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Did you realize Bob Marley was a Christian?

CAPISCE 2012/08/17 21:11:44
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Bob Marley was born on Feb 6., and although many are familiar with the reggae legend as a Rastafarian, others may be surprised to hear that he was baptized as an Orthodox Christian before his death.

Marley was an influential figure in the global expansion of a Rastafarian religious movement through his music. The movement began in 1930s Jamaica, focusing on the worship of former Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie I, whose followers believe him to be a messiah that will lead them into righteousness and prosperity.

Although Marley sang and spoken about being a Rasta, he converted to Christianity before his death. Abuna Yesehaq, archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the Western Hemisphere who died in 2005, admitted that he baptized Marley about one year before his death.

Yesehaq appeared in a 1984 interview with Jamaica Gleaner's Sunday magazine, titled "Abuna Yesehaq Looks Back on 14 Years of Ministry in Jamaica," in which he spoke about Marley's desire to become a Christian long before his death.

"Bob was really a good brother, a child of God, regardless of how people looked at him," Yesehaq said. "He had a desire to be baptized long ago, but there were people close to him who controlled him and who were aligned to a different aspect of Rastafari. But he came to church regularly."

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  • The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk 2012/08/17 21:18:56
    Yes, I was aware
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    +3
    I saw a biography on Bob Marley. I was taken a back when I first heard it. But if you listen to the lyrics of his music You can see Christianity would appeal to him.

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  • Maat56 2012/09/14 15:45:31
    Yes, I was aware
    Maat56
    +1
    I thought he was very Spiritual!
  • MsDianna 2012/08/27 22:13:02
    No, I didn't know that
    MsDianna
    +1
    praise God
  • thetruth 2012/08/19 08:04:19 (edited)
    No, I didn't know that
    thetruth
    +1
    I always thought he was straight Rasta. When I first started listening to his music I thought he was Christian ... talking about Zion, and "leading His people" and "Who can count your people?" Referencing the Law of Moses. But as I listened more closely Rastafarian to me sounds just like Judaism, but with marijuana .. lol .. but Marley references "Ja" allot. And I even think a co-singer rejects Christ Jesus in one of his songs. Listened to it the other day and was like .. huh?

    So encouraged to hear he found the true faith before his death. Praise Jesus!

    Blessings ...
  • frank 2012/08/18 17:43:24
    No, I didn't know that
    frank
    +1
    More par to Bob Marley finding god.
  • schjaz 2012/08/18 16:00:24
    Yes, I was aware
    schjaz
    +1
    Yeah, I recall hearing something about this at the time.
  • Racefish 2012/08/18 14:54:37
    Yes, I was aware
    Racefish
    +1
    Rasta is an offshoot of Coptic Christianity.
  • CAPISCE Racefish 2012/08/18 14:56:33
    CAPISCE
    Rasta don't get Baptized
  • Racefish CAPISCE 2012/08/20 16:58:30
    Racefish
    +1
    True, but Marley did.

    http://www.jamaicans.com/cult...

