Following Jesus

Submitted by Grenville Phillips II, founder of Solutions Barbados

Grenville Phillips II, leader of Solutions Barbados

Jesus’ death and resurrection are part of the historical record.  After Jesus’ resurrection, He declared that He had all authority in heaven and on earth, and told His disciples to teach all peoples to benefit from all of the things that He had taught them.  Then He said that He would be with them until the end of the age.

All human beings are on a similar journey – that of following Jesus.  No one who follows Jesus does so perfectly.  We all stumble, but Jesus waits for us to get back up and follow Him.  Jesus did not promise an absence of persecution and injustice, actually, He promised that the narrow road on which He leads us will be difficult – but He promised to be with us right to the end.

The bravest among us are those who choose to follow Jesus on this difficult road in their teenage years.  It is perhaps one of the most challenging things that a young person can do, especially if the one determined to follow Jesus is in the minority population.

To those who have chosen to unashamedly follow Jesus, I say well done.  You are making quality investments in your future self.  You will know wonder and a quiet confidence when it finally sinks in that you are actually walking with the absolute Lord of heaven and earth.  Keep walking.

Some who have not yet started on the journey of following Jesus may find amusement at disparaging those who preceded them.  However, this always ends in regret.  Those who are determined to reject Jesus’ teachings and persecute those who follow Him should be aware that this never ends well.  God hears the cries of the oppressed and comforts them.  However, a fearful judgement awaits the oppressor.

Our history reveals God’s guidance of our ancestors.  Most of us were captured and sold by Islamic slave traders in Africa and then enslaved for generations by Europeans.  Others were kidnapped in Europe and forced into servitude.  However, God’s comfort sustained us all.  God’s guidance was so obvious that it was acknowledged in our National Anthem.

The historical record should encourage us all.  God guided us through and led us out of slavery and servitude, and there was jubilation among our newly freed fore-parents.  He guided us through and led us out of colonial rule, and we stood confidently facing an uncertain future at our independence.  God guided us through the BLP and DLP mismanagement of our national economy – and He will certainly lead us out.

Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Solutions Barbados and can be reached at


  • Sam Joseph Clarke

    Phillips: “Jesus’ death and resurrection are part of the historical record.”

    Really? Where? Is there a single, living, reputable scholar who would agree with this? Name one. Just one.

    It being a given among reputable scholars that the first gospel was Mark’s; that Mark was writing a minimum of three decades after the execution of this particular one-in-a-very-long-line of itinerant Jewish preachers angry at Rome at the time; and that Mark’s gospel clearly ends with the execution (everything else was added by fabulists decades later), in precisely which document is this resurrection “part of the historical record”? What record what? What “historical” record what?

    If your original premise is indefensible in your first sentence, everything that follows it is going to look like mental ordure. That’s just the way it is.

    It is, demonstrably in the second decade of our century, a nightmare to live in a theocracy. Phillips’s first sentence causes concern, and his notion that “God guided us through the BLP and DLP mismanagement of our national economy – and He will certainly lead us out” can only make his election impossible.

    This, just above, is theocracy. It is screamingly obvious that what Barbados should do immediately is act less like Iran and more like Canada, less like Afghanistan and more like Sweden, much, much less like Nigeria and more like Denmark.

    History will get you in the end. Karma is for kretins. History decides.


  • Like Canada?


  • Do you people ever read anything ever that isn’t on a screen? Do you ever write anything ever without using something other than your thumbs?

    All due respect and everything in the, er, political landscape.


  • All of the above being irrefutable in “the historical record” the idiot is asking, in the end, that you believe in astrology. He knows nothing of the history of biblical Galilee and nothing of the stars but somehow, you, fool, are supposed to follow the moron into the dark mysteries of his, er, “governance system.”

    Mek Bushie laff!!! Ha ha ha … And, inevitably, lol.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    I repeat…the jesus stories are a great cause for concern.

