I began writing this essay in response a young woman who said to me:
"Black folks were blessed to come to
Mind you ,this was an intelligent albeit naive Europeanized black woman, but she was not the first to come up with this silly notion. I’d heard this tired message all my religious life, from the pulpits, churches, and halls all over the country.
Around Black History month, when we have some semblance of the full capacity of a united cause, and a brief lesson in a portion of our history is told, we get a bucket of cold chilly "We weren’t nothin’ before we came to AMERICA" or "We were always heathens, that’s why God allowed the white-man to enslave us and bring us here…now ain’t we blessed’!
Each time anyone said this, I
The final straw was her comments. I decided to dedicate this essay to her and all of our people who are still in the glare of blinding ignorance. I say to all...
"We have been educated to be ignorant”
Slave ships of 1905
Yes, after the law prohibiting slavery!!!!
A men-stealers/kidnappers reward
is cited in Exodus 21:16
who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must
be put to death.”
And to all those who considered
themselves Jews in America and their ancestors bought, sold, transported, held
or profited in slavery violated the Torah. All those people who considered themselves
Christians, believing in ‘Replacement Theology’ and the messianic hope in
Jesus, and those who by way of Israel believe they are the New Israelites under the covenant
of Jesus, all those who believe the Jews lost their
Biblical position in the Kingdom. those who stood by and watched, participated, transported,
keep silent, and own slave Africans, are in violation of Exodus 21:16.
a man is caught kidnapping one of his brother Israelites and treats him as a
slave or sells him, the kidnapper must die. You must purge the evil from
That should have put an end to the discussion on how we came to be enslaved, but it hasn’t. Most black folks do not believe they are part of the biblical historical landscape, and most European Christians and Jews don’t believe a black man was included in their sacred books. We are the Other instead of the Brother.
all Bible believer [for you Moslems I have another essay], who can not
understand "All roads of religion lead to
"In conclusion, color prejudice seems to have developed in the first century A. D. as a phase of the struggle among Christianity, Judaism, and Paganism. Furthermore, the French anthropologist, Topinard believes the Rabbis of the fifth century were the first to stress differences of race and color. The historical record asserts that he is correct.
Topinard states, "In the first century when Christianity was beginning to establish itself in Rome the doctrine of a separate creation for whites and Africans was defended by the Babylonian Rabbis and later by Emperor Julian. In 415 A. D. when one council was debating whether the Ethiopians/Africans were descended from Adam and the theory they were not was making considerable progress, St. Augustine in his "City of God" interjected and declared that no true Christian would doubt that all men, of no matter what form, color, or height were of the same protoplasmic origin." Before Color Prejudice, By Frank M. Snowden (Cambridge University Press, 1984)
Praise Ye the Lord!
We give you Praise !
Let us look at the beginning of the Hebrew story, simply because that is where most of our modern religious beliefs starts.
a river went out of
This as we know is the basic
location of the area called
It was not until the Aryans and
Brahmins came into India and forced the original peoples into the south---into
poverty and the caste system, and the Europeans pushed their way across the
Mediterranean settling in the so-called middle East that Africa was pushed and
made smaller. We read of an older description of Africa
in the second chapter of the book known as Genesis, or the Hebrew word Bereshit:
meaning the beginning, source, cause or origin.
The location of
Let’s look at the scripture
a River went out of
What were the four heads of this great River?
river rises in
The River rises...sounds like an inundation, and beyond that rising or inundation, it divides and becomes four branches. In the Hebrew word for rise is yotzai, which is a participle tat needs an ending of ing. So the River is risING. I addition the sentence is not just talking about the garden of Eden, but ALL of Africa being in the inundation, which makes it massive.
"Until the Aswan High Dam was built, Egypt received a yearly inundation - an annual flood - of the Nile...the flood came due to the heavy summer rains in the Ethiopian highlands, swelling the different tributaries and other rivers that joined and became the Nile. This happened yearly, between June and September, in a season the Egyptians called akhet - the inundation. This was seen by the Egyptians as a yearly coming of the god Hapi bringing fertility to the land." By Carolyn Seawrite [TourEgypt].
The Dog Star: Sirius/Sothis--When the Egyptians saw Sirius rising just before the Sun they knew it would soon be time for the flooding - inundation - of the Nile River, around which, all Egyptian life was woven. They depended upon the flooding of the Nile for the fertility of their lands.
name of the first[ river or tributary] is Pison: that is
it which compasses the whole
And the name of the second
river is Gihon the same that encompasses the whole
The first river is the Pison: that is it which compasses the whole
Who was Havilah?
So Havilah is the Grandson of Abraham. Many scholars said e is a repeat of the names between the sons of Ham or Cham and the sons of Shem because of intermarriage between the brothers families.
"These duplications may signify that part of the group migrated to a different region, or that all or part of the group became associated with other tribes or nations through intermarriage or marriage treaties. However they are interpreted, they point to the mixed nature of ancient people-groups."
Moses wrote the
first 5 books of the Bible, and he used the location names the ancient people
were familiar with. An example of this is when I use to live in LA. They had a
street called Santa Barbara and it was a main artery that cut across the flats
of Los Angeles, later the city renamed it Martin Luther King Blvd.
There are books that use Santa Barbara, because the name had not been changed or they wanted to get the flavor of the times. Raymond Chandler, Walter Mosley and Chester Rimes used the old names in their novels. Moses was no different.
Abraham was before Moses. Abraham grandson was Havilah. That name was significant. Havilah means stretch of sand. Havilah is the son of Cush. and Saba or Sheba was in his lineage.
Scholars say the Pison is the
Ganges River of India. If that is true the Pison region was still in geographical
Leopold Sedar Sengkor (President
of Senegal) (Lecture delivered in Madras under the auspices of the International
Institute of Tamil Studies on the 23rd May, 1974)
India is in the same latitude as
my last visit to
(Loga). In Tamil there is a term ‘maRavar, maaRan’ etc a name of a group of
Tamils especially in Pandiya country. It is interesting that the root ‘maRu’
also means black ). http://arutkural.tripod.com/tolcampus/drav-african.htm
As a side note, there is a group from Kenya called the Meru, they have a story of a Mosaic leader carrying them across the waters as they ran from those Red people in Egypt. You are still an African not mater where you live:
Example: If you had a sister that moved to
would she still not be your sister? YES! She is just in a different location, but your blood remains the same. She may even develop different traditions base that may veer from the root of your families traditions and, just like a branch her family will pass these modified traditions onto her children. Chicago
You on the other hand, stayed closer to the root and your traditions may be closer to the original than hers, but you are still family.
Here is an excerpt of the East Indian
holy book about the Genesis account.
last, after crossing that wide river the Pison, he came to the Brahmans.”
What are Brahmins and where do
they now reside?
priests of Hindu temples are also from this caste.
term arose from assumptions by nineteenth century Western scholars that
Dravidian speakers were earlier inhabitants of
According to Herodotus and Homer,
Homer and other Greek authors called the Dravidians the Eastern Ethiopians or
Eastern Ethiopians. Greek writers sometimes identified the Ethiopians of Egypt
with the Eastern Ethiopians. Also the Egyptian and Indian geography were
sometimes compared or identified with one another.”
Herodotus wrote about the
differed in nothing from the other Ethiopians, save in their language, and
the character of their hair. For the Eastern Ethiopians have straight hair,
while they of
Note: You see the Libyans were also African, so Momar Kaddafi is a lie when he says he is African. He is a convert to Africanism. The Libyans were wooly-haired Indians or Eastern Ethiopians, and the Western Ethiopians looked like the original inhabitants of India, the Dravidians.
Again, here is another account by
my last visit to
Remember, the famous New Testament
duo Pricilla and
The name Aquila mean black. Names meant a lot in the ancient world . A name
identified you with your root.
The name Aquila mean black. Names meant a lot in the ancient world . A name identified you with your root.
finding a certain Jew, named Aquila [black], born in
The term Aquilus was another name
for swarthy or black. William
Shakespeare in his play the "Merchant of
"The Moors were,"
according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "commonly supposed to be mostly
black or very swarthy, and hence the word is often used for Negro."
- KEIR: Gaelic name meaning "dark-skinned, swarthy."
Priscilla is also an interesting
her name was a derivative of Quinta, Secunda, Livia and Drusa.
