IntroductionCulture is a word most of us believe we understand very well. We've heard this word used many times in our lives, and we have used it many times in conversations about ourselves, our way of life, or when we are talking about other people's way of life. We also use the word culture whenever we are talking about people from other countries and other religions. However, I believe that most people today misuse and misunderstand this word, culture. Culture is the root word of cultivate and when I say this the meaning of culture should become a little clearer. Because most of us understand the word cultivate to have something to do with growing something. The true definition of culture is growth and development. That which helps us to grow and develop as a person, family, or society is our culture based on this meaning. If this is true, then anything or any way of life that does not serve to bring about growth and development can't be considered as culture. What we mistake for culture in our conversations today, should be classified as people's traditions, customs, rituals, and even superstitions that different societies have adopted over many generations for various reasons. Just because a community of people is practicing something in their daily lives does not mean that this is something that is serving their growth and development as a people. To begin to understand the problems we are facing in our individual lives and our societies today, we must start studying the difference between culture, traditions, customs, rituals, and superstitions versus religion. We must learn the difference between that which is helping us from that which is hurting us, and why.Based on this meaning of the word culture, I believe that the belief in one God and religion has served humanity the most in our growth and development throughout history. But, if this is true, then we must ask ourselves why is our society so dark and evil today? Notably, with so many people still claiming to be religious people around the world. Christians and Muslims make up approximately 55 percent of the world's population, and all religions make up nearly 90 percent of the world's population. One of the reasons I believe God's knowledge is not shining in our world today is that each religion is claiming that their belief is the only way to be blessed by God. Because each religion is claiming that the other religions are wrong, I think that this has created confusion in our society concerning religion.Each of us who believe in God was born into this world knowing nothing and all of us had to accept that which was told to us by our parents and community as the truth. However, God has given each of us the ability to study and grow in knowledge. Eventually, we should develop an understanding that will provide us with the ability to distinguish right from wrong and truth from lies for ourselves. I believe that each new generation that inherits God's books must reinterpret them to be able to judge for themselves what is the truth from God. Also, we need to decide for ourselves whether today's religions are misrepresenting these books original message and intentions. On the Day of Judgment, the answer that you were just following what was passed down to you won't be an excuse with God. If you were born into your religion, what makes your belief any different from all the other religions that also say that their faith is the right way and that yours is the wrong way? If you believe in God and His promise, I encourage you to investigate for yourself what God wants you to really believe, say and do to be blessed by Him.I want to share with you my understanding of culture, religion and the real purpose of life that God has blessed me to understand. This understanding I believe will help you to see why we are having so many problems in our societies and religions of today. Also, what it is going to take for our world to get back on the right track.
I believe that I have been writing this book for most of my life one thought and one paragraph at a time. My mother was a devoted Christian, and I attended church with her, my brothers and sisters many times when I was young. As a youth, I developed a strong belief in God myself, but I can remember there was a day when I was angry with God and believed that He had done me wrong. I recall sitting on the hill which separated my house from the elementary school that I attended and asking God why did He do this to me? Just the day before I heard from my fourth-grade teacher in a history class that all black people were once slaves to the white people and, that we were once or is still considered to be just three-fourths of a human being. As I sat on this hill so deeply saddened and no longer wanting to live, the spirit of God came to me as a thought speaking to me in my head, and it said, “I will make you a teacher.” I remembered becoming even angrier at the idea of just becoming a teacher and replied to this voice in my head that I want to be something more than just a teacher. However, since then I realized that there is nothing more honorable or noble in this life than to be a teacher and I consider myself to be blessed to be a teacher of God’s clear message.The first name that I came up with for this book was Climbing the Stairway to Culture because I eventually realized that real culture was a process of growth and development, not people’s customs and traditions that are mistaken for culture in our conversations. Further, that to grow in culture we must leave something behind as we step up to the next level of understanding like climbing a staircase. As the contents of the book continued to grow, I then decided to change the title to Righteousness, the only Religion from God after I realized that there is no such thing as pleasing God without righteousness. Even though I changed the title of the book from Righteousness, the only Religion from God, to its current title; I believe that the overall theme of this book is still understanding righteousness.