Miracles in Africa
Christians believe in miracles. Whether the apostles were able to feed the 5,000 or walk on water, or if God gave them the power to heal the sick or raise the dead, those miracles shape their faith, outreach to the unbelievers, and thoughts about God. They are the source of hope and desperation. Whether they are real or not is up to the individual believer, but the power of miracles has influenced the history of Christianity.
Miracles are a prominent part of Christian experience in Africa. In fact, millions of people in Africa claim to have experienced miracles. In the two-volume work Miracles, Craig Keener explores the role of miracles in the African Christian experience. However, it’s important to realize that miracles were not the result of Christian missionaries. They were also a reflection of indigenous Africans’ spiritual strength and their advanced knowledge of the demonic.
Evangelism and spiritual warfare are integral to Christian life. In the world of charismatic Christianity, half a billion people have become believers and numbers are growing exponentially. This globalization has renewed the militant subject. Christian spiritual warfare relies on prayer as a weapon for spiritual warfare and a central means of redemptive praxis. And, prayer is a crucial part of the Christian life. Whether the Christian is praying or practicing martial arts, he or she is engaged in spiritual warfare.
The practice of spiritual election has become a defining theme for many Nigerians. Olukoya, a professor at the University of Lagos, responded to this question when he became a Christian in the mid-1970s. “Christianity was a religion of Africa,” he wrote. “It was abandoned for idolatry.” Hence, it is a universal sin. But African Christians have mastered the practice of appropriating Jesus’ promise in their lives.