A Chinese Christian, Reverend Bob Fu, Founder of China Aid has stated that the Chinese government is mulling over incorporation of Buddhist and Confucian teachings into a new version of the Bible. On September 27, he said that a five year plan has been chalked out so that the Chinese government can control growth of Christianity.
He said that this plan was finalized in March earlier this year. The State Administration for Religious Affairs will be supervising this plan. For this purpose, state-sanctioned Protestant bodies Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and the Chinese Christian Council (CCC) have joined hands with the government in order to Sinicize Christianity.
“The plan made it clear that ‘Sinicization of Christianity’ means to change ‘Christianity in China’ into ‘Chinese Christianity,’” Rev. Fu was quoted by international media. “[The plan] emphasized that ‘the heart and soul of Christianity’s Sinicization is to Sincize the Christian theology,’ and even proposing to ‘re-translate the Bible or re-write biblical commentaries.’”
Further explaining the sinister plan, he said that the government is also planning to “retranslate” the Old Testament of the Bible, besmirching it with some Buddhist scripture and Confucian teachings and adding new commentary for the . Rev. Fu stated: “There are outlines that the new Bible should not look Westernized and should look Chinese and reflect Chinese ethics of Confucianism and socialism”.
In February, new regulations were enacted, these regulations require all religious activity to be conducted under “the guidance, supervision, and inspection of relevant departments of the local people’s government regarding the management of personnel, finances, assets, accounting, security, fire protection, protection of relics, health and disease prevent and so forth,” Christian Post reported.