The Big “R”

Good morning. As I’m writing this, it’s 1:10AM and believe me when I say I really am not bothered if you’re reading this at 3:00 PM in the afternoon because right now – and I say this with as much emphasis as I can – I am tired. Just take your good morning like that.

My eyes are heavy, my arms are heavier and my mind feels worse than my hair looks. I haven’t gotten any sleep in several hours – something I can’t say for my snoring next door neighbour.

For goodness sake, aunty Sade, are you breathing or belching through your nostrils?

Keep in mind that aunty Sade doesn’t exist and neither does my will to stay awake anymore. You’re probably thinking now – “shut up please and get to the point.” My PR adviser (who also doesn’t exist) told me it’s a bad idea to throw disses at my readers so I won’t reply you with that today.

Today, we’ll be talking about the big R. Contrary to what you’re probably thinking, I’m not talking about racism. That topic – like most other things considering my height – is beyond me. I won’t be talking about rape today either. Even though the issue needs to be addressed desperately in our society today, my big R doesn’t stand for rape. And no, it most certainly does not stand for Riley.

Just what you need in case you figured out that last name and you got the joke.

The big R here stands for religion. Yes, the one thing almost no one wants to talk about. I was inspired to write about this topic a couple of weeks ago on my way home.

Someone said something in front of me about wanting to go somewhere and his friend immediately teased him about wanting to go to church again. They burst into laughter at the mention of church as though someone had just said the silliest thing and it broke my heart. Kind of.

See also: My First Time

It was at that point that I realised (for the one millionth time) that our generation really does not give half a crap about Christianity or Islam or any of that stuff. They just want to party and do some other things I probably shouldn’t mention. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not here to condemn. I am not here to preach and I am not by any means perfect. I am simply here to reason with you.


Okay, I lied. I'm also here to get you to subscribe to my blog.

You might be wondering; “Why Irewole? Why in the heck should I care about some big guy in the sky when his so called servants are out here raping people?” Or “Why should I even care when people are busy killing other people who don’t believe in their big guy in the sky?” Well, my answer is simple. You don’t have to and you probably shouldn’t.

Me trying to piece together everything I’ve been saying since

Okay… okay… I understand how easily that last part can be misinterpreted. I’ll explain. In order to understand where I’m coming from and the idea I’m trying to share with you, you first of all have to be patient, understand that this is just my point of view and have an open mind. Having said that, there are two broad possibilities.

The very first possibility – which most people in this generation are inclined to believe – is that there is no God. There is no big guy in the sky who created everything in His infinite wisdom and mercy. The world came to existence after the cosmos farted, something scientists call the big bang theory. There is no point to anything or anyone. Everything happens by coincidence and humans have no soul. There is no afterlife and when you die, you don’t go to heaven or hell. You don’t see light or darkness. There is only oblivion.

In this case, whether or not you believe in the existence of a supreme God, it does not really matter because you have not lost nor have you gained anything significant. Your life on earth does not affect anything. The threat to your soul which is one of the things that drives religion does not exist and the salvation of your soul does not exist either. Why? Because your flesh and blood self has no soul. You literally have nothing to lose in this possibility. How convenient. This is the first possibility. This is one scenario out of two.

Maybe I should quit meth so I don’t randomly decide to post existential stuff like this on my blog again.

Then there is the second possibility. No, Margaret, it’s not that we’re being controlled by aliens. The second possibility is that there is a God. It is a direct contrast to the first. The earth and everything else including me and you were created by Him. If the big bang theory occurred, He initiated it. There really is a point and a purpose to our existence. After death, depending on how you lived, your soul rises to paradise or descends to hell and the only thing that really does matter outside of all our earthly frivolities is to gain that paradise in the end. In this possibility, the way you live affects your fate after death. In this possibility, you have something to lose if you choose not to believe in/serve Him. In this scenario, the stakes are higher but the rewards; even more so.

Does this picture explain your state of mind right now?

I won’t talk to you as a believer today and tell you that there is proof everywhere so, let’s assume there’s proof nowhere. We have no way of finding out that He does exist because we’re mere mortals and we haven’t seen any signs right? Since that’s the case, the only way to go about it would be to do so logically. Put the two scenarios together. None is less/more likely to be true than the other. As such, if you choose to believe and scenario 1 happens to be the case, you’ve lost nothing really. If you think you won’t get to enjoy life, well, that doesn’t matter either because you’d die and fade into nothingness eventually anyway. If scenario 2 happens to be the case however and you are a believer, you would’ve gained something compared to scenario 1 where it doesn’t matter either way.

As such, logically speaking, since both scenarios are equally possible, the safe side would be to understand the importance of the big “R” and be a believer, wouldn’t it?

Simply put, if you don’t believe and after your death, it turns out there is no God, you’ve lost nothing. However, if you don’t believe and after your death, it turns out that God does exist, well, you don mess up be that.

With these few points of mine, I hope I’ve been able to…

Conclusions/Questions

There are questions but I wouldn’t be asking them. I realize that I might’ve just posted what might be the most indecipherable bullcrap to you and I sincerely just want to know if you understand and how you feel about it.

PS.: Feel free to challenge me if you see any holes here.

PPS.: I don’t do meth.

