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#1 ASongOfDegrees

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 05:34 PM

This is encouraging. 

 

Jesus may be more popular than Mao in China

 

Results of an online survey suggest that Jesus and Christianity are more popular than Chairman Mao and Communism, on China’s version of Twitter.   

Researchers at Tea Leaf Nation—an online magazine that studies media trends in the country— recently scanned the social media platform Weibo for Christian terms and found they are quite popular, despite the country’s tight control on religion, the Christian Today website reported.

The survey discovered the word ‘Bible’ produces more than 17 million results, but “Quotations of Chairman Mao’—a text known in the West as ‘The Little Red Book’ only had 60,000 results.

The ‘Quotations’ book contains excerpts from speeches and writings of Mao Zedong, the former leader of the Communist Party in China. The book –which was widely distributed in China during the Cultural Revolution -- has reportedly sold more than a billion copies.  

More than 18 million posts mentioned Jesus, while Chinese President Xi Jinping was only mentioned on Weibo about 4 million times. 

'God' received more than 165 million Weibo mentions. That's more than 18 times the searches for 'Mao Zedong'.  The words 'Christian Congregation'  appeared more than  41.8 million times,  but the 'Communist Party' only got  5.3 million results.

When it comes to holidays, Christmas appeared nearly 150 million times, while Chinese National Day only got 50 million mentions.   

Human rights groups complain that although the Chinese government says it allows religious freedom, it enforces strict controls, especially on Christians, Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists.

Tea Leaf Nation researchers found China's thousands of government censors did put limits on some searches. When they tried to find the term 'underground church' on the network, they received a screen message saying "results cannot be displayed due to relevant laws and regulations".

The Tea Leaf site attributes the Christian-themed engagement to declining interest in Communist ideology, and the fast growth of the religion in China in the past few decades.

There are an estimated 1.35 billion people living in China.  Official Chinese government figures put the number of Christians in China at 25 million, but external observers with more knowledge of the underground church situation say the number is closer to around 60 to 100 million, according to Christian Today.

About half of China's estimated 100 million religious followers are Christians or Muslims, with the rest Buddhists or Daoists, the government says, though it thinks the real number of believers is probably much higher, Reuters reported.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 05:41 PM

About half of China's estimated 100 million religious followers are Christians or Muslims, with the rest Buddhists or Daoists,...

Did not know that. I thought the majority would've been inclkned toward the eastern religions.

Edited by Arbo, 11 April 2014 - 05:43 PM.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 05:43 PM

The Word of God is quick and powerful!



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 05:46 PM

About half of China's estimated 100 million religious followers are Christians or Muslims, with the rest Buddhists or Daoists,...

Did not know that. I thought the majority would've been inclkned toward the eastern religions.

At one time, yes, but Communism expunged just about every religion in China. Now that they are opening back up a little to religion Christianity is growing fast. 



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 05:48 PM

There was a similar trend in Russia after the collapse of communism there. Unfortunately, most Christians in Russia are Orthodox.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 05:50 PM

Maybe all those study bibles being sent over to China to be printed are having an effect.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 05:58 PM

I've read reports of how much in demand non-government printed Bibles are in China. Some of what I've read highlighted how different groups of Chinese Christians would tear a good Bible into sections so each group could have part of the Word and if one group got busted, they wouldn't lose the whole Bible.

 

The Chinese government prints off an official Bible for the government recognized churches. I don't know if these Bibles are edited or not but from what I've read, the underground churches in China work hard to get non-government Bibles.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:05 PM

Praise God for the people of China!  That is so good to hear.



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 01:46 AM

 Thank you Lord 

 Praying



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 06:58 AM

While the percentages seem low due to their vast populations, I've read they estimate there are more Christians in both China and India than there are in America.

 

Throughout history we see examples of the Gospel thriving in times and places of great oppression and persecution. We see such continuing today.

 

At the same time we also see throughout history that in times and places where it became comfortable to be a Christian, Christians lost their zeal and their Christianity became more worldly and of the flesh and secular Christianity replaced biblical Christianity.



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 08:06 AM

We are currently having our Mission's Conference and the missionary that spoke yesterday is a missionary to China. His name is Ken Lalman.

 

He said the average Chinese are very curious about our God. It was a very interesting testimonial. He spoke for twenty minutes. 

 

If you would like to view yesterday's meeting you can find it here.

 

OPBBC Mission Conference - 4/11/14

 

It is long (from 6:45 PM - 10:00 PM) so if you would just like to see Brother Lalman he starts at 1:36:44.

 

Good preaching before and after. Chris Thompson (Capital City Baptist Church: Austin, TX) opens and his father is the closer. If you never heard Adam Thompson preach I think you may enjoy it.






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