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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.


7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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E.A.W. Budge’s Folly

The Kebra Negast (the Book of the Glory of Kings, translated in 1932) gave rise to Rastafarianism by promoting the idea of an Ethiopian messiah, the final ruler in the line of Ethiopian kings beginning with Menelik I, the alleged son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. But when Haile Selassie was deposed in 1974 … this prophecy proved to be a lie. Budge, an Englishman, often included in translated books his own fanciful stories and folk tales. Why was it necessary for Budge or anyone else to fabricate the idea of a black messiah, one who would co-reign with Jesus? And who would accept as fact a document which reveals the source of King Solomon’s wisdom to be a talking bird … and which tells us that the Queen of Sehba had a foot like that of a goat?

We love the Rastafarians, and that is why we raise these questions of why anyone would base their worship on a white man’s lies. Read this strange Ethiopic biographical anthology by a notoriously fraudulent Egyptologist and tranlator for yourselves. There will be only one Messiah of the line of David and Solomon, whose mother, Bathsheba, was Ethiopian. What does this tell us about the racial identity of Jesus? Who would hide this … and propose a false messiah?