THE IGBO CONCEPT OF GOD:A LESSONS FOR CHRISTIANITY!

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The Igbo traditional religion is a philosophy that has stood the test of time.To understand the basis for Igbo philosophy, we must understand first the Igbo concept of the Cosmos, a logical concept that makes few pretensions about the great unknown. This concept has survived the introduction of WORLD religious beliefs and modern science. The Igbo belief is therefore bothmetaphysical and scientific as well as sacred and socio environmental.its capacity for ecumenism is enormous.

The Igbo philosophy maintains an elastic but credible concept of the Cosmos and its constituents that is rooted in science rather than the traditional myths of some imported beliefs. To the ancient Igbo, the Cosmos is an endless space of visible and invisible beings.This Cosmo is divided into four complex constituents,

Chukwu is the infinitely powerful, undefinable, indefinable, absolute supreme deity encompassing everything in space and space itself, in traditional Igbo spiritual belief system and Igbo mythology. Linguistic studies of the Igbo language suggest that the name “Chukwu” is a portmanteau of the Igbo words “Chi”(“spiritual being”) and “Ukwu” (“great in size”). In the Igbo pantheon, Chukwu is where the source other Igbo deities originate from and are assigned different tasks. The Igbo people believe that all things come from Chukwu including the deities who brings the rains necessary for plants to grow andcontrols everything on earth and the spiritual world.

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