A Chinese government publication has Jesus spouting human maxims that come straight from the playbook of the Chinese Communist Party.
Bitter Winter, a magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China, reports the government’s Tian Feng publication is comparing the Bible to “The Maxims of Master Zhu.”
“For example, the Confucian saying ‘There is nothing more shameful than being jealous of the wealth and power of others; there is nothing lowlier than looking down on poor people’ corresponds to ‘He who despises his neighbor sins, but happy is he who is gracious to the poor.’ (Proverbs 14:21),” the report says.
“In another comparison, ‘You mustn’t contest a lawsuit in your family life, as doing so will lead to an adverse outcome. You mustn’t talk too much when conducting yourself in society, as talking too much will lead to mistakes’ is likened to ‘Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?’ (1 Corinthians 6:7).”
A Christian house church leader told Bitter Winter the Communist Party is “replacing the words of God with human moral standards, secretly distorting the doctrine and eroding the foundations of the Christian faith.”
“This is a truly sinister approach. Only the devil would do such a thing,” the leader said.