Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Let God be True!

Many would agree that the modern day Chinese culture is perhaps one of the most ungodly of all modern day peoples. Their new age and mystical beliefs, ancient medicine and pagan gods seem to have absolutely no foundation in anything resembling Christianity or the Bible. But let God be true and every man a liar is still in the Book, and believe it or not, some of the very handwriting of Chinese people testify to this fact!

As I continue in my own learning while home schooling my children, this information fell into my hands and it was so exciting to me.

Ancient Emperor Huang Di (2697 - 2597 B.C.) ordered his historian Can Ji to
establish a writing system for China. Can Ji invented a system of Chinese characters based on pictographs, representing each word by the physical appearance of the object.

A few of the pictographs or ideograms invented by Can Ji are to the right in the blue table. They are in order top to bottom: moon, sun, mountain, water, horse, bird, man, and mouth. The three columns are left to right: from ancient pictograph, to ancient character, to present day character. Note how the characters changed with time to the present characters, but are still close enough to be recognized by contemporary Chinese.

While beautiful, the writing in China is also a testimony to God, creation, and the truth of Genesis! Their words break down into stories right out of Genesis! A few examples...

Their symbol for boat tells of Noah and his family on the ark. Eight people in a vessel combines to mean boat!

dust + (breath of) life + (from God's) mouth + motion = Creation

Without reading the verse from Genesis 2:7, it's difficult to understand how Can Ji could come up with this character. Genesis 2:7 - And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Also of note, the symbol for motion is as a man walking upright. No evolution here!

tree (of knowledge) + tree (of life) + command (from God) = Forbidden

Again, the components of the word become meaningful after reading the Bible. Genesis 2:16,17 - And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And then of course they disobeyed...
Genesis 3:24-So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Lamb + (above) me = Righteousness

Jesus is the Lamb that taketh away the sins of the world. His blood is a banner over us, our covering, our Righteousness!

I love when the truth of the Bible is confirmed through history.
Would that we ALWAYS live our lives saying first the Bible is true regardless, and if their is proof to back it up all the better. These things that modern man discovers along the way about ancient forefathers are so exciting. It gives undeniable proof thatman's history backs up the Genesis account. It was as the Lord said and preserved for us to read. There are many people out there who will not rely on Scripture for any basis of truth saying there is no proof or evidence for it. I love it when the proofs are so tangible, it makes their "science" look more like unfounded faith that they claim mine is!

For more information, please refer to the book "The Discovery of Genesis - How the Truths of Genesis Were Found Hidden in the Chinese Language", by C.H. Kang and Ether R. Nelson, Concordia Press, 1979.


biblelucid said...

Amen !!

Anonymous said...

Wow that is so neat! I love how each language brings a different perspective to things.
~orange girl