I deter from using the word power in answering questions like this, rather I use the word knowledge as a better substitute in interpreting Christian assumption that spiritualists or Dibia manifest demonic powers.
Initially, Christian beliefs were filled with superstitions and harsh laws on alternative thinking, even science was looked at as magic by the roman catholic church, headed by the pope who had absolute power and can therefore set standards of engagement that filled their pockets and ensured they remained in power. By their standards, they made laws that kept the people controlled and in fear of their eternal souls.
The church exercised that power with an iron fist and ensured that people did not think independently for themselves. At some point, it became a norm to believe alternative thinking quote on quote a sin against God.
They made laws such as: Forbidding the bible from being written or transcribed from Latin to English, this is to keep the pope in power and forever maintain the status quo where the “Pope & Church” has absolute power. Therefore the right to read and interpret the bible was reserved to bible scholars, the elite, the pope, or clergy and whatever interpretation they present becomes law and the path to God, that is why the bible translator Willian Tyndale was burned as a heretic.
The history of Christianity has always shown to abhor alternative thinking, if it isn’t Christian then it is of the devil. Their way of seeing things other than Christian beliefs creates no room for in-betweens. Perhaps if they were much more lenient and accepting then the Salem witch trials or the crusade would never have occurred and our spirituality wouldn’t be considered demonic.
When the missionaries came to Igboland Odinaani practices such as; Divination, Ichu Aja, Ikpotu chi, and various spiritual practices were demonized as something satanic, unholy, and in their favorite terms “Ungodly”, but while they look at our culture and spiritual practices with so much disdain, we the indigenous people look at them as various aspects of Okike bestowed to man in order to fully connect or align with the source.
In sociology, there are theorists we refer to as armchair critics, these are individuals whose intention of understanding a culture isn’t for academic purposes, they are travelers on a mission, and their mission could be an economic mission or Christian mission.
I categorize the early missionaries as “Armchair critics”, their biased sentiments towards Odinaani prevented them from understanding it which unfortunately led to the postulation of “Ekwensu” as the devil, a force through which the Dibia manifest realities beyond human capabilities-Ike Ekwensu”.
While they propagate these misguided concepts the reality of their assumption shows that inherently Igbo indigenes understood Chukwu and various aspects of creation which they hold in high regard as the direct link to Chukwu, therefore the Dibia’s mysticism is simply the union of Chukwu and these other aspects of creation (Alusi).
This reality, therefore, allows the Dibia to transcend and reach enlightenment which could materialize as esoteric knowledge.
Odinaani has never been about devil worship but rather “The way a people choose to understand their creator”. As indigenous people our relationship with our natural environment allows us to have access to elemental magic.
Note: I see magic as an undocumented science and science as documented magic.
Elemental magic grants us access to universal or cosmic knowledge about how things are done and the energies imbued in different items which we use in our spirit works, and by following their principles we seek to manifest a desired result. These mysticism Christians record as ungodly are more or less gifts from the universe we look at as Agwu. It gives us a direct link or access which enables us to tap into an unprecedented amount of cosmic knowledge.
The backlash with this model falls on the question of “ Who is tapping into this cosmic energy” and how would they express this knowledge they have been gifted?
Therefore, in regard to this question “Why Dibia’s or Psychic Seems More Powerful Than Christian Pastors or Christ Believers” the dibia or spiritual workers aren’t powerful like the Christians imagine or assume but they are rather opportune to be in sync with universal forces that reveals the secrets of universal principles which they simply operate with.
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