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Akachi
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Akachi

Hello Irewole😁, this is another amazing one👏. The topic is truly sensitive and it’s quite understandable why a lot of young people don’t talk about it or really care anymore, also because at some point it was forced down some people’s throats and this is their chance to rebel😏. Anyway, my take is this: the truth is the truth, the way people handle it or act towards it does not change it’s nature of being the truth. It is a constant that is, unaffected by externals. ( For example, people say that people who claim to worship God are bad,… Read more »

Vin
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Vin

Hmm…am short of words

Seun
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Seun

Really Nice

Christ
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Christ

Am thrilled💓💓

Aanuoluwapo Aremo
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Aanuoluwapo Aremo

My say on this will be in reference to the poem “Pulley” by a poet I have forgotten his name 😁. In summary the poem denotatively explains how most people who are necessary not religious or tied to any religion still one way or the other recognizing that there’s a greater immortal being whom alone can solve a specific problem their facing… And yes considering as ‘there’s always an exception to the rule’, the exception here will be atheist. All in all, may God help us all.

Aanuoluwapo Aremo
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Aanuoluwapo Aremo

So I just saw I made a lot of blunders… 😅 Let’s blame it on auto-correct and ignore 😂

Lumi
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Lumi

The issue of religion has always been a complex concept depending on one’s perspective because the more you are actually curious to find out what it’s really all about, the more the likelihood of being confused about it increases hence the reason why some millennials take the easiest road out (which is not to give a damn). And in my opinion, religion is just one of the many ways humans have chosen to categorize themselves yet again and also in the generation we live, it really seems as though people in general can’t separate religion from morals. Parents pass down… Read more »

Namesake
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😁😁 this life tho…

Queeneth
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Queeneth

Hmmm…this topic ehn. I usually don’t like to talk to much about it because it often leads to arguments and I really don’t have time for that. I think the major problem is that there are too many religions, and each of them preach different things. Looking at this logically, a person born into an atheist family for instance, would think religion is all gibberish because every single one is talking about something different, even though they all claim to serve the Most High. Most of these religions usually forget their main purpose: to serve God. I don’t like to… Read more »

Shadow
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Those reasons you gave for not liking the mosque is actually more evident in the churches if we are going to be factual.

Shadow
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Well, it makes absolute sense actually. However, there’s one issue you didn’t touch. That is the fact that in the two major religions of Christianity and Islam,adherants of other religions except theirs are doomed to hell. So let’s assume that there’s indeed a big guy up there,how do you think this issue will be solved? Let’s not forget the fact that there are other religions. Luckily, most of them preach reincarnation.

Nonso🌹
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Nonso🌹

If no one was going to talk, I
absolutely knew Shadow was going to😂 To be honest, the concept of Religion and all that it entails is relative. Sometimes I try to reason that as our forefathes didn’t know anything like Christianity, would they go to hell or heaven? Can you simply do good and be guaranteed going to heaven without being a Muslim, Christian or Heathen? Above all the big “R” is one of the biggest issues needed to be addressed

Shadow
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😂😂😂 That’s if the afterlife is even exactly the way Christianity and islam has painted it to be. A heaven and a hell.

Pearl
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Pearl

Ire!! This is a very meaningful and beautiful post. And yes! I do agree with you. Well done!!

Hassan
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A wise man once said, if the only reason you believe in God is because you fear what would happen should you find out there’s really a God, then your belief is misguided.

Don’t ask me who this wise man was. He was probably high on Meth and Ecstasy.

Quick question: Why do y’all need to get high to talk about the most high?

Hizeek
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Hizeek

Depends on what you’re getting high on to me actually…..lol
But seriously, if you really wanna talk about the most high, there’s only one thing you should get high on……

The Hype
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The Hype

I actually agree to the fact that most people only serve God because of heaven and hell………. Not because they believe in God

Oriola
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Oriola

Wow 😊 ire, this your blog is too dope oo.. Baddest writer 📝.. You should be the media PA to the president 😜

A girl has no name
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An* 🤦

A girl has no name
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I think the main reason our generation doesn’t believe or is gradually leaving religion is because most people don’t practice what is being preached. Most churches preach fire and brimstone, accumulating wealth and prosperity and while I don’t dispute this, this is not what God created salvation for. The average youth who does not understand the love of Christ and the basic purpose of his death is bound to stray. Many people hide behind religion to do evil things today and I guess youths are getting tired. A average youth that doesn’t understand what spirituality really is would rather be… Read more »

Hizeek
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Hizeek

Yes ma!!!👐……truth🔥
The sweetest thing that will happen on this earth is not to have many preachers…..but to have so many spirit lead people that do nothing but love on God❤

That boy pple don't GAS about
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That boy pple don't GAS about

Not that youths don’t believe in The Big Guy in the sky, there’s no where you can’t actually talk to your God and all some people just don’t want to get lost in d religion of a thing which is causing a major problem in d country or in Africa for those who are deeply addicted or into it. The point is some do believe but act like they don’t maybe they’re just not the church or mosque type just believe they can always talk to Him in any place or corners of their house or so… I hope that… Read more »

A girl has no name
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I totally understand you. Some people would rather talk to God on their own than go to churches or mosques or other religious centers. At the end of the day, that’s how that matters… One’s relationship with God