Remembering Bob Marley

Submitted by Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, columnist, and educator. She lives in U.S.

The footprints of Bob Marley appear on the sand in Jamaica and across the earth wherever freedom is held hostage. Likened to Martin Luther King, Jr., Marley desired peace for his people. And for all humanity. Music was the vehicle for his message. His passionate personality was his vehicle for harmony in a chaotic world of violence.

I am remembering Bob Marley with my words in this column. “Bob, you are missed. But your legend of light shines on and on and on.”

Nesta Robert Marley was born in 1945. Being biracial, Marley was bullied as a child, but declared, “I’m not on the white man’s side, or the black man’s side. I’m on God’s side.”

Marley died of cancer in 1981 in Miami at the age of 36 years. He was laid to rest in Jamaica.

According to a 2014 article in the Jamaican Observer, “The lives of many people all over the world have been profoundly influenced by Jamaicans such as Ms Mary Seacole, Messrs Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Claude McKay and Usain Bolt. Some who were revolutionary political activists destined to change the world spent an important interval in Jamaica. The most famous was the liberator of Latin America, Simon Bolivar, who penned the famous ‘Jamaica Letter’ from these environs.” www.jamaicaobserver.com/.

Marley received The United Nations Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978. On April 22, 1978, the One Love Peace Concert was held at Kingston’s National Stadium where Marley asked two opposing politicians to join hands. “You entertain people who are satisfied. Hungry people can’t be entertained – or people who are afraid. You can’t entertain a man who has no food,” is a quote by Marley.

The 74th birthday of Marley, the reggae legend, was celebrated at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in Jamaica in February 2019, according to The Gleaner www.jamaica-gleaner.com/.

The Bob Marley museum is situated on the site of the legendary musician’s home. “Bob’s home is filled with rich memories and treasured mementos, which seek to preserve the life and accomplishment of this great Jamaican and outstanding musician.” www.bobmarleymuseum.com.

The Bob Marley Foundation implements social intervention projects that aim to preserve the spiritual, cultural, social and musical ideals that guided and inspired him. “Never expect God to do for you what you don’t do to others,” Marley avowed.

A March 10, 2005 article published in the Rolling Stones sang a tribute to Marley. “But Marley’s early-to-mid-1970s Island recordings were also something a good deal more than pioneering entertainment: They put forth an uncompromising vision of a society kept in hell and ready to storm its gates. Songs like “Burnin’ and Lootin’,” “Small Axe,” “Concrete Jungle,” “Revolution,” “Them Belly Full” and “War” — especially “War,” with its proclamation of eternal worldwide conflict: “Until the philosophy which hold one race superior/And another inferior/Is finally and permanently discredited” — brandish unsettling images and incendiary pronouncements that are among the most authentic in modern music.”

So Much Things to Say, a book by Roger Steffens (Norton & Company, 2017) contains myriad interviews by those who knew Marley. His story begins when his white father abandoned his pregnant mother. From being raised in the slums to becoming a cultural icon, Marley remained true to his roots. He sang about the worst of humanity and the best of humanity.

Sinner, saint, or both. Marley was quite a colorful character. Fathering multiple children with multiple women. Being an advocate for marijuana as a spiritual restorative herb. Humanity’s heroes are not without flaws and foibles. “Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect — and I don’t live to be — but before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean!” stated Marley.

The legacy of Bob Marley, the singer, the humanitarian, and the man, remains.

181 comments

  • The question which you should ask yourself
    Is how a nobody from Deacons elevated barbados name across international markets
    A girl only about sixteen years old having no financial resources but having a musical instrument call a voice
    Bob Marley yes should be recognized for his dedication and hard work in the music industry and his abilty to use his musical instrument to elevate Jamaica name world wide internationally
    However this coronation of him here on BU is an attempt to rewrite what he stood for morally
    His story also one cannot forget is clouded in misdeed and immorality

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  • Following up on my last comment which brings to mind how David and the blp yardfowls has resorted to a similar coronation of Mottley even mindful of her misdeeds

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  • millerthe anunnaki

    @ Mariposa March 14, 2019 8:25 AM
    “However this coronation of him here on BU is an attempt to rewrite what he stood for morally
    His story also one cannot forget is clouded in misdeed and immorality..”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You guttersnipe, name one, just one aspect or act of Prophet Bob’s life that you consider to be ‘immoral’!

    What did the Prophet Bob do that others like Abraham, Jesus, MLK or Mandela did not say or do?

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  • The Miller

    We agree with you – He is indeed worthy of Prophethood

    We should however remember that the Nyabinghi while recognizing Prophet Bob as magisterial in making reggae music global they are less certain that he himself was Rasta for reason which are self-evident.

