Bob Marley always accepted Jesus Christ.

Bob Marley
Bob Marley

The following message came on our 18 Karat Reggae Facebook Page:

Hey Rasta man, I bet you never know that Bob Marley accepted Jesus Christ when he was sick and got saved before he died. Why don’t you accept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ before it is too late?

Not quite sure what the person’s point was or why he even assumed I was a Rasta Man. Maybe it is because am a Garveyite. Anyway, his statement did not make a lot of sense to me for many reasons.

There are many mansions of Rasta and Bob Marley was a member of the Twelve Tribe Mansion. The following, is the official greeting of the Twelve Tribe Rasta:

Greetings In The name Of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Who Revealed Himself To Us In The Personality of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I.

So obviously from the greeting, Twelve Tribe Rastas accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior from the outset. Jesus Christ is then revealed in the “Personality of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I.”

So being a Rasta and a Christian is not always mutually exclusive, it all depends on what mansion the individual Rasta belongs to. For example, a Twelve Tribe like Bob Marley sees Jesus Christ in a place of high honor as he groups him with great Jamaican heroes like Marcus Garvey and Paul Bogle:

I will never forget no way, they crucify Je’sus Christ
I will never forget no way, they sold Marcus Garvey for rice
I will never forget no way, they turn their backs on Paul Bogle
So don’t you forget no way, who you are and where you stand in the struggle

On the other hand, Sizzla Kalonji who is a Bob Ashanti sees Jesus Christ as more of a pacifier used to enslaved Black people and keep them humble under the rigors of slavery:

Babylon done out your flavor
Five hundread years worth of hard labor
Them give you Jesus and say he is your savior

So you can see the obvious contrast on how a Twelve Tribe Rasta and a Bobo Shanti Rasta see Jesus Christ. One holds him in high regards as the Christ, while the other is pretty much saying, Jesus was given to you by the same Babylonians who enslaved you. I should also add that there are a lot of reggae lyrics that burn Jesus the same way there are some that burns the pope and the Vatican. I can guarantee however, that you will never see a reggae artist who is a member of the Twelve Tribe mansion burning Jesus, quite the contrary.

So if you did not know, hopefully now you know, when you hear that a member of Twelve Tribes accepts Jesus Christ, that acceptance was from the time they became a Twelve Tribe and NOT because they are a backsliding Rasta.

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  1. allow your tongues to be restricted and may we not fall victim to the ways of the loose, everyone silence, be peaceful go and live, He is creator, final concluder …….sssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh

  2. I feel it for all those who try to lead Jah children astray,,,,,,sorry for man like Sizzla & all the rest of them who have a different concept of the Christ , he is Lord & Savior, don’t get carried away with their lyrics, that can’t save them in this time……I BURN FIRE ON ALL WHO FIGHT AGAINST JESUS CHRIST………..JAH FAITH.

  3. So, what are we to make of these lyrics: “Sick and tired of the ism schism, gon’ die and go to heaven inna Jesus name. We know and we understand almighty God is a living man.”
    You had to be around in the 70’s to truly understand what the 12 Tribes greeting meant, and why so many of our Christian parents were not going to just sit by and let us become Rasta. In its simplest meaning the greeting ascribes the status of divinity to Haile Selassie. For the more strident believers he was Christ reincarnate, the Lamb, the Seventh Seal…
    Why try to reinvent history? Bob was born a Christian, and he died a Christian. In the middle, he believed, like most Rastas did, especially before Abuna came to Jamaica, that Ras Tafari Makennon was the creator of the Universe. At the end of the day, one man’s mythology is another man’s religion!!!

  4. The concept of God is a human construct in search of answers to many things such as the origins and meaning of life and the goodness and evil of mankind. Religions have always been used as a cultural tool in this quest and different Religions have moved the bar in different directions. The most recent religions like Christianity and Islam draws from each other and and so does Rastafari draws from Christianity by using their book that was not ment to liberate slave.The whole idea of turning a poor man into a GOD and not seeing God in everyone is flawed, When we use individuals make into Gods just to own that particular brand of God whether its Jesus or Haile Selassie its just as ludicrus. Just as how Christianity was Hijacked by Rome and used maniulate and control its subjects i applaud the audacity of the suffering sons and daughters of the slaves that went through Christian Colonial slevery to rebel and design a Faith for themselves as they know that the slave masters religion cannot fully liberate the slaves as the justification of Slavery was placed it in the bible as a desirable thing ordained by God. Brother Bob Marley articulated his disgust with Christianity in a few of his songs such as “Preacher man dont tell me heaven is under the earth ..Wi Sick an tired of the ism skism die and go to heaven inna JESUS name we know and we understand almighty God is living man .. Some people think ..a great God will come from the sky tae away everyting an make everybody feel high .. . BM Get Up Stand up ” ” I feel like Bombing a a church now that you know that the preacher is lying … half the story have never been told .. BM talking blues ” yes Bob was baptised by the Ethiopian Orthodox church which is Christan ,, but just as how JESUS himself was not a Christian but the story of a man called Jesus was used to create a religion called Christianity over 100 years afters he was killed. we still have to recognition the goodness of the personalities of a Jesus and a Selassie but not use it to beat some other people over the head to tell them that Almighty God is a dead man. If GOD is LOVE, then we all have the ability to manifest LOVE and be GOD. Just as we are being taught about serving some men who were turned into God by some other men……..Blessed LOVE

  5. Once you accept Jesus,He lives in us as we live in Him ,who lives in the Father.
    For we are all sinners,Jesus is the only way to the Father for we are not worthy,
    God hates sin.Jesus last command to his disciples was to love,To love everyone like he loved them.For they knew was innocent.

  6. The concept of God is a human construct of man in search of answers to many things such as the origins and meaning of life and the goodness and evil of mankind. Religions have always been used as a cultural tool in this quest and different Religions have moved the bar in different directions.
    The most recent religions like Christianity and Islam draws from each other and so does Rastafari draws from Christianity by using their book /Bible that was not meant to liberate the slaves. The whole idea of turning a poor man into a GOD and not seeing God in everyone is flawed,
    When we use individuals make into Gods just to own that particular brand of God whether its Allah, Jesus or Haile Selassie its just as ludicrous. Just as how Christianity was Hijacked by Rome and used manipulate and control its subjects. i applaud the audacity of the suffering sons and daughters of the slaves that went through Christian Colonial slavery to rebel and design a Faith for themselves as they know that the slave masters religion cannot fully liberate the slaves as the justification of Slavery was placed it in the bible as a desirable thing ordained by God.
    Brother Bob Marley though raised a Christian articulated his disgust with Christianity in a few of his songs such as “Preacher man don’t tell me heaven is under the earth ..Wi Sick an tired of the ism skism die and go to heaven inna JESUS name we know and we understand almighty God is living man .. Some people think ..a great God will come from the sky tae away everyting an make everybody feel high .. . BM Get Up Stand up ” ” I feel like Bombing a a church now that you know that the preacher is lying … half the story have never been told .. BM talking blues ” yes Bob was baptized by the Ethiopian Orthodox church which is Christian ,, but just as how the character of JESUS himself was not a Christian but the story of a man called Jesus was used to create a religion called Christianity over 100 years after he was killed by the same people who killed him. we still have to recognition the goodness of the personalities of a Jesus and a Haile Selassie the first but not use it to beat other people over the head to tell them that Almighty God is a dead man. If GOD is LOVE, then we all have the ability to manifest LOVE and be GOD. Just as we are being taught about serving some men who was turned into God by some other men……..Blessed LOVE

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