Thursday, November 16, 2006

Religion in Jamaica

Jamaica is a very religious country. We put God first in everything we do. We are very tolerant when it comes to religion but we are not always very friendly to religions that have to do with worshipping the devil or practicing evil. The main religion in Jamaica is Christianity. There is almost an infinite amount of Christian denominations in Jamaica. Walk in any direction and you will run into a place of worship after taking only a few steps.

In the 1930s, Rasta, or the Rastafari movement, was started in Jamaica. This is a religion and philosophy that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former (and last) emperor of Ethiopia, as Jah (the Rasta name for God incarnate, from a shortened form of Jehovah found in Psalms 68:4 in the King James Version of the Bible), and part of the Holy Trinity as the messiah promised to return in the Bible. (There will be more about this in the future).

There are also many other religious groups in Jamaica, such as Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddists. We welcome and love them all.

Jamaican Christian Prayers

Most Jamaicans can recite these two Christian prayers:

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Psalms 23

THE LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Rastafarian Chant

Rastafari Know What This Gathering For

Rastafari know what this gathering for
Rastafari know what this gathering for
InI take counsel to trod home a yard
JAH Rastafari know what this ya gathering is for

For in a Mount Zion around JAH throne
I a sight up on the journey fe trod home a yard
For I will never, never turn back
From in a Mount Zion around JAH throne
Rastafari know what this ya gathering for

Pic of Haile Selassie I

Visit Jamaica and see how the different religions co-exist.

See you in Jamaica.


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