    And of course the Nyabinghi themselves have a checkered past in relation to runaway slaves, with the British.

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  • RE What did the Prophet Bob do that others like Abraham, Jesus, MLK or Mandela did not say or do?

    A PROPHET IS ONE WHO SPEAKS FOR GOD
    A PROPHET FORTH TELLS OR A HE FORETELLS ON THE BEHALF OF GOD AS Abraham & Jesus DID,
    NEITHER MLK or Mandela OR MARLEY WERE PROPHETS…….NONE OF THEM SPOKE FOR GOD

    NOTHING THAT MARLEY SAID OR SUNG WAS PROPHETIC WITH RESPECT TO THE ESCHATON OR GOD

    MARLEY MADE MUSIC THAT IMPRESSES THOSE WHO ENJOY MUSIC OF THAT GENRE- NOTHING ELSE

    CUSS NOW CUSS

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  • Dr.GP thought this would be of interest… 60 Minutes Australia “Reverse Stroke” story – MUST SEE! Share with loved ones!

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  • @GP

    The world whether we like it or not has a secular and non secular makeup.

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  • @ David, some Marley songs are included in my ” repertoire ” for guitar practice in order to accomplish the only item on my bucket list.

    Play with a group of Bajan musicians at a concert. 2020 or 2021.

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  • @Hants

    We Gatherin

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  • RE The world whether we like it or not has a secular and non secular makeup.

    AMAZING!
    I DID NOT KNOW THAT.
    IS NOT BULLSHITTING ON BU SECULAR?

    BUT I REPEAT
    NOTHING THAT MARLEY SAID OR SUNG WAS PROPHETIC WITH RESPECT TO THE ESCHATON OR GOD………AND THAT IS WHAT MATTERS.

    WHAT WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW & WHAT IS HAPPENING TO DAY ARE BOTH SECULAR BUT THEY HAVE BEEN PREDICTED IN THE SACRED NEGLECTED BOOK

    FOR WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE SHALL GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD (IE MASTER OR
    OWN THE SECULAR) AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL (I.E THE SACRED )

    THESE ARE NOT MY WORDS SIR
    JESUS WHO IS GOD SAID SO

    I FIND THAT WHAT JESUS AND THE REAL PROPHETS PREDICTED ARE OF EVEN SECULAR SIGNIFICANCE, AS CAN BE SEEN IN THE WORLD TODAY

    THIS IS SERIOUS SOUND PROPHECY BELOW
    IT IS RELEVANT TODAY FOR IT IS HAPPENING SECULAR-LY UH LIE?

    2 TIMOTHY 3:1-7
    This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

    4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

    5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

    7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    THIS IS SOUND DOCTRINE THAT CAN NOT BE REFUTED

    THAT WE EMPHASIZE THE SECULAR TODAY AND FORGET THE SACRED IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD TODAY……………………………………AND THAT INCLUDES ALL THE MURDERS AND FAILURES IN BARBADOS

    MARLEY MADE MUSIC THAT IMPRESSES THOSE WHO ENJOY MUSIC OF THAT GENRE- NOTHING ELSE. HE DID NOT PREDICT ANYTHING OF GREAT CONSEQUENCE NOW DID HE?

    CUSS NOW CUSS BUT I AM CORRECT
    WATCH THE DEVILS COME OUT NOW

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  • Continue smartly GP.

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  • Georgie Porgie

    What did Sir Grantley Adams do that Tom Adams did not do? I never lived in Sir Grantley Adams time so I do not know what he did either than reading about it … but Adams, I saw heard and watched so in away it touched me emotionally, especially when that mad man snatched his briefcase with the budget one day.

    The same argument can be made for Abraham, and Bob Marley … I read about Abraham, and what he did for God’s people, but Bob Marley I heard, saw and watched, so I have a deeper connection with the man and his music … than Abraham I have read about in the Bible …

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  • RE The world whether we like it or not has a secular and non secular makeup.
    THE KEY WORLD IN THAT SENTENCE IS OF COURSE “WORLD”

    HERE IS WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT THE “WORLD” OR THE WORLD SYSTEM OR THE COSMOS DIABOLICUS WHICH SWIRLS AROUND US AND SEEKS TO IMPRISON US

    I JOHN 2:15-17
    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.

    16 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.

    17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    WE ARE NOT TO LOVE THE WORLD OR THE THINGS IN THE WORLD FOR THE WORLD, THE SECULAR WILL PASS AWAY

    THIS IS SOUND DOCTRINE THAT CAN NOT BE REFUTED!

