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Old 07-01-2009, 06:17 AM   #1
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Alright. I've been harassed before on Hipfourms for many things, including my beliefs. So I'm going to state what I believe in and what I don't now to clear this up for everyone. Agree, disagree, comment, go ahead. I'm just making this public.

BELIEFS:

Jesus Christ is the only God.
He came to earth, suffered, and died on the Cross.
He died for us and our sins so we could be with Him in heaven when we die.
He rose again 3 days later.
Smoking marijuana is the healing of the nation.
Alcohol is the destruction of the nation.
The entire Holy Bible is true down to the punctuation marks.
Both Israel and Africa are Holy Lands.
You must be a Christian to go to Heaven.
You can be white and be a Rastafarian.
You don't have to dread your hair or smoke herb to be Rastafarian.
Rastafari is a way of life, not a religion.

WHAT I DON'T BELIEVE IN:

I don't believe Haile Selassie I was any type of god-like figure at all.
I don't believe that you have to be African to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that you have to smoke herb or get dreadlocks to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you ever have to listen to Reggae to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that any present day figure is a prophet worthy of being holy.
I don't believe that you have to eat the Ital diet to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you have to be what people say 'true rasta' is to be Rastafari.

I'm sorry if that offends some of you who may remember me from my old profile. That's who I am. And if you say I'm just a fanatical Christian who wants to live in Jamaica and smoke ganja, fine. But guess what? I am a Christian. I love Jesus Christ very much and I am going to heaven because of my trust that He came to earth in form of man and suffered and died on the cross because he loved us and rose again in 3 days just so we could be with him at the end of our days. But guess what I also am. A Rastafarian. I am a Christian-Rasta who hates the idea that Emperor Haile Selassie I was thought to be an incarnation of God and loves the idea that Jesus Christ was is and always will be the ONLY son of God.

May you all have a Christ blessed day
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:00 PM   #3
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Mate, I'll be honest. I understand where you are coming from. I have heard a dilemma very similar to this, if not the same. I don't agree with all of that but I can understand it.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:27 PM   #4
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I agree but disregard most theology completely
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you seem rather deluded.

and im embarassed for you because you call yourself a rasta.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:49 PM   #6
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Rastaforchrist: you should have never been harassed. People should be able to state their opinions and differences without being threatened, or called retarded for their beliefs. I don't agree with any of the Rasta beliefs, except I believe pot could heal this nation. But, I think you stated your views very well and you were very polite about it. So, right on to you for sharing.
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BELIEFS:

Jesus Christ is the only God.

He came to earth, suffered, and died on the Cross.
He died for us and our sins so we could be with Him in heaven when we die.
He rose again 3 days later.

Smoking marijuana is the healing of the nation.
Alcohol is the destruction of the nation.
The entire Holy Bible is true down to the punctuation marks.

Both Israel and Africa are Holy Lands.
You must be a Christian to go to Heaven.
You can be white and be a Rastafarian.
You don't have to dread your hair or smoke herb to be Rastafarian.
Rastafari is a way of life, not a religion.

WHAT I DON'T BELIEVE IN:

I don't believe Haile Selassie I was any type of god-like figure at all.
I don't believe that you have to be African to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that you have to smoke herb or get dreadlocks to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you ever have to listen to Reggae to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that any present day figure is a prophet worthy of being holy.
I don't believe that you have to eat the Ital diet to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you have to be what people say 'true rasta' is to be Rastafari.

I'm sorry if that offends some of you who may remember me from my old profile. That's who I am. And if you say I'm just a fanatical Christian who wants to live in Jamaica and smoke ganja, fine. But guess what? I am a Christian. I love Jesus Christ very much and I am going to heaven because of my trust that He came to earth in form of man and suffered and died on the cross because he loved us and rose again in 3 days just so we could be with him at the end of our days. But guess what I also am. A Rastafarian. I am a Christian-Rasta who hates the idea that Emperor Haile Selassie I was thought to be an incarnation of God and loves the idea that Jesus Christ was is and always will be the ONLY son of God.

May you all have a Christ blessed day
Ok i wanted to point out somethings on three levels, the lines highlighted in red are points of yours which suggest that yes you are a Christian. The lines highlighted in black are the points that suggest there is a big difference between you and what I understand to be Rastafari. And finally the points in blue are the ones that do have a nice cross over.

So getting back to the points i have highlighted in black, what are your reasons for your beliefs behind those conclusions? And more perplexing, is why you don't just call yourself a Christian instead of trying to redefine Rasta? It seems to me, that it's almost like a Christian calling himself a Jewish* man that believes in the New Testament.

"I don't believe you have to be what people say 'true rasta' is to be Rastafari."

I think this point bothers me the most, I do agree on a deeper level, but in the context you have put it, don't you think it is disrespectful in some ways to try and tell a people that their religion is wrong and redefine it into what you want it to be? especially when you have both feet firmly in another existing religion?

It's not that I don't respect your right to your own beliefs, it's that use of the labels which seems to be problematic (in an intellectual debate of correctness, i dont give a shit what people want to call themselves in real life.). I don't think there is a problem in being a Christian and having a spiritual connection with Africa or to enjoy marijuana either, I don't think you have to define yourself as Rasta to believe what you believe.

Which leads me to my real question, which is the point of this whole issue you have decided to talk about. Why do you define yourself as Rasta?





*of course using the term Jewish to some one refering to themselves in the religious sense and not the ethnic/cultural sense.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:11 PM   #9
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some kids just want to smoke weed and wear cool colors to school so they call it a 'religion' and expect not to be called on it.
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Come on what does that even mean? How can you be a Rastafarian and not accept H.I.M as The Messiah? Thats like saying you're a Christian but you don't accept Jesus Christ as The Saviour! At best its contradictory.
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