    Bob Marley's Baptism in Ethiopian Orthodox Church
    The incident that probaly caused the major divide between many in the Rastafarian community and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was the baptism of Bob Marley into the church before he died. He was baptized by the Head of the church Archbishop Abuna Yesehaq. What was most upsetting to the Rastafarian community was when this became public knowlegde and the statements (see media interviews) made by the church in regards to an "Orthodox conversion" by Bob Marley. His close friend, Tommy Cowan, has also has stated that Bob Marley converted to Christianity before he died.
  • YepIDidItSo 2012/08/18 13:58:49
    Yes, I was aware
    YepIDidItSo
  • CAPISCE YepIDid... 2012/08/18 14:23:54
    CAPISCE
    Love that song
  • Daniel O'Hern 2012/08/18 13:56:19
    No, I didn't know that
    Daniel O'Hern
    But really who care Christ was just a fictional character to help people believe in a god
    Needed for the common man to creat social order and provide a moral code so we can all survive as a race. Without order we have chaos if believing in a god helps u get through the day so be it just don't force it downs someone's throat. Watch zero energy universe on you tube
  • CAPISCE Daniel ... 2012/08/18 14:24:26 (edited)
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Bob Marley seems to disagree a well as many hardcore rockers but I'm sure you have the final truth because you are the most enlighten man to ever live. oh wait a minute, my bad, I forgot about this guy
    "God does not play dice" "I want to know God's thoughts" Albert Einstein
  • Cat 2012/08/18 13:02:18
    No, I didn't know that
    Cat
    +1
    I thought he was a Rastafarian, a religion that incorporates Judeo-Christian elements.
  • CAPISCE Cat 2012/08/18 13:16:57
    CAPISCE
    Read article
  • JET 2012/08/18 11:35:34
    No, I didn't know that
    JET
    +1
    Doesn't bother me a bit.
  • gvc 2012/08/18 04:09:44
    No, I didn't know that
    gvc
    +1
    Wonderful!
  • fisherman 2012/08/18 03:58:25
    No, I didn't know that
    fisherman
    +1
    nor does it matter much to me , all i need to know is bobs music was the greatest .
  • NYCbrit 2012/08/18 03:16:42
    No, I didn't know that
    NYCbrit
    +1
    But he always struck me as having a Christian mindset. I'm glad for him that he was able to be baptised before his death.
  • Esther 2012/08/18 02:39:40
    No, I didn't know that
    Esther
  • mikeeonly 2012/08/18 01:59:06
    No, I didn't know that
    mikeeonly
    +1
    the important thing that no matter what religion, was that he believed
  • jc 2012/08/18 01:11:03
    Yes, I was aware
    jc
    I heard it was after he was diagnosed with cancer.
  • Brian 2012/08/18 00:10:54
    No, I didn't know that
    Brian
    No I didn't know that, hard to see that through all the pot smoke. Bob Marley in a cloud of pot smoke
  • CAPISCE Brian 2012/08/18 00:11:30
    CAPISCE
    Well it's true
  • Brian CAPISCE 2012/08/18 00:13:13
    Brian
    It was a death bed conversion which is fine I suppose, but it wasn't like he had some Saul of Tarsus moment.
  • CAPISCE Brian 2012/08/18 00:14:22 (edited)
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Death Bed----lol----he asked to be baptised long before his death bed
  • Brian CAPISCE 2012/08/18 00:28:10
    Brian
    The story says "He Spoke about his desire to become a Christian long before his death not that he did, he was Baptised 1 year before he died, it was a twelve month death bed.

    Hey I love a lot of his music, and I'm glad he became Christian before he died, and the day I die if God allows me in to his heaven and I run into Bob up there it will be a good thing 'cause we be jam'm Mon.
  • CAPISCE Brian 2012/08/18 00:28:52
    CAPISCE
    +1
    lol----Good post
  • evangel... Brian 2012/08/18 01:51:39
    evangelism_vision
    +1
    Anyone can say they are. I do know that the Bible says you will know them by their fruits but in the end God judges.

    I hope He was but I an a christian and Pot will not be in my body because the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. And can't say anything about his music because I never listened to his music.
    So I will reserve any further comment
  • Brian evangel... 2012/08/18 08:35:15
    Brian
    That is a fact my friend
  • SoCalEx-Dem 2012/08/17 23:57:20
    No, I didn't know that
    SoCalEx-Dem
    +2
    Nice to know he embraced Christ.
  • bricklyn SoCalEx... 2012/08/18 06:15:21
    bricklyn
    what difference does that make when he did not live like a christian
  • SoCalEx... bricklyn 2012/08/18 06:20:01
    SoCalEx-Dem
    +1
    All sinners can be saved through accepting Jesus which he did.
  • bricklyn SoCalEx... 2012/08/18 22:02:38
    bricklyn
    Only after he knew he was dying. Quite mersenary from that perspective.
  • SoCalEx... bricklyn 2012/08/18 23:15:51
    SoCalEx-Dem
    +1
    What better time to make peace with God?
  • bricklyn SoCalEx... 2012/08/20 05:25:40
    bricklyn
    I guess if you believe in superstitions it would be. What a mockery of the entire system of religion from the other side.
  • SoCalEx... bricklyn 2012/08/20 14:43:32
    SoCalEx-Dem
    I'm not following what you mean in this response. I don't believe in superstitions, only in God.
  • CAPISCE bricklyn 2012/08/20 14:53:41
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/08/17 23:52:53
    No, I didn't know that
    Stan Kapusta
  • Bingo's Faddah 2012/08/17 23:15:56
    No, I didn't know that
    Bingo's Faddah
    Couldn't care less about his religion or anyone else's.
  • Azazyel's Dragon 2012/08/17 22:16:38
    No, I didn't know that
    Azazyel's Dragon
    +1
    No, I had no idea. That's interesting...

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