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  • The World has Two Ideologies either you believe in Freedom or you believe in Force/Tyranny. One is making the Individual Supreme the other is to subject him to the ruling Elite whether it is Collectivism or Dictatorship, and we are to choose what we will follow… 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Where the Spirit of the Lord there is Freedom”

    Dr.GP states the truth according to the written word…The Word or the Scriptures is the Rod that we may measure all things presented before us that we may choose accordingly …They are False teachers who are intent on leading mankind down to hell by their cunning persuasion…

    Men that turn away from God believe in Fallacies as Satan has great hold upon their hearts; and stirs them up to iniquity and to anger against that which is good; their hearts are corrupt, and full of wickedness and abominations; and they love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil; therefore they will not look to God. How can they when they are comfortable in their sins…therefore the Devil stirs them up and they are so blind and deaf that they do not realize that he is leading their souls to Destruction. He will not support his own at the last day!!

    He flatters them to believe it’s okay to Lie that they will not be accountable for their Thoughts, Words and Deeds…and their souls are dragged down to hell becoming caught in their own snares.

    This Liar and his Minions go up and down in the earth seeking to destroy the Souls of men….

    ARM YOURSELF WITH THE WORD…

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  • SS,

    No. I do not have anything against wukking up. I am against wukking up at the expense of wukking our brains. Sometimes we must pause in our escapism to actually address some of the issues we have in a more meaningful way. Wukking up has its role. But so does thinking.

    GP,

    You are as entitled to your opinion as we are. Revere is too strong a word for what I feel for Brother Bob. I do however strongly admire his ability to get a point across, which he did and still does for many people all over the world.

    Mariposa,

    Is it the adultery or the weed smoking that you have a problem with?

    If it is the first, then take down Errol Barrow’s statue! And if it is the second I think we are in the process of changing our minds on that one.

    Anything else?

    PS. We are not speaking about putting countries on the map. We are talking about awakening and uplifting the black man.

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  • re I read about Abraham, and what he did for God’s people, but Bob Marley I heard, saw and watched, so I have a deeper connection with the man and his music … than Abraham I have read about in the Bible …

    IT IS RECORDED IN JOHN THAT JESUS SAID “ABRAHAM REJOICED TO SEE MY DAY AND REJOICED!”

    IN MATTHEW 17 :8 WE READ THAT THE DISCIPLES ON THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION “SAW NO MAN BUT JESUS ONLY”. PERHAPS WE SHOULD DO LIKEWISE.

    ACCORDING TO PHILLIPIANS 3 PAUL, A REAL PROPHET SAID THIS
    But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

    8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

    9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

    10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

    11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

    12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

    13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

    14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    VS 10 THAT I MIGHT KNOW HIM OUGHT TO BE OUR GOAL
    THAT WE SHOULD SEE HIM ONLY OUGHT TO BE OUR GOAL

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  • RE You are as entitled to your opinion as we are.
    YOU WILL FIND THAT MY OPINION IS BASED ON, AND SUPPORTED BY THE WORD OF GOD!

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  • Freedom Crier March 14, 2019 9:54 AM

    Dr.GP thought this would be of interest… 60 Minutes Australia “Reverse Stroke” story

    I BELIEVE THAT ALL HEALING IS ONLY OF GOD!

    I BELIEVE THAT DOCTORS MAY BE USED OF GOD TO FACILITATE HEALING.

    DOCTORS CAN ONLY DO THE CORRECT THINGS ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT, OR NEW THINGS THAT ARE REVEALED TO THEM BY THE GREAT PHYSICIAN HIMSELF, AS HAS BEEN THE CASE THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE..

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  • millerthe anunnaki

    @ Georgie Porgie March 14, 2019 11:16 AM
    “YOU WILL FIND THAT MY OPINION IS BASED ON, AND SUPPORTED BY THE WORD OF GOD!”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The “WORD OF GOD”????
    Which god? The Chinese god, the Indian god or the Eskimo god?

    Why don’t you stop acting as the Chief spoke-person and self-appointed Press Secretary to Yahweh?

    Is the following the WORD OF your anthropomorphic GOD too?

    “They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
    Now kill all the boys [innocent kids]. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man. ~ Numbers 31:7,17-18”

    Kill everything that “breathes” from humans and animals! ~Deuteronomy 20:16

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Donna March 14, 201910:54 AM “Wukking up has its role. But so does thinking.”

    Agree 100%

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @millerthe anunnaki March 14, 2019 11:37 AM “the Eskimo god?”

    Inuit please.

    Eskimo is like the “N” word.

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  • RE Is the following the WORD OF your anthropomorphic GOD too?

    “They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
    Now kill all the boys [innocent kids]. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man. ~ Numbers 31:7,17-18”

    Kill everything that “breathes” from humans and animals! ~Deuteronomy 20:16

    YES IT IS!
    IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT , TAKE IT UP WITH HIM WHEN HE COMES, OK

    RE The “WORD OF GOD”????
    Which god? The Chinese god, the Indian god or the Eskimo god?
    THE GOD OF HEAVEN. THE SAME GOD THAT CREATED THE WORLD AND ALL THAT THEREIN IS!