Just as the term colored, black,
and now African-American is currently used to label those of us of African
extraction that reside in
Back to the River Pison possibly the Ganges and its people the Dravidians:
distinction between the black-skinned Sudroid [Sudanese] races of southern
ancient Greeks considered the Africans and Sudras (modern Dalits and Dravidians)
as belonging to the same `Ethiopian' stock. `Ethiopian' was the Greek word for
`Negro', and Greek authors referred to the African Negroes as `Western
Ethiopians' and to the Sudroids as `Eastern Ethiopians' (ie. Eastern Negroes) [
cf. Herodotus.VI.70 ].
Remember, before the separation of
the land masses
There were eight different
Biblical terms for black: Eight different words have been translated
"black." They indicate various meanings such as "dusky like the
early dawn," "ashen," "swarthy," "moved with
passion". The Hebrew word
meaning "sunburnt" or "swarthy" is translated
"black" in the Revised Version of the American and British Bibles.
We see the first river that fold
out of Eden or was rising up out of the land is where
Africans have always lived. Now, for all you biblical scholars that believe that
there were no black people living in and around
The second river:
the name of the second river is Gihon
[Nile] the same that encompasses the whole
That needs no explanation, but
just in case, we see that the Hebrew word for the Nile was the Gihon and the
Egyptians believed their gods [neteru] came from the mountainous country to the
south, and they called it Punt or the Land of the Gods. The Greeks named it
The third river is the Hiddekel; that is which goes toward [not
in Assyria, but toward] the east of
occupies the northern and middle part of Mesopotamia, situated between the
rivers Euphrates and Tigris; while the southern half, extending as far south as
the Persian Gulf, constitutes the countries of Babylonia and
What and where is
Example: The man is
pointing toward the sea. The man is
not in the sea he is on the land,or a place away from what he is pointing toward.
the Bible and in later legends, Nimrod (Standard Hebrew נִמְרוֹד Nimrod, Tiberian Hebrew נִמְרֹד Nimrōḏ), son of
Keep reading and pray because some
of this may be foreign to your ears!
Let us release ourselves from mental and spiritual slavery!
made Nimrod the builder of the
the fourth is the
Why didn’t they mention the
- is certainly not an ancient word it means the middle of the two Rivers '
Now here is the kicker:
word is used that the 'Concordance people' overlooked, but related to the same
word is Nahar (#5204) from the same root of # 5202 - a stream (including the
SEA); especially the NILE, (or) Euphrates, etc): figuratively -
prosperity - Flood River.”
Is the deletion of the Tigris in
the Biblical account actually speaking of ONE large river in another place than
The great Rivers and its four
heads was and is in
Ask yourself: Would God set a people without a high degree of melanin in this
land? In other words, would people
with light skin be placed in a land or garden without the protection they need
Here is an excerpt from and
article by the Cancer Association:
with blond hair or light skin types have less melanin than darker
individuals and thus burn more easily - and have a much higher risk of skin
damage and cancer. Blacks have a lot
of melanin, are therefore dark-skinned, and their risk of getting skin cancers
are much less than Whites.”
God in all of his wisdom did not
put a light-skinned Adam in a climate that would cause him harm.
Recreation of bones of Ancient Israelite Eve
She looks like your Granny...huh?
The Importance of Melanin:
“Melanin is a molecule, but a very large complicated and complex living molecule. It has a very high molecular weight of over 200, meaning that one molecule of melanin is composed of a three dimensional configuration of over 200 individual atoms. It is a living molecule, a life chemical, and it is charged like a battery. In fact, it operates like a battery or super-conductor, yet it is heat-resistant and is characterized by a nice, sweet fragrance.
What and where is this compound
is because Melanin is found not only in the skin, hair, and eyes, but it is also
contained in many other vital organs of the body as well. It is in the nervous
system, the spinal cord, the glands, the brain, the DNA, the muscles,
intestines, heart and liver. Its presence can be found throughout nature and is
also found in many of our foods – plants, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. It is
also found in animals, in the soil, in the bark of trees, rivers,
streams, and seas.”
Wow, melanin is found in the soil
– the earth, the dust of the ground?
Let’s think about this for a moment.
The Hebrew speaks of four ways to
interpret the scriptures called PaDReS and acronym for:
simple, plain, intended meaning (the opposite of Drash).
alluded meaning (reading between the lines). Remez in modern Hebrew means hint.
drawn out meaning. Homiletical or interpretative meaning. Not Pshat.
secret). The mystical [mystery] or esoteric meaning.
Here in the second chapter of
Genesis we should look at the literal meaning or Pshat in locating
To further enhance this point, we
need to go to the Hebrew language itself.
we can say and understand that from the blood of the earth God
formed the first man. Or,
from the Dam of the Adamah God formed Adam.”
Then to widen our understanding,
the melanin man formed the melanin rich earth was formed by God
and he breathed life into him and placed him back on the African soil.
It is not a fraud - it was just
interpreted, translated and transliterated leaving the truth of the African and
Ramses and the modern Watusi of Rwanda
The curls on the carving symbolizes our nappy hair!
Tutsi menwere said to be from the Aaronic Priesthood
God in all of His wisdom has given
us a brain.
That brain functions at its highest level when given information that is
compatible with the truth. Given
information interpreted correctly and to His glory, we will flesh out the
Biblical narratives He has given to us. When
we fact an obstacle the brain, the truth can never be hidden under a basket; the
light will shine in darkness.
When you tell the story of your
life, it would be necessary to inform the readers where you were born.
This is usually done somewhere in the opening paragraphs of your
narrative. Here are some Biblical
examples of interpretation:
a River went out of
river rises in
a river went out of the place of pleasure to water paradise, which from
thence is divided into four heads.”
The second chapter of Genesis
gives us the location for the introduction and addition of man into the scene.
In the case of the New Testament
accounts of the life and lineage of Jesus is the first point. Why, because the
location and people were already established in the Old Testament. We
see they refer back to the Old Testament knowledge by naming Abraham.
By adding Abraham, it not only gives us a point of location [
The writers of Genesis did not
just put these genealogical names in the Bible for us to over-look [which we
have] he wanted us to know who the
people were and were they came from based upon his entire word from Genesis to
Revelations. The precedent was set in Genesis 2.
Nubian Woman from the line of Jesus
Also from the poeple that
birthed Anwar Sadat.
It is interesting that the
narrative in Matthew is started with Jesus being the son of David and then
Abraham. It gives us a clue to
look at the genealogy of David and of Abraham. Son can be used in man ways, as
humanity or mankind or even a initiation title.
The book of the generation of Jesus the Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
We can also as an example, look at
a modern take on this theme.
was born in the Southside of Chicago, my mother and father was sharecroppers
Each account gives you a general
historical account so you will not have to guess at the location or the peoples.
blacks outnumbered whites, the sharecropping system that replaced slavery helped
ensure they remained poor and virtually locked out of any opportunity for land
ownership or basic human rights. The system grew from the struggle between
planters and ex-slaves on how to organize production. Planters wanted gang
labor, as they had used under slavery, to
What we know from history:
get $12 per bale and we had to pick hard in order to have money to buy food
during that season," said Mississippi State Senator David Jordan, whose
parents were sharecroppers. "If we had a rainy week where we couldn't pick
at all, then we would have no money. We would have to go get food and substances
the end of the year, sharecroppers settled accounts by paying what they owed
from any earnings made in the field. Since the plantation owners kept track
of the calculations, rarely would sharecroppers see a profit.
came out in the hole five or six times and they never did get out of the
1910 and 1970, six and a half million blacks went North, leaving the South, the
cotton fields, and sharecropping behind.
By the end of World War II, much of cotton farming had been mechanized, and
sharecroppers were thrown off the land. Some five million blacks left after
1940, creating the second great migration to the North. In
We can then deduce that the writer
of this story was born after slavery, his mother and father were workers on a
farm that used to be a plantation, and those who use to be their masters kept
them in continual poverty.
[Black sharecroppers are shown here picking cotton under the
watchful eye of a white man on a horse, perhaps their former owner.]
So from the simple line:
“…I was born in the Southside of Chicago, my mother and father
was sharecroppers from
You can understand the whole
history of not only the writer but of the nation in chaos. The same with the
pages of the Bible…is why we are implored to “Study to show ourselves
approved…a workman needing not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
truth.” That division is a
dissecting the word so we may be able to put flesh on what we read.
