To better control the growth and impact of Christianity, the Chinese administration plans to combine Buddhist religion and scripture and Confucian teachings into the Bible and include Chinese characteristics into their worship songs, the head of a persecution watchdog has reported.
The Rev. Bob Fu, the originator of the persecution watchdog organization China Aid, told Congress that the (China’s state-sanctioned Protestant bodies) Chinese Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement had generated a five-year project on “supporting the Sinicization of Christianity.” The plan, concluded at a conference this March, “cultivating and implementing the socialist core values” and will be overseen by the national religious affairs bureau. “Every territory, autonomous region and municipality’s TSPM, and CCC seminaries and churches will cooperate with it,” according to Fu.
To “sinicize” Christianity, the government plans to rewrite the Old Testament and implement new scripture and messages to the New Testament, Fu revealed. The plan made it obvious that ‘Sinicization of Christianity’ intends to change Christianity in China into ‘Chinese Christianity, Which is going to be a made-up religion by China he revealed.
The plan stressed that the heart and soul of Christianity’s Sinicization is to Sinicize the Christian theology, and even proposing to ‘re-translate the Bible or re-write biblical commentaries.'” There are ideas that the new Bible shouldn’t look westernized and must not only look but reflect Chinese ethics of socialism and Confucianism, The Old Testament will be inaccurate and completely screwed up. The New Testament will have new analyses to interpret it.
They will also change worship songs and hymns, along with the attire and architectural style of the church. They not only want to edit the songs but also publish their new ‘worship songs’. They say that Chinese beliefs and architecture should be incorperated in Christianity if it’s going to be studied in the Country. State officials have already recommended that the 20,000 underground house churches shut down their churches and join the new state-sanctioned church, and pledge their loyalty to the communist party.
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