In Rom. 1:20 Paul wrote, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” The world is filled with proofs of God’s existence. They can be seen in the majestic cosmos. They can be seen in the smallest of the building blocks in life. They can be seen in the most extensive program ever written, our DNA. They can even be seen in what man has made. While God certainly created language, man has ever since changed it to fit his culture. What is particularly interesting about language is that the origins of words often reveal great truths. (Yes, the is another lesson based upon etymologies). In some languages, like our own, learning the origins of words can give us great understanding of the nature of the word… like metamorphosis and phobias which have their origins in the Greek. However, in other languages, like the written language of the Chinese, we can find beautiful stories told to us that reveal God and the truths of the scriptures.
To understand why the study of the Chinese language is viable we must 1st understand their history. Typically, when one thinks of Chinese religion, it is widely believed that they are irreligious. (That is that religion is not a part of their culture). However, the Chinese were once a very religious culture. Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism have a deeply rooted history in China. However, these were not the original religions of the Chinese. Ancient historical records reveal that the Chinese were one a monotheistic culture void of idols and mythology. They worshiped a god they called Shang Ti. As one examines the characters to write this god’s name it is learned that it is comprised to two other characters… heavenly (or above) and emperor. The Chinese called their god the Emperor Above or the Heavenly Emperor. I contend that this Emperor was God himself. For if one continues to study their history it is believed that their origins are not in China, but in Mesopotamia around 2500 BC, which incidentally is the time of the Tower of Babel. Thus far, nothing in their history would lead me to believe that they wouldn’t have access to the stories of the beginnings. In fact, if you think about it, they are only three generations removed from the beginning, Adam lived until the days of Methuselah. Methuselah lived until the year of the flood, clearly into the lifetime of Shem, and Shem was still alive at the tower of Babel!!!
While this is not an all inclusive list, after all books have been written on the subject, it does provide the student with a few of the more interesting truths revealed in the Chinese language. (It should also be noted that some still doubt these, but the honest heart would be hard pressed to ignore the stories that are being told.
We have already identified the savior of man, God in heaven. Let us now look at the protagonist of man, the devil. The bible calls him the tempter in Matt. 4:3. Now, let us look at how these play out in the Chinese language. The word devil consists of 4 characters. This 1st of that of a man, this man is identified by the 2nd character as being alive or living. His presence is in a garden as the 3rd character reveals and the 4th reveals his approach unto others… secret. The word tempter puts an even more interesting spin on this story. It contains all the above thus the devil is there. The character reveals that he is under cover. (In fact the character translated as cover literally covers the character translated as devil). This could be seen in one of two ways. The tempter came under cover (as as we know in the form of a serpent). The other could have to do with the 2 trees which represent the final characters. It is possible he came hidden among the trees, where of course he encouraged Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit. Now, are we to assume these characters came together as an accident? Or is it more likely that the creators of China’s written language were telling a story?
Let us look at another; righteousness. It begins with the character for sheep, sitting highest in the picture. Beneath it is the character for I or me. Thus, we have a lamb above covering self. The word for I or me consist of two characters itself. A hand and a lance. Could it be that they story being told is that one could be covered by the slaying of the lamb? It certainly held true for Abel whose sacrifice was deemed acceptable by God in Gen. 4, while Cain’s was rejected. This in turn gave rise to the Chinese word for violent and cruel. It takes the character for elder brother and place am “x” mark upon it. In their culture such a mark was distinctive of killing. Of course the bible student knows that God marked the elder brother too!
For more like these see The Discovery of Genesis by C.H. Kong and Ethel R Nelson. -WTK
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Is The Bible Historically Accurate?
Volume 3 Issue 37 August 12, 2012