The name great River in question
was probably known to the first writer of the Testament but somehow through time
that name was deleted When faced
with a problem about culture they would then refer back to the location
information that was supplied to them in order to have a greater contextual
For example: If you
were from New Orleans, I would then understand your loving
references to Shrimp and Grits, Gumbo or your emotional response when discussing
about Hurricane Katrina and its affect on the 9th Ward.
I would assume you are African-American, Creole, Cajun or possibly Latino
[which includes those of African descent] based upon the demographics of
So what was the genealogy of King
He was the seventh son of Jesse.
He was a sheepherder and looked down upon by his brothers.
He did not have the same mother as his older brothers.
The Bible does not give the name of David’s mother but extra-Biblical
evidence say she was African.
It is important to discuss power
and how it was [and is] used in history. Power
exerted on the pages of history can make a lie into the truth and that
same power can write you in or out of the pages of history.
The Bible puts it best in Luke
of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in
the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at
feasts; who devour widows' houses, and for a
pretense make long prayers: these will receive greater condemnation."
Proverbs 6:16-19 says:
six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud
look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth
wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false
witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
That refers to a scribe of those
who would chronicle history. They
lie to their generations and generations to come. How can a lie be told that
others generations will believe as the truth?
Never told a lie?
Well, let us look at George
Washington the so-called Father of this Nation.
He was said to be an upright man – and not lie was found in his mouth.
We learned the story as a child he cut down a cherry tree and when asked by his
parents who did the deed. He was
said to have been honest and confessed immediately to the crime.
His truthful reputation precedes any story about the first president of
“Note and quote:
“As far as we know, no. In fact,
Another example is Honest Abraham
Lincoln who made it possible that the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 freed
the slaves in
Notes and quotes:
In the debate at
Douglas has said to you that he has not been able to get from me an answer to
the question whether I am in favor of Negro citizenship. . . . I tell him very
frankly that I am not in favor of Negro citizenship" (p. 305).
Abe Lincoln and other in power did
not balk when slave ships still delivered African slaves to the shores of the
during the Douglas debates, Lincoln famously remarked: "There is a physical
difference between the white and black races which I believe will for ever
forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.
And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be
the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in
favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race" (p. 208).
When we heard the name or saw the
image of George Washington or Abe Lincoln, we naturally believed what we were
told. We did not question the myth
that was attached to them. We saw it
in black and white, we heard the stories all our lives and we accepted them
Proverbs 11:1 says:
false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.”
says the same:
LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.”
On study and examination here the
writer or Proverbs. The unjust
weight or differing weights and scales is a symbol of the word of God
itself. This Proverb is repeated
twice first in Proverbs 11:1 and then in Proverbs 20:23. We must always head
God when he repeats himself!
An unjust weight undermines the
dependence and reliability of the word [scale] by the people - not only for this
generation and for generations to come if it is not CORRECTED. Just
as the unjust or lying scribe who is given the duty to record the scriptures
correctly and interpret them correctly to the people. Why is their honestly so
important? Because after a few generations in using the unjust measurement will
carry more weight than t the original truth and the whole
generation will behave in a corrupt commerce.
What did Jesus say to the scribe
in a positive manner?
the scribe said to him ‘Well Master, thou has said the truth: for there is one
God: ‘and there is no other but he; and when Jesus saw that he [the scribe]
answered discreetly [prudent, tactful, subtle], he said to him “Thou are not
far from the
What did he say to those scribes
who were false speakers and lead the people astray with a false scale?
ye serpents [who used subtle changes]
and generation of vipers how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Where fore I
sent you prophets and wise men and scribes [his truth-tellers] and some of them
you shall kill and crucify…” Matt 23: 33-34.
The power the Scribes had been
incredible. This power was
transferred to those who later translated, transliterated and revised the
scriptures over the course of 2500 years.
That is power!
To create a reality that is contrary to the truth and make everyone believe it
is true. The dictionary definition
of Power is authority, control, influence, supremacy, rule, command, sway,
muscle, dominance and strength.
Power is the ability to impose your reality on others and make them accept it
Although God is the source of all
power – there are principalities and power ruler of darkness in high and lofty
places that are constantly at work to change the fabric of the world, to change
the original into a counterfeit. He
has left us our brains to figure out what is true.
He has given his commandments and the Holy Spirit to discern good from
evil, but we do not use the greatest computer in the world – our brain.
We just accept the story without question. We submit to error and this is
the Spirit of Anti-Christ.
The Devil and the Anti-Christ
In a deep study, we see the term
‘Anti-Christ’ is not just someone that opposed
How did this falsehood start? With
the one who always makes subtle
changes in our lives.
the serpent was more subtle
than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” Gen. 3:1.
What is the definition of subtle?
So slight as to be difficult to
detect or describe; elusive.
Difficult to understand; like a
Characterized by skill or
Crafty or sly; devious.
Operating in a hidden, usually
injurious way; insidious: a subtle poison.
The adversary was adept at making small
adjustments in the minds of Adam and Eve.
Those subtle lies have caused us
to read the Bible based in another culture and vision. Without careful study
our answers, analysis and commentaries are not approved unto God.
In eternity, we will stand before him ashamed because of our inability to
rightly divide the word of truth. If
we miss such a simple thing in Genesis 2, then what else will we miss? If
this information was subtly changed then what else was changed and why?
Was it to eliminate the son and daughters of God and to change the truth
into a lie?
How does this subtle change
start? Simply, as the Bible
us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender
grapes.” Song of Solomon 2:15.
A small deed can render a tremendous
consequence over time. The tactic of the Devil is simple, he confuses the
information that we have received from God and call in question the evidence
placed before us.
Let us read Genesis again this
time armed with the Biblical information necessary to understand the location of
a river went out of
Using these coordinates you see that
Let the Rocks Cry Out…
Archeology and history has proven
that the first people who walked the earth were African. Bones, paintings,
objects and artifacts are unearthed every day and the conclusion is the same,
Mankind sprang from
was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the
mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was
The region that was inhabited by
Shem was what was what is now known as
As we have concluded, in order the
study the Bible, you must first understand the location, culture and language in
which it was originally written, not
the culture and language in which it was copied.
To study a heavily copied material is like trying to find out who my grandmother is by asking the grocer in her neighborhood. You may glean some useful information about her from him but - it is not first hand information. It may have a form of truth, but the grocer has only related to your grandmother in a particular way he could not give a complete assessment of her personality or specific description. By speaking to him, a person who only saw her occasionally, and one who did not love her or have the same blood as she did, you would get a strangers view of your Grandmother.
Later generations who did not know
here and who only had the grocers account would have a limited understanding of
this great lady. A copied copy is
vague in its information. You have to go back in order to understand it essence.
A copied copy will only give you the outline of the truth.
Watch what happens in just two
The copy of the copy
It has been 2000 years since the
actions of the New Testament and 3500 years since the actions of the Old
Testament. There are copies after copies after copies made in at least 25
languages before King James commissioned his workers to translate and
transliterate the word into his own VERSION. As
we can see, the truth can be whitewashed.
is the ability to make your own reality, then impose it on others, and have them
accept it as the truth or standard.
Change in Mindset
Hu are You?
We have been convinced over the
years that the only way the black man knew, understood salvation or inherited
was through European colonization and slavery.
We accepted that mind-set by those exerted power over us.
We were given a new reality, and the paradigm was changed.
is a system in which a state
[land or people] claims sovereignty over territory and people outside its own
boundaries, often to facilitate economic domination over their resources, labor,
and often markets. The term also refers to a set of beliefs used to
legitimize or promote this system, especially the belief that the mores
of the colonizer are superior to those of the colonized.” Encyclopedia
Colonialism meant the control of
our native lands and culture for the exploitation of the natural resources,
history and people. It was
established to make us believe they or colonizers were superior. The
first emissary of Colonialism was the explorer and then the missionary. Although
some missionaries and religious leaders of Europe American were abolitionist,
many were also being used to make inroads to
In the book the Heart of Darkness:
of Darkness is also a multilayered postcolonial parable. And it is a story in
which racism presents itself so blatantly that, for many, the dilemma of race
must be tackled before anything else in the book may be dealt with. Conrad's
liberal use of derogatory, outdated and offensive terminology and the flagrant
devaluation of people of color as savages, niggers and cannibals -- this use of
language by Conrad darken and disturb many a contemporary, 1996 mind.”
slave trade-- European aristocrats used African slaves as a symbol of status.
