What is the truth about the "lesser gods" worshiped in African traditional religions?
Who is the God that virtually every African knows?
Virtually every African knows and acknowledges that there is a supreme God, the Creator of all things, the Creator of human life. This Creator is called by various names, but nearly all Africans acknowledge the existence of such a Creator. For instance, one of the most popular Adinkra sysmbols from the Akan peoples of Ghana is the Gye Nyame, meaning "ONLY GOD".
This belief in one Supreme Creator is one that African traditional religions share with Christians, Jews, and Muslims, who also believe in one Creator God. It can't be better stated than in the words of the Bible: "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth, and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God" (Psalm 90:2).
Then what are the "lesser gods"?
The point at which African Christians differ with African traditionalists is on the point of the so-called "lesser gods". Both agree that God created all spirits, so He created these spirits as well. African traditionalists insist that God created these lesser gods for our benefit, so they reason that we may worship them, implore their help, make images to represent them, offer libation and blood sacrifices to them, seek wisdom from them through various means of divination, etc. Some traditionalists become very angry at even the suggestion that these lesser gods might in fact be demons or devils or evil in any way.
Christians actually agree that God created spirit beings, sometimes called angels, and that He created them good. Everything God made was good. God being perfect, how could it be otherwise? The words of the Bible are so appropriate:
"And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:21a).
The question is, since both African traditionalists and African Christians agree that God created everything, including all spirits, and that He created everything good, how then do we see a world so twisted, where evil is so rampant? It is obvious that the world is not now as God created it. Good still exists, but the world is no longer ALL GOOD--far from it! And that is just what the Bible says. Many are familar with the story of humankind's rebellion, of our decision to do things our own way, refusing God's way, to place our own judgments over the commands of God. The account of this event is recorded in the Bible in Genesis chapter 3. But this account talks about humankind. What about the good spirit beings that God also created?
What Christians believe about the origin of the lesser gods--
The Bible makes it clear that one of the originally good spirit beings had a mighty fall, and that this fallen spirit led others to join in his rebellion against God, and also led humanity to follow his wretched path. The Bible says of this spirit being, "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee" (Ezekiel 28:13).
This being led the first human couple into sin: "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God" (Ezekiel 28:13).
Another prophetic passage of the Bible tells his name and gives the root cause of his fall:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most high" (Isaiah 14:12-14).
God created all spirits good, but one spirit refused to keep his estate as a creature. Lucifer desired to become God, to take the place of God the Creator. Of course, no created being can become the Creator, no creature who had a beginning can become the Eternal God. Thus this mighty spirit had a mighty fall from heaven, for God will allow no creature to take His place.
I am the LORD, that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another, nor my praise to carved images" (Isaiah 42:8).
Our first human parents knew God. The Bible makes this clear. God placed our first human parents in a beautiful garden and walked in fellowship with them there (Genesis 3:8), until sin interrupted that communion. So the account you have in the Bible is one of people created by God, people who knew God, but who early in their history chose to turn away from Him. The more they turned away, the more distant God seemed. African traditional religions, like other ancient religions of the earth, retained that God-awareness. However dim it became, our African ancestors knew there was One True Creator God. But increasingly, this God seemed far away, and rebellious, deceiving spirits roamed the earth seeking to gather humanity into their rebellion. So our ancestors turned away from the God they knew, and made images to represent the lesser spirits who were so familiar in the earth.
"Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were they thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things" (Romans 1:21-23).
This is why Christians claim that the gods of the ancient traditional religions of Africa and of all other cultures and places, too, are in fact demon spirits, and that all idols are representations of demon spirits."
The Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians,
"The things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God"
(1 Corinthians 10:20).
This is why God called the idols of all nations, including those of Egypt, abominations. They were to Him something especially horrible and detestable. They represented rebellion against God, rejection of His Word and His way. This is why God so strongly forbade His people to make images or worship idols. This is why God instructed His people, when they entered the Promised Land (which is Israel today), to utterly destroy the idols of the nations who had lived there previously.