    RE Why don’t you stop acting as the Chief spoke-person and self-appointed Press Secretary to Yahweh?

    CANT. I AM SUPPOSED TO TEACH THE WORD IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON, AND I INTEND TO SO AS PERMITTED DESPITE THE ATTEMPTED INTERRUPTIONS OF THE DEVILS AMONG US

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @millerthe anunnaki March 14, 2019 11:37 AM ” killed every man. Now kill all the boys [innocent kids]. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,”

    Sounds like an order from ISIS/Daesh.

    And I dun de’d, den becausin’ yes I have slept with a man.

    But how are we to obey the command to “increase and multiply” if we do not sleep with men?

    And tobesides married men who don’t get any tend to become very, very crabby.

    Maybe single men too. I will have to ask whitehill.

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  • Some of us have made this point already but here goes. All individuals are not and will never be at the same point along the faith continuum. Believing in the Bible/God is triggered by ones personal experience. The consequence of which they will always be tension between the believers and non believers.

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  • Miller,

    That Old Testament is a major stumbling block for many. It is not for me because of the context in which we place the Old Testament.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “You guttersnipe, name one, just one aspect or act of Prophet Bob’s life that you consider to be ‘immoral’!

    What did the Prophet Bob do that others like Abraham, Jesus, MLK or Mandela did not say or do?”

    Maybe because we can be 1000% certain that Marley while on this earth…never did like the human waste in DLP & BLP and TIEF FROM EVERYBODY…therefore he will get no respect from those so minded..

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  • @ Simon, given your desire to see every man castrated I doubt very much you enjoyed those foops in your youth. Even now the occasional foop is only done to appease. Kill every woman who has slept with a man, god, in one fell swoop all ah wuna gone in today Barbados.

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  • THE OLD IS IN THE NEW REVEALED
    THE NEW IS IN THE OLD CONCEALED

    MASTER THE NT AND MUCH OF THE OT IS VERY CLEAR
    E.G SEE THE DOCTRINE OF THE KINSMAN REDEEMER PRESENTED IN LEVITICUS, AND ILLUSTRATED IN RUTH DECLARED IN HEBREWS

    SEE THE DOCTRINE OF THE ADOPTION OF SONS ILLUSTRATED IN 2 SAMUEL 9 DECLARED IN GALATIANS

    MASTER THE CONCEPT OF COVENANTS AND DISPENSATIONS AND THE BIBLE IS EASY TO COMPREHEND

    HAVE A SYSTEM FOR A BIBLE SURVEY THEN SEE HOW EACH BOOK FITS INTO THE WHOLE ETC

    QUITE SIMPLE ACTUALLY
    BE ABLE TO SEE JESUS IN EVERY BIBLE BOOK
    LEARNED MOST OF THIS IN SUNDAY SCHOOL AS A TEENAGER

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  • RE The consequence of which they will always be tension between the believers and non believers.

    THIS IS NOT TRUE AT ALL
    MANY believers and non believers EXIST WITHOUT TENSION
    WHAT I OBJECT TO IS BIBLE ILLITERATES CONTRADICTING SOUND SOLID BIBLE TEACHING WHEN THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE SPEAKING ABOUT

    E.G THIS RUBBISH WITH ITS STUPID QUESTIONS
    And I dun de’d, den becausin’ yes I have slept with a man.

    But how are we to obey the command to “increase and multiply” if we do not sleep with men?

    And tobesides married men who don’t get any tend to become very, very crabby.

    Maybe single men too.

    THE TEXT IN Numbers 31:7,17-18 THAT WAS CITED WAS ADDRESSED SPECIFICALLY TO THE MIDIANITES, NOT TO SELF CONFESSED BAJAN FARE PICKERS

    THIS IS TRYING TO TAKE THE TEXT OUT OF ITS CONTEXT AND MAKING IT A PRETEXT

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  • @WhiteHill

    You know what they say about men who are quick to suggest the rod to solve all our (men) problems.

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  • You have used the word many which supports the position that there is room for tension.

