Christianity’s African Roots – Kingdom of Axum Ethiopia

The times we live in today are so much more evil for the Christian, and it’s very important for us to know what it is that we believe because we are called to defend our faith.  Jesus told us that times would wax worse and worse, and He was right.  It’s hard to stand up for Christ if you don’t know a bit about what Christ stood for.  Sitting at His feet and learning all that he stood for is a life long process and we who are Christians should always be busy seeking truth from our Bibles.  It is a matter of life and death in all actuality.

I am trying to learn as much as I can about who I am as a Christian black woman.  This process of learning actually started for me before I came back to the Lord.  I have been seeking the truth of who I am as a black woman for a long time before, and that has been a difficult road. 

But here I am, and I’m still interested to know.  For one, are the black people of the world cursed by God?  This seems to be a fundamental question for so many of us, because of the evil that has tricked us all up.  Did Jesus come for everyone except the black man and woman?  Did the European really bring Christianity to the “dark continent”?  And should we thank him for enslaving some us, since we supposedly got Christianity in the bargain?

A lot of questions, some more legitimate than others IMHO.  But since I’m asking for myself, let me try to find out for all of us.   God has blessed me to find information on many of the questions that I have.  I’m always online searching and searching for more and more, and in weariness, I often find things.  I stumble across things.  God places ideas in my head and I search them out.  Often, it’s information that I have come across before, but didn’t pursue.  In these instances I am thankful that God allows me a second or third chance to come across the information again.  I often find in those instances that what I passed by before was profoundly important!

lalibela ethiopian church
Church of St Michael – Lalibela Ethiopia (Church was hewn from the rock! “Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church”)

For instance, these following video clips about Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.  The two clips are about two men, one black one white, who went in search of Christianity in its African birthplace.  The changing times has made it seems so ridiculous to seek and search for ancient Christianity in Africa.  Let’s not quibble about the borders of the Middle East, Far East, the Levant or whatnot.

For those who have studied their Bible, we know that the history of Christianity’s spread throughout the world is not completely recorded there. Especially Christianity’s spread in Black Africa.  But when we look at our maps and locate the area where Christ walked and then trace with our finger along the Red Sea Coast down to Ethiopia, is it so far fetched that Christianity could spread to this land?  And if it did spread there, can we really say that Europeans brought Christianity to Africa?

Remember when God sent the Apostle Phillip alongside the chariot of the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8:26-40.   I believe that this high official in the Court of the Ethiopian Queen Candace is the progenitor of Christianity in Ethiopia, and that he was the first gentile convert!  The previous link has a wonderful explanation of God’s mercy and love for the Ethiopian people, as He chose this Ethiopian official of the Queen’s Court, and blessed him by sending the Apostle Phillip to him in a miraculous way, to witness and preach the Lord Jesus to him, to answer his questions about the book of Isaiah, and to baptize him when he asked him to! 

 I believe as this man “went on his way rejoicing”, he went back home and preached the gospel to the people of Ethiopia, and wholesale, they heard him and received the Gospel with thanksgiving and joy, and it spread throughout the land!  Look at the video and mark the similarities to what you’ve read in the Bible!  And this all began almost 2000 years ago!  Many centuries before Europeans went to Africa with their own warped Eurocentric version of the Scripture!

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We simply cannot  overlook Ethiopia, nor Egypt for that matter.  I have just started reading a book entitled The Blessings of Africa, The Bible and African Christianity by Keith Augustus Burton. 

This is a scholarly work, breaking down where the black man/woman fits into biblical history all the way from the point of Ham.  It’s filled with footnotes from the Holy Scriptures and other scholarly works, justifying every point that the author makes.  This book is not simple reading, so I’m taking my time with it. 

Beautiful photos of Ethiopian Christians

Ethiopia is all over the Bible.  Egypt is all over the Bible.  These are the lands of the blacks, as even the ancient Greeks described the land and the people.  They were not so inclined with modern anti black Eurocentrism so had no reason to lie about the race of those ancient people.  

