The print and electronic media are ablaze daily on the vulnerable state of the Nigerian socio-religious spheres. The Nigerian society is characterized with myriads of activities which regard less on the dignity and value of human existence. Activities such as hostage taking, human trafficking and ritual killing, intimidation and oppression by the elites and government officials and injustice are some among the woes witnessed in the Nigerian society. In the religious spheres, there are overt cases of fraud, ethical misconduct, commercialization of the gospel and exploitation of the hard earned resources of religious worshippers by their religious leaders through well-orchestrated means. The continuous occurrence of these inhuman activities in the Nigerian socio-religious space results in chaos, jeopardy and anarchy in the socio-religious strata. How can the Nigerian socio-religious strata regain their respect, value and dignity from the enumerated man’s inhumanity to man? Were there indices of the aforementioned in the New Testament time? What are the various ways through which religious leaders exploit their worshippers in the modern time? What proactive steps should be taken to salvage the deplorable state of the Nigerian socio-religious spheres? It is within this context that this paper examines Jesus’ cleansing of the temple in Mark 11:15-17. The paper employs the phenomenological and historical-critical methods and maintains that the Nigerian socio-religious space can be a receptive ground for all walks of life if those who live and work in them respect the dignity and value of every human being, love themselves and their neighbour and keep to social and religious ethos and also adhere to moral and spiritual etiquette. The paper recommends equal treatment of all human beings irrespective of tribe, gender or religion.
Ethical Misconduct, Exploitation, Gender, Temple cleansing, Transformation
Amadi-Nche, Church-Hill "Jesus’ Cleansing of The Temple in Mark 11:15-17: A Call for Socio-Religious Transformation in Nigeria" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 5 Issue 2 2021 Page 42-48
Amadi-Nche, Church-Hill "Jesus’ Cleansing of The Temple in Mark 11:15-17: A Call for Socio-Religious Transformation in Nigeria" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 5(2)