One of the lesser gods or idols of African traditional religion today (Ghana)
The Big Controversy--
The group of traditionalists that calls itself the "Afrikania Mission" in Ghana has appointed itself as guardian and defender of the various traditional religions of Africa, Afrikania says that the lesser gods are good. The Word of God given to us in the Bible disagrees. The Scripture says that any spirit or any angel that accepts worships is evil, for the very first command God gave to us through Moses was that we should have no other gods before him.
The second was that we should not make any image, nor should we bow down to them, nor should we serve them. (Exodus 20:1-3, Deuternomy 8:19, 29:16-17, 30:17-18, 1 Kings 9:6-7, 2 Chronicles 7:19-20, Psalm 81:9, 97:7-9, Isaiah 2:8-9, 46:5-10, Jeremiah 13:10, 25:6, Matthew 4:10, John 4:24, Revelation 9:20, 19:10, 22:8-9.) The truth is, God deserves all our love and worship. He wants it. He commands it.
This group knows the lesser gods by their fruits--
There is another group of people who know what the gods of African traditional religions are really like. This group is the trokosi, also called shrine slaves. They are the girls, many of them grown into women, who have been forced against their will to serve those gods in various shrines where an image of some lesser god or spirit is worshipped, consulted and served. The trokosi lost their virginity to rape by shrine priests whose genital organs have been dedicated to one of the lesser gods. We of "Truth for Africa Lovers" have interviewed hundreds of these trokosi slave girls. Almost all come from families were the gods were feared, if not revered. Strangely enough, we have yet to meet even one former trokosi slave who has anything good to say about the gods of the African traditional shrines. Those who knew these gods so intimately say that they are unspeakably evil. Their testimony agrees with that of Holy Scripture.
The slavemasters, especially the Afrikania group, continue in their insistence that the gods of the shrines are good. The people of the areas around the shrines where these gods are served fear those gods, because they are commonly believed to kill people when their aid is invoked. Yet, they do not kill the guilty party, the priests tell us. Rather, they kill a long string of innocent members of the family of the guilty one, until at last another girl is taken into slavery in the shrine.
One wonders, if the gods are good, why they don't at least kill the guilty party rather than so many innocent victims. Slavery, rape, murder. These are the fruits of the so-called lesser gods. Are they good? We'll let you make up your own mind. If you decide that these lesser gods aren't so good after all, please know that there is an alternative. The alternative is the Creator God that every African knows, The Creator that our African ancestors knew even better, before some generations turned from Him to idols. The Creator who formed this breathtakingly beautiful continent of Africa and all of its beautiful people groups. If you seek this God, you will find Him.
"You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul" (Deuteronomy 4:29).
We have shown (below) that Amen-Ra is not the Creator and is therefore not the Great Supreme God. We have shown that he is not eternal, is not all-powerful, and is not benificent toward his followers.
Is there an African alternative to Amen-Ra and other idol gods? Yes, yes, by all means, yes!
Is there another God who is Good, and who seeks good for us? YES! Is there another God who has not just some magical powers, but whose power is limitless? YES! Is there a God who is eternal, existing before all else, without beginning and without end? YES! Is there a God who is the One and Only Unique Creator? YES! Is there a God who made and loves Africa and Africans, and whose heart is touched with her sorrows? YES! Is there a True God whom our African ancestors knew long ago? YES!
Yes, there is such a God. We have forgotten Him and offended Him by replacing Him with many idols, the works of our own hands and our own wicked imaginations. Listen to what the Holy Scriptures say:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteous-ness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them,
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible birds and four-footed animals and creeping things, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever" (Romans 1:18-25).
These verses are addressed not only to the people of Africa, as if we were more idolatrous than others. Yet we are surely included. Like our ancestors, we all know there is one Eternal, All-Powerful, Creator God. Yet too often, we do not give proper glory to Him. We ignore Him, while we seek the help of idols made in the shapes of animals and things God made. We worship stones and pieces of metal, things that God put in our earth. The problem of Africa (as of other continents and cultures, too, of course) is that we have worshipped the creature more than our Creator. Because of that, God holds us guilty, for He alone is worthy of our worship.
