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Beyond Witnessing

A New Way of Humanising the World

Peter Chidi Okuma

The Poor and poverty-related issues and questions are in vogue. Humanitarianism is in. Yet so many mouths are hungry and poor – even «more hunger» than never. What is responsible? Aren’t there enough theories to end poverty like that of Jeffery Sachs: The End of Poverty. How we can make it happen in our Lifetime? Or those of Dambisa Moyo and others? Are resources not really enough and those directly concerned not doing enough in «doling out» help? Are we not donating enough? This author has x-rayed the theories of poverty and world poverty in particular through the purview of Jeffery Sachs. The author discovered that we need to go beyond witnessing today in order to really make true and lasting impact on the lives of humans. As he suggests through a combination of what he calls the «Christian Metannarrative hermeneutics» and the Mother Teresa of Calcutta model: «We are called to live the love of God, not to feel the love of God. We live this love through prayer and action. Our work is the fruit of our prayer, so that if our work is not going well, we must examine our prayer life. If we neglect our work or are harsh, proud, moody, and angry, then we should examine our prayer life. We will see that something has gone wrong there.»

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Chapter Five

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5.1 Christ as the ideal96 Clearly, at the onset of His public ministry Jesus Christ inter alia indicated that He came ‘to fulfill the law and the prophets and not to destroy them’ (“Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill them” – Matt. 5:17). The implication of this in simple language is that Jesus saw in Himself the fulfillment of the laws and prophecies of the Old Testament. In other words, Jesus’ personality transcends the realms of the laws of the Old Testament and their prophecies. He went beyond arguments in the Temples and caritative works of healing, to a prayerful life that became the main link and connectivity of his ministry. Phases like…let us go to a lonely place and rest for a while…Lord teach us how to pray…bring to mind this going ‘beyond prophecy’ and going back to the basis or the root of the prophecy itself, which is centered on ‘on the oiling of the wheel of prophetism to making witnessing more viable. This we might call ‘lex orandi lex credendi’ in order to arrive at ‘lex vivendi’ of today’s complex society. Perhaps this could account for the fact that our witnessing today might be lacking in some quarters to make the appropriate impacts in the wider society and on humans integrally and adequately considered. It’s no doubt that most theologians have watered down theology today to a mere ‘intellectualism’: a...

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