So can we as black people continue to turn a blind eye to our black Christian history, laying the burden of our work on the lap of white racism?  Is it for us and us alone to excavate the truth of what God has done for us, and how He chose us, and blessed us by spreading the Truth of the Gospel to the land of the blacks?

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Amenta says:

    Anna Renee check out the book African Origin of Major World Religions. by Dr. Ben Jachonan. Very insightful book.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Thanks brother VA. Long ago I had books by Dr. Jochanan, Dr. Anta Diop, and some others of our great scholars. It’s time for me to get these books again, before they go out of print. Thank you for reminding me.

  2. C. H. Moon says:

    Sister Anna I’ve been reading this post with great interest and researching some of the topics. Most of what you touched on have been areas of concern and reconciliation for me since I was baptized at age 15. It’s been a long journey and I’ve waxed and waned on it since then.

    The curse of Ham and how it was used to subjugate black people and
    afford whites guilt free consciences when it came to slavery and other forms of oppression remains an issue for me. It really brings home how damaging to the faithful and believers the misinterpretation of scripture
    can be.

    I happened upon this site that has taken on this myth of Ham in such a definitive and substantive manner. When you have time I would appreciate your assessment of it as well.
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Are-Blacks-The-Cursed-Descendants-of-Ham

    Take care….

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Hi C.H.! Thanks so much for this link. I read it and the comments which were very interesting.
      It so happens that I have been studying Genesis for the past month or more. I read it through once and was compelled to read it again, slowly.
      The theme I have found running through the entire book is the sinfulness of the people. Liars, cheaters, murderers, greediness, selfishness, slyness, trickery, self serving, foolishness, ignorance, shortsightedness, blamers!!!!!
      The list can go on! This is what the God of glory had to work with. These are his chosen people with which he populated the world. It all makes me love the Lord that much more, C.H.! For he truly did condescend to reach us with His arm of love.

      I’m going to start writing about all I have found in Genesis within a few days. I may be finished for this Sunday, and if so I’ll post it.

  3. Anna Renee says:

    As for your link at Hub Pages, I found the post very interesting because the author humanizes Noah. He was a human after all. The curse he spit out is no different than any of us spitting out a curse at someone right now in these days. Doesn’t mean that God will curse someone just because I cursed them!
    People don’t know how to look at the people of the bible properly–always giving them some kind of sainthood, just because they are in the bible. So because Noah cursed Canaan, then Canaan has to be cursed for real. NO! That’s was Noah’s foolishness that had him drinking, no one else’s, not Canaan, and not Ham.

    But the so called bible scholars of today like to assign something super deep to every word that is said by everyone in the Bible, all except Jesus of course. Folks don’t listen to Jesus.
    I’m no bible scholar, but from just carefully reading the scriptures, and studying them, this simple truth revealed itself to me. Which isn’t much of a revelation because God already told us we were wicked and sinful.

    So the whole curse of Ham thing can easily be put into perspective. And the author of the post at Hub Pages puts it into perspective beautifully. Noah was waking from a drunken stupor, and was mad at himself, but took it out on his grandson by cussing him.

    Havent we all seen a mad drunken person before? And don’t they start to cussing everybody around them, when they aren’t in their right mind, waking from being super drunk?
    Come on, people.

  4. C. H. Moon says:

    I look forward to your Genesis posting.
    Peace….

  5. sankofa07 says:

    I think the Ethiopian in Acts 8:26-38 was not a gentile, but a Hebrew Israelite that was Ethiopian on account in those days, only a Hebrew was able to have possession of OT scripture….only the Hebrews went to Jeruselam to worship. Why would this Ethiopian gentile be traveling all the way to Jerusalem carrying very rare scripture if he was a gentile?

  6. Renard Shy says:

    “Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD” (Amos 9:7).

    HOLDING THE VISION!

    UTD = UNITED = UNTIL THAT DAY!!!

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