Why a Holy Text for African Religion?
If Africa has produced any social philosophy, if she had produced any practical theology at all, those philosophies and ideologies have their fundamental base in African Religion. African Religion is the backbone of the African thought, and African thought is the crucial base on which any present and future development must be based.
In his book, Introduction to African Religion, the worldly renown theologian, Professor John Mbiti says, “African Religion has been largely responsible for shaping the character and culture of African peoples throughout centuries… Even if it has no sacred books, it is written everywhere in the people and it is wrong and foolish, therefore, to speak of them as pagans, or to regard their religion as paganism… African Religion is pragmatic and realistic. It is applied to a situation as the need arises. Any authority that goes back in history… does not bind the followers of African Religion. Some of the world religions like Christianity and Islam have founders who started them. This is not the same with African Religion. It evolved slowly throughout many centuries as people responded to the situations of their life and reflected upon their experiences… African religion functions more on communal that individual basis…It is African Religion that gives its followers a sense of security in life.”
It is only African Religion that is capable of uniting African leaders, countries of different ethnic groups. Only African religious spirit can break compromise in African economic wars.
Only African religion has the tool to provide the answer to the present and future socio-political problems.
African Religion is not an additional religion to the world. It is a religion that is part and parcel of world religions. It is the law of God to his people, hence, a God-given religion.
African concept of God and worship is holy, hence, the law of African Religion is holy law.
The business of the launch of the Neterian Worship is purely spiritual. It is not a business that creates a new God, but a business of worshipping the one the only God of all creations. It is simply an approach of worship, or a kind of spiritual song based on the cultural values of the black race; and one that is relevant and meaningful to their business dealings with God. This approach of worship is also open to any other race or individual persons such as may find satisfaction and inspiration in it.
The Neretian Worship shall have The KA: Holy Book of Neter, as its spiritual guidance.
Since African worship of God has always been there, it would be incorrect to talk about “The Launch of Neterian Worship.” What has been absent in that worship has been a published Holy Book. But would be right to speak about the launch of the Holy Book that opens a new chapter to the style of African worship, guided by a published work instead of being guided by oral deliberations. The worship guided by a published Holy Book would require new grounds for organization and administration, and now we would be correct in talking about the “Launch of a New Neterian Worship.”
The launch shall take two steps. The first step shall be in the launch of the Holy Book. The second step shall be in giving the Holy Book a practical and modern administrative structure to help its people address their religious interests and give them means of reaching out for the needy wherever they may be in the world.
Necessity of a modern administrative structure
Africans have come of age from the village and ethnic administration. Africans have recognized the fact that they have a common fate that is not only evidenced by the colour of their skin, but their cultural values. There is a common realization that the African continent is a home of one extraordinarily big family. And that family should form a unit to take care of its spiritual and domestic affairs. That means, what belongs to one community in a particular part of Africa, belongs to all the other African communities too. The misery of one African community is the misery of all the other African communities. Any religious inspiration of an individual African should benefit all the other African communities too. God would be happy to see all the communities united as a family to share their benefits and inspire one another.
Without a modern and efficient administrative structure, it is not possible for someone in South African to inspire another one in Nigeria or Ethiopia. In order to benefit one another, there has to be a powerful and efficient line of communication; proper means for making people listen and respond to one another.
The value of the African spiritual world should be a blanket to cover everybody wherever he may be. If African Religion is the bank of African values, then that bank should be accessible to everybody. The launching of the Neterian Worship is an ambitious project to make the bank of African values accessible to every needy person. It is a project to create a stronger brotherhood. A stronger brotherhood among African communities is, at the same time, a benefit to the human race too. The human race is a family of races. A race is a family of nations. A nation is a family of ethnic communities. A community is a family of villages. A village is a community of neighbours. A neighbour is a community of individual families. And a family is a composition of people with an immediate common birth.