"The moment we [Africans] lost our languages was also the moment we lost our bodies, our gold, diamonds, copper, coffee, tea." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

As 144,000 shall inherit heaven: so shall the meek inherit the earth

According to the culture of Igbo people (Ndigbo) of West Africa, when a man dies he goes to neither heaven nor hell. He will reincarnate (born-again into the world) to face the good or the bad he perpetrated in his previous life.

It wasn’t that our forefathers didn’t know that heaven existed; they believed heaven belongs to Chi-Ukwu (God) alone. That is God’s place of abode and only Him resides there.

Anyway, this belief put some checks on humanity. Why destroy the earth you’ll return to after your death? Moreover, why would anybody commit evil knowing that after death he will reincarnate to receive his punishment?

Hence, when this belief system was generally practised by Ndigbo, there was truly – ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. In the community, anybody’s child was everybody’s child. In other words, people treated other people’s children in the manner they would treat their own children.

The people knew the real meaning of ‘the measure you give is the measure you receive’. There were no hunger and disease.

But not anymore, most of Ndigbo and Africans in general have abandoned this belief system. There’s now Christianity. The wages of sin is death. Everybody will die anyway.

And when a man dies he becomes a spirit. Now, this spirit will either go to heaven or hell to receive its reward according to how it lived on earth. This is Christianity.

Based on this Christian belief every one of their members is working very hard to inherit heaven after death. But there’s a little misconception here. John, in the book of Revelation chapter 14 stated that only 144,000 people, 12,000 from each 12 tribes of Israel went to heaven.

The implication is that if you are not from one of the 12 tribes of Israel you won’t go to heaven. Moreover, Revelation 14:4 emphasised that these 144,000 “…are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins, for they have kept themselves chaste …”

As those people who go to church everyday in order to go to heaven have children, they are not virgins after all. This group obviously will not go to heaven. Again, I assume according to Christian values it’s only a man that can defile himself with a woman. In that case, if you are a woman there’s no heaven for you.

On the other hand, John also saw in his vision other people from different tribes and nations that were equally saved. But he didn’t say where they went to, apparently not heaven. Therefore, where did they go to? The answer is also in the bible.

Clearly Jesus didn’t write any book or authorised anyone to write his biography. Besides, nobody has ever presented any book that was written by Jesus. But his ‘works’ were documented.

Thus, before John saw his vision Jesus had already mentioned where the saved multitude from different tribes and nations went to. According to Matthew 5:5, during his sermon on the mount, Jesus was quoted to have said “blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.

As a saved righteous man, it is very plain that if you are not in heaven the next option is to remain on earth. And that’s why Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth. And so, who is the meek? The answer is; anyone who complies with the will of God.

That takes me back to the beliefs of Igbo people of West Africa. Like I earlier pointed out, according to their custom, nobody is going to heaven or hell after death. They believe the meek shall inherit the earth but the reward comes after death – after reincarnation.

Overall, Igbo people love women; they don’t die virgins. In fact if you are of age and remain unmarried, you are not considered man enough. As a result, their reward is on earth.

Finally, I am calling on our lost tribes to return to our African traditions in order to inherit the earth. There are no spaces for you in heaven. There are spaces for just 144,000 people who are virgins.