The invention of paper and gunpowder can be credited to one of the oldest, richest and most enduring civilizations of the world, spanning thousands of years of meticulously recorded history. It was no wonder then, that the entire City Harvest congregation had their curiousity piqued when Kong turned historian and dived into the annals of history in order to reveal the evidence of God and His dealings with ancient China.
Over the span of two weekends during the Lunar New Year festive season, Kong dug deep to reveal the tracks of God in ancient China. He began by showing how the Judeo-Christian God was one and the same with “Shang-Di” whom the ancient Chinese worshipped by analysing the written Chinese text. In the course of dissecting different characters or ideograms, it was plainly seen how events from Genesis were encapsulated in the writing itself, chronicling Man’s fall from grace in Eden’s garden all the way to the dispersion at the Tower of Babel.
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In the following week, Kong tracked the diasporic movement which settled East from the Tower of Babel. From this group of people descended what we now know as the Chinese race. Through ancient scholarly records, it became clear that the attributes of “Shang-Di” matched that of Jehovah God, being corroborated even in the method of worship, having retained the priestly ministry and the animal sacrifices prescribed to the Israelites.
Kong further taught on how an Italian Jesuit priest by the name of Matteo Ricci started missionary work in China, paving the way for the establishment of missionary bases, which, eventually lead to the subsequent conversion of Emperor Kang Xi himself. Tragically, the pioneering work was eventually hampered and cut short by the religiosity of the Papal authority then, in what would be known as the “Chinese Rites Controversy” of 1715.
Surfacing back to modern day Singapore, it was not merely a deeper appreciation for Chinese heritage that was engrained in the minds of all, but a revelation of how God had always been involved in the nation of China itself, and how as believers we are to engage our society in a way that is relevant and contemporary.