CHRISTIANITY & RASTAFARI
Author: Ras Don Rico
PRELUDE: RasTafariIsHIM - History Lessons:
It is said – with some evidence for its enduring truth – that those who fail to learn the lessons of history, are doomed to make the same mistakes again…repeatedly. On the other hand, those who can See and Overstand the lessons of History – and I-Story, and particularly InI-Story – are provided with the opportunity to correct mistakes made in the ‘Past.’
Moreover, those who See and Overstand History’s lessons benefit from recognizing, not only what was done wrong in the ‘Past’ but also – and more importantly – what was done correctly and rightjustly; by the results of both that are evident in the ‘Present.”
The History (in fact, Histories) of what has become known as ‘Christianity’ (as with many “religions”) over the past two thousand years is/are increasingly available for anyone who wants to see, read, overstand, and repeat...or not. As the RasTafari Movement, which became evident in Jamaica in the 1930s, moves towards completing its first century; and as the many important similarities between “Christianity” and “RasTafarianism” become ever more apparent; and now that four generations of Jamaicans (at least) and others have experienced the impact of both “religions” on Jamaica and the world, this is clearly an appropriate time for RasTafari Thinkers to do some re-examination, re-evaluation, and re-calibration – in thinking and actions – of both of these significant realities.
InI have the benefit of two thousand years of hind-sight, and the present opportunity for foresight; to face the many challenging facts and often-difficult truths; about What InI have been doing, How, and Why…through the agency of Raspect, Clear-sight, and Far-Eye-Sight. And by so doing, resolve NOT to repeat the mistakes of the ‘Past’; towards the Good of Africa, Africans, and All Humanity.
CHRISTIANITY & RASTAFARI
Spiritual, Theological, Philosophical, Economic, Political, and Social Parallels Between the Rise and Spreading of 1st-Century Christianity and the Rise and Scattering of 20th century RasTafari Culture from Jamaica.
Recognizing clearllels between the 1st century Roman Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple,
Saul/Paul-led Genocide against Torah-Jewish Christians (Nazarenes/Nazarites, Ebionites, and Gnostics),
the Rise and Eventual Dominance of Paulian Greco-Romanized Christianity, and
the Destruction of Pinnacle, then AckeeWalk/Back-O-Wall/Dungle,
the Genocidal campaign against Black Garveyite RasTafarians in Jamaica,
and the Rise of (and potential dominance by) “Cross-over” supposedly “post-racial” Rastafarianism.
ADDENDUM BY RAS JAHAZIEL
After being subjected to relentless terrorism, the Rastafari movement was driven to choose between the carrot and the stick just like early Christians. There were two choices on the table: Adopt a Christian stance and avoid persecution or retain your strong Garveyite mission and feel the stick.
It was observed everywhere on the plantation that Christians were no longer persecuted, for Christianity was now considered by the Roman authorities to be
A NON-THREATENING-TO-ROME RELIGION.
It had become so from the day that Paul the persecutor became its main mouthpiece and Rome became its main guardian.
But how can a movement for African liberation be truly NON-SUBVERSIVE to the colonial order without departing from its African liberation intent?
From the time it becomes non-subversive it becomes
PART OF THE SYSTEM
that perpetuates oppression while encouraging non-threatenting-to-Rome religion.
After generations of such departure it would eventually be seen as normal to be counted amongst the friends of Rome who would be quite willing and eager to DISCOVER you.
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