well. sometimes discussions may seem a little heated but i think that the fact that there is this difference regarding the bible among rastas and between their motivation, also between african rastas and white rastas or allies of course, has taught us how deep and important rasta (and not the background of single rastas and maybe white allies) is to us. and that what makes this forum so great to me and why i came here in the first place.
white european rastas/ rasta allies and rasta symphatizers and even african rastas are reminded of what rasta means and can do for black people so i can learn things by digesting all of the different impressions instead of just dealing with my own views. since rasta is a black movement i think it's very important to accept that.
but i think if a ras does accept the bible in his life but has rasta in his heart, there's nothing to say about it. even if some people (also all the white people) has found to rasta after they were part of certain christian confessions, it's a good thing that rasta has this much influence i think. it's all about the same old thing. everybody has his own backgrounds, his own things to deal with and his own believes. if you believe in the bible, your judgement won't come from men. same thing in islam and for the jews. if you're not, you deal with rasta anyway. so it's not about rasta people judging rasra people. people has to deal and profit from each other so everybody will rise. let's not make the mistake of burning bridges and refusing connections if we could come together for the profit of all. that's the first thing to do to me. that's what righteousness is all about. that what helps black and white people.
i think anthony b once said that the japancese and different european nations are so accepted as busniess partners to the whole world. altough rasta isn't about certain businesses, african people has to focus on their culture and roots to empower their people so every nation can see how useful and beautiful things african cultures has developed are and so they are facing tolerance and admiration instead of dealing with prejudices and the loss of identity. so that's why i think white allies or white european rastas are useful. every nation can be more consious about racism and specifically africa. you may believe that HIM is just relevant to black people but even that can be seen as a very positive sign of the time by all nations to me. if you check the other way around. claiming that all rastas who are part of cultures that don't deal with the bible or just won't read it aren't real rasta or can't profit from rasta seems very unpure and dangerous to me. rasta is really about rasta. it's not about the bible (or the bible alone). if you never had the chance to read it, it's ok of course. if you don't want to, you can be a good human being. and every black man can be a rasta without it. that must be accepted by white people to me. so let's profit from our knowledge so each one can teach one. so many generations before us have suffered from racial problems. we must finally overcome that.
and if you are part of this forum, i think you're into empowering africa, a certain way of life and positive changes (and if you're white you're into supporting it and overcome white superemacy) anyway so this is our fundamental concept. you love jesus, stay true to him and to his message. so you won't deny him. if you think jesus is not for you (or for us), mention it and let's think about it. who are we to judge? let's support the peoples wishes. let's focus on africa. every man has his way. everyone can only help himself. but we can't let the whole house crumble into pieces because we have an argument because of it's fassade.