogermanisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch” (The Indo-European Etymological Dictionary) only one German word resembles “god” and this is “ghodh”; and this word means “sexual union or mating”.
According to “Luneburger Wörterbuch, the following are the same word: “gott, got, gode, gade, god and guth (gud).” Before the importation of the Germanic term “gott/gawd/gaud” into Christianity, Christians had it in Latin as “deus”, derived from the word “deiuos” which refers to the idea of a luminous sky or radiance. In Greek, the humanoid force that created and sustains the universe and life was generically called “theos” (Strong’s Greek Concordance #G2316).
So when someone mentions “God” in your presence, where possible make it known that “God” is a common Germanic (Teutonic) mythical ancestor (“gott/gawd/gaud”), a Germanic “union, even sexual union (to mate)” (“ghodh/ghadh”) or a deity of fortune and luck (“gad”) for the Syrians or Canaanites (Isaiah 65:11) associated with the Greek Zeus (Strong’s Concordance #G2203) and the Roman Jupiter.
KUWENGA: Va Ndoro goes on to explain the origin of the word god in an attempt to prove it’s origins from amongst some myths, legends and languages of Europe, The conclusions of his research though full of holes will not be contested here nevertheless I want to bring your attention to this: that Va Ndoro in his attempt to prove “god” as an idea of former European oppressors thus undesirable in an African country, He nevertheless does not attack other ideas of European origin like secularity and constitutionalism. He praises these ideas, promotes and even defends these ideas, those he does not promote or attack he simply ignores them as harmless!
In other words Va Ndoro hates God because according to his imaginations God is a European and since Europeans oppressed Africans, the European idea must be hated in turn. Yet the question is, does He hate European constitutionalism and secularity even though it must be the same bad people who introduced these concepts.
As you realise, Va Ndoro’s arguments have nothing to do with desire to stay true to an African identity, rather Va Ndoro’s arguments are arguments of a rebellious man who hates God.
The bible shows clearly how men who reject the gospel behave, they think of themselves as wise though in reality foolish, they are living in rebellion.
Being foolish, say in their hearts that they is no God They are carnal man does not understand the things of the Spirit because the things of the Spirit are Spiritually discerned because they are perishing to them the gospel is foolishness. This, my friends is the sad state of the unbeliever