Blacks were seen as a mere curiosity. But
doctrines concerning how human physiological differences emerged in regards to
Adam and Eve. Since Europeans
believed that Adam and Eve were "white", they began formulating why
the appearance of blacks was so different. Monogenists believed that the races
arose as a result of the degeneration of human beings since creation.
“Most [Christian] missionaries
were rather naive and idealistic, and really wanted to help the Africans,
although they were very paternalistic and condescending about it. But
tales of their adventures, and those of explorers like Dr. Stanley Livingston,
helped spark a general Western fascination with Africa, and after 1880s, and
this translated into first economic and then political domination. Dr.
Livingston was a missionary for hire – who worked to map
“The map of
Those in power, those who
controlled with GUN and PEN, conquered in Africa, enslaved and shipped her
people to the
We were not swinging in the trees
and cannibals, as they want to portray us. We
were nation builders and when they came first to
Who do you need to build a
Slavery is the
forced subjugation and forced labor of other people or one held in
bondage. Slavery has now become
Slavery in the United Stares was by many historians’ views the worst type of
slavery imposed on anyone from the beginning of recorded time. “
Some seem to feel it was the
‘African’ who forced and sold our own people into slavery to the European.
Well, this is a case of not
studying all of African history again:
was not new to
Again this is in accord with the scriptures:
Again this is in accord with the scriptures:
is forbidden as a method of acquiring slaves, and deserves capital
punishment (Exodus 21:16). There are
only four legal ways to get slaves. They may be purchased (Leviticus 25:44-46),
captured in war (Numbers 31:32-35; Deuteronomy 21:10-14), enslaved as punishment
for theft (Exodus 22:1-3), or enslaved to pay off debts (Leviticus 25:39; Exodus
Kidnapping is forbidden by
Biblical law and is punishable by death.
“And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand [possession] shall surely be put to death.” Exodus 21:16.
kidnapping potential slaves, European merchants forced them to walk in
slave caravans to the European coastal forts, sometimes as far as 1,000 miles.
Shackled and underfed; only half the people survived these death marches. Those
too sick or weary to keep up were often killed or left to die. Those who reached
the coastal forts were put into underground dungeons where they would stay --
sometimes for as long as a year -- until they were boarded on ships.” PBS special on slavery ‘The Terrible Transformation’
Would God go against his own laws?
Why would ignorant Preachers and their parishioners go against the law in
their statements? Does not the word
am the Lord and I change not.”
The common notion that the
condition of slavery was a ‘blessing’ to the kidnapped African people and
that this heinous slavery was God ordained we deserved it on us is an
abomination to God and to His word.
In Proverbs 18, verse 17:
first to present his case seems right until another comes forward and questions
How could we possibly think that
God would allow the wholesale kidnapping and killing of over 100 million
Africans, [that is a low estimate of the lives lost in the transatlantic slave
trade] in order to teach us a lesson. Do
you really believe that we needed that lesson for us to incline our ear to Him
and accept a European form of Christianity when we had the original?
Now, you can be callous, not study and just say:
the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring
certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;
Children in whom was no blemish, but
well favored, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and
understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's
palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the
Chaldeans.” Daniel 1:3-4.
I don’t think the best and the
brightest of Africa were taken to
Supreme Being among the
While criticizing a map that had been published by T. Edward Bowditch in 1819 he says: "They also apply the term Yahoodee [Yahweh or Jehovah] to the Hebrew or Jewish tribe, whether native African or not…who inhabit Timbuctoo.
centuries the children of
Hastings Bradley, during a journey through Tanganika, speaks of ‘the
sophisticated WaTusi of Rwanda,…who have a precise theology and elaborate
account of the Creation of the world, fall of Man – through the sin of a woman
disclosing a secret she had promised her Creator of guard! – The subsequent
punishment, and the sending of a Friend, or Mediator. The stories came down from
the south with these tribes of pronounced Hamitic and Semitic origins.”
– Caravan and Cannibals,
We did not violate the Commandments
of the dozens of African tribes inhabiting this part of the world, not a single
one of them ever made "umfanegisos" (images) of their God.
questioned an old Zulu as to the reason, why the Africans did not make
umfanegisos of their Gods, he replied, "How could we make images of Him
(God Almighty) when we know that He is not like a man. He
is not like a monkey, or an elephant or a snake: He is not like anything we can
think of or imagine. He is a pure and Holy Spirit."
We did not come to
Even in the depths of slavery, we
awaited the coming Messiah and recounted the story of our ancestors as they fled
with Moses from
hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and
with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with
great terror;” Jeremiah 32:21.
We could relate to the past.
Tubman had been their "Moses". She
had faithfully gone down into
Yes, we knew of and related to all
of the stories in the Bible because it was OUR stories. Now that may be a hard
pill to swallow for some –but the truth shall make you free.
Here is an excerpt from a book
called ‘The Heart of Whiteness’ by Robert Jensen.
“Although slavery was first justified on the basis that Africans were not Christians and therefore not civilized, that rationale became harder to defend as blacks converted to [European] Christianity, learned English, and adopted European ways. The justification then shifted to a biological argument blacks were not simply culturally inferior but biologically inferior in intellectual and moral terms and hence inherently incapable of self-government. This was the so-called scientific racism that bolstered and argument for permanent racism.” Pg. 34.
First, we were Hebrews:
to the Kebra Negast, a holy book of
Arabs called this woman, Bilqus or Balkis; in
Each nation and people in Africa
have ancient stories about their ancestors coming from
In the account of the Ethiopian holy book the Kebra Negast [Glory of the Kings] the Queen of Sheba and Solomon had a child called Menelek and he looked so much like his grandfather King David that the people of Israel thought David had returned and [Menelek] was the Messiah due to this prophecy
49: 10. The scepter shall not be taken away from Juda, nor a ruler from his
thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of
the days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I shall raise up for
David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do
justice and righteousness in the land. In His days
The Kebra Negast was not canonized by Europe [Canon is derived from the Greek word ‘Kanon,’ signifying a measuring rod] based on European preference and prejudice and not the reed concept.
Although the original concept was purely African in nature: Let us remember:
Proverbs 11:1 says:
false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.”
says the same:
LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.”
The idea of a "canon"
did not originate with the Israelites nor the Greeks. They had a model to go on,
one which was in circulation in Egyptian and Mesopotamian [African people]
word “canon” comes from the Greek word kanon and Hebrew word qaneh. But
the Hebrew word alludes to the African image and definition: from 'qanah'
(7069); a reed (as erect); by resemblance a rod (especially for measuring),
shaft, tube, stem, the radius (of the arm), beam (of a steelyard):--balance,
bone, branch, calamus, cane, reed, X spearman, stalk.
two words kanon and qaneh originally meant “reed.”
The African, Semitic and later Greek peoples used reeds as measuring
instruments, and so the meanings of kanon
and qaneh changed gradually into
“rule” or “measure.”
Arcane Measuring Rod
Why use the symbol of a reed.
including papyrus or bulrushes, grew along the banks of the
Note: The Nile was called the
Zipporah the wife of Moses was
considered the singer and dancer unto the Lord also this relates to the Reed
Zulu Maidens with Reed poles
Reed Dance is also a celebration of the Zulu nation and performs the essential
role of unifying nation and the king, who presides over the ceremony.
festival takes its name from the riverbed reeds, which are the central focus of
this four-day event. The reed-sticks are carried in a procession by thousands of
young maidens who are invited to the King's palace each year. More than 10 000
maidens, from various communities throughout the
to Zulu tradition, only virgins are permitted to take part in the
festival to ensure that they are ritually 'pure'.”
I hope that you can see the
connections; if not the hint here is the Biblical Cannon called the reed in,
This relates to the Zulu Festival
of Reeds as the virgin bringing honor to her family, especially since the Zulus
believe they are of the Israelite priesthood and crossed the
“Each maiden carries a reed, which has been cut by
the riverbed. The reed symbolizes
the power that is vested in nature. The reeds reflect a deep mythical connection
with origin of the Zulu people, where, tradition tells us, the original
ancestor emerged from a reed bed.”
The farther away from the original incident the more the story
changes, but in the midst of the story the truth still remains.
The story is like the peels of an onion. The ancestors of the Zulus were
those who crossed the
Back to the Canon of Scriptures:
refer to a canon is to refer to those things that have been measured for
acceptance; to refer to the biblical canon is to refer to the books considered
Scripture—divinely inspired works that have been preserved for a purpose
(Lightfoot, 2003, p. 152).
