China changes Bible characters to ancient Chinese in official church magazine: 'It's so bizarre'
The Chinese government is demanding the country‚Äôs state-sanctioned Protestant church to use artwork depicting biblical characters as ancient Chinese men and women.
According to Bitter Winter, Heavenly Wind magazine is published monthly by the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and the China Christian Council. Since the beginning of the year, the magazine‚Äôs cover art has featured ‚Äúsinicized‚ÄĚ biblical illustrations with Jesus talking to ancient Chinese characters in Chinese landscapes, a move Bitter Winter warns ‚Äúgoes well beyond the iconographic ‚Äėinculturation‚Äô traditionally practiced by Catholic and some other missionaries.‚ÄĚ
For example, Mary was ‚Äúpersonified as an ancient Chinese woman,‚ÄĚ and the miracle of the five loaves and two fishes shows Jesus feeding characters ‚Äúportrayed with their hair tied in traditional Chinese buns.‚ÄĚ Additionally, Jesus is shown wearing...
The CCP is very cunning and patient. First, they merely authorized these churches to operate under the guise of safety, as the underground house churches lacked. Now that those bodies and believers are identified easily, they can be tracked and re-educated. But not necessarily re-educated in the direct way but the indirect...claiming that Biblical Christianity isn't Chinese. Over time, they will confuse and redirect until these churches teach nothing but Confusism which has no religious content or Jesus but just a moral code.
But there are passages that stand against this kind of confusion, that Christ isn't for the Chinese. Consider:
After these things I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds, and people, and tongues stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with long white robes, and palms in their hands.And they cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation cometh of our God, that sitteth upon the throne, and of the Lamb. - Revelation 7:9-10