For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19
In the spirit of “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – kind of” China plans to rewrite the Bible and the Quran, making modifications to bring them in line with Chinese socialist ideals. Yup, China plans to re-write the Bible.
China has a resurgent Christian population that continues to grow despite persecution. In fact, you can read an article of mine from 2014, China More Christian Than the USA? You’ll read how China is projected to have a larger Christian population than America by 2029. As of the writing of the 2014 article, there were an estimated 70 million Christians out of at least 1.3 billion people in China! USA total population currently rests at about 327 million with a best estimate of about 239 million declaring as Christian. However, our pendulum is swinging toward declining numbers while China’s is swinging toward an increase!
“A recent study found that online searches for the words “Christian Congregation” and “Jesus” far outnumbered those for “The Communist Party” and “Xi Jinping”, China’s president.”
Fact: Chinese Christians see America has a high potential missionary field and sends missionaries here!
China obviously has a “problem” on their hands; Christianity. They are certainly losing ground to Jesus, but they have come up with a very insidious strategy – poison the well!
Since they cannot defeat the Chinese Christian movement, they are going to publish “legal” bibles and Qurans that have been altered to their anti-Christ/anti-religion agenda. In doing so, they can cause confusion over true Gospel doctrines as well as the ancient, Old Testament writings the Gospel is founded upon!
First, we should pray for China’s people that they are not confused by the deceit of their government.
Second, we should be careful here at home and guard against translations that may not be completely accurate! There are translations that are not faithful to the word-for-word translations of the past. Word-for-word translations are the backbone of scriptural accuracy over the eons and have been proven time and again. Ancient copies of manuscripts attest to the fact that any differences between different ancient copies and today’s canon are miniscule and do not effectively alter meaning.
I am leery of paraphrased translations. Perhaps well-intentioned, colloquialized and paraphrased translations do not, I believe, meet the strict protocols of word-for-word translating that have been practiced for thousands of years. I am partial to the New King James Version for those that are not comfortable with the thee’s and thou’s.
Also, while we do not suffer such persecution here, it is obvious that our secular society and government are already showing a prejudice against Christianity. Who knows how much longer before we start feeling more stringent and even violent adversity than currently?
Full disclosure: The Revelation passage above refers to just the Book of Revelation. That being said, I doubt God would be very happy with anyone deliberately or carelessly altering His inspired scriptures. That’s not a train I’d care to board. The Chinese government will find themselves on a very uncomfortable ride for having done so!