There were three main criteria
used in canonizing the Bible in 397AD.
Apostlitic authority - that the
authors were eyewitnesses to the fact, or else were followers of the apostles.
Conformity - that the document was consistent
with the church's practices and traditions. For example, this is why
the Gospel of Thomas is rejected and the book of Revelation was only accepted by
General acceptance and usage of the
church. Not only should the document be written by an authentic source and
teach the correct teachings, it should be generally accepted that it was
the divine word of God.
The Kebra Negast of the Ethiopians
was to be part of the Old Testament was written prior to the Apostles,
was not accepted by those who believed in a growing European centered gospel.
The Old Testament was canonized around 70AD in Jamina just before the dispersion
of the Jews.
The Old Testament Canon or measuring rod was canonized by the
Rabbis of the 1st century.
order to understand whether a book was truly inspired and fit to be included in
the canon, five criteria were used to understand how the books were canonical
(from Geisler, 67-71).”
1. Authority – Does the book and people claim to be of God?
2. Prophetic – Is the book written by a servant of God? (ie. prophet, apostle)
3. Authentic – Does the book tell the truth? About God, people, etc. It would be impossible for God to contradict Himself or make errors. Thus, any writings that contradicted what God said in other canonical books were not likely to be truly inspired and authentic.
4. Dynamic – Does the book have the life-transforming power of God? Many of the apocryphal books, which we will discuss later, have very interesting stories in them. However, they do not give evidence of the power of God and testify to the Gospel message. Thus, while they are informative, they are not inspired, and thus, not canonical.
5. Reception – Is the book received or accepted by the people of God for whom it was originally written as being from God?
Since the Canon or Reed was an
African concept, here is the original meaning of the word and how it is used
when applied to Art.
is quite long, but very complete and precise definition of the word 'canon'
given by the Polish Egyptologist Kazimierz Michalowski in his book called Great
Sculpture of Ancient Egypt:
The canon is a historically conditioned element of indigenous [native] character.
It is a result of a mass of observations and experiences that lead to the
fixing in art of the most typical forms found in nature but brought down to
specific and constant proportions.
Its aim is to depict in the most "legible and comprehensible"
idiom [expression] and to reflect reality not only as a visible but also a
It fulfils an active function in the ideological superstructure, which serves
the ruling class, by reinforcing the conviction that the social order is
stable and just through the glorification of God and the king.
It is one of the essential conditions for creating teamwork in workshops, to
maintain a high level of production and quality.
When did Christianity as we know
it today, come to
was the chief officer or prime minister of state of Candace (q.v.), queen of
an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south
along the road which goes down from
sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said
to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and
heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you
are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he
asked Philip to come up and sit with him.”
The Eunuch was a Hebrew as was all
African [Ethiopians] at the time. He
did not know that Messiah had come in the flesh and Phillip opened up the
scriptures to him.
adoption of Christianity in
Our Colorful History
Today, many people of African
heritage look at the pages of the Bible and see it with European eyes.
The reason is very simple. Before
we in this modern day knew anything about the Bible we were supplied with a
vision of Jesus.
Jesus and Mary with halos?
Jesus the modern view ?
These differences are contrary to
what we read or understood from the ancient people living in that area of the
world. By not studying we believed
our sad state of slavery or poverty was due to a CURSE.
A curse imposed on our ancestors. This curse manifested itself as a black
skin color. When we read with that
altered mindset, looked at the slavery and subjugation of our people not only in
We saw this picture of a European
Jesus and Disciples in almost every Christian home and on every Christmas card.
Each Sunday you cooled yourself with a complimentary fan supplied by the
local mortuary with a white Jesus staring back at you. We saw our mothers,
fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers all pray to a Savior that looked like those
who held sway over us and we never questioned it.
Last Supper European style
We learned long before we stepped
into a church that Cain was black due to his murder of Abel, Ham was cursed and
so was his son Canaan due to his act of disrespect to Noah, Nimrod was black and
evil and went against God, Esau was
black and lazy and sold his birthright to his brother.
We also learned that Jezebel and Bathsheba the wife of Uriah and mistress
of King Solomon were black and so was the woman Solomon courted in the Song of
In the New Testament we were told the woman at the well [the adulterer
was also African/Sumerian] and the Syro-phonecian woman who was called a
‘dog’ by Jesus was black. Finally, the man who carried the cross of Christ
signifying the Blackman’s burden in the world was also black. We accepted
these race stories without question.
We did not ask why Miriam’s -
the sister of Moses skin turned leporous[white] due to her disobedience.
Now, hold on to your hat.
How did we come up with a concept
of races in the Bible and race distinction?
The Bible talks about Nations and not races. The Nation of
The brain is primed to ask the
question why and how.
I will say this - the concept of
Noah having three sons of three different races is very recent and was not an
original idea and was not outlined in the Bible. It only said he had three sons
the Bible never talked about their race. So
where did we get if from? I will
leave this for you personal study.
gain the ear of those who are thus deceived it is necessary for them to believe
the speaker has a superior knowledge of the subject.”
Richard Fox Young.
We did not need a special
salvation or compensation because of our skin color. What
did modern European scholars who influence popular thinking [including Biblical
commentary] say about us?
The racist writer and historian
David Hume said:
am apt to suspect the Negroes, and in general all other species of men (for
there are four or five different kinds) to be naturally inferior to the whites.
There never was a civilized nation of any other complexion than white, nor even
any individual eminent either in action or speculation. No ingenious
manufacturers among them, no arts, no science."
He also said:
“There never was a civilized
nation of any other complexion than white, nor even any individual eminent
either in action or speculation.
Hegel said of us: According to
These men were Christians and
ignored the facts of the Bible, but where a lie is told the truth is revealed.
These statements and other like them in our modern world are the overt attempt
to whitewash the truth.
every country that one visits and where one is drawn into a conversation about
Africa, the question is regularly asked, by people who should know better:
"But what has
Children with the sacred plait
From Ancient to today
What Color is Jesus, and does it matter?
When we did ask questions to
ourselves or those who we thought would know – we were told.
“The color of Jesus did not matter.’ Obviously it did because of the
concerted effort to suppress that information. We
were made to believe it was blasphemy to paint him as a Black man.
[See the movie the child who painted Jesus black - by Dr. John Henrik
race of Jesus has been a subject of debate since at least the 19th century. The
physical appearance of Jesus of Nazareth, though with no explicit emphasis on
race, was also debated by theologians from early on in the history of
Christianity. In the Western world, Jesus and most other biblical figures have
primarily been depicted in art as white. However, many historians and
theologians dispute the accuracy of such representations.”
Revelation 1:13–16 describes his
features as he appears in his heavenly form, as seen in a vision by John. These
have sometimes been used in modern arguments concerning Jesus' ethnicity:
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [one] like unto the Son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden
His head and [His] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes
[were] as a flame of fire;
and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice
as the sound of many waters.
And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp
two-edged sword: and His countenance [was] as the sun shineth in his strength.
Some commentators use this passage
to argue that Jesus was black, based on the description of his hair as being
"like wool," possibly a reference to hair with many naps, as people of
African descent have. Most modern
commentators in hopes to ignore this description say it is an allegory or a
divine description. Some may come close to the truth.
more recent times the fact that the
We did not understand his lineage
and the fact that he hid in Black Egypt without detection! Just as his ancestors
had done before him.
to tradition the seventy Jews who came into
when the image of Jesus did not meet our growing Biblical questions and our
social maturity, we were told that his color and ethnicity did not matter or
no one knew what he looked like or that we should not try to put a color
on him because he was a combination of all men – like Adam. Is
Science tells us that the Black
man is the only man capable of making all of mankind.
In our analysis of the seed and
its fruit, we do not try to subtly change the description.
the love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died
for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for all, so that those who
live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and
was raised. Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh;
even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no
longer. So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed
away; behold new things have come.” 1Cor.
Wow, so we don’t need to know
who he was in the flesh, but what does ‘according to the flesh’ mean? Is
it an idiom - a turn of phrase or expression of the day? Alternatively, does it
mean as we have been told, that we are not to care or know the color or
ethnicity of Jesus because that is an old thing?
“The word Flesh can be used in the scriptures in a multitude of ways. The basic is the literal, intangible material that our body is made of. It can be used in a broader sense of the human body itself. It is also used to refer to the world system and offshoot is a ‘worldly’ point of view, it can also refer to our old sinful nature or human nature.”
