Bible History in Chinese Characters

discovery of genesis

Often when we share the gospel with Chinese folks, we would hear the excuse that “we Chinese believe Buddhism; leave Christianity to the foreigners”, as if Buddhism is native to China. And since Siddhartha predates Christ by six centuries, the thinking is the older the better, and the more original.

They did not realize that Buddhism is not home-grown, but imported from India, near Nepal. Nor did they understand that God as Creator of the universe is beyond nationalities. Furthermore, there is good evidence that the ancient Chinese knew the creation accounts way before the supposed entry of Christianity into China, way before Buddhism was imported, as reflected in the composition of Chinese characters.

Some years ago I read a book “The Discovery of Genesis” by CH Kang and Ethel Nelson, a pastor and a medical missionary. To counteract the evolutionary thinking prevalent in his days, Kang wrote a booklet consisting of facets of the creation accounts embedded in Chinese characters. Nelson, a pathologist, popularized the booklet by expanding and translating it into English. Although there are skeptics, I found it interesting and borrowed their ideas to craft a sermon. Hope it will stimulate your thinking too.

English PowerPoint: 2 Fall of Man (English)

Chinese PowerPoint: 2 Fall of Man

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Comments

  • Pius Hau  On November 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks Pasto Raymond! They both seem to be English.

    Pius

    • Pastor Ray  On November 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Yes. Only the captions are in English vs. Chinese because that’s what the congregation sees. The notes for myself are in English only as I can write them faster, and I preach straight from them translating into Chinese as I go.

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