I was not going to respond this. But anyways...
To an outsider to Rastafari, it may seem that I flip-flopped on a critical theological concept. Hence Mina's comment.
However, I did no such thing. Outsiders will commonly *assume* that Rastafari as a faith is required to deify the personage of HIM Haile Selassie the First, Emperor of Ethiopia.http://www.jahjahchildrencommunity.com/gadseh.html
The 12 Tribes of Israel is seen as closer to Christianity than other Rastafarian groups. Is there a basic difference in the doctrine?
"Yes there is a basic difference because we see Christ, and that die and rose again, and that die for our sin, we see that person. So that is, you know, a different teaching, because is not many see this teaching, that Christ is the person."
I want to remind you that we're speaking with the Prophet Gad who is the leader, the head, the founder of the 12 Tribes of Israel
. We want to move on now to the doctrine. Recently we've had much debate on this program "Running African" and other programs about the Divinity of His Majesty the Emperor Haile Selassie as it relates the return of Jesus Christ. What are your thoughts on the matter?
"Well, Christ is to return and sit on the Throne of David, so I strongly believe that, you know, Christ is going to come and sit on the Throne of David."
I want you to.. You said something very important here and something that may disturb the Rastafarian Movement in Jamaica. Christ, You're talking about the return of Christ.
"Yes I am talking about the return of Christ who is going to sit on the throne of David."
Are you making a differentiation between Jesus Christ and Haile Selassie.
"Yes I am making a differentiation. Because Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. And even after His Majesty say, Him saved not by the man character but by the blood of Jesus Christ."
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And if Iyah want to chek it...google "Rastafarians for Yesus Christos". There is well established doctrine specifically against the divinity of the Emperor. By rejecting His divinity...it was in no way a "conversion" no matter what people wish to think.
Rejecting His divinity was in no way an easy change. It was something I did out of desperation, because I see a great sickness creeping into the Rastafari movement. It was a tortuous journey lasting well over two years, that involved reading the Bible, listening to Bob Marley, and reading the Words of the Emperor.
For the rest of my comments, most of what I want to say, was already said and not replied to, in replies #89and #91. There are pervasive inaccuracies portrayed on this forum about how Rastafarians think and act.
No one here thinks like a Rastafarian (except me). I think overall, my presence here has helped me learn, but in the end, Peter Tosh was right.
Ras Marques Benjamin