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  • IT IS NOT TRUE AS SOME SING THAT ” EVERY PROMISE IN THE BOOK IS MINE EVERY CHAPTER EVERY VERSE EVERY LINE”

    IT IS NOT ALL ADDRESSED TO US

    THESE SIMPLE THINGS ARE NOT TAUGHT TO THE MASSES OF CHURCH GOERS IN BIM
    AND MANY DONT STUDY OR OBEY THE ADVICE JOSHUA 1:8

    This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

    OR THAT IN 2 Timothy 2:15,

    “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

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  • @ millerthe anunnaki March 14, 2019 11:37 AM

    There is No God but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ….There is no god besides Him who atoned for the sins of mankind on Condition of repentance! There is only one name given whereby mankind may be saved…

    Some people choose Darkness over the Light…They continue to go against their inner Compass even the Still small voice that Influences their Conscience…The Only way back is by Repentance and trying not to continue on the road that will lead their souls down to hell. His is the Way, the Truth and the Life all we have to do is to Cry out as he will never go against our wills. May we all come to know the Joy of His Mercy and Redeeming Love through continual repentance, for the Gospel is unto repentance!

    It has been my experience that those who do not believe in God want to have nothing to do with the notion of God like to Pontificate on the Character of God.

    God is one of Free Choice and Individual Choosing and the Adversaries Dogma is of Force/Dictatorship/Tyranny and the Few making decisions for everybody not Freedom to Choose. Those people that believe in force have Killed Countless people in the World and Created Destitution and hardships for many more. USSR (STALIN), CHINA (MAO) CAMBODIA POL POT). MADURO IN VENEZUELA UNTOLD MISERY…

    If you rave read the Scriptures like you like to Quote these few versus why did you not quote the Flood…Only Eight Souls were saved? WHY was it because they were Righteous?

    The only time that the people were given this Type of Commandments was when the people on the receiving end were wicked beyond redemption.

    The women in their culture are usually married at a young age and so they were innocent and in His eyes Redeemable…And the Killing of all the things that breath was so that they would not profit by the killing.

    Learn Wisdom not the Precepts of men, one is God Given the other is Man Made!

    The Adversary has been around since the beginning of time…and has sought to erase any semblance of God the Creator and his record that is the Scriptures and substitute it for his ideology which has morphed throughout history changing names to suit the times.

    ‘We may listen to Pastors, Priest, Evangelist, Bishops, Imams, Gurus, and Shamans. You may listen to Politicians and all kinds of Spokesmen, but in reality it is always between You and Him’.

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  • RE You have used the word many which supports the position that there is room for tension.

    THERE IS TENSION BY THOSE WHO WANT TENSION AND TO BE TENSE

    THERE IS TENSION BY THOSE WHO ARE OF THE EVIL ONE!

    IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN SO!

    THERE IS NO TENSION IN BIBLE BELIEVING AND BIBLE TEACHING CHURCHES OR GROUPS BY FOLK WHO WANT TO KNOW THE WORD OF GOD OR THE GOD OF THE WORD!

    THERE IS NO TENSION BY THOSE WHO ARE LIKE THE FOLK AT THESALONICA AS RECORDED IN 1 THES 2:13

    For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

    NOTE THAT THE THESALONIANS

    1- received the word of God

    2- not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God,

    3 -AND IT WORKED EFFECTUALLY IN THOSE THAT BELIEVED!

    AND YOUR RUBBISH ABOUT and will never be at the same point along the faith continuum

    WHAT IS THAT ? IS IT FAITH PER SE?

    NO ROMANS 3 ESPECIALLY AND THE EPISTLES TEACH THAT IT IS THE

    OBJECT
    OF
    FAITH
    I.E THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF

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  • ROMANS 10″17 MAKES IT VERY VERY CLEAR THAT

    17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    NOTE ALSO ROMANS 4

    4 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

    2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

    3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

    4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

    5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

    AND TITUS 3

    3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

    4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

    5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

    6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

    7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

    8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

    9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

    10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

    MOST UNBELIEVERS DONT ONLY DONT BELIEVE…….THEY DONT KNOW OR BELIEVE GOD’S WORD

    BUT AS ROMANS 10 SAYS
    or whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

    MOST PEOPLE GO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS FOR YEARS AND ARE NOT FED SPIRITUALLY WITH THE WORD

    AS ISAIAH SAID THEY ARE TAUGHT BY DEAD DOGS WHO CAN NOT BARK!

    I KNOW THIS WELL
    I EXPERIENCED THIS UNTIL I WAS AGED 16!
    I WAS DILIGENT AND DEVOTED AND SINGLED OUT TO GO TO CODRINGTON TO BE MISLED!

    BUT 51 YEARS AGO LAST WEEK I HEARD THE GOSPEL PREACHED!

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  • Donna
    PS…We are not speaking about putting countries on the map. We are talking about awakening and uplifting the black man.
    “””””””””””””””””

    First i thought it was about putting money in the black man pockets
    Did u mot hear what Trump said about small island countries
    So much for putting them on the map

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  • Are we going to discuss cultural appropriation?

