My kid is obsessed with the rastafarian religion

Suzette - posted on 09/03/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My kid is obsessed with this religion, he refuses to brush his teeth, go to the doctors and we know he is been using marijuana. He is only 16, as a parent, how far can we go to set him straight?

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Michael - posted on 09/03/2013

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First Bob and Ziggy Marly are Rastafarian and Bob won A nobel prize.Second they both brush twice daily your son is dead wrong when it comes to Rasta life.As for the marijuana that is a right of passage not to be used as an exuse to get baked!But,the good news is if he keeps clamming Rasta life real Rasta will correct him and all he will turn out to be is a peace loving, contributing,member of society that would never so much as over eat.Rasta don't use any man made chemicals like meth ect,but they believe in going to the DR. when they are sick .Ziggy had treatment for skin disease.the reason I use thoughs two as examples is they are like Jesus or Budda to a Rastafarian.Now what can you do to stop this?meet with some real Rasta and they will explain that until he is a man and has chosen a Rosta life he has no business partaking of the sacrement of Gonja.Rosta believe until a child is declared a man by his (parents)they have the right to take (all) his freedom until they believe him to be a man.In other words you could tell him he is not a man until he has a certificate from college!Just as a Christion has to follow the rules of Christianity so do Rastafarian have to live the Rasta life it's no different!

Jacquelyn - posted on 09/03/2013

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Okay I looked on wikepedia about this religion. As a Mormon, this is what recommend. Apparently, your kid thinks he knows it all probably with is mental ability and marijuana. But, what I would stress is that he seek help. In our religion there is the Word of Wisdom. It is to refrain from these drugs, and other things that are addicting. Also, because this religion (RASTAFARIAN your son likes to be a part of) believes that is person who they worship will come back as Jesus, ((FROM WIKEPIDIA--Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930–1974), some as Jesus in his Second Advent, or as God the Father.)) And who they believe they need to use marijuana as a spiritual resource. Got it? My suggestion, is to TOTALLY redirect him as to who is JESUS. And why he would have the Word of Wisdom to not do drugs, and other things. Also, I would see if Missionaries in your area of the Mormon church could help you as parents. Believing there is someone who may be like Jesus is false (like this guy Selassie.) Getting him off marijuana is my FIRST option for you as parents right now. Try some rehab centers. Take him out of school and into a strict facility. (There is one in Utah, my cousin went to.) Then focus on the healing of religion and prayer to know what to do that is the correct path. God bless.

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Jacquelyn - posted on 09/05/2013

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My guess, it may be the internet, or the group of friends he has. It says in Wikepidia that the religion comes from Iran. I am worried that he is looking into other things as well (like how to bomb things for example), that are part of the war we had in Iran where the militants are referencing all their efforts to "God" in making things right, by using drugs and bombings and such so that order is restored. The rebels on the other had in Iran, are different and are trying to stop the acts that are happening. Similar things are happening in Syria.
I would have someone come to your home ASAP. If money is a problem, again contact your local LDS missionaries. They are free and although he might not want to convert (lol, to a Mormon) right now, they can help you as parents when you set together with him to again know, what the "Word of Wisdom" is. Look at this under www.lds.org. It states what Jesus has in mind for us-to keep our bodies clean- from drugs or strong substances- (if you don't know, this is not a strict thing to bind by. Its a simple doctrine that tells kids what main religions believe.)
Again, you may have to look at to what to do if he is indeed using drugs. if money is a problem again, you can contact your school counselors for free (come in and talk to them yourself,) and see what they can do in the school end to intervene.
I would only suggest to you as parents is to pray about this (in a personal prayer, not with your son) so that sometimes through others, in a dream, or inspiration- it will come to you as to why he is thinking this way and what you can do to help him.
My cousin had a similar thing, but was a runaway. They could not find her (this was before those signs and lookout posts were available on freeways and such). She got into some bad groups, bad friends, and mainly it was the person she loved was the one who controlled her thinking. (You might look into what person your son has a love interests for.) It took a few years, but for my cousins parents she was an "adult' unlike, your son who is a minor. Because she was over the age they could not do much. But they were able to find her, make an escape plan, and take her back home. She was in drug classes (that did not work) but with the help of her family at her side and counselors she was able to find a better job and be an upstanding citizen.
I feel for you. May you have inspiration to do what is right. Again, God Bless. Sincerely, Jackie

Suzette - posted on 09/03/2013

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He has been defiant, and you are right to say that he does think he knows it all.
At this time, he doesn't want to talk to us or even acknowledge any of our feedback. We are trying to see, one, where is he getting these ideas and why?

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