Let us look at it in context:
Paul was talking to the
Corinthians who were Greek and very different from those who lived in
Herodotus says of the Greek [Hellenists]:
“A celebrated passage of Herodotus’ Histories sums up Greek ethnicity with the following words “… furthermore the Hellenicity, consisting in the same blood and same language, the common shrines of gods and cult and the same way of life”
Therefore, the Greeks wanted
everything to look like them in order to accept it. Although they were in a
society where many Africans held rank and privilege it was, a growing feeling of
cultural identification that held sway over their consciousness.
Let me say this now:
Does his color matter for salvation…NO it is a spiritual matter!
However, if it was of no concern in the natural why depict him as a
European? Why not draw him in a
manner that is conducive to the truth? The
truth is the light. Would this truth
make anyone stumble?
Here is a quote from Dinesh
however, arose only among Europeans of the Enlightenment as a systematic, even
rational, attempt to explain racial differences in terms of genetics.”While
racism is necessarily rooted in biology, ethnocentrism is typically rooted in
The Greeks [Corinthians] did the
following according to Herodotus the ancient historian.
the Greeks formulated their ethnicity in terms of fictitious genetic
relations, mythical genealogies.”
Now hearing at this information
makes the scripture look a little different and puts what Paul is saying in a
little better context.
Tim. 1:3-4.’that thou might charge some that they teach no other doctrine.
Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which
minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.' "
We were under the non-studied
impression that Paul was talking about Jewish genealogies and fables, but he was
not. He was answering the questions
of Timothy and later Titus and their congregation of converted Greeks.
It was still necessary for the Jews to know whom their ancestors
were in order to continue to run the daily affairs of the Temple ‘House of
God’ and who would be the priests
and so on.
Here is an example.
“Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them went into the temple, declaring the fulfillment of the days of purification, until the offering was offered for every one of them” Acts 21:20-26.
[read Acts 24:16-18. Acts 21:25]
The Apostle understood that the Law would not bring salvation but his observance
of a Biblical standard and Jewish customs did not waver.
The problem was the people who converted
to ‘The Way’ as it was called before the Emperor of Rome named it
Christianity, [which was a derogatory term for those who wanted to be ‘little
Christs’] wanted to find a way to relate themselves to this new god and his
In Paul’s letter to Titus [a
Greek], he states three things that
need to be corrected in the [Greek] Church that Titus oversaw.
avoid foolish questions, AND geneologies, AND strivings about
the law, for they are unprofitable and vain. Titus 3:9.
These three things were a problem for Titus in that letter [which we do
not have] we only have a reply to the letter, but we can assume it was not the
Jews that were being spoken of here. Paul
salutes Titus (a Greek) who is in charge of the church at
presence of Romans did not influence the daily life and habits of Cretans who
retained their language and worshipping customs. This is the time when
So, the letter [although we can
all learn from it] was directed to the [Greek] people of
Remember, for centuries they had
not ‘NEW TESTAMENT’ the only had the Torah [first five books of Moses] or
the Tanack – the so-called Old Testament.
“Hebrew Scriptures: The first division of the Bible, called the Tanakh by Jews and the Old Testament by Christians, consisting of the Torah, the Law, Nebi’im, the Prophets, and Ketubim, the Writings. The apostles and the early ancient church saw the Hebrew Scriptures as an inspired set of writings and the authoritative word of God. They used them [the Old Testament] extensively in their teaching, preaching, and writing. The Hebrew Scriptures and the apostolic complement to them, later known as the New Testament, were to assist Christian believers in bringing about Godly change in their lives by informing them of what they are in relation to God and of how they should live their lives. Matthew recorded in his gospel that Jesus said "Man shall live by every word of God" (Matthew 4:4).”
For centuries the only
Bible there was – was the Old Testament. Long
after the death of the last Apostle, everyone used just the Old Testament as the
one and only Bible.
give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister
questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith; so do.”
Timothy who was half-Greek and
half Hebrew was evangelist and encountered those in the Grecian provinces of
Phrygia, Galatia, and Mysia; also to Troas and Philippi and Berea and they as
the ones who before salvation and in their salvation ‘infancy’ just as those
in Corinth were striving about their genealogy that was based in the Greek
Out of the mouth of two or three
witnesses let this truth be established and we see that the ones who converted
to the truth soon became greater than those who the truth first came from. With
it came prejudice and racism.
Let’s look at Romans 8:5 the
compliment to the above passage.
they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they
that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is
death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind
is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed
can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
What is the context of this
scripture? The point Paul was
making is that the spirit of the Law was now in those who believe in Christ
Jesus and no longer walked after the flesh.
This has nothing to do with the ethnicity of Christ or his color.
What does after the flesh
word Flesh can be used in the scriptures in a multitude of ways.
The basic is the literal, intangible material that our body is made of.
It can be used in a broader sense of the human body itself. It is also
used to refer to the world system and offshoot is a ‘worldly’ point of view,
it can also refer to our old sinful nature or human nature.”
After the flesh is after the
carnal or worldly viewpoint. What is
worldly in the Biblical context?
John 2:15 says; “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For
all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the
will of God abideth forever.” (1 John 2:15-17 KJV)
ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever
therefore will be a friend of the world is an enemy of God.” (James 4:4b KJV)
Can we then say that after the
flesh as in worldliness is lust? Can we then say that to find out who Jesus was
and in what from he walked on this earth along with all the people in the Bible
is not lust? Lust is covetous and
envious as used in biblical terms.
Finally for our third witness. According to one scholar in his book; Conflict and Identity in Romans: The Social Setting of Paul’s Letter by Philip F. Esler.
stated, Esler’s thesis is that in Romans Paul is attempting to reshape the
identity of the congregation in
Therefore, we see the scriptures
that have been used to deter us from seeking after the ‘known’ ethnicity of
our Savior are no valid or in context with that search. There was a fight
between those who were non-Judean [
How is it possible that the
description of our Savior was unknown as were told? Jesus
was a Hebrew and the ethnicity of the Hebrews was known from the time of the
first Hebrew Abraham.
The Priests of Egypt and the Priest of the Zulus with leopard skins
God is the Creator of all things
–and long before time began, he worked inside of the scientific framework.
Each thing multiplies after its own.
That is the framework that this world is based. If it is an apple seed
from an apple tree then with proper watering, sunlight, fertilizer and attention
from that apple seed an apple tree with grow.
The same with animals a dog does not birth cats, eagles do not lay
ostrich eggs and a fish can has not birthed a baby. This is the framework of his
commandment that is told in Genesis. It is the same with people.
We live in a society that upholds
the system of white supremacy. That
may be hard for people to grasp - especially African-Americans - but
this system pervades all of our lives in education, art, language, culture and
even religion. We were given the impression that when we were found
His Image and Likeness
We had seen the images of the
savage Negro on television, magazines and in every book, we read.
We, as African peoples in
There were others that saw a
relationship between our servitude and those of the ancient Israelites – we
found Moses in Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. What was and is the
truth of our spirituality in
We came into American religion
armed with the notion that Cain’s evilness and murder resulted in Black skin,
Ham was said to be cursed because he saw his father [Noah’s] nakedness, but no
one asked the question why curse your grandson.
We heard about the black-skinned
curses as small children we heard tem in Sunday school or at least at our first
Bible study. Armed with this sad
view of ourselves we looked at the Biblical characters as either Black or White.
The racist society we lived in ratified those ideas and we saw our history and
ourselves as nothing.
Blackness was a curse according to the interpretation of the story we were given, even though the pages NEVER said that anyone was turned Black – it only told of Miriam the sister of Moses being turned leprous and white. When the prophetess Miriam the sister of Moses spoke against Moses, his Ethiopian wife and God her skin was turned leprous – white as show and then return to its original state. What then was the original state?
A Blackman turning white from a skin disease
Soon we longed to look like what
we thought our Savior looked like. We internalized the songs, ‘Whiter than
snow my sin’s [blackness] can be washed clean whiter than snow’ as being
closer to glory.
Let us look at some of the
scriptures to see what they say about these so called cursed individuals that
god Cursed with blackness and see if it is true.
