Teachings of HIM: His Imperial Majesty Speech on the Bible. Defender of the Faith
“Rastafari”, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, was no doubt a Holy Christian King. He was the “Defender of the Faith, Elect of God”. His Imperial Majesty advocated clearly of the teachings of the “Bible“.
Many people who think of “Rasta” or “Rastafari” tend to want to distance themselves with “Christianity” and the “Bible”. However, many are also aware that that a true follower of HIM, is a true “Christian”.
A true follower of “Rastafari” of the faith by right is a true “Christian” baring the “New Name” of HIM; “Rastafari”.
How does one be a true true follower of the faith, yet deny the teachings of HIM? For instance, How does one follow after “Rastafari” but not of his “words”?
Although the “Jesus Christ” spoken of through religion gives a false picture of the “Christ”. No doubt, “Yahashua Hamashiach” known by the masses as “Jesus Christ” was praised by HIM. He was “The Saviour” of HIM.
In addition, “Rastafari” the comforter, was prophesied by “Yahashua” HIMself. In the future, I will be writing further explaining the relation between “Yahashua” or “Jesus” and “Rastafari”.
His Majesty Speech on the Bible
We in Ethiopia have one of the oldest versions of the Bible, but however old
the version may be, in whatever language it may be written, the word
remains one and the same. It transcends all boundaries of empires and all
conceptions of race. It is eternal.
No doubt you all remember reading in the Acts of the Apostles of how Philip
baptised the Ethiopian official. He is the first Ethiopian on record to have
followed Christ, and from that day onwards the Word of God has continued
to grow in the hearts of Ethiopians.
And I might say for myself that from
early childhood I was taught to appreciate the Bible and my love for it
increases with the passage of time.
All through my troubles I have found it a
cause of infinite comfort. “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest” ~ Who can resist an invitation so full of
Because of this personal experience in the goodness of the Bible, I was
resolved that all my countrymen should also share its great blessing, and
that by reading the Bible they should find Truth for themselves.
I caused a new translation to be made from our ancient language into the
language which the old and the young understood and spoke.
Today man sees all his hopes and aspirations crumbling before him. He is
perplexed and knows not whither he is drifting. But he must realise 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.
Haile Selassie I
His Imperial Majesty Emperor formally accepting the title
“Defender of the Faith”:
…Holy Fathers, We have welcomed the title you have given Us,
Defender of the Faith, with great honour. May Almighty God grace
your name. May God welcome your work.
We have received this
title given Us by you Holy Fathers, with religious reverence. May your
prayers help Us in Our effort to fulfil the task entrusted to Us.