Rapper Jahaziel attacks Bible and the ‘brutal nature of God’
Christian rap fans were left reeling when Christian hip-hop star Jahaziel, 39, issued a pre-Christmas statement saying he was through with Christianity.
According to a sorrowful Christian music site Kingdom Time Media, Jahaziel (full name Jahaziel Micah Ben Elliott) is:
Without question the most talented and recognized UK artist who has crossed over into the US space. His talent has been solidified by the various accolades he has received over the years.
Jahaziel won a MOBO award for Best Gospel Act in 2008, he was nominated for a MOBO award in 2007 and won two Oasis awards in 2006 for Best Male and Best Holy Hip Hop Artist.
We pray that Jahaziel will be lead by the Holy Spirit.
In a Facebook statement Jahaziel, who found Jesus when he was 18, wrote:
I need not explain myself to anyone but I feel the need to make a quick statement. A short while ago I turned away from 20 years as a professing Christian. I had a good job with a church organization, a house provided by the church, a large social circle of likeminded people, a career in gospel music, a worldwide fan base, a respected reputation & status within Christian and non Christian circles … Etc
?Having left Christianity I may have lost many/all of these things, but what I have is worth more than all of them combined. I have my integrity. When I first joined Christianity I was told ‘you must believe this book is God’s infallible word’… Before I’d even read the book!!
How can one decide for themselves whether a book is accurate and true BEFORE they have even read & investigated the book thoroughly?! Anyway… Contrary to many opinions I have met some great people in church and learned some great principles from Christianity/the bible. These principles however are not exclusive to any religion. I have experienced Christianity in literally 100’s of contexts so my perspective on Christianity is quite an informed one …
Now after 20 years of being vocal about the positives of Christian faith I would like to take some time to be equally vocal about the negatives I have found. i.e Christianity and its controlling dictatorship, its historic blood trail, its plagiarized bible stories characters and concepts, the many human errors of the bible and its contradictions, the brutal nature of its God, it’s involvement in the slave trade, the crusades, the inquisition, the witch hunts, it’s second class view of women, it’s masculinization of God, it’s emasculation of men, its financial corruption… You get the drift. So YES I will go on, and I will not be silent as some have asked – my integrity will not allow me to be so passive against mass corruption. In all love. J.
Reacting to those who slammed his decision, the rapper said in a follow-up statement:
You can believe the bible and its God all you want but to me he just demands my fear because he cannot earn my respect. I cannot possibly agree that he is love unless I ignore all the men, women and little children he has slaughtered throughout the entire bible …
Follow or unfollow as you wish – I have no concern for your uninformed estimation of me. When all is said and done I love people regardless of what religious title they choose to wear, but that doesn’t mean I love their religion and I will not be threatened into obeying its laws or guilt tripped into submitting to its dogma.