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Friday, August 24, 2012

Christian Africans: Mark chapter 12 verses 30-31

Religion has always been vital to the people of Africa, coming together for mutual support in hard times and answering eternal questions of what happens after death, why bad things happen to good people and why we are here on earth.


Christianity first arrived in Northern Africa around the 1st century AD and these Christian communities were among the earliest in the world. Who introduced Christianity into Africa is an ambiguous story at best however; it is commonly believed Christianity was brought from Jerusalem to Alexandria on the Egyptian coast by Mark, one of the four evangelists, in 60 AD.
Christianity first arrived in North Africa around the 1st century AD.
Mark 12:30-31

There are a vast number of different religious practices on the African continent today, too many to count however, they all share some common characteristics: a belief in one God, a belief in ancestral spirits, the idea of sacrifice, and rites of passage.

Mark chapter 12 verses 30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and Love your neighbor as yourself”, translated to seven widely spoken languages on the African continent Hausa, French, Malay, Portuguese, Igbo, Swahili, and Yoruba.

English
Mark 12:30-31
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

Hausa
Markus 12: 30-31
30 Love Ubangiji Allahnku da dukan zuciyarka, da dukan ranka, da dukkan hankalinka, kuma da dukan ƙarfinsa. 31 Na biyu ita ce: Ka ƙaunaci maƙwabcinka kamar kanka. Babu wani umarni mafi girma daga cikin wadannan.

French
Marc 12: 30-31
30 Tu aimeras le Seigneur ton Dieu de tout ton cœur, de toute ton âme et de tout ton esprit et de toute ta force. 31 Le second: Tu aimeras ton prochain comme toi-même. Il n'y a pas de commandement plus grand que ceux-là.

Malay
Happiness is a direction not a placeMarkus 12: 30-31
30 Kasihilah Tuhan, Allahmu, dengan segenap hatimu dan dengan segenap jiwamu dan dengan segenap akal budimu dan dengan segenap kekuatanmu. 31 Yang kedua ialah: Kasihilah sesamamu manusia seperti dirimu sendiri . Tiada perintah yang lebih besar lagi .

Portuguese
Marcos 12: 30-31
30 Amarás o Senhor teu Deus com todo o teu coração, de toda a tua alma e com toda tua mente e com todas as tuas forças . 31 O segundo é este: Amarás o teu próximo como a ti mesmo . Não há outro mandamento maior do que estes.

Igbo
Mark 12: 30-31
30 hnanya Jehova b Chineke g na obi g nile na nd nile na mkpr obi g dum na uche g na dum na ike g . 31 Nke abụọ b nke a: H onye agbata obi g d ka onwe g. E nwegh iwu ka nd a ukwuu.

Swahili
Mark 12: 30-31
30 Mpende Bwana Mungu wako kwa moyo wako wote na kwa roho yako yote na kwa akili yako yote na kwa nguvu zako zote. 31 ya pili ndiyo hii : Mpende jirani yako kama wewe mwenyewe. Hakuna amri nyingine iliyo kuu kuliko hizi.

Yoruba
Marku 12: 30-31
30 f Oluwa lrun r plú gbogbo kàn r àti plú gbogbo kàn r àti plú gbogbo kàn r àti plú gbogbo agbára r. 31 Awn keji ni eyi : f mnikeji r bi ara r. Nib ni ko si àṣẹ tóbi ju wnyi.


1.  Hausa- spoken in Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Germany, Ghana, Sudan and Togo.

2.  French- spoken in Seychelles, Djibouti, Comoros,  Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Rwanda, Chad, Republic of the Congo, and Central African Republic.

3.  English- widely spoken throughout Africa and the official language of Botswana, Cameroon, Eritrea, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Self-declared Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
There are a vast number of different religious practices on the African continent today 
4.  Malay- spoken in Madagascar.

5.  Portuguese- spoken in Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea.

6.  Igbo- spoken in Nigeria

7.  Swahili- spoken in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


8.  Yoruba- spoken in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo

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