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  • Georgie Porgie

    Not to make this a religious discussion but I have question for you the greatest mind that ever walked the streets of Barbados …

    Why was the man who said to Jesus: father remember me when thy kingdom come was saved when Jesus told Nicodemus except a man be born of the Water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God? Remember the Holy Spirit was given after jesus’ death, burial and Resurrection …

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  • Hal

    no…after the first 5 posts all threads morph into- onward xians soldiers going off to war.
    what a load of bollocks!!!

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  • Georgie Porgie

    Saying to Jesus: Father remember me when thy kingdom come is no prerequisite for eternal life if your heart isn’t right with God’s conditions…

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  • @ Greene,

    ADHD. A nation in need of Ritalin.

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  • Remember that many of Brother Bob’s songs were based on his religious beliefs. Bob was a religious man.

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  • @Hal

    as long as the Bim scholar is in the house braying away we good.

    am i correct in saying that you have issues with a non west indian writing about Bob?

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  • RE Why was the man who said to Jesus: father remember me when thy kingdom come was saved when Jesus told Nicodemus except a man be born of the Water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God? Remember the Holy Spirit was given after jesus’ death, burial and Resurrection …

    THEY WERE BOTH SAVED THE SAME WAY
    TO BE SAVED ONE MUST BE DRAWN BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD
    THIS IS CLEARLY TAUGHT IN JOHN’S GOSPEL THROUGHOUT

    ALSO BY THE WASHING OF THE WATER OF REGENERATION BY THE WORD AS TAUGHT FIOR EXAMPLE IN TITUS 3
    SEE ALSO I JOHN CHAPTER 5

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  • RE Remember that many of Brother Bob’s songs were based on his religious beliefs. Bob was a religious man.

    SO WERE THE SCRIBES AND PHARASEES OF JESUS DAY
    BUT JESUS CONDEMNED THEM SEE LUKE 11 AND MATHEW 12
    I WAS VERY RELIGIOUS TOO AND SLATED BY A I JOHNSON FOR CODRINGTON TO BE MISLED BEFORE I HEARD THE GOSPEL PREACHED.

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  • S2i why is Bob Marley being canonized
    I forgot

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  • So why is Bob Marley being canonized
    I forgot

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  • I would also like to ask the white lady (the writer) if she ever heard of King Dyall
    These white folks are amazing quick to hijack any thing from the black race that would be profitable to them

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Miller…check it out.

    Barbados will stay in the 18th century for another 75 years.

    “UN Groups Call for International Drug Decriminalization
    Article Mar 13, 2019
    UN Groups Call for International Drug Decriminalization

    Leo Bear-McGuinness
    Science Writer

    One of the oldest and most influential groups in the United Nations has endorsed the decriminalization of drug possession and use.

    In its January session, the Chief Executives Board of the UN (CEB), which represents 31 UN agencies including the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), recommended the UN “promote alternatives to conviction and punishment in appropriate cases, including the decriminalization of drug possession for personal use.”

    The conclusion may be a significant moment for the UN’s drug policies. As the UNODC was founded in part to work “with member states to strengthen the rule of law, promote stable and viable criminal justice systems,” its new stance is a sizeable shift. Now, with its advocacy for drug decriminalization, the drugs office and the 30 other agencies that comprise the CEB may push the UN to promote more health-based, effective drug policies.

    However, this progressive stance still contrasts with the drug policies by other UN groups, such as the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which recently called on all governments to adhere to the international drug conventions that prohibit cannabis. In that report, the authors warned of the harm cannabis can do to users’ physical and mental health and criticized poorly regulated medical cannabis programmes, which they state can increase the dangerous recreational use of the drug.

    But compared to the conclusions of 31 UN agencies, the advice of the INCB holds less sway. The authority of the CEB is also bolstered by the other calls for drug reform from World Health Organization groups and the drug policy record of the UN’s current secretary general, António Guterres, who oversaw Portugal’s successful era of drug decriminalization.

    Similar to those Portuguese policies, the CEB’s statement frames the current state of international drug use in the context of public health and human rights. The authors commit to supporting “the development and implementation of policies that put people, health, and human rights at the centre, by providing… care based upon prevention, treatment and support.”

    The group’s other policies include calling for universal health care coverage for substance use disorders, addressing prison overcrowding due to drug convictions, and investing in drug harm reduction programs which help reduce HIV infection rates.

    Time will tell if this combined call for action will be implemented. But the comments have come at an opportune moment. From March 14th-22nd, nearly 2,000 participants from UN member states, parliaments, and inter-governmental organizations will convene for the Commission on Narcotic Drug’s 62nd session in Vienna, Austria. As the meetings can often precede new drug policies, drug decriminalisation may be more likely than not. “

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  • A house in London where Bob Marley sought refuge after the trauma of an assassination attempt in Jamaica is to have an English Heritage blue plaque installed, the UK Guardian newspaper reported yesterday.

