“I Love King Haile Selassie I”

Marley say: “Give us de teachings of His Majesty, for
we no waan no devil philosopy…”

Below is a quote of the greatly loved, His Majesty Emperor
Haile Selassie I. He is honored and revered by Rastafarians
as the Godhead of man.

“WE IN ETHIOPIA HAVE ONE OF THE OLDEST VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE, but however old the version may be, in whatever language it may be written the Word remains one and the same.  It transcends all boundaries of empires and all conception of race.  It is eternal.

No doubt you all remember reading in the Acts of the Apostles of how Philip baptised the Ethiopian official.  He is the first Ethopian on record to have followed Christ, and from that day onwards the Word of God has continued to grow in the hearts of Ethiopians.  And I might say for myself that from early childhood I was taught to appreciate the Bible and my love for it increases with the passage of time.  All through my troubles I have found it a cause for infinite comfort.  “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” – who can resist an invitation so full of compassion?

Because of this personal experience in the goodness of the Bible, I was resolved that all my countrymen should aslo share its great blessing, and that by reading the Bible they should find Truth for themselves.  Therefore… I caused a new translation to be made from our ancient language into the language which the old and the young understood and spoke.

Today man sees all his hopes and aspirations crumbling before him.  He is perplexed and knows not whither he is drifting.  But he must realise that the Bible is his refuge, and the rallying point for all humanity.  In it man will find the solution of this present difficulties and guidance for his future action, and unless he accepts with clear conscience the Bible and its great Message, he cannot hope for salvation.  For my part I glory in the Bible.”

I would like all the Rasta people to ponder the words of His Imperial Majesty enclosed.  Ponder them deeply and seriously.  Ask provoking questions: What is He saying, or trying to convey? What did He believe about the Bible/Jesus? Was He a Christian? Was and is He echoing words in the Bible? Such as 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21″

I think it is profitable to give serious attention to the teachings of His Majesty.  Our very Soul may depend on it.

Iamah Servant

Wallens Ridge State Prison


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