A communist textbook used in Chinese schools falsifies the biblical account of John 8:3–11. The textbook claims that Jesus murdered the woman found in adultery and said He, too, is a sinner. The textbook, published by the government states: “The crowd wanted to stone the woman to death, 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.’” Christians in mainland China are distressed about the distortion of the biblical account. “I want everyone to know that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has always tried to distort the history and slander the Church,” a parishioner was quoted as saying on social media.
Another Chinese Christian, identified as Paul, was quoted as saying, “The same pattern is repeated every year but the Church has never fought back or received the apology it deserves.” Bitter Winter, a magazine that reports on religious liberty in China, noted the subtle objective behind manipulating the textbook. “The story teaches that the law and the Chinese Communist 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,” the magazine writes. The magazine reported earlier that children were also being taught to oppose religion, encouraged to question the beliefs of family members and report those closest to them to authorities.
China has been cracking down on underground churches and Christian activists for years. In 2015, more than 1,000 crosses were removed from church roofs and entire church buildings were destroyed across the Zhejiang province. The Chinese government continued its campaign against Christianity during the country’s coronavirus outbreak by destroying crosses and demolishing a church while people were on lockdown. More than 60 million Christians live in China, at least half of whom worship in unregistered or so-called illegal underground churches. China is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to the persecution of Christians, according to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List.
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