RELIGION occupies important role in the lives of humankind as it serves as a bridge between human beings and their creator. All humans are created by a supernatural being; the survival of humankind and existence on the earth is due to the benevolence of the Supreme Being.

All of us keep in touch with the creator through the various religious beliefs and faith we uphold and practice. As part of the human race and as Ghanaians, we believe in God, but with different religious practices. In single terms we worship our creator in differing ways.

And indeed, it is in recognition of the significance of religion in our daily lives as citizens of Ghana, that the State guarantees General Fundamental Freedoms in Articles 21 of the 1992 Constitution.

Article 21 (1) (c) guarantees “Freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practices.”

The freedoms we enjoy, no doubt, has led to a phenomenal mushrooming of religious groups in the country, that has come with the good, the bad and the ugly.

While quiet a good number of them are contributing to national development by ensuring the spiritual well-being of their followers and counselling them to uphold the values of love, honesty, dignity respect for other people’s faith, trust humility and more significantly the love of God and country.

Apart from the spiritual, religious bodies and faith-based organisation are complementing the government’s efforts at delivering social service, especially reaching out to vulnerable groups and needy in society. Religious leaders are very influential and greatly impact society.

Fact is that the state could not have done it all without the complementary roles of religious bodies who are touching souls with their humanitarian services. They are restoring hope in the hapless ones; thereby ensuring love, peace, unity and stability of the country.

The Ghanaian Times is, however, apprehensive and worried over the growing tendency of prophecies from self-acclaimed men of God. We worry that the growing loud-mouth of these charlatans constitute a threat to national security.

We are appalled by the events emanating from some sections of the watch night services, especially the unguarded statements by some self-acclaimed pastors, who in their fantasy believe that the worse will happen to some prominent figures in our country.

Death is a certainty. It will come when it has to come. It is inevitable and therefore, there is no need for prophecy about death. The religious leaders who are fond of these prophecies must know that continuous use of fear-arousal messages would eventually lose credibility.

Ghanaian have always held our religious leaders in high esteem as decent people; men and women of honour – many of such religious leaders are in seclusion praying for God’s blessings to humankind and asking for his forgiveness for our transgressions.

Let’s be aware that in practising our faith, there is a caveat as enshrined in Article 21 (4) (e) which talks about the imposition of restriction “That is reasonably required for the purpose of safe-guarding the people of Ghana against the teaching or propagation of a doctrine which exhibits or encourages disrespect for the nationhood of Ghana, the national symbols and emblems, or incites hatred against other members of the community.”

The laws of Ghana are clear, so therefore, we urge the law enforcement agencies to crack the whip on these prophets of doom and nuisance.

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