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Baptism
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Rastalogical Conception Dealing with Baptism
The emergence of the Rastafarian Community, 1916-1930 in
Jamaica, came during the rule of British Colonialism.  Lacking an
Ethiopian educator, the early Rastafarian Community developed
their faith out of misinterpretations and slight ignorance.  These
statements did not reflect the true 'tenets' necessary to establish
Temple Worship.  During the early forties, several individuals would
then emerge with their own tenets as religious directives or
guidelines.  These individual tenets were not in accordance with
Ethiopic tradition dealing with the fundamentals, such as Baptism.  
In opposition to British rule and rejection of the Christian dogma,  
many Rastafarians were driven away from the ritual of Baptism.

The lack of religious discipline and over zealous fanatics did not
allow any form of re-examination of our Ethiopian tradition; this
was partly induced by the strong personalization of the elders in the
community.  The guidelines in Emperor Haile Selassie I's utterance
quotes "...tradition and customs must be modified so as to insure
the continuity of our people".  This statement was rejected by the
Iyabinghi leadership, who were the dominant Rastafarian
denomination at the time.  Any form of religious tenets which had
similarities with Christianity, such as church worship and baptism
were totally rejected.  Irrespective that the Iyabinghi's doctrine
could be interpreted as religious anarchism, which could only
undermine the future development of their community and its
religious status.

Disregarding Ethiopic religious tenets, causes the profaning of the
name Emperor Haile Selassie the First and opens the door for
infiltration by undesirable elements posing as Rastafarians.  The
sanctification of the name Emperor Haile Selassie I had to come
about in order to fulfill Ezekiel 36 v19-28.  It was imperative that
the church established an initiation of members in the name of
Emperor Haile Selassie I in order to be in total fulfillment of Isaiah
43 v18-19, "remember ye not the former things, neither consider
the things of old.  Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring
forth; shall ye not know it?  I will even make a way in the
wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Rastalogy declares this prophecy as The Church of Haile Selassie I
and the act of initiation as one in the same.  Rastalogy declares the
ritual of baptism as one of the greatest divine attributes to Emperor
Haile Selassie I for children are blessed in his name Haile Selassie
the First, St. John 3 v1-12 validates the importance of baptism.  In
these days, the Rastafarian Community must except the
development of Rastafarianism.  In order to legitimize our religious
belief and fulfill the criteria as an established faith.
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