ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE BIBLICAL ORIGIN OF CHINESE PEOPLE?
Anyone Interested in Biblical Origin of Chinese People?
I want to know if Christians in the West interested in reading the biblical origin of Chinese people? I have written a book about this. Please give me feedback after you read the following excerpt from part of the Introduction in my book. Please pass to anyone you know who may be interested. I want to get some feedback, thanks!
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EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK "MIIDDLE KINGDOM - The Legendary Beginning of China"
IN AD 635, ALUOBEN, a Persian bishop, from the AssyrianChurch of the East and his entourage arrived in Chang An (Xian), the capital of the Tang Dynasty. They were warmly welcome by Emperor Taizong. Aluoben presented the Christian Gospel to the emperor and won his favor and reverence. Immediately, Aluoben was commissioned to translate the gospel for the Chinese people. For the next 200 years Nestorian Christianity mixed with Taoist and Buddhist messages was spread all over China. Hundreds of Christian temples were erected. This rising new religion in Tang China was called the “Luminous Religion”. Their eastern and western philosophies entwined Gospel was successfully evangelized to the Chinese people and won many followers.
Unfortunately by AD 845, the renaissance of Confucianism had led to the persecution of the Luminous followers and the ultimate destruction of their existence in China. Many centuries passed after the great persecution, the Luminous Religion and its Christian based evangelism were totally forgotten in China.
A Stone Sutra Stele dated AD 781 was unearthed in a grave site by accident in AD 1625 in Xian. It recounted the major events and teachings of the Luminous Religion which began in AD 635 during the Tang Dynasty. On top of the stone stele was a small cross fended by two dragons. There is no doubt the symbol is the Christian cross. The Stone Sutra Stele is now displayed in the Forest of Stone Stele Museum in Xian.
Despite the Stone Sutra Stele has been unearthed for centuries, no one in China has any interest in researching and finding out the background of events recounted on the stele. If not because of the devoted research of Martin Palmer, author of the book “The Jesus Sutra” and a passionate westerner in Chinese culture, the religious and cultural significance of the Stone Sutra Stele will never be known to the world.
Chinese people including me are not aware of Christianity had entered China in such an early date in the past. In fact, I think Chinese people have no idea that Christianity had been thriving in China for 200 years during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907)! Believers of Christ had arrived in China in the 5th Century much earlier than most people think of the first Christian missionary by Jesuit Matteo Ricci who arrived in China in AD 1601. Early Christian impact to the Chinese world was not deep until the arrival of Aluoben in AD 635. Thereafter, Christianity was widespread in Tang China for 200 years. However even this profound impact of Christianity in China had a short lived memory in the mind of Chinese people. The ancient Chinese world was like a pot of steaming and delicious soup boiled with all kinds of enhancing ingredients but all Chinese people could remember was the taste.
What if the same event had happened way back in the beginning time of China? What if the believers of Yahweh from the line of Seth and Shem had reached pre-dynastic China and spread the knowledge of God and the early stories in the Book of Genesis to early Chinese people? Could it be how people in the legendary history of China possess knowledge of a supreme god called Shang-Ti, kingdom of heaven, and the mandate of heaven?
Much like the fate of the Luminous Religion which ended in total oblivion, the believers of Yahweh from the line of Seth and Shem in China were totally forgotten and their faith gradually eroded into obscurity.
I believe some ancient migrants in pre-dynastic China were from the line of Seth and Shem. They were steadfast believers and messengers of Yahweh in everywhere they went. They were the ones who seeded China with the knowledge of monotheism and the early stories in the Book of Genesis. They were part of the population in the legendary beginning of China. Their teaching of love, righteousness, and morality to early Chinese people was invaluable but gone unnoticed and forgotten. They were the sources of inspiration where virtuous emperors appeared in the still untamed world of pre-dynastic China.
The beginning history of China is shrouded in legends. The time where the legendary history happened was even sketchy (see Suggested Timeline in Appendix). There is no solid archaeological evidence of the existence of Yellow Emperor (around 2800 BC) and the Xia Dynasty (2205 BC to 1766 BC) which was regarded as the earliest tribal dynasty in China. There is still debate whether Yellow Emperor is a fictitious or really historical figure. However, to most of Chinese people in China, they believe they are the proud descendants of Yellow Emperor.
Before Yellow Emperor appeared, Chinese legends said a handful of sages appeared out of nowhere separately over an unknown period of time to teach the primitive Chinese people to become more civilized. Who were these mysterious sages? Where did they come from? And how did they become wiser than their own primitive fellowmen?
If the sages were children from the primitive Chinese people, they must be born prodigies. Chinese people must be grateful for the timely miracles of their appearance to help their primitive ancestors transformed into civilized people.
If the sages were not born from the primitive Chinese people, then they had to come from a higher culture outside China where they had acquired their knowledge.
There is simply no third alternative to the origin of the sages. They were either a born genius or a foreign genius. There is no way that primitive people could reinvent themselves by begot prodigies to civilize their own people ....
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