    Let’s hope this is not a race to see who could sell the most jesus stories to win an election when there are more dire problems facing the majority voters…ya know, the ones with the numbers to actually elect candidates and a government. ……. .the poorer and poorest segment of the population that jesus stories cannot help….only good governance and less thievery from the treasury and their NIS pension fund.

    A. Dullard…I noticed something years ago by those brainwashed into religion and christianity, they always believe they are experts and no one else knows anything regarding those subjects. …what they dont know is….that is why they were targeted centuries ago in the first place, because they are so predictable and will just take the stupidity further and further with every generation.., until they are so confused they just run around in circles….something like now, something like you.

    My spirituality and mysticism takes me places very few can go….i wont want to be you…I love my natural state.


  • This doesn’t even begin to work, welly. OK if I call you Bonny, or would you insist on “Ms Peppa”? How did that surgery work out?


  • Don’t want to have to rush you, here, bonny, but is this “the moot” or “the prolix” or “the posit” or “the truism”?


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Sam…didn’t ACs the idiots say that person died, ah think ya suffering from mistaken identity, but what do I know, maybe ya should ask the ACs.


  • WW&C

    Chuckle… have correctly identified the mould the character A.Dullard has been cast from……best ignored as I did on first observation……I begged his pardon for living and moved on.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Lol…Vincent…predictable, if I didnt think it was morally evil, maybe I too would do the same to such gullible fools.


  • @ David BU, David, why did you delete my earlier posts re, the Facts reported on the vast numbers of Muslim converts to Christianity in the Middle East, and on the reliability of the New Testament documents?

    You have never done this before!


  • BTW David @BU , I don’t know how my handle Zoe got altered to Zoepp, anyway I just corrected it!


  • @Zoe (without the pp)

    The pp was added because you inadvertently typed pp in the comment box where Name is located.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Lol…happens to me all the time.


  • Dear All:

    Before I start, let me quote part of Mia Mottley’s Easter Message.

    “The principles of the Christian faith are the values on which Barbados was built. … In that extraordinary event centuries ago, the Son of God was crucified and rose three days later in glory, conquering death. And through our belief in Christ, we have the promise of one day joining him in heaven. This event changed the world forever.”

    To Jeff Cumberbatch (April 17, 2017 at 9:17 AM) who wrote “Does Barbados face the prospect of a theocracy if Solutions is elected to office?” Will you ask Mia Mottley a similar question?

    To Well Well: Since Mia’s message is as “extremist” as mine and all other Christians, then does your disparaging remarks extend to the BLP and DLP who regularly write such messages, and to all Barbadian Christians – or are they only directed at me?

    Vincent – Ditto.

    Exclaimer – Ditto.

    Sam Joseph Clarke. You queried the historical record about Jesus. Then without waiting for an answer, you made premature conclusions. That is not the way to learn anything Sam. I refer you to Roman historian Tacitus (Tacitus Annals) and Jewish historian Josephus (Jewish Antiquities). Come along Sam, it is time that you followed Jesus – no more excuses.

    Best regards,


  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hal Austin April 17, 2017 at 1:22 PM
    “If only I could understand your semi-literate rantings I would reply. Goes to show that a little education – and Google – can be a bad thing. Stop Googling.
    A belief in Christian values does not mean one is walking around with a Bible and a dog collar. It simply means the values are rooted in Christian beliefs.”

    Thanks Hal for pointing out the difference between 24/7 Christian fanatic and a Sunday go-to-meeting believer.

    And all along I was under the mistaken impression that a true Christian simply had to follow the golden rule as ascribed to Jesus (and which forms the foundation of all faiths): “Do unto to others as you would have them do unto you”.

    And you see, Hal, the miller was taught this basic ‘Christian value’ right in Sunday school, long before Google came along.

    So why not stop being a full-time illiterate and apply that same moral principle in your dealings with others?

    First stop your nauseatingly xenophobic calls for the resignation of the “Guyana-born” DPP.

