Thursday, December 21, 2006

Faith in China's unseen Christianity

Lev Navrozov speaks about the influence of Christianity and underground religions in China as he reviews books from Alvin Schmidt and Dr. Aikman. Religious deterioration alone should be reason enough for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to be relocated in a more harmonious environment.

Excerpt: It has been asserted in the West in the past decade, that Christians in China are persecuted.

No, they are not if their churches are duly registered.

According to the U.S. Department of State, 8% of the Chinese are Buddhists, 1.4% are Muslims, and 1.6% are Christians, worshiping in officially registered churches.

….On the other hand, the dictators of China have been persecuting furiously Falun Gong members. Why? Because they are so numerous: hence the danger! In the Christian West, it has been assumed that a person’s behavior is determined at least to some extent by his or her “soul,” “psyche,” “the inner world.” In Hebrew Christ was called a rabbi, that is, a teacher—he taught how to be kind, compassionate—to have pity for the weak, sick, defenseless. In China, it has been assumed for millennia that a human being is motivated by the fear of death and even more of torture. Falun Gong followers are so numerous that they can organize themselves and become a dangerous force. This year 40,000 mutinies have been registered in China. But what is dangerous about Christians believing in pity for the weak, sick, defenseless? In one word, the teaching of Confucius, the best-known Chinese thinker, who died in 479 B.C., is GOVERNMENT, and this hardly has anything to do with the teaching of Christ or with Western constitutionalism. (more)

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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