The Chinese people have struggles for religious freedoms and humans rights denied to them by the Chinese Community Party that would surprise Americans, and here is a story about how the Party steals way the simplest of moments of hope from the people, robbing them of peace.
Bitter Winter, a magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China, reported about a situation where the CCP has used their authority and power to change the word of God, and to change the meaning of a Gospel account of Jesus, to reflect what they want:
According to Christian news, “The story in John 8 [Gospel of John, 8:3–11] is being presented to Chinese students as one where the Savior waits for the Pharisees to leave, then stones the adulterer himself.”
The original story is one of grace and mercy.
An Italian scholar, who studies Christianity and the CCP wrote, “C hristians in China are protesting against a textbook making Jesus a sinner and a killer. Actually, however, the incident is subtler than that. It is not, or not mostly, about painting a negative image of Jesus. It is about the CCP itself. Many CCP bureaucrats, judges, and police officers are notoriously corrupted. Yet, the story teaches that they should be obeyed. If ‘sinners’ would be prevented from ‘executing the law,’ including administering capital punishment with or without due process, ‘the law would be dead,” he wrote.
“As told to Chinese students, the story teaches that the law and the Party are good and pure, and transcend the impure human beings who happen to represent them. Even if the officers are corrupted, their decision should be accepted—because, honest or corrupted, they represent the Party, and the Party’s law should never be questioned.
This is standard CCP theory, but totally distorts the meaning of Jesus’ teaching in John 8. Mobilizing Jesus for the CCP propaganda is blasphemous and offensive to Christians. Yet, we can expect more such distortions as religious scriptures are gradually sinicized,” the student, who must hide their name, wrote. “.
The Chinese textbook, though, changes the ending, according to UCA News. The textbook says, “When the crowd disappeared, Jesus stoned the sinner to death saying, ‘I, too, am a sinner. But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would be dead.’”
A Catholic parishioner uploaded a copy of the textbook story to social media.
“I want everyone to know that the Chinese Communist Party has always tried to distort the history of the Church, to slander our Church, and to make people hate our Church,” the person wrote.
Mathew Wang, a Christian teacher at a vocational school, confirmed the textbook’s content to UCA News.
Some Christians said China changed the story “to prove that the rule of law is supreme in China, and such respect for law is essential for a smooth transfer to socialism with Chinese characteristics,” UCA News reported.
As reported by Union of Catholic Asian News, the textbook was published by the government-run University of Electronic Science and Technology Press and is used to teach “professional ethics and law” in vocational schools.
The original story found in John 8 reveals that the Pharisees bring a woman caught in adultery to Jesus and ask him if she should be stoned. Jesus says to them, “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Once the accusers leave, Jesus tells the woman, “Go now, and leave your life of sin.”
The Chinese textbook presents the story of the adulterous woman as follows:
“The crowd wanted to stone the woman to death as per their law. But Jesus said, ‘Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.’ Hearing this, they slipped away one by one. When the crowd disappeared, Jesus stoned the sinner to death saying, ‘I too am a sinner. But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would be dead.'”
A Catholic priest in Asia said the distorted version “is against morality and the law, so how can we still teach professional ethics with this book? It is a sad social phenomenon in mainland China,” he said.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism.