Do Rasta believe in the Bible?
As a son of Rastafari, many times I encounter the question of “Do Rastas believe in the Bible? To answer this question we first have to dig into the root of a Rastafari.
Where did it all start? The movements of “Jah People” in this dispensation of time began with a man named Leonard P. Howell.
Upon the crowning of Ras Tafari Makonnen(who is the 225th king to sit on Solomon’s Throne, the son of David) as the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Elect of God.
Leonard Howell, being raised as an Anglican growing up, knew that this man “Haile Selassie I” formerly known as “Rastafari” was “Christ in his kingly character” as revealed by the book of Revelations 5:1-5 which says ”
And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”
Upon the revelation of the “Messiah” in His kingly character, Leonard Howell started to follow the “Christ” which was taught through the “Holy Scriptures” called “The Holy Bible”.
So the first “Rastaman” needed the “Bible” to verify who His Imperial Majesty was, for the “Bible” is the black man’s history, authenticated through “The Throne of David”.
Orthodox Way of Life
His Imperial Majesty was also “The Defender of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Faith“. Which is not one of writs nor rites but a true function of the heart acquired through mystical incorporation.
In plain words to be born again, Haile Selassie I says “Today man sees all his hopes and aspirations crumbling before him. He is perplexed and knows not whither he is drifting.
But he must realize that the Bible is his refuge, and the rallying point for all humanity. In it man will find the solution of his present difficulties and guidance for his future action.
And unless he accepts with clear conscience the Bible and its great Message, he cannot hope for salvation. For my part I glory in the Bible.”
H.I.M Haile Selassie I also known more formerly as “Rastafari” advocates that if one wishes to know truth for oneself, to understand the word of the “Father”.
One should read the Holy Bible with a clear conscience and a humbleness as a child. “One Chapter Per Day” from Genesis 1 to Revelations 22 without skipping a page or a day. Read the bible for oneself and seek the word of HIM.
One chapter per day to find Salvation through the Word, through “Yahashua Hamashiach” who by the Holy Spirit of HIM will lead you into all truths and righteousness.
Physical to Spiritual consciousness
“Rastafari” also says “that in the dark ages books were removed from the “Bible”. However, what is in it is enough to save a man’s soul”.
Reading the “Bible” a chapter per day is a journey. A journey from the physical consciousness and state of mind to the spiritual consciousness.
That is why it is one chapter per day from Genesis. Taking the time to unlearn that of this world and learn that of the ways of the “Father”.
“Rastafari” also says “We in ethiopia have one of the oldest versions of the bible, but however old the version may be, in whatever language it might be written, the Word remains one and the same.
It transcends all boundaries of empires and all conceptions of race. It is eternal”. Selah.