'Spirituality goes beyond religion' - Christianity and ancestralism debated

Is it possible for ancestral worship and religion to coexist?

Presenter Eusebius McKaiser facilitated a debate between people with two opposing views.

Pelokazi Madlingozi is both a sangoma and a Christian. She believes that spirituality goes beyond the constructs of religion.

Madlingozi self-identifies as a spiritualist and says spirituality should not be limited by human thinking.

She grew up in a staunch Christian home and says that her own insights from her spiritual journey have challenged her to question common beliefs.

Read more: Is the Bible interpreted correctly when it comes to homosexuality?

On the other hand, Mahlaste Winston Mashu is a Christian pastor who believes that many aspects of ancestralism and Christianity are not compatible.

He says that elements of ancestralism, such as communicating with the dead, are not in line with Biblical Christianity.

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The pair share their individual experiences and their divergent understanding of the Bible, Christain faith, and ancestralism.

I choose to call myself a spiritualist because I don't like being confined within a box.

Pelokazi Madlingozi, healer, prophet Christian and physiotherapist

As much as the scriptures defined what I understood to be spirituality, I started to realise that spirituality goes beyond religion.

Pelokazi Madlingozi, healer, prophet Christian and physiotherapist

Religion is not the only thing that defines spirituality. Spirituality is broad, and religion is just one aspect of it.

Pelokazi Madlingozi, healer, prophet Christian and physiotherapist

The ancestors are very integral in my life.

Pelokazi Madlingozi, healer, prophet Christian and physiotherapist

I don't think that Biblical Christianity is compatible with the deep core issues of ancestralism.

Mahlaste Winston Mashu, Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Africa

If I'm going to use the Bible as a lens, I'm going to say that it's not the ancestors who are calling you because the concept of the ancestors, according to the Bible, is problematic.

Mahlaste Winston Mashu, Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Africa

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