To relay the importance of the Church and the Body of Man, we have to ask if we truly Love Jah or love ritual. This subject is one that exists in every house of praise and defines it own understanding of self.
The Church is first the Body in which The Everlasting Soul and Ever Lasting Life dwells, with knowledge that the building is built on the Faith and Wisdom of the Soul acknowledges that the body is but a building. The Church or Body of Man is only as strong as the appreciation and respect of The Almighty that is acknowledged. With a Loving Soul the Building cannot house the works and words because they are so large and they will flood into the community with goodness. Without Loving Souls, The building is but a coffin to dead words and memories rehashed in form of ritual.
In some faiths there is room for “mysticism” and prophets, in others there is none, while in others the basis of their faith is God working now and still revealing Himself in new ways through various books and testimonies. It should go without saying that many of these interpretations have been extreme and dangerous, such as those who wish to see Armageddon. Still the diversity in the perception of The Living God and the Living Word have left the masses at odds with religion in general.
Religion is important because it carries a wealth in theology,wisdom, history, and parables concerning the soul in the ancient and modern world. The collective battles we face over and over again: this being one of them. The status quo is what enables growth in every field. A balance between new and old even generationally is a constant project. When it comes to Spiritual and Scriptural changes the same is not only true but more combatted. We can’t help but see Religious Policies pushed on agendas based on current affairs, meaning Religions react to the times. But do they shape the times by acting out and continuing in the path of their teachers? It seems often that “what would Christ do?” is the furthest thing next to ” is this Godly”..that many ask before using Religious Power to achieve what ever goal. Then Why would they not be as open to hearing of what the Living God reveals here and now and today? Is it because they are not here and now, or fear change? If everything is changing in nature wouldn’t it be natural that The Living God has new material…If people don’t see the change of tides will they be swept away by the waves of past thinking? This is the dilemma of Churches and why Rastafari is a bridge builder and repairer.
When ones become too comfortable they become forgetful of past warnings and signs that lead to previous un-comfortability and chaos. Through out the Old Covenant ( Testament ) people are constantly rebuked for the simple adherence to ritual without thought of actually being the Living Word. Most of us call them hypocrites but its deeper than that. Arrogance and laziness are part of the original poison. It is something closer to Superiority complexes within tribes and classes that made the dismissal of dissent a norm so that the hierarchy wouldn’t be at risk or threatened. Being that was the usual in daily life, it was transferred to the personality of the Church. When I say Church, at this point it is symbolic for all religious institutions. It can be seen in daily life of parenting to how most people eat.
In a time where Monarchies are not popular, and democracy has not been fully realized for the general same reasons, that a top class does not want the change that the general citizens too, we must look to what can be done. At the heart of it is listening to the Almighty here and now, which means listening to the poor and needy as well as the Spiritual signs. At the heart of this is an ownership problem, where people think they own God, and He is their servant, who is here to answer there every complaint and call. A waiter that no one is willing to help and they feel is invisible. The lack of connection to the purpose of Life which is to Love Jah, has been turned backwards. Humanity and nature have universal laws that like Jah do not change, they are also expanding, contracting, and ever changing. Within this divine paradox is the All Encompassing Father and Mother. The mis-presecevption that God is not everywhere and in everything is what is limiting mankind. That He is with Us, and Now, looking through all living forms is the key to waking up from thinking that Jah can be isolated and divided. He is One, ONE WITH ALL. To try a piece The Creator out is to try and measure His Power which is not possible. The Equality in which God’s Love reigns cannot be labeled. This Oneness with the Creator is what everyone needs to tap into, and then look to see if we are displaying partial Love. Partial Love concerning the poor, and for women, partial love for the Earth and animals…This will expose whether we are truly committed to love or its a one night stand. Ritual of thought, making the Earths needs not as important, lives of children, the poor, and animals, to the point where ones don’t care for themselves. This is the illogical place we have arrived to where religion is supposed to see that our connection to each other is our connection to The Most High. To listen to each other, to the Earth, to the children, is to listen to Jah.
Some would ask, How does a Rastafari Selassite who believes that a Ethiopian King is the Creator could say that He doesn’t believe class war-fare. The Answer is that a Emperor who doesn’t believe in classism is what make HIM the King of Kings. A Man that brings out the Most High out of others, having Faith that they can find the solutions because The Most High is within. He had a respect for all Life, people and faiths, knowing that all them have been brought here to fulfill their specific purpose that would align like body parts of the body. He saw everyone important, from the sick in the hospitals to orphans from Armenia. If one knows God is every where and in everything, then how can anyone say they or Haile Selassie I is not God in Flesh. Perhaps because true Oneness is bigger than the Western perspective of God. With a New Name, in a New Time, arises people and warnings that are straight from Love, from Jah. Our ability to speak directly to Jah is the ability to see when some words are dead and have no place, while others need to held high because of their self evident virtue. It is the same with ritual, some is good, full of medicine and healing, while others rituals like what most call “lunch” is a bloody slaughter in which they make their body a cemetery, eating souls rather than uplifting them. The Name Haile Selassie I is the name of all Creation, Power and Virtue of the Trinity First and ONE. Trinitarian symbols and thought are written in all of universe as a fabric, it is another reason why Emperor Haile Selassie I is the Name of God. His appearance marks the end of religion because he fulfills it Through being the Conquering Lion of Judah and Earth’s Rightful Ruler, King of Zion. He shows us Heaven is on Earth, and where we all originated, He is the highest symbol and in the highest seat of Christianity and Judaism, and is the Returned Messiah of the Quran, He is Krishna of Hindi’s and is Wisdom incarnate likened to Buddha. He is Great Buffalo High Chief to the Native Americans, And Grand Father of Africa to OAU and Pan African Liberation Movements. He is an internationally celebrated Prophet and reformer, 13th founding member of the UN….It goes on and on, because He was ALL to the Earth. He Gave His ALL to Show us How far we are and that God is with us, and is also human, one with all, and did His Work. Many pray to Jesus to save them, We do not pray for Haile Selassie I to save us, He prays we find the Power within to save ourselves. He calls us to save ourselves and others knowing we can because the Most High is Here and now, with Us. He is the evidence that look within, not up in the sky. That death is an illusion, and that our children and this planet is the continuation and evidence of our works. That they be nurtured and lessons past on diligently. If we let go of the lessons we forsake Guidance and wisdom, if we do not think for ourselves and choose the right, then we will forsake Jah by accepting blindly dead words lacking truth. They balance is forever in our hands, and its in the worlds interest to listen to each other and put the pieces together, then we can see how members of the Body of Jah truly exercise cooperation and collective-self determination.
I specifically didn’t choose to use Scripture versus and quotes to support my thoughts, nor words from Haile Selassie I. I want it to be a big as possible when one thinks of Oneness, after that everything is apparent. That God is Love, Let Us Be Love, is heavier and bigger than ones realize. Life exists because it loves itself, Life exists because Jah is within. From Start, from here walk from fear into the Loving arms of Jah, and seek wisdom. Its already all Jah, by surrendering, we submit to the Here and Now, which is the only place you will find Jah. It is also from here we can see without clutter of past opinions and persuasion. Confidence and Faith in the Power of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit IN ONE within and around. Haile Selassie I. Meditation.