Researcher finds relationship between Chinese characters and Biblical text | Adventist News Network


Researcher finds relationship between Chinese characters and Biblical text

Brasilla, Brazil | Jefferson Paradello, SNA Staff

15 June 2017

The God described in the Bible is the same God the ancient Chinese worshipped at the beginning of their civilization. This was the conclusion reached by Dr. Chan Kei Thong, a Christian who built his career in leadership and dedicated seven years to research the ancient historical records that led him to these results. His book, Faith of Our Fathers: Finding God in Ancient China, details how the meaning of the words in the Chinese characters refer to situations and places found in the Sacred text of Christianity.

The Brazilian Creationist Society (BCS) published the book Descoberta do Gênesis na Língua Chinesa (Discovery of Genesis in the Chinese Language), written by Reverend C.H. Kang and by Dr. Ethel R. Nelson, on this topic.

Born in Singapore, Thong helped to establish Leadership Development International (LDI), and was its executive director. He made LDI one of the most influential international systems of education, with seven schools in China and one in the Middle East, employing more than 800 people and having a yearly income of more than 35 million dollars. Today, he is a professor in the master’s program in leadership at Trinity Western University in Canada, and dedicates the rest of his time to mentor leaders in China and in the Middle East.

In this interview, given to the South American Adventist New Agency, during his first visit to Brazil, he talks about some of the evidence he has found and how they help prove the existence of God and the reliability of the biblical text.

How did you find the relation between the Bible and the Chinese characters?

I think what impressed me the most was the Altar of Heaven, in Beijing. This is the imperial sacrificial system. The official English translation would be Temple of Heaven, but actually, the real meaning is Altar of Heaven. It is one of the finest architecture in China. All tourists go there because it is a place that must be visited. At first, I did not go there because I did not like temples. As a Christian, I do not like idols, but I had friends who came to visit and wanted to go there, and I went with them. I was there and I realized, “wait a minute…there are no idols in this so called Temple of Heaven.” I only saw the tablet for God.

I started to investigate and I realized that they describe this God as a personal God. That he is love, he is all-powerful, all-knowing, he is immutable, he does not change, he is eternal. The good thing is that by then, all Chinese classics are digitalized, so I can do a very simple search through the PDF files and locate every instance where they talk about this God. I found his characteristics are the very same that appear in the Bible, so that led me deeper and deeper and to look into other areas. That is how I started, at the Temple of Heaven.

What were the main results of your research?

The main conclusion is that the ancient Chinese, and I’m talking about the very core, not in between, worshipped the God of the Bible, that they knew him as a personal God, who is intimately interest in us, we can have a relationship with Him, and that the forgiveness of sin is very much embedded in the Chinese culture.

Is this understanding accepted or recognized in China?

No. Most people do not know about this, that is why I decided to write the book. I did not just keep it to myself because I want every Chinese to know. As I said, China has few thousand years of history. It is like an onion, it has many layers. If you peel only half way you come to Confucius. A lot of people think of Confucius as representing Chinese culture. Yes, if you are  only looking 2,500 years ago. However, if you go before that, you have 4,000, 5,000 years of Chinese history. Therefore, what I’m writing about is 2,000 years before Confucius, which is the core.

Most Chinese now do not know this, they are not aware of the things I have discovered. Nevertheless, when I reveal it to them, they are excited. There is more research being done.


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