    Marley and his band, the Wailers, lived at the house on Oakley Street, off King’s Road in Chelsea, in 1977. During that time they completed recording Exodus, Marley’s ninth studio album, described as a masterpiece and which was named by Time magazine as “The best album of the 20th century”.

    Exodus, which remained on the British album charts for 56 consecutive weeks, included the UK hit singles title track Exodus, Waiting In Vain, Jamming, and One Love.

    “When they were not recording they would make the short trip over the Albert Bridge to play football in Battersea Park,” the Guardian report stated.

    According to the Guardian story, in addition to Marley, novelist Angela Carter, writer and traveller Gertrude Bell, and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn were among a cluster of names announced yesterday as figures to be celebrated in 2019 by the London heritage scheme.

    English Heritage trustee and blue plaques panel member, historian David Olusoga, was reported as saying he was particularly excited by the Marley plaque.

    “He was one of the first superstars to come from a developing country. He is one of the most famous faces in the world, one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and he blazed a trail for other artistes from developing countries,” the Guardian quoted Olusoga.

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  • Mariposa

    Like him or hate him … in my own individual judge I believe that Bob Marley has done more good for the secular world with his messages of peace, love and understanding than the politicians who have continually undermined the people confidence and trust…

    So me hafee give im aa bly… despite his shortcomings which are common to all men …

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  • Well if BOB Marley has done soo much for Peace . How come their is so much killings in his home land of Jamaica
    You guys teking this thing too seriously
    Bob Marley was singer ,He made music in accordance to the times he lived . His music was a reflection of a world that was dominated by selfishness hatred and greed
    He was no Martin Luther King

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  • Mariposa

    Why do think there is so much killing in Jamaica, Barbados, and the United States etc? Man loves evil more than good … If man use love as he uses he hate and violence the world would be a better place ..

    Moreover, many people made music according to the times Bob Marley was living in, but have long been forgotten….so you have to ask yourself: what makes Bob Marley anymore different than the rest?

    Nevertheless, there is something about Marley music that still resonates in the collective psyche of the world … what is it?

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  • Mariposa

    He was no Martin Luther King … True

    But ask the average kid today who is Martin Luther King or Bob Marley, and nine times out of ten they know Bob Marley over King …what is it about Marley that still stands out in the collective awareness of all generations today?

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  • What does that say for our educationsl system when children know more of Bob Marley than Dr. Martin Luther King
    What a dam shane

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  • @ Greene,

    Cultural appropriation is very important in defining what is Black culture. If the narrative is set by someone else we cannot complain ten, fifty, one hundred years from now.
    Take, for example, the European myth that civilisation began with the Greeks and look at the history of maths. Africa, West Africa in particular, has been written out of that history – with the exception of Egypt. That is allowed yo continue because we have not recaptured our history.
    Or here is another story: Ken Gabriel, the great digital scientist, said he was motivated to work in science when his grand father taught him to catch birds with what we call a fly stick. Why did he continue on and us Bajans, who were setting fly sticks before Gabriel was born, have in the main have not?
    At this stage in our history we must be responsible for writing about our culture. Others can join in, but in the right place, which is not a black-focused blog.

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  • Do you know a better way to shatter a myth as you have been railing than for the author to expose a Causation view how she sees Black culture on a Black dominated blog?

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  • Mariposa

    Why only King…? what about Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Marcus Garvey …? I knew very little about Frederick Douglass when I was in school, but I took the initiative to learn all about the man as I could…

    Nonetheless, no system of education can teach us about all of the persons that have made a contribution to Black culture… Just like no class in philosophy can focus on all of philosophers that have made a contribution to philosophy…

    Now Music is known as the International Language, and Marley conveyed his message through this medium so that is why he is still popular in the minds of the young and old population …

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    The New Zealand gunman published “a “manifesto” in which he denounced immigrants, calling them “invaders”.

    According to Politico.com of 24 June, 2018,President Donald Trump tweeted “President Donald Trump on Sunday continued escalating his rhetoric about migrants, tweeting, “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our country.”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/24/trump-invade-country-immigrants-667191

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  • Mr. Lexicon

    You made some excellent points, albeit the argument is meaningless.

    You can’t seriously compare M.L. King with Bob Marley……… one was a civil rights activist, the other, an entertainer.

    People all over the world recognize “Martin Luther King’s Day,” which is celebrated on the third Monday in January. His legacy lives on.

    So what is the big deal if Caribbean people take time out to recognize a man of the region.

    For example, Sir Garfield Sobers is an icon, not only in Barbados but world-wide. He is revered by cricketers all over the world.