    Why not be like the good Samaritan and stop attacking people because of their country of origin?

    People like you (and the Miller) ought to be the last to practise discrimination based on a person’s country of birth.

    If we had been shipped back (repatriated) to the jump-up island neither of us would be drawing pension from the mother country, university education notwithstanding (or polytechnic in your case).

    Maybe then- by forgiving others seventy times seven- you will see the Light and seek salvation from above.

    Here is a Christian prayer even semi-illiterates like us can comprehend:
    ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us’- (including the unforgiving drive to expose the identities of those sinful bloggers masking themselves as the anonymous heathens to be delivered up to the local Sanhedrin).

    You are forgiven, Hal! Now run along and do likewise (including the forgiving of the BU ‘masked’ men and women).


  • LOL @ hal
    The Church of England is still institutionally racist. Are they going to separate us in Heaven?
    Church of England….?
    Ya mean the one created so that a King could get his divorce?
    It will FAR more likely that any such separations will occur in the ‘other’ place.

    “Religions” are social constructs that are created to fill a clear void in us materialistically focused brass bowls.
    They are ‘important’ for those areas of our existence where we find ourselves up shit street and where the day-to-day routine is seriously disrupted by complex events.
    Funerals, mass casualties, tragedies, natural disasters are some of the events that comes to mind where ‘religion’ plays an important social role.
    On another level, religion provides a crutch for many who consider themselves as having failed in the materialistic realm of life and who then console themselves that all will be compensated after death.

    In this regard, religion is no different to any other of the other social constructs that dominate our existence. Things like professions, social hierarchy, language etc …in that religion plays an important role in our societal structure.

    Why so many would therefore wish to confuse ‘religions’ with the REALITY that some higher-order creator(s) would have initiated the whole experience that we call ‘life on Earth’,
    …and would have had some LOGICAL reasons for so doing…
    …and surely would have an ongoing interest in the successful fulfilment of that objective …. the outcome of which objective is SURE to impact us as participants one way or another.

    Since this “higher-order-Creator” is obviously of more robust construct than we (the participants of the project) – a condition we have come to describe as ‘Spiritual’, what SHOULD interest all conscious brass bowls is how we can tune into this ‘spirituality’ …and perhaps come to understand the bigger picture; the long term objectives; and the ACTUAL purpose of the whole life experience.
    This question is WAY above any ‘religion’.
    It is a fundamental requirement of ‘success’ that we find out where the finish line is located.
    This goes even more so for the ‘race of life’.


  • Carson C. Cadogan

    Libya slave market gets complete Blackout from black media

    Black people being sold by MUSLIMS for Us$200.00.
    Meanwhile here in Barbados the Black stupid Barbados Labour Party is aligning themselves with the MUSLIMS in Barbados.

    We will soon need Jesus in truth Grenville.


  • nextparty246 April 17, 2017 at 7:04 PM #

    Higher expectations…..we know what to expect from those you are trying to replace.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    “To Well Well: Since Mia’s message is as “extremist” as mine and all other Christians, then does your disparaging remarks extend to the BLP and DLP who regularly write such messages, and to all Barbadian Christians – or are they only directed at me?”

    Grenville…nothing personal, I dont discriminate and I did not read Mia’s nonsense and definitely wont read the current government’s, their hypocrisy would be painful to read, am sure I have seen both their messages before and am nit impressed. ..

    …… as ya can see, I posted the same information on the origins of christianity to both yours and BIMs link….just to let you bpth know that in spite of your beliefs, which are yours, the reality is…yall have serious work to do if ya are going to get rid of both political parties who are parasitic by nature….if ya dont use consistent strategy, no amount of religion or christianity will work in ya favor.


  • millertheanunnaki

    @ nextparty246 April 17, 2017 at 7:04 PM
    “Before I start, let me quote part of Mia Mottley’s Easter Message.”
    “The principles of the Christian faith are the values on which Barbados was built. … In that extraordinary event centuries ago, the Son of God was crucified and rose three days later in glory, conquering death. And through our belief in Christ, we have the promise of one day joining him in heaven. This event changed the world forever.”

