The story of religious ignorance is different in Africa where I was raised. Over there, religion plays important role in daily decisions, values and the shaping of morals. We are raised look to “supernatural” means to solve every kind of problem: for good reasons.
In Africa, religious leaders enjoy higher levels of public trust and prestige.
However, on the relatively harmful side some devotees are seriously susceptible to religious abuse and manipulation from unethical leaders and charlatan pastors. Any attempt to question some things these “spiritual elite” do or say is considered rebellion.
I know of a pastor on Facebook whose posts are often centered on discouraging church workers and members from asking questions. In one post he wrote the following:
“As a church worker you must understand that if your service doesn’t please your pastor, it will not please God.”
Many posts like this have been used to influence Christians into believing and further spreading misleading and extreme views about 5G technology and COVID-19 vaccines by people they look up to.
During the United States 2020 elections, I saw a video of a Nigerian pastor leading his congregation in a prayer meeting in which they were praying that angels of God should go and thumb print the ballot papers for then President Trump.
The Bible say, “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting”. Ephesians 4:14 (NKJV)