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  • I am trying to figure how much influence has Bob Marley music done for world peace
    Memory serves to remember the youth acceptance of Bob Marley and his music serving them as a stepping stone to smoking marijuana
    I dont remember anyone ever mentioning Marley and his music as a direction towards peaceful solutions
    As a matter of fact Bob Marley habit of smoking weed help to drive and gave way for Rastafarian religion to used Marijuana as a religious ritual

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our country.”

    Says the lowlife racists who invaded and are still squatting on native lands in the Americas, US, Canada, Australia, NZ….and everywhere else they have infested.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Mariposa

    You ought not to delve into matters of which your knowledge is shallow.
    Marley successfully brought Manley and Seaga together when Jamaica , was sinking into the well of violent garrison politics.
    Marleys music highlighted the plight of the poor and downtrodden.
    He used his music to cultivate peace at home and abroad and we can go on and on.
    Take it easy , you have clearly demonstrated that you know little of his impact and influence on the broader world peace movement.

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  • Marley released the liberation struggle song “Zimbabwe” in 1979. He premiered it later that year at the Amandla Festival of Unity at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts.

    “During the years of Chimurenga, Bob Marley’s music had been adopted by the guerrilla forces of the Patriotic Front; indeed, there were stories of ZANLA troops playing Marley cassettes in the bush,” University of Zimbabwe professor Fred Zindi tells Forbes. “Certainly, Marley’s music has potency and a commitment which goes far beyond simple entertainment. He now enjoys a special place in Third World culture; an artist who directly identifies with the black African struggle. Thus, he was the only outside artist asked to participate in Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations.”

    In 1980, Marley performed a concert at Harare’s Rufaro Stadium in celebration of Zimbabwean Independence.

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  • Memories of Alexandra’s and my miss spent younger days. lol

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  • What some of us have come to know is that it does not matter the good some men and women have done while on this earth, there will always be somebody prepared to rubbish their contribution.

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  • Now when some here suggest that Marley is a MLK then i have to ask for proof of such recognition

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  • @ David,

    Anyone who listened to the lyrics in Bob Marley songs would know the relevance of his music.

    I am a fan of Bob Marley and the Wailers and enjoy the quality playing of the lead guitarist.

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  • I am still waiting to hear if Mariposa is in favour of taking down Errol Barrow’s statue. Brother Bob was a man. He had his failings. But Brother Bob was a man of peace and love – and the uplifting of the oppressed, particularly the despised black man.. He preached it in a most enjoyable but thought provoking way. Some people heard and acted accordingly. Some had their minds opened. Some dismissed his message and continued on their violent path. That is how it always was, is and ever shall be. Dr. King’s work is still in progress. Mandela’s work is still in progress. Bob Marley’s work is still in progress. Their messages still resonate even with those who were born after their death.

    People work through different media according to their talents. Music is a powerful force and should not be underestimated. Why would we be railing about messages in music, for example, on mini buses if we did not recognise that. We cannot have it both ways. Positive music is powerful just as negative music is powerful. Why do you guys have campaign jingles? Why do believers sing during worship? Why do nursery schools and infant classes spend so much time singing?

    ABCDEFG…HIJKLMNOP…. QRSTUV….WXY and Z
    Now I know my ABC
    Next time won’t you sing with me

    Much easier to learn.

    Even people who never sat and thought, read a book, watched a documentary, went to a lecture or a worship session would have heard Bob’s music. He reached those whom the intellectuals would not reach.

    The arts are very important for those reasons and very influential.

    Nothing you or others have said can take away from the man or his message. Not what you perceive as his adultery, weed smoking or anything else that has been publicized about him. He believed what he said and lived it. But most of all he was HUMBLE. As we all need to be.

    Please note that Rastafari men were allowed to have more than one woman. I think they err in that respect as I do in others. But nobody, including myself, gets it all right in my experience.

    David,

    Religion is supposed to be a way of life. To the believer there would be no secular and non-secular world.

    Greene,

    One cannot discuss Brother Bob without discussing religion because he was a religious man with a religious message. This site is not meant for just those who contribute but for those who read. There is a wider audience out there who may gain something from the discussion. Why does not Hal submit on cultural appropriation? Is he not a writer? Do what I do when i am familiar with a person’s posting style and message – scan and scroll!

    GP,

    My comment re the above, as you should now see, was meant for Greene and not for you.

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  • Uh -oh!

    As true as those to videos are this is what ! meant to post.

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  • Excuse me! I am so tired I think I need to sleep.

    Third time lucky, I hope.

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  • One of the greatest songs shared by Bob Marley with the world is Emanciaption Song.

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  • I am trying to post Black Man by Red plastic Bag. something is going wrong. Will try again later.

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  • Redemption song,

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  • Donna

    That was a deep piece of wisdom above …

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