    The difference, Dear Grenville, is that Mia is the consummate politician ‘trained’ to manipulate stories to suit their power-seeking agenda and you are not.

    You are a man of science who should be dealing in proven or established data; not regurgitating mythology to manipulate the minds of the naïve masses.

    Easter is not an original Christian festival tagged XP made in Rome. Like Xmas, it is copied from paganism and has nothing to do with any actual birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

    Until you can explain ‘scientifically’ to the BU class why Jesus was born on a fixed day (you celebrate it always on 25th December) but died and was resurrected on various dates (depending on the year) after the vernal equinox then we might just be keen to listen to you and your prescriptive ISO 900(0) formula for managing the affairs of Barbados.

    Now please don’t go to your Judeo-Christian book for an answer but use the grey matter with which Mother Nature has over-endowed you.

    “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~Buddha


  • WW&C..Miller

    Excellent prolix on the issue.


  • Hi Miller:

    That is why I referred Sam to specific credible historians of the era.

    Best regards,


  • Carson C. Cadogan

    The anniversary of Jesus’ Death fell on Tuesday, April 11 2017.

    Ask any Jehovah’s witness. That is what I was told.


  • Carson C. Cadogan

    …and Miller , less noise, you and your Jewish rubbish.


  • “…But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~Buddha

    Naki-Nnaki, this IS* the principle upon which the ‘EYEWITNESSES’ which was from the beginning, which we HAVE HEARD, which we HAVE SEEN with our EYES, which we have LOOKED upon, and our HANDS have HANDLED, concerning the WORD of LIFE…the LIFE was MANIFESTED, and we have SEEN, and bear WITNESS, and declare to you that ETERNAL LIFE which was with the Father, and WAS MANIFESTED to US…” (1 John 1: 1-2) Emphasis added.

    Nnaki, ‘FACTS become credible FACTS, when they are warranted to the relevant degree of certainity.’

    Reason is necessary for Revelation to be Coherent.

    The Historic revelation, re the Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection of The Lord Jesus Christ, IS* so coherently tied together, with internal and external EVIDENCE, only an intellectually dishonest fool, would willfully deny such credible historic evidence.


  • Hal Austin April 17, 2017 at 2:08 PM #
    The Church of England is still institutionally racist. Are they going to separate us in Heaven?
    There is a place in Heaven for us. In my father’s kingdom there are many mansions. Words that could have been spoken by the Landed and industrial gentry of Barbados. Our places in the mansion and great houses of Barbados,were in the gardens and the kitchens.
    Out of all the thousands of people who flocked on that first Good Friday to Cavalry ,or Golgatha , to witness the crucifixion, an established beast of burden, a black man, Simeon was ordered to hump the heavy cross for Jesus. Was he thanked for this task? We do not know, but the thief on the cross on the other side was given a visa to Paradise.


  • @nextparty246. both those historians came long, long, after your so-called jesus would have departed this world. There is absolutely no proof that person existed. Anyone performing miracles as he supposedly did, would have been written into the histories along with the magical acts. Tacitus was born in 58 AD, he is not a current historian and DOES not mention a Jesus Christ. Josephus wrote his annals in 93-94 AD. He IS not a current historian of the era. Neither of them would have lived during the time the fairy tale jesus lived. Even so, it is alleged that Christians in the third and fourth centuries edited his writing to include the jesus theory even referring to a messiah. Jesus IS not a Jewish name.


  • Sam Joseph Clarke has made a strong point that should not be ignored! There are many biblical scholars who see Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet who got it totally wrong. Remember the Son of Man was to return in glory in the lifetime of Jesus’ audience!
    DO some research on the historical Jesus, Grenville. Read ‘Misquoting Jesus’, ‘Jesus, Interrupted ‘ and ‘How Jesus became God’ by Bart Ehrman- as a start.