Let's think about this. Let's think about the "Afrikania Mission's" call to Africans to worship this idol Amen-Ra. If Amen-Ra exists in an objective sense, then he must be a created being. Should we then worship this creature? Why should we not rather worship and serve the One who created all things?
Who is this Creator, this High God? The Holy Scriptures give us light:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. ...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth....grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-3, 14, 17 in the Holy Bible).
It is perfectly legitimate for the sons and daughters of Africa to seek to find their identity. It is a desperate mistake, however, to turn to idols in order to do this. The God who created us, created us with dignity and purpose. He made us in His image. The God who created us is also the One who can tell us who we are and who we can become. The God who created us is Jesus Christ, according to the Scriptures. He is not the white man's God, and He was not a white man Himself. He is not the European's God. He is not the Americans' God. HE IS OUR GOD. Jesus Christ was known in Africa before He was known in Europe, and we will not turn away from Him just because some white men have also found Him.
Dear brothers and sisters of Africa, God is not an image made of clay, with shells for eyes. God is not a stone or a stick. God does not live in a shrine. God is not Amen-Ra or any other image our minds have conceived.
We can find our true identity as Africans only as we worship our Creator, the One who made us Africans. He loves Africans because He made us. He loves blacks because He created us. He designed our beautiful, rich skin tones that make us attractive and protect us at the same time. We, the Christians of Africa, call upon the so-called Afrikania movement to turn back to this God, the only God, our God. In the One, True and Living God Jesus Christ we find our real identity, we find real dignity, and we find a real focus for the African family.
The Creator of Africa and its beautiful dark-skinned people of many shades waits for Africa to return to Him. These wicked idols have cursed us, hindered us, enslaved us and even killed us for long enough. The true God, our God, our own Lord God the Creator waits to bless us.
Will we turn to Him?
Will we receive His blessing?
If you are interested in taking such a step, please write to us today. We will be glad to send you helpful literature and to pray with you by email. If you have a specific question, we will be glad to search for the answer with you.
GOD BLESS YOU!
Do Christians give homage to the ancient Egyptian idol god Amen-Ra when they say "Amen!" to finish their prayers?
In Jesus' name, AMEN!
The phrase "Amen" used by Christians in prayer or in agreement to something spoken by another sounds like the name of the ancient Egyptian idol-god Amen-Ra. Thus, traditionalist groups like Afrikania Mission have argued that their idol Amen-Ra must be worthy of worship, claiming that even Christians are inadvertently giving honor to this idol every time they end a prayer with the word, "Amen!"
What are we to think of such a claim? The phrase "Amen" used to conclude Christian prayers does sound like the idol's name, to be sure, but it was not derived from the Egyptian named Amen and has quite a different meaning and usage.
Before explaining the difference, let's take another example of a word that looks the same but has a different origin and meaning. Those who have studied English and French, as many of us in West Africa have, anglophones and francophones living side-by-side as we do, are probably familiar with phrases that are called FALSE FRIENDS. They look so much alike that it is easy to assume that one knows the meaning of the word in the other language. Yet they are very different and can easily lead to severe problems in communication if the differences are not understood. An excellent example is the English verb "demand" , compared with the French verb "demander". The two words look so much alike that one might easily conclude they are virtually the same. French speakers, especially, might use the English Word "demand" in inappropriate settings, for the French word "demander" just means to ask or request. It's a very polite word in French, one that can be used to make a request of any person.
The English word "demand", on the other hand, has a forceful insistence, an expectation of obedience about it, that is quite contrary to the spirit and meaning of the French "demander". A native French-speaker might quite innocently demand something of an English speaker and be quite surprised and bewildered at the negative or even angry response he would receive. In English , one can demand something only when he is in a higher position of authority so that he is able to command obedience. An employer might demand something of an employee, for example, but an employee cannot demand something from his employer. A parent can demand that a child do something, but a child cannot demand obedience from his parent. In reality, the two words, demander and demand, although they look much alike, do NOT mean the same thing. The French demander simply means to request something, while the English demand means to command that something must be done.
