Did Haile Selassie accept being considered God by the Rastafarians?
The answer to your question that is most easily researched comes
from newspaper accounts at the time of the arrival of H.I.M. on the
island of Jamaica - Jamaican & other Nations papers covered
H.I.M. movements & activities extensively after speeches to
Org. of African Unity & League of Nations - Black American
newspapers in some cities covered H.I.M. & Garvey - my father
related being called to gather around the short -wave radio by his
father to listen to the broadcast of the coronation of H.I.M. - the
crowning of a King/Emperor in Africa was considered by many
bible-reading lay/regular Black folk to be the fulfillment of
biblical prophecy according to my maternal Grandmother.
Bottom Line: Research the media ( also photo archives) of the
Short answer: H.I.M. was surprised, (refused to leave airplane
at first because of surrounding crowd), somewhat shocked and rather
vocal about NOT being seen as divine or Divinity.
As a former Rastafarian, I too believed Haile Selassie to be
Messiah. Upon further research and a fervent desire for truth (even
if it was different from what I already believed), I came across a
radio interview in a song by Christafari. Here in this interview
Haile Selassie plainly denies being anything other than a man. He
himself worshiped Jesus Christ and fellowshipped with very
prominent Christians. While in Exile, he stayed in Wales with Reese
Howells-a bible believing Christian known for his many miraculously
) Haile Selassie was a good man in many respects. He was a great
leader and a strong Christian. He loved the bible and believed it
to be flawless. He belonged to the Ethiopic Coptic church (that Bob
Marley was baptized into 3 weeks before his death). Rastafarianism
only makes sense if you are high, indoctrinated, and then kept
high. There are so many holes in the religion itself, I'm surprised
to find as few books on the subject. Matthew 24:23-28 makes it very
clear to not believe anyone if they ever tell you that Jesus has
returned. Jesus with His own mouth said he would come in such a way
that everyone on earth would not only know, but that the earth
would immediately be overrun with ALL of the angels. (the bible
says there are more angels than the stars in the sky. There are
enough stars in the sky to have everyone who ever lived own 1.3
TRILLION stars!) Believe the Messiah when He speaks. If Haile
Selassie was Christ, then He lied in the book he sees as perfect.
Haile Selassie was Not Jesus Christ. He was a great man and a
passionate leader. Why isn't this enough?
That answer is not true. Haile Selassie I never once said he was
Here is a quote from the book Reggae Routes: The Story of
Jamaican Music By Kevin O'Brien
Former Senator and Gleaner editor, Hector Wynter, tells of
asking him, during his visit to Jamaica in 1966, when he was going
to tell Rastafarians he was not God. 'Who am I to disturb their
belief?' replied the emperor.
And in regard to the interview where the man above says "he
plainly denied", there was no denial, he didn't once in his answer
say that he is not God.
Selassie I is One with Jah, Selassie I is Jah.
A lot of people use the interview answer below to say that
Selassie is not Jah. But it is just misinterpretation of his
Bill McNeil: "there are millions of Christians throughout
the world, your Imperial Majesty, who regard you as the
reincarnation of Jesus Christ."
Selassie I: "I had heard of that idea. I also met certain
Rastafarians. I told them clearly that 'I am a Man,' that 'I am
mortal,'(I have heard that an Ethiopian that listened to this
interview said that Selassie I never said mortal) and that 'I
would be replaced by the oncoming generation, and that they should
never make a mistake in assuming or pretending that the human being
is emanated from a deity.'"
When I look at RasTafarI's answer, this is how I understand it.
He showed the people that he is a Man, and will be replaced by the
oncoming generation. Selassie I was born of mother and father, just
like I and I, so he didn't flow out (emanate) of God, any more than
I and I. Both I and I and Selassie I come from the lineage of Adam
Notice that he said that the humans we see have not emanated
from God, but he never said that a human cannot be God. I and I can
be God, but only by being One with Jah. I and I can't be God
separate from Jah, as two gods. But I and I can only join with Jah,
to be One with HIM, as One God.
Selassie lives by the example of Christ, so he became One with
Jah by his destiny and livity. And all of I and I can also be One
with Jah, by I and I livity. Selassie I said that "we should never
make a mistake in assuming or pretending that the human being is
emanated from a deity". This statement shows I that no man, not
even the Son of Man Christ, emanated (or flowed out) from God.
Christ was born of his mother Mary, and by his destiny and livity
became One with Jah.
Jah first sent Christ born from a virgin, to show I and I the
way to live. But afterwards, people made the excuse that they can't
live without sin, or be One with Jah. They made the excuse that
because Christ was born differently, that it was possible for him
to live this way, but not for us, because we are born from mother
So Jah sent RasTafarI to I and I, to show I and I the way to
live. Haile Selassie I was born of mother and father, just like I
and I, so we no longer have the excuse that we can't live without
sin and be One with Jah. If Selassie I can be born like I and I,
and still live without sin and be One with Jah, then I and I can do
So I and I should know that it is not about I and I coming out
of God to be One with Jah. But it is about I and I going to God to
be One with Jah. And I and I go to God by living in His way and
listening to His instruction and joining ourselves with the Most
Jah RasTafarI is One with Jah, and like I already said about
One. One is One in completeness, no separation, and no parts. And I
and I are supposed to be One with Jah also, this is the way to
reach Zion, because no sin shall not enter in.