  • @bajans, You are sadly misinformed, here are some of the early External Support for the historicity of the Person of The Lord Jesus Christ.

    1} Jesus was executed (by crucifixion) in Judaea during the period where Tiberius was Emperor (AD 14-37) and Pontius Pilate was Governor (AD 26-36), (Tacitus, Annals -AD 115)

    2) The movement apread from Judaea to Rome. [Tacitus]

    3) Jesus claimed to be God and that he would depart and return. [Eliezar – 90’s AD, cited Klausner,.

    His followers worshipped Him as (a) God. [Pliny – AD 112, Letters to Trajan]
    He was called “the Christ” [Josephus, Antiquities, – 90’s]
    His followers were called “Christians.” [Tacitua, Pliny)
    They were numerous in Bithynia and Rome [Tacitus, Pliny]
    It was a world-wide movement. [Eliezer]
    His brother was James. [Josephus).

    The Manuscript Evidence of The new Testament.

    There are now more than 5,300 known Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. Add over 10,000 Latin Vulgate and at least 9,300 other early versions (MSS) and we have more than 24,000 manuscript copies of portions of the New Testament in existence today.

    NO other document of antiquity, NONE, even begins to approach such numbers and attestation. In comparison, the Iliad by Homer is second with only 643 manuscripts that still survive. The first complete preserved text of Homer dates from the 13th century.

    F.E. Peters points out that “on the basis of manuscript tradition alone, the works that made up the Christians’ New Testament were the most frequently copied and widely circulated books of antiquity.

    John Warwick Montgomery says that “to be skeptical of the resultant text of the New Testament books is to allow ALL of classical antiquity to slip into obscurity, for NO documents of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament.

    F.J.A. Hort rightfully states, “…in the variety and fullness of the evidence on which it rests the text of the New Testament stands absolutely and unapproachably ALONE among ancient prose writings.

    J. Harold Greenlee states, “…the number of available MSS of the New Testament is overwhelmingly greater than those of any other work of ancient literature. In the third place, the earliest extant MSS of the N.T. were written much closer to the date of the original writing than is the case in almost any other piece of ancient literature. (EVIDENCE That Demands A Verdict, Historical Evidence For the Christian Faith, Vol 1, pp.39-41) Emphasis added.


  • Mek Bushie Laff….. to hear big people arguing about the authenticity of a book that is probably the SINGLE clearest example of a GLOBAL miracle ….more than ANY other document in the WHOLE history of mankind.

    That a supernatural hand has guided the creation, preservation, distribution and popularity of this book HAS to be beyond rational question.
    The Bible, just in and of itself, is a significant testimony to a Big Boss Engineer designer – who has, by super-natural means, ensured that a ‘Project manual’ has been available to brass bowls…. Given such a DIVINE guiding overview, it is infra dig to argue shiite about the ‘era’ of the human hands credited with writing it…. the prose or other such petty technicalities.

    The problem comes when “non-BBE, brass-bowl, mock engineers” attempt to decipher the ‘technical manual’ …and naturally gets confused in the process.

    That manual is designed for the instruction of undergraduate BBEs, …not uninitiated BBs…. so wunna don’t even bother arguing about it.


  • Bushie

    This your psychological warfare waged to justify the unjustifiable can only now imbue the minds of idiots.

    You and your ilk have been unable to reverse the nonsense that is the bible, your BBE.

    Your militarist approach always seems to result in blaming the people who would ask you for evidence to support specious claims, not misguided nor irrational belief, personal dreams!

    Your ruthless flat earth disposition will lead to the killing of disbelievers again

    Under these conditions disbelievers should foil these mindless schema.


  • @ Pacha
    …psychological warfare?
    ….militarist approach?
    Go back to bed for another hour…. then check with Bushie again….
    …after you awake properly.