The word Amen might be called another false friend in the linguistic sense. Because it looks like the name of the idol Amen-Ra, some traditionalists have claimed that Christians are using the name of their idol and giving homage to him in their prayers. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. The words look alike in English and may even be pronounced the same or in similar ways . Yet they are not the same word and they definitely do not have the same meaning.
Amen used in Christian worship comes not from Egyptian, but from Hebrew. It is derived from three Hebrew consonants (aleph (') mem (m) and nun (n). The basic ideas of the root mn is firmness or certainty. Mn denotes something that is sure and unchanging. From it comes the Hebrew verb aman which means to make something sure or established. Amen is the adverb form with the same meaning. Sometimes it is translated verily or surely in our Bibles. Often this word is not translated but simply transliterated in the Greek. This means that the meaning is not given, but the letters are simply changed from Hebrew to the corresponding Greek characters.
When we say "Amen, we are recognizing that what God says is true and unchangeable. We are expressing agreement with His Word. "Amen" at the end of a prayer means much more than just that the prayer is finished. It also expresses a desire and a confidence that the prayer will surely be accomplished, because of the the reliable nature of the One, True, Living God to whom the prayer is addressed.
When we hear a truth from God's Word the Bible and shout, "Amen!", we show that we agree with what God said. It is an act of lining ourselves up with His will which is always good, and acceptable, and perfect.
The Egyptian idol Amen-Ra had quite a different origin and meaning. At first, Amen was known in Egypt as a local god who was believed to control the wind. In sharp contrast, the English word "Amen" used in Christian prayers is tranliterated from the Hebrew and emphasizes the faithfulness and dependability of God the Creator. It is used sometimes as a title of Jesus Christ, celebrating His faithfulness, as in Revelation 3:14 in the Bible.
These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness...
It is used by Jesus to emphasize the absolute dependability of His words. In this case the Hebrew word Amen is translated verily or truly. The best known example of this usage is found in John 3:3 in the Bible:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, you must be born again.
But the most comon usage of the word is as a response or conclusion to something stated. Since the word denotes the faithful, dependable God who never fails, Christians often say "Amen" to show agreement with a prayer or utterance. In this sense "Amen" means "Agreed! Let it be!" The Hebrew God and the use of the term "Amen" amongst Jews and Christians is far removed from the meaning of the Egyptian god Amen and implies no allegiance to that idol. To the contrary, "Amen" means that the speaker is acknowledging the faithfulness of the One Supreme Creator God who speaks and acts with authority, and who is able to bring His Word to pass. The One True and Living God is not an idol. He is eternal, steadfast, sure, immovable. To that we Christians are not ashamed to say, "AMEN!" and "AMEN!"
An influential traditionalist group called the "Afrikania Mission" has chosen Amen-Ra as the unifying deity of their movement. Who is Amen-Ra? Amen was an ancient Egyptian deity or idol-god, first a local deity worshipped in the area of Thebes. When the two kingdoms of Egypt united early in their history, this deity grew in importance until he emerged as a primary deity. This emergence, however, did not take place until the 18th Dynasty of Egypt (1570-1293 B.C.) The name Amen means "that which is not seen," for as a local deity, Amen had been the god of the wind. Later, as the chief Egyptian deity, he was considered king of the gods. As was often the case in Egyptian religion, he was often combined with other gods, thus pleasing the worshippers of those deities. Especially effective was his combination with Ra, the sun god, who was believed to be the father of all living things, and the physical father of all the Pharaohs.
Is Amen-Ra the Creator God?
At times in Egyptian history, devotees of Amen-Ra claimed he was the Creator. Thus, some dictionaries of Egyptian mythology claim Amen was self-created in the beginning. Yet other dictionaries follow other older records claiming that Amen was one of eight gods made by Thoth. Thus it is clear that earlier Egyptians considered Amen as a created being, not the Creator, as one of many lesser gods, not as the One Great High God.