Cain - In
Christianity and Judaism, the curse of Cain and the mark of Cain refer to the
Biblical passages in the Book of Genesis chapter 4, where the god YHWH declared
that Cain, the firstborn of Adam and Eve, was cursed, and placed a mark upon him
to warn others that killing Cain would provoke the vengeance of YHWH. Cain's
curse and mark have been interpreted in several ways. Following the literal
Biblical text, most scholars today interpret the "curse" as Cain's
inability to cultivate crops and the necessity that he led a nomadic lifestyle.
They interpret the "mark" as a warning to others, but are unable to
determine the form of the mark from the Biblical text.
The Mark was transformed by the medieval Protestant biblical ‘scholars,
medieval Jews of Europe and soon southern slaveholding preachers as the sign of
blackness given to all his descendants. The
Mormon Church held to this idea until 1978.
This is their interpretation:
Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and
they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for
the seed of Cain were black, and had not placed among them." (Moses
7:22 (for a side-by-side comparison of relevant sections of Joseph Smith's
translation to the KJV, see Curse of Cain/Genesis)).
comments of Brigham Young: What is that mark? You will see it on the countenance
of every African you ever did see upon the face of the earth, or ever will
see.... I tell you, this people that are commonly called Negroes are the
children of old Cain." (Brigham Young Addresses, Ms d 1234,
slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a
termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord
put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind
down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same
race—that they should be the 'servant of servants;' and they will be,
until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the
least alter that decree." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 290-91.)
The notion of a ‘black skin as
curse’ was first introduced into religious thinking in the late 1700 AD.
The word translated as "mark" in Gen. 4:15 is 'owth, which
could mean a sign, an omen, a warning, or a remembrance.
Here is a quote from a man who has
affected the world with his philosophies. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (1770-1831),
German philosopher, who became one of
the most influential thinkers of the 19th century.
is characteristic of the blacks that their consciousness has not yet even
arrived at the intuition of any objectivity, as for example, of God or the law,
in which humanity relates to the world and intuits its essence. ...He [the black
person] is a human being in the rough."
It is important to understand the
climate that the translation, transliteration and revisions were held under.
Here is a quote from the encyclopedia:
however, many Christians have interpreted the Biblical passages so that the
"mark" is thought to be part of the "curse". In 18th century
Early Christian interpretations:
to some scholars, some early interpretations of the Bible in Syriac Christianity
combined the "curse" with the "mark", and interpreted the
curse of Cain as black skin. (Goldenberg, p. 180). Relying on rabbinic
texts, it is argued, the Syriacs interpreted a passage in Book of Genesis 4:5
("And Cain was greatly saddened and his face fell") as implying that
Cain underwent a permanent change in skin color. (
The curse as a justification for the African slave trade:
curse of Cain has been used as an explanation for the dark skin shades of people
in various parts of
early American reference to the curse of Cain doctrine in the context of modern
racial issues was in a poem by Phyllis Wheatley, herself a black slave, who
wrote in 1773, "Remember Christians, Negroes black as Cain/May be refined
and joined the angelic train".
It must be noted, that Ms.
Wheatley was a former slave herself and educated in the ways of her European
masters and adopted their mindset on Biblical matter just as we do today –
without intense study to show the contrary. Here statements are just a
ridiculous as saying Slavery was necessary to bring us to Christ.
Adoption of the doctrine by Protestant groups:
19th and early 20th century Southern Baptist congregations in the southern
and other denominations including Pentecostals officially taught or practiced
various forms of racial segregation well into the mid-to-late-20th century,
although in practice all races were accepted to worship services after the 1970s
and 1980s when many official policies were changed. Nearly all Protestant
So, we see the churches that we
all grew up in had this racist notion NOT based in anything but their own
supremacy and we not caring to study and just swallow everything with our Berean
examination – held to the notion that we had been cursed from the beginning of
Biblical times until now.
so-called curse of Ham (also called the curse of Canaan) refers to the curse
that Noah placed upon
Biblical scholars see the curse of Ham story as an early Hebrew rationalization
more controversially, however, the "curse of Ham" has been used
by some members of major Abrahamic religions to justify racism and
the enslavement of people of African ancestry, who were thought to be
descendants of Ham (often called Hamites), either through Canaan or his older
brothers. This racialist theory was common during the 18th-20th centuries, but
has been largely abandoned even by the most conservative theologians
since the mid-20th century.
Yes, the overt talking about it
has been abandoned, but we still believe that deepest darkest Africa need to be
saved and not whites lightest
Early Jewish [6th and 7th century]
name of Cush, Ham's eldest son, means 'black' in Hebrew. Early Jewish
scholars used this passage, and the idea that the Hamitic people were to be a
"servant of servants", to rationalize the Israelite subjugation
Modern Biblical scholarship:
evidence on black Africans bears an implicit paradox: not much evidence exists,
but the little that there is -- notably the infamous "Curse of Ham," a
phrase from a passage in Genesis (9:18-25) that neither uses the Hebrew word for
black (Kushi) nor curses Ham -- has exercised enormous influence on the history
of slavery in a western world whose three major religions view themselves as
grounded in the text of the Old Testament.”
Why did the Jews involve
themselves in this racist theory?
to tradition the seventy Jews who came into
What was going on then for the
Jews who had been black to try to distance themselves from their root?
Any captivity can change your
brain! While our people were subjected to a heinous slavery unknown to mankind
until the 1500’s and colonialism that was tantamount to genocide, we
unfortunately began to IDENTIFY with our captors. We
became more European than the European and more prejudice against tour own than
those who felt they had a god-given right to hate and kill us.
That is where the lines were drawn
in this country. Initially, the
slaveholder would separate us by region and then after raping many of the
African women, children were born to those unions.
These children were treated better than their darker brothers and sisters
and soon garnered a superiority based upon color. This was ratified by using the
lighter skinned blacks to work in the house and be used as the ‘overseer’ on
the plantation to keep those who worked in the fields under close scrutiny and
get the most work out of them as the master , the crops and greed demanded.
The mixed children of Africa soon
were give privileges of education and position, most of the historically black
universities and teachers colleges were formed for the black children of the
southern master – because he was not worthy to attend Harvard or
Just as the ancient Jew who was
African later intermarried with Persian and then Greek and later became a bigger
racist against his brothers than the European –so was true for slavery and its
manifestations in the
Early European interpretations:
the middle ages European scholars of the Bible picked up on the Jewish idea of
viewing the "sons of Ham" or Hamites as cursed, possibly "blackened"
by their sins. This well suited the ideological interests of the elite;
later, with the emergence of the slave trade, it justified the exploitation of a
ready supply of black African labour.
The Middle Ages was the time of
the Reformation and the protestant of some phases of Catholicism Martin Luther.
This was also the time when there was a deep hatred of all things non-white.
The Jew although lightened up considerable was still considered a nigger.
About 1100 AD there was a mass conversion to Judaism by the Khazars – a nation
of white European that worshipped polythesitically.
evidence presented in the previous chapters adds up to a strong case in favor of
those modern historians - whether Austrian, Israeli or Polish - who,
independently from each other, have argued that the bulk of modern Jewry is not
of Palestinian, but of Caucasian origin. The mainstream of Jewish migrations did
not flow from the Mediterranean across
This conversion was the death
knell for the African culture of Judaism. Form that point on the European became
the symbol for
Feinstein explains that Japheth is connected to Ashkenazi (the German speaking
countries). Thus, even after we left the countries of Ashkenaz, German remained
a language of the Jews, albeit in an altered version now known as Yiddish. The
basic syntax of the language remained the syntax of German.]
this heinous crime called the Holocaust, meaning the burnt offering, forever
sealed their position as “the world Jews” and we cannot debate their real
authenticity because of it. They are
now in the position of power along with a few Sephardic [Spanish] Jews that can
say who a Jew and who is not, and who can return to
The truth about the picture:
to say, such a contorted and racialist about the curses of Ham and Canaan
interpretation of Scripture was never adopted by the
Jesus and Mary were originally
depicted as BLACK? Dark-skinned? Not white? Not mullato? Not
half-white and Half- Black but…dare we say it! Dark Skinned?
Yes, I know that is hard for a lot
of you to swallow, because we are accepting of the lie that Jesus – the
disciples, the Church and all of the Old Testament were white folks.
