Chinese Government to Tell Christians How to be Christians

August 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

ChinaReligion©It’s always interesting to hear of new plans from communist regimes, especially when those plans include Christians of that regime. Prophecy News Watch is reporting about how China is establishing some new ‘Christian Theology’ in an effort to control its Christian population. Isn’t that swell?

Though there are few details yet, one government representative has stated, “The construction of Chinese Christian Theology should adapt to China’s national condition and integrate with Chinese culture.”

What can that possibly mean? Well, the main religion in China is Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism (followed by Islam and Christianity). In a nutshell, the main religious thought of China is one of gods and goddesses.

Though there are Catholics in China, it is kept completely separate from Roman Catholicism and in spite of a desire by Pope Francis to open the door to China wider, the Chinese government is reacting cautiously.

One can easily see how this culture could prove problematic for Christians because traditionally, Christians believe in one God in three Persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Unlike claims by critics of Christians worshiping three separate gods, the Trinity is a reference to one God with three distinct Personalities.

Nonetheless, this creates problems for Christians because of the cultural parameters of the Chinese. But though leaders of China understand that going back to the time of Mao, which essentially put all religious practices on hold, they still want to exert control over the religious areas of life. Since China is an atheist, communist government, this stands to reason. But their efforts to control Christianity may not work and may ultimately backfire in their faces.

China’s attempts to micromanage Christian practice in the country have done little to stem the religion’s popularity: By 2030, one influential pastor estimates, China will have nearly 250 million Christians. That would, at current projections, give the officially atheist country the world’s largest Christian population.

It is interesting to consider the fact that in a country like China where atheism is rampant and encouraged, even there, people cannot be stopped from looking to Christ for salvation. Persecution can certainly take its physical toll, but history has proven time and time again, that Christianity cannot be stomped out.

Entry filed under: Atheism and religion, Communism, Dr. Fred, Religious - Christian - Theology.

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