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China erases the words “Bible,” “God” and “Christ” from classic children’s stories in efforts to bring Christianity further under government control [#Bible #God #Christ]

In efforts to bring Christianity further under government control, authorities in China have erased the words “Bible,” “God” and “Christ” from classic children’s stories, including Robinson Crusoe.

China’s Ministry of Education recently introduced a new school textbook to help fifth-grade students “understand other cultures.” Included in the textbook are 4 popular stories by foreign writers, including Robinson Crusoe, The Little Match Girl, and Vanka. However, each story is censored to remove any religious reference.

In Daniel Defoe’s 18th century classic novel, castaway Robinson Crusoe discovers 3 Bibles inside a shipwreck, which he then uses as his moral compass while stranded on the island. However, the Chinese version eliminates the word “Bible,” instead noting that Crusoe happened upon “a few books.”

The original The Little Match Girl, written by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson, includes the line, “when a star falls, a soul goes to be with God.” The redacted Chinese version, however, reads, “when a star falls, a person leaves this world.”

Anton Chekhov’s story Vanka includes a passage where a prayer is said inside a church, during which the word “Christ” is mentioned several times. In the Chinese version, that section is left out and every mention of the word Christ has been erased.

China removes ‘Bible,’ ‘God,’ ‘Christ’ from children’s classics like ‘Robinson Crusoe’:
Christian Post

Liao Qiang detained by China’s ruling Communist Party worships publicly in Sunday service at an unassuming church in Taiwan

The Sunday service at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China 7 months ago.

The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan after fleeing China with 5 family members.

According to him and his 23-year-old daughter, Ren Ruiting, living under constant surveillance for the past 7 months after authorities detained them and dozens of other members of their prominent but not government-sanctioned church in December 2018.

China’s ruling Communist Party has carried out a widespread crackdown on all religious institutions in recent years, including bulldozing churches and mosques, barring Tibetan children from Buddhist religious studies and incarcerating more than a million members of Islamic ethnic minorities in what are termed “re-education centers.” President and party leader Xi Jinping has ordered that all religions must “Sinicize” to ensure they are loyal to the officially atheistic party.

Christian family details crackdown on church in China:
ABC News

China’s crackdown on Christians and their churches is intensifying as officials have targeted yet another church with a major arrest that included nearly a dozen children.

Some 60 million Christians live in China, with most worshipping in underground “house” churches.

11 Christian Children Arrested as China Increases Persecution, but Faith Continues to Grow
CBN News

Freedom of religion in China remains a pipe dream, and in Henan Province of Central China, Christians are bearing the brunt of the crackdown as government officials are prohibiting the distribution of Christian calendars and couplets, on top of other means of religious persecution.

According to a believer from De’en Church in Xigong district, under the jurisdiction of Luoyang city his church prepared a Christian calendar to be distributed to the members of the congregation at the end of 2018.

But when they took it to the printer’s, the owner refused, saying he would not dare to print any religious materials.

Christian Calendars and Couplets Prohibited in Henan. Government officials are ringing in the Spring Festival – Chinese New Year – by clamping down on Christian literature:
Bitter Winter

According to Open Doors, Fifty million Chinese Christians have experienced persecution in China following the enforcement of new religious affairs regulations in March 2018.

The charity for persecuted Christians, Open Doors, ranks China at 27 out of the top 50 countries where it is hardest to be a Christian, a jump of 16 places.

The Chinese government is cracking down on Christians and other religious minorities, aiming for the ‘sinicisation’ of religion – making it fit smoothly with the Communist line and increasing loyalty to President Xi Jinping’s ideology.

There are plans to ‘contextualize’ the Bible to fit with Chinese culture.

Some churches have been told to fly the Chinese flag higher than the cross and to sing the national anthem before services.

50 million Chinese Christians persecuted, says Open Doors:
Christian Today