There is a God and we believe in Him. He is not a person nor a
physical being. He is spirit and He is universal intelligence. Never deny
that there is a God. God being universal intelligence created the universe
out of that intelligence. It is intelligence that creates. Man is a part
of the creation of universal intelligence and man was created in the image
and likeness of God only by his intelligence. It is the intelligence of
man that is like God, but man's intelligence is only a unitary particle of
God's universal intelligence.
God out of His universal intelligence made matter and made mind. That
matter is made by God and man is matter as well as mind; then man must be
in the image of God, because nothing could exist without God. As God made
the universe out of His universal knowledge or intelligence so man in his
unitary knowledge or intelligence can make a typewriter, an automobile or a
chair, but cannot make the universe because his unitary intelligence is not
as much or as great as universal intelligence. All the unitary
intelligence of the universe goes to make God who is the embodiment of all
intelligence, so no man can be as great as God because he is only a unit of
God and God is the whole.
No man therefore can measure God nor ask God questions because he is
not as intelligent as God and therefore cannot understand God. It is
presumptuous therefore, when man questions God from his limited unitary
Man never dies. Nothing dies. Man is made of body and spirit. The
spirit is God. It is intelligence. The body of man is matter. It changes
from living matter in the man to other matter in the soil. It is always
the same matter. It doesn't die in the sense of how we understand death.
It changes. When man sleeps and passes away in the flesh he goes to earth
that lives on, out of which other men and things are formed. All matter is
related so man is related to earth and earth related to man. We eat
ourselves over and over again. When we eat the apple, the banana, the fig,
the cherry, the grape, when we drink the water, we are eating and drinking
ourselves over and over again, so nothing is lost and nothing dies, so do
not be afraid of death, because what you call death is only change and you
are still in the universe either in the spirit of God to whom your spirit
goes after the change or as matter which goes on forever.
You are related to the flower, to the beautiful rose, to the trees, to
the fish and to other animals just as you are related to God.
All of you sprung from God who is universal intelligence. Do not be
more cowardly than the rose, the apple, the coconut, the sheep, the fish or
the cow to do that which all must, and which we call death, to die. If you
are going to weep to die then the rose should weep to die. If you weep you
are a coward. Die like a man because you are not lost, you are still
there. You only weep because you are a glutton, because you think you will
not get any more to eat and drink and any more happy times; just as you
have been feeding upon things, and other beings who came here before you,
so someone else must feed on you to make creation true, otherwise God would
not be fair to everybody and everything, and God is fair and just and no
respecter of persons or things.
Marcus Garvey: Life and Lessons, edited by Robert A. Hill and Barbara
Bair (University of California Press, 1987), Pages 221-222.