the Barriers of Darkness: Recognizing the Cult of Qigong for
What It Is
Qigong Vs. Christianity
Suppose a friend asks me questions, and I try my best to answer,
using all the views I know. Your corrections will be greatly
Question 1. What essential differences are
there between qigong and Christianity?
Answer: These two are as far apart as east and west, as light
and darkness. The background of Christianity is the Spirit
of God; while the spiritual background of qigong is the evil
spirits in league with Satan. Qigong leads people to destruction.
It is a way to hell. Christ gives eternal life to people.
He is the only Way to Heaven.
Question 2. What are the highest realms of qigong
and of Christianity?
Answer: The highest realm of qigong is "heaven and man
united as one." It is a union of man with evil spirits.
There are different realms of different levels for different
practitioners. There is no talk of the highest realm in Christianity,
for all believers of Jesus are the same. They can all enter
into Heaven without differences of levels of realms.
Question 3. What is the difference between the
qigong worldview and that of Christianity?
Answer: The worldview of qigong is worshipping the universe,
though not knowing the origin of the universe. It worships
humans themselves and regards them as the spirits of the universe,
though not knowing where they have come from or where they
are going. It teaches a belief in ghosts and gods, though
not knowing about them.
The worldview of Christianity is worshipping God the Father,
Jesus the Son of God and the Holy Spirit, believing God has
created the world and everything in it and human beings in
His own image, and believing in an inevitable end for the
world and for human beings on this planet.
Question 4. What is the difference between
the qigong view of life and that of Christianity?
Answer: The qigong view of life is to "let it be,"
to stand aloof from worldly success, to be disillusioned with
the mortal world, and to take everything in the world as meaningless.
It holds that practitioners who have reached the highest realm
can live forever. Others' lives can be reincarnated.
The Christian view of life is love of life. It encourages
earnest living under God's blessings, the seeking of happiness,
and finding the true meaning of life. Christians know they
will surely enter into Heaven and enjoy eternal life after
Question 5. What is the difference between
qigong moral values and those of Christianity?
Answer: The moral values of qigong come from Confucianism,
Buddhism, and Taoism. They include performing generally recognized
good deeds; avoiding generally recognized evil deeds; no killing
of animals; respecting Buddhist monks, Taoist priests and
high level qigong masters; and the worship of idols.
The highest Christian moral value is love, which is love of
God, Jesus God’s Son, and the Holy Spirit and also love
of one's neighbors as one loves oneself. Love is the principle
behind all words and deeds (Matthew 22: 37-40).
Question 6. What is the different between the
ghosts and gods in qigong and those in Christianity?
Answer: Qigong theories about ghosts and gods are very obscure
and inconsistent. Generally speaking, they believe that ghosts
are the souls of dead people, that devils are evil people
whose qigong has reached the highest level, and that immortals
are qigong masters who have achieved the highest realm of
qigong. Another theory about ghosts and gods is that of Confucianism,
Buddhism and Taosim.
In Christianity, the devil is Satan, who is a fallen angel.
God is the Creator of all.
Question 7. What is the difference between the
special signs in qigong and miracles in Christianity?
Answer: The special signs performed in qigong are disruptions
of the normalcy in human bodies. They come from the evil power
of the devil, but are misunderstood as coming from the power
of man. And the special signs performed do not have much to
do with practical daily living.
The miracles in Christianity have as their starting point
God's blessings on people and God's glory. They are performed
by the Spirit of God. Humans do not have supernatural power,
and we can only pray for God to perform miracles. The miracles
are closely related to people's practical living.
Question 8. What is the difference between the
faith of qigong and that in Christianity?
Answer: The faith of qigong is absolute confidence in humans.
The results of all supernormal capabilities, special signs
and events are decided by this confidence.
The faith in Christianity is trust in Jesus the Lord. It is
from this trust in Jesus that faith and confidence come. The
results of all miracles and events in Christian lives are
decided by this trust in Jesus Christ.
Question 9. What is the difference in ways of
worship between qigong and Christianity?
Answer: Worship in qigong is the worship of invisible masters
and masters still living on earth and includes their pictures
and all kinds of idols in temples. Postures have to be pious.
Incense and paper have to be burnt for ghosts and gods. Money
offerings are made for getting protection from the ghosts
Christian worship is worshipping in spirit and truth. Postures
have nothing to do with piety. Money offerings are made for
people in need and are made under the encouragement of love,
not for the purpose of a good return.
Question 10. How do the fruits of the Christian
life differ from those of qigong life?
Answer: Fruits of life are simply the results that a faith
brings to one's actual living.
Qigong suppresses one's heart and soul and is like a fetter
upon the practitioner. Every major issue that is vital to
one's happiness in life, such as one's career or marriage,
is eventful, with strange mishaps hanging around.
Christianity releases one's soul and gives peace to one's
heart. It gives freedom in life, and in all things that are
important to one's happiness of life there are God's care
and blessings coming along. Unimaginable, wonderful joy and
events appear in life.
Question 11. How is the theoretical origin of
Christianity different from that of qigong?
Answer: Qigong theory lags far behind its practice. There
is, up to the present time, no very consistent and systematic
theory. Buddhist and Taoist theories are the main sources
and bases of qigong theory.
The theoretical authority of Christianity is the Bible. It
has been written at different times by over forty authors
over a period of 1600 years. It was completed almost 2000
years ago. The main content is historical fact, written in
very common and easy-to understand language. This is not the
case with the theory of other religions. No one has been able
to discover and prove contradictions or untruth in this Book,
which has sold the more copies than any other book in the
Question 12. How do their historical witnesses
differ from each other?
Answer: Qigong comes from Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism,
all three of which have been declining. Confucianism is still
quite popular in Asia, but only its ethical morals are accepted,
with other aspects such as its worldview, its view of life,
and its political views having been almost discarded.
Christianity started from a small beginning, but the number
of believers in it continues to increase, and it is spreading
all over the world. It originated with the Jewish people in
the small country of Israel, but it is accepted by peoples
of all nations in the world. There are two things that develop
the most rapidly in the modern world. They are science and
Question 13. What is the present situation of
Christianity in the world?
Answer: According to some rather authoritative statistical
data, in 1979 there were about 1 billion Christians all over
the world, and by 1996 the number