Where did we come up with the notion that Jesus was not
a dark-skinned African? He ran
Some may say that Dark-skinned
does not mean African or Black. Roman
coins in the early 1st and 2nd century AD depicted Christ
as a black man and his disciples. [see below]
Well, you can use the excuse that
the reason Jesus and his family ran to
The great historian Dr. John
the video – a great and Mighty Walk “He said there were not white people on
the African continent [which includes
Clarke also stated that during the time of Jesus the Jews were still of
Remember, 400BC is closer to 1AD than 1300AD which is the time when it is said
the Israelites same out of
how can you go into
As a side note:
Sarah the wife of Abraham was also his sister – it was not uncommon for a
brother and sister to marry [this sisterhood could have come from the fact that
Sarah and Abraham had different mothers and the same father.
Because for any man to rule anyone
anywhere within and outside of the biblical context, you had to have pierced in
union the veil [matrix] of an African woman.
Now back to
In my mind a righteous man like
Abraham would not curse his seed Canaan but if their was any disrespect that Ham
showed to his father and Abraham being righteous [albeit drunk at the time]
would subject his grandson to serving a priest
for all his days.
Ask yourself: When the
Hebrew was enslaved did the children of
scholars used this passage to justify the Israelite subjugation of
Beware of the Scribes who would
think to change the people of God into cursed people.
Beware of those who would write down a lie for all the ages to believe!
Nimrod – The
name Nimrod is said to be a Title and not a specific name.
Just as Pharaoh, Negus, Caesar, King or President.
According to Rabbinic scholars:
the Bible and in later legends, Nimrod (Standard Hebrew נִמְרוֹד Nimrod, Tiberian Hebrew נִמְרֹד Nimrōḏ), son of
Nevertheless, what does the Bible
say concerning his building of the Tower?
Nimrod climbing to Solaris and Polaris
of Nimrod in the Bible is rather limited. He is called the first to become
"a mighty one on the earth" and "the mighty hunter before the
eyes of the Lord." He is said to be the founder and king of the first
empire after the Flood, and his realm is connected with the Mesopotamian towns
not clearly stated in the Bible, Nimrod, since ancient times traditionally been
interpreted to be the one who led the people to build the
The people of old were very
intelligent – they wrote books, chronicled history and preserved statues and
monuments to tell us what their life was like thousands of years ago. Why do we
ignore this evidence to believe the lie we have been told?
The word says:
to show yourself approved unto God a workman needing not to be ashamed rightly
dividing the word of truth.’
Therefore, if the word can be
rightly divided through study – then it can e wrongly divided through hearsay.
The Bible has come to us over
thousands of years. It has been translated, transliterated and redacted by many
scholars the last noted one being King James of
What is Translation?
What is a Version?
What is Transliteration?
Let us start with the word Translation and what
happened when this system is employed.
Let us start with the word Translation and what
happened when this system is employed.
I know it is hard for some black
folks to conceive of an African Jesus or African Israelites – they prefer to
think of them as multiracial and this appeases all people. As
this story unfolds, you will see that archeology proves that there were
predominately-African peoples in Africa [which includes
To make a conversion, to paraphrase, to transform, to change, use a rendition
To use a substitute, by translating the ‘sounds’
of words in one language into the ‘sounds’
of word in another language. To
replace the letters of one alphabet to the letters of another with the same
phonetic sound. It helps with pronunciation only and not in definition.
However, what does that do to the
meaning? If you look in Strong’s or Young’s concordance you will run across
a lot of Biblical words that say meaning unknown or vague.
It seems as though some tinkering
may have happened. That is why we
need to study to show ourselves approved. That
is why Luke 20:46 warns us to ‘Beware of the Scribe! In addition, that there
are six things that the Lord hates’ yea even seven spoken of in Proverbs 6:16.
What is a version?
It is your account of the story. A
description, a report, or your side.
Here is a simple example:
We have all either looked at a court drama or been in court under examination
and the judge has asked for our version of the story.
We tell him from ‘our view’ what happened and then our opponent tells
the story from their point of view. Most
of the time the two stories are diametrically opposed. Your
version makes you [from you eye] out to be the winner, and the opponents version
makes him or her out to be the winner. The
judge makes the decision after hearing all of the evidence and weighing it
against the law – or standard.
Proverbs 18:17 says:
The first to state his case seems right until another one comes and
Let us look at what the ancient
Historians say about Abraham of the Bible and before we do let us look at this
man’s history and credentials.
The Roman historian Tacitus
wrote the Annals and Histories in 55AD to 115 AD. In his writings, he tells of
how Rome functioned in the 1st century, this is important because the
Church of Rome [book of Romans] took control of Christianity and most of the
Church Fathers who we depend on for our understanding the customs, history and
the way we view the people of the Bible was carved out by Rome from the first to
the 3rd century AD [See Nicean council].
The Romans and Greeks before them,
called Africa was the name
Eve from the Caves of Israel/Canaan
The sons of Ham were who?
Here is some history on Tacitus:
or Gaius Cornelius Tacitus (ca. 56–ca. 117), Roman orator, lawyer, and
senator, is considered one of antiquity's greatest historians. His major
works—the Annals and the Histories—took for their subject the history of the
Now, you may be getting bored and
asking yourself what does this Roman historian have to do with me, Jesus or
Blackness. Well, I need to let you
see his credentials for this next statement to make sense to you.
knew Abraham of the Bible the father of many nations was an Ethiopian.”
What, an Ethiopian? Yes, now
remember Ethiopian meant AFRICAN. EVERYBODY KNEW?
The “Blameless Race of people.”
are we getting blamed for all the ills in the world? How are we blaming
ourselves and our actions for the enslavement of our people?
Herodotus was also an ancient historian this is what he says,
the father of history, speaks of two divisions of Ethiopians who did not differ
at all from each other in appearance except in their language and hair;
"for the Eastern Ethiopians", he says, "are straight haired, but
those of Libya have hair more curly than that of any other people."
"As far as we know," says Mr. Gladstone, "Homer recognized
has been an unbroken line of communication between the West Coast of Africa,
Let us look at a scripture in the
New Testament concerning the Apostle Paul. Paul
read off his credentials he was a Hebrew of Hebrews he retold of his family line
– Benjamin the same line that the first King of Israel –Saul came from.
Paul in a mosaic tile
Why was it that the Apostle Paul called an Egyptian?
"'Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins [Sicarii] out into the wilderness?'" Acts 21:38
Because he looked like one and not
the Arabic Egyptians that reside in
Let us look at what the ancient accounts and find the keys in studying that will
cause us to see ourselves not only spiritually within the pages of the Bible but
Let us look at what the ancient accounts and find the keys in studying that will
cause us to see ourselves not only spiritually within the pages of the Bible but
[Isaiah 18:1] WOE TO THE LAND
SHADOWING [umbra or covering] or [the locusts there to devour the soul] WITH
WINGS [to hide, cover or sequester], WHICH IS BEYOND THE RIVERS OF ETHIOPIA:
The land at casts the shadow [or
devours everything like locusts] or [covers over covering with their soul] over
everything, these wings that would try to hide what and who they really are lies
beyond or on the side of the river that are inside
In fact, the founders of early Greek or "Negreecian"
civilizations were the Egyptians themselves, and it was Egyptian priests to
remind Herodotus that the Egyptians had been in the "Peleponeses"
thousands of years before the Greeks arrived. Factually, the Dorian Greeks
who were the first "white" Greeks arrived from Central Asia along with
a number of other Caucasoid peoples who also entered into Northern Italy,
As far as the Romans, Greeks and
early Jews (Israelites) were concerned, Blacks/Cushites/Ethiopians/Egyptians
were a great people and as far as the Romans and Greeks were concerned (see
Herodotus, "The Histories,”) the Ethiopians or Africans were the
inventors of "pomp and ceremony, laws," and other aspects of
The word "nigger," like
. . At any rate, "nigger" was a common word in both
In conclusion, we see that we were the first people god created and from us all races sprang. There was not race distinction because all of the people in that area were genetically black – filled with melanin. We do not have to be ashamed of what God did and how he decided to start the world.
“So God created man in his won image, Male and Female he created he them and he blessed them.
When we read the pages of our Holy
Book then we need to see ourselves written on the pages in Black print.
Please let us remember everything that God created he said was good or
very good. He is pleased with his handiwork.
We should be too.
Let us never again say that God brought us into slaver or our own good. We were already in the Good Land, the Promised Land, the Mother Land! We were and are the Children of God, the Children of the Sun. We were kidnapped, stolen, sold and forced to build this nation called America!
Come on my people READ! STUDY!
Let us not again repeat a LIE!
May the grace of God be with you all.
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