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The Chinese Communist Party is rewriting the Bible

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In an alarming and audacious move, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has embarked on a 10-year project to rewrite religious texts, including the Bible, as part of its efforts to “sinicize” religion. This endeavor aims to bring religious teachings in line with communist ideology and exert control over the faithful.

One striking example of this rewriting is found in the Gospel of John, where Jesus encounters a woman caught in adultery. In the original story, Jesus forgives the woman, saying, “Let the one among you who is guiltless be the first to throw a stone at her.” The accusers retreat, and Jesus tells the woman, “Neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.”

However, in the CCP’s revised version, Jesus himself is depicted as stoning the woman to death, distorting the message of forgiveness and mercy. This distorted portrayal reflects the regime’s desire to challenge and suppress religious teachings that do not align with its authority.

Across Henan province, local CCP officials have compelled Protestant churches to replace the Ten Commandments with quotes from Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the CCP. The first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,” has been replaced with diktats such as “Resolutely guard against the infiltration of Western ideology.” This substitution exemplifies Xi Jinping’s quest to make religious followers prioritize loyalty to the party over devotion to God.

During the 19th Party Congress, Chairman Xi declared the CCP’s commitment to “sinicize” Chinese religions, essentially seeking to control and mold religious practices according to the party’s ideology. This endeavor reflects the regime’s desire for totalitarian control, with Xi Jinping and the CCP assuming the role of a supreme authority.

Surprisingly, the Vatican, the leaders of the largest Christian congregation globally, have not strongly opposed these interventions. In a secret 2018 negotiation, the Vatican allowed the CCP to select Catholic bishops in China, compromising the church’s autonomy. The CCP also aspires to have authority over the selection of the next Dalai Lama, undermining the sacred tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Even Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church, seemingly accepts their authority over church leadership.

Religion’s influence presents a tantalizing challenge for the CCP, as it poses a potential threat to its dominance. The CCP manages religious affairs through the United Front Work Department, viewing religion as a tool to be coerced, co-opted, and corrupted to advance party goals and control people’s minds.

Officially, only five faiths are recognized in China, with less-established faiths facing even more intense persecution. The Falun Gong spiritual practice, although unfamiliar to many outside China, has suffered severe repression at the hands of the CCP. Falun Gong adherents have been subjected to detention, torture, and reports of on-demand organ harvesting.

However, the CCP’s most egregious actions are seen in Tibet and Xinjiang. Buddhists and Muslims in these regions face the attempted eradication of their faith and, in some cases, their population. The CCP’s actions in Xinjiang have been labeled as genocide, yet some religious leaders, including Pope Francis, have remained relatively silent in opposition.

Reports from Uyghur poet Tahir Hamut Izgil and Uyghur women reveal the PRC government’s systematic oppression of religious freedom. Uyghurs have been forced to surrender their religious items, and practicing Islam has effectively been outlawed under stringent government restrictions.

Furthermore, the CCP is perpetrating a slow-motion cultural genocide, targeting the Muslim and Buddhist faiths and eroding the identities of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Kyrgiz, southern Mongolians, and other ethno-religious minority groups.

The CCP’s rewriting of the Bible is just one facet of its ongoing campaign to suppress and control religious freedom in China. The officially sanctioned Protestant church, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, has sought to co-opt Christianity for communist purposes. Images of Jesus have been replaced with pictures of Xi Jinping, and Christian hymns have been substituted with communist party anthems.

There is a concern that this distorted version could become the only officially available scripture within the strictly controlled, government-run church system. More likely, the official version will become a laughingstock, used by no one.

The Chinese Communist Party’s relentless persecution of religion and its attempt to rewrite the Bible reflect a deeply ingrained belief that religion has no place in the Communist existence. Their actions and interventions leave little room for doubt: the aim is to dismantle and destroy Christian religions, rather than foster coexistence or respect for religious freedom.

If you are angered by this you may wish to support organizations like Voice of the Martyrs that strive to deliver authentic Bibles to Chinese citizens as the availability of genuine scriptures remains scarce.

Or perhaps you might take a crack a rewriting Mao’s Little Red Book?

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/chinese-communist-party-rewriting-bible

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