  • By 2020 at least two more permanent desalination plants should be up and running in this country and Chief Town Planner, Mark Cummins says the proposed locations have already been identified.

    So what is the NextParty policy re the above proposal?


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    The miseducation of African leaders…which extended to African people which has extended to Caribbean politicians/ministers….which has extended to Caribbean people, 500 years of brainwash and mindbending mindwash…..most people do not even know they are just sheeple programmed to carry on the centuries old European design….that Black people chase their own tails for as long as they refuse to open their eyee.

    “The beginnings of this miseducation go back to the beginnings of the exploration of the African coast by Europeans who had been hemmed in by Arabic power for six hundred years. In 1481, when the Portuguese arrived at the Congo-Ngola area, they initiated the process of miseducation of blacks as an instrument of exploitation.

    The Portuguese invaders persuaded the royal and noble families of the area to send their sons to Portugal for a European education. When these sons returned with Christian names, they began directing African society in the interest of the Portuguese.

    The physical slavery which the Portuguese started was facilitated by the mental slavery of the African leaders who had been educated by the Europeans. This model has endured for five hundred years as the most successful method by which Europeans defeat, control, exploit, and annihilate Africans.” Jacob H. Carruthers


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger


    The Aeta people of the Philippines
    Whatever the migration path was, they are without a doubt among the first – if not the first – inhabitants of The Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to very dark brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly to kinky afro-like textured hair, small nose, and dark brown eyes. Aeta groups in northern Luzon are known as “Pugut” or “Pugot,” a name designated by their Ilocano-speaking neighbors, and which is the colloquial term for those with darker complexions. In Ilocano, the word also means “goblin” or “forest spirit.They have survived as forest dwellers and as hunters and gatherers for thousands of years. The Aeta people are a peaceful and non-violent indigenous people with their own traditions, customs, identity, and their own language called Sambal. The Aeta have suffered racial discrimination and receive little recognition and support from the government, and during the past fifty years they have lost much of their ancestral domain to land grabbers, loggers and mining operations backed by corrupt politicians and officials.

    Philippine Tribes: Aeta, Agta, Ayta, Ita, Baluga, Ati, Dumagat, Mamanwa, Tagbanua and at least 25 other ( Pygmies Pygmy )Tribes of the Philippines .
    Locations: Luzon, Palawan, Panay, Negros, Cebu, and Mindanao
    Totaling an estimated 15,000 people.

    Further Research……
    Global Black Roots

    ALL of Asia (Li Hui DNA Study) Black Empires: Shang, Xia, Tang, Khmer,Chenla, Indus, and More. People:Yayoi, Jomon, Ainu, Semang, Mani, Andamans, Indian/Dravidian, Pacific Islanders Aborigine and More. India: The Dravidians were Proto Saharan People
    In 2005, DNA testing proved that the first inhabitants of China were Black Africans. The study was conducted by a Chinese DNA specialist named Jin Li and a team of Chinese and other scientists.

    The Americas Olmec as well as Other Black Tribes and Moors in America.
    Recent discoveries in the field of linguistics and other methods have shown without a doubt, that the ancient Olmecs of Mexico, known as the Xi People, came originally from West Africa and were of the Mende African ethnic stock, From the archaeological evidence gathered both in West Africa and Meso-America, there is reason to believe that the African Negritics who founded or influenced the Olmec civilization came from West Africa, Clyde A. Winters, Dr. Wiercinski

    ALL of Africa (North and South) People: Original Hebrews (Lemba Tribe), Palestinians. Kingdoms and Empires: Kush, Egypt, Ghana, Mossi, Mali, Axum, Benin, Ethiopia, Songhai and Nubia Sudan (Meroe) has more Pyramids than Egypt.

    Blacks are the Roots of Europe(Grimaldi People in Pre-Europe) Greece,
    Russia (Black Abkhazians) Siberia (Early Saami, Sami, Lapps)and Moors
    General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Will begin teaching that Blacks were in what is now called Britain, far before the English.”


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