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PostPosted: 26 Oct 2004 18:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

PLiH, The same quoestion could be turned back to you.

Jonagus:
The thing I was trying to say is that I don't like the separation that something is in benefit of RasTafari or Christendom. I mean that they are not important. It's not important where you find Christ or where you serve Him or under what church you serve Him, as long as you find Him and serve Him. It's not important whether it benefits RasTafari or Christendom (wasn't Europe called Christendom in the middle-ages?) as long as it benefits the Messiah. That's what I was trying to say, maybe I didn't put it so clearly as my english ain't that perfect.

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PostPosted: 26 Oct 2004 19:21    Post subject: ... Reply with quote

greetings in that divine and most precious name of Our Lord and Savior Yahshua Immanuel!

This is rather ridiculous when you look at with logic and reason. There should be no conflict such as these, and i say that if you have conflict over this issue you are either ignornant or not a true Christian, for if you have an issue with Rastafarians not being the same as Christians then you are not showing the brotherly love and equality of Yahshua's Christianity to begin with. So Naphty is going to clear some things up, as i have already posted on this subject before.

If you are an American, does that mean that you are not a Christian? I wouldn't think that anybody here would argue that point, because the definition of American is clear, meaning that which is related to or involved with America. The suffix "an" and "ian" are one and the same, so those who are Rastafarians, are simply those who are related to or involved with Rastafari. Well Rastafari is a big concept, including Ethiopia, African Liberation/Development, Equality and Justice, Brotherly Love, to sum it up, One God, One Aim, and One Destiny, at home and abroad.

It is not by definition a religion, where as some Rastafarians are very religious in their beliefs, just as some Americans are so patriotic it borders on religious zeal. So there should be no difference. A Rastafarian can be equally a Christian, and no Rastafarian should be offended by this because Rastafarians seek Christ, and no Christian should be offended either. The difference is that most Christians do not see Ethiopia, nor African Liberation as a key issue in their life, and so they are not Rastafarians. However, if they become conscious regarding these crucial issues, then they evolve to the level of Rastafari because their are dealing with African issues. That is what Rastafari is centered on, not religion or worship, for in Rastafari worship seems to be the right of the individual, not a mandate, so it is clearly a more political movement then a religion. This needs to be cleared up, because to many people see it as some cult or fanatic religion, which it isn't. It is a political movement aiming at African Liberation and Human Equality. So how could most Christians, who should profess brotherly love and equality, not be Rastafarians?

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Chris Naphtali Twelve Tribes of Israel California
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PostPosted: 26 Oct 2004 19:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

JuHok wrote:
It's not important whether it benefits RasTafari or Christendom (wasn't Europe called Christendom in the middle-ages?) as long as it benefits the Messiah.


I think we agree.

Regarding Europe being called "Christendom": Europeans, in those days, called all Christian nations and Christians members of "Christendom." Theoretically, therefore, they were including non-European Christians in the term.

The difficulty is that most Europeans at that time had very little interaction with non-European Christians, if any. They were separated from them geographically, linguistically, culturally, and so forth. And most of the non-Europeans that Europeans did meet in medieval times, especially if the Europeans did not live on the Asian border, were not Christians. It would not be surprising therefore, if they mistakenly thought that all Christians were European.

It would be a mistake, of course, because there were many African and Asian Christians throughout that time. But a Danish or English Christian of the medieval era may be somewhat excused for his ignorance, since he had no contact with the Christians in India (for example). He simply did not know they existed.
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