Yet, neither was Thoth, creator of Amen, considered truly THE Creator, for Egyptians believed he was created by Atum, the sun god, represented by a bull. One might claim they thought of Ra-Atum as the Creator, for they said he creted himself out of the primeval waters of Nun. (Other legends say it was from one of the original frog gods and snake goddesses that he was created.) Yet, if Thoth made himself out of any frog god or snake goddess or any waters, then those gods or waters obviously existed before him. He could not then be THE Creator. Then Someone else must have created those things of which he made himself. So neither Amen-Ra nor Thoth can be the ultimate Creator, either.
In fact, it is probably obvious by now that the Egyptians recognized that there must be a Creator, but they were pretty confused about who He was, and there were many contradictory stories. It was common for the priests of each god to claim that their god was the greatest and possessed special powers. For instance, the devotees of Hapi, god of the Nile, also claimed that Hapi was the Creator of the Universe and all that is in it. These powers were claimed for a number of gods--Nun, Tem, Ra, Ptah, Atum, and others, but these claims, if followed back far enough in history, fall far short of a claim to absolute deity. Clearly, if one wants to look for the Creator, the Big Creator, the Ultimate Creator God, the One beyond whom we can go bak no further because He existed before all things and brought all things into existence, one must look elsewhere. Amen-Ra may be acclaimed as the chief deity of the Afrikania group today, but he was not the Creator God.
Is Amen-Ra Good?
The ancient Eyptians themselves seemed to be more concerned with their god's power and glory, more concerned with their god's willingness to intervene on their behalf than they were with ethical questions of his morality. Modern afrocentrists frequently claim that all ancient African gods are good, usually as a simple affirmation without any supporting evidence.
One of the most revealing stories about the neal nature of this deity Amen-Ra is the historical study concerning the life of a princess-priestess of Amen-Ra. The priestess who served Amen-Ra was buried in a deep valut in Luxor in Egypt. Her mummy case was later exhumed, perhaps by grave robbers, and sold in 1890 to a wealthy Englishman, who drew lots with four friends for the honor of purchasing it. After he sent the coffin to the hotel, he was seen walking out toward the desert and never returned. The second man to get the coffin had an accident and his arm had to be amputated. The third man arrived home to find that his entire life savings had disappeared in a bank crisis. The fourth man became severely ill. He lost his job and ended up selling matches on the street in order to survive.
When the coffin reached England, a London businessman purchased it. Soon three members of his family were injured in a road accident and his house was badly damaged by a fire.
He donated it to the British Museum. As the coffin was being unloaded at the museum, the load tripped into reverse and trapped a bystander. As it was taken up the stairs, one workman fell and broke his leg. The other two workmen died two days later for no particular reason. Both had been in extremely good health.
When the mummy was placed in the Egyptian Room, the night watchmen frequently complained that they heard sobbing and hammering coming from the coffin. Other exhibits were thrown around during the night. One watchman died while on duty. A visitor flicked a dust cloth at the coffin, and his child died soon afterwards. The mummy caused so much trouble at the museum that it had to be removed to the basement. Soon one of the movers became seriously ill and the supervisor who had ordered the move was found dead. The newspapers heard about the mummy and came to take pictures of it. When the pictures were opened, one was so horrible that the photographer shot himself.
The museum sold the mummy to a private collector. It brought many deaths and continual misfortune to the family. Finally he put it in the attic to get rid of it. A well-know occultist, Madame Helena Blavatsky, visited the home. As soon as she came in, she began shivering uncontrollably and said there was an evil of incredible intensity someplace in the house. Finding the coffin, the owner asked her to exorcise the spirit, but she could not. She said, "Evil remains forever", and urged him to get rid of the thing.
However, so many people had died and met such calamity from exposure to the thing that no British museum anywhere would take the thing. Finally an American archaeologist bought it and arranged to send it to New York. In 1912 he escorted his new possession aboard an ocean liner bound for New York. In April, in the midst of unparalleled scenes of horror, the priestess of Amen-Ra took 1500 passengers to their deaths in the icy waters of the Atlantic along with the ship thought invincible, the Titanic.
Does Amen-Ra sound like a benevolent deity to you?
Is Amen-Ra All-Powerful?
Ra was ascribed creative powers by some, yet other legends show him as a feeble old man. In one story the goddess Isis contrived and succeeded in forcing him to whisper to her his secret name. Even the way it is contrived shows Ra in a weaker position. He had grown old and drooled, the story goes. So Isis mixed saliva with earth to make a snake. The snake bit Ra and he was in terrible agony. Only Isis could help. She refused to do so until he gave in and told her his secret name. Does Amen-Ra, the old drooling man, sound like a god on whom you would like to call for help with your most pressing problems?
If our ancient Egyptian brothers were confused about who the real God was, it was not because He left Himself without a witness. According to the Holy Scriptures, God sent His own chosen people to live amongst them for four hundred yers as His witnesses. Then He chose Moses to demonstrate before a hard-hearted Pharaoh the fact that He was far more powerful than any of the idol gods they worshipped. The first miracle Moses did was to have his brother Aaron throw his rod down before Pharaoh (See Genesis 7). When it became a snake, this must have brought to Pharaoh's mind the legendary snakes of the primeval waters from where the other gods of Egypt were believed to have come. It should have shown Pharaoh that he was dealing with a power older and more powerful than that of any of his idol gods.
The magicians of Egypt, it is true, followed by also bringing up snakes. Yet Aaron's snake ate up all of theirs. This was a preview of events to follow. God spoke at first, but when Pharaoh refused to acknowledge Him, other more devastating events followed. The plagues showed God's power over the main gods the Egyptians worshipped--power over all the primeval frog gods and even over Ra, the idol sun god (Exodus chapters 7-10). When Pharaoh finally let the Hebrews go, he soon changed his mind and chased after them. They were corned at the Red Sea with no escape, but when Moses lifted up his rod over the waters in obedience to God's command, God sent a strong wind to blow so that a path appeared in the sea and they escaped. When they were safely across the sea, God stopped the wind so that the sea returned and drowned the Egyptians who were chasing them (Exodus 12). But why could the Egyptians not call on Amen, the ancient god of the wind? Perhaps they did, but they were facing the God who created the earth's atmosphere and who designed the wind and controlled it. When God the Creator blew, Amen could do nothing to resist. God the Creator had clearly and forcefully shown that even if Amen ruled some lesser idol-gods, He the Creator ruled all, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Almighty.
"Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land..." (Exodus 14:21
Who IS this God controlling the god of the wind?
Does Amen-Ra look like an all-powerful god to you? Is this the sort of god you would want to count on for your most difficult problems?
So-Is Amen-Ra worthy of our worship and devotion?
The modern so-called "Afrikania" movement calls on all sons and daughters of Africa to "return" to the worship of Amen-Ra. In fact, of course, only a tiny percentage of Africans ever worshipped Amen-Ra. That is the historical reality. To many, Amen-Ra is seen as a unifying force intended to bring together Africans who are devotees of many other gods. Yes, and knowing the anti-Christian bent of the Afrikania Mission, we can't help but feel that the goal is to bring them together under any other name than that of Jesus Christ or the Lord God of the Bible. But is this so-called "god" Amen-Ra worthy of the position that so many in our modern world seek to give him?
It has been established that Amen-Ra is not the God who created us. There is no evidence for that belief, and even the ancient Egyptians themselves believed otherwise. We have seen that Amen-Ra is not a benevolent deity. He is a destroyeer of those who associate with him. He is not all- powerful. During the plagues of the Exodus, he was shown to be less powerful than the Lord God of the Bible. But there is yet another reason, brothers and sisters of Africa, why we must not accept the worship of Amen-Ra. It is this:
Any deity, any spirit, any angel, any person or any being whatsoever other than our Creator who seeks or who accepts worship is not a beneficent deity and is not seeking the good of humanity. The Bible makes this very clear.
Is there an alternative to the worship of Amen-Ra?
Is there another God who is good, who seeks good for us? Is there another god who has not just some magical powers, but whose power to help is limitless? Is there a God who created us and who created our homeland Africa, and who created all that is? Dear brothers and sisters, of Africa, YES! There is a God who really is the One and only Unique Creator. Our first ancestors knew Him, but we have forgotten Him and offended Him by replacing Him with many idols, the works of our own imaginations. He stands ever-ready to receive us when we repent and return to Him.