Peace and respect.
"It could be, though, that Selassie I is indeed God in flesh and that he denied this for a specific purpose: so that we would HELP OURSELVES and not wait on God to deliver us."
Well...that would be weird to say the least. God lets several religions on this earth, each one claims to be the "true" one; this already confuses people enough to me. Too easy, help ourselves and not wait on God to deliver us? Hasn't man always helped himself so far? If Hailé Selassié was God in flesh, then God would have been a failure.
"HIM might not even have known this but I see HIM as fulfilling prophecy..."
How could God not know about Himself? That's an oxymoron and just crazy. Moreover, how could Christ claim to be a follower of a religion and follow Christ (=himself?) and see Christ (=himself?) as his own saviour?!
As to the prophecy. I think you're referring to that passage in Revelation. Well, it's pretty weird to me. I read the book, as if you read all Revelation it's easy to understand that the titles mentioned refer to Jesus Christ (the Lamb, the Lion of Judah etc.), later in the book hailed as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then circa 1900 years after Christ walked this earth, you got people calling Hailé Selassié appellations and now he fullfils the prophecy?
Besides, as far as I know, Jesus Christ stated that he would return on earth to judge all the peoples in the end.
I didn't know that Hailé Selassié was in favor of death penalty. Death penalty is bulls**t. Weird, God being in favor of death penalty...that'd be crazy for real...
"Rastafari is not a religion, it is a way of life and a culture created PRIMARILY by and for African people to address our specific needs and problems, SECONDARILY for all people (especially oppressed people) to learn from and adopt in whatever manner they see fit, as long as they are RESPECTFUL of its AFRICAN origins."
Then if Rastafari is a culture, a movement created in order to solve African people issues, then why theorize the deity of a man and create strange syncretisms?
I just fully respect and support Rasta movement as a STRUGGLE MOVEMENT against oppression and exploitation but Hailé Selassié's divinity really makes no sense at all to me for sure.
P.S.: I don't wanna convert anybody at all. I only don't like to see the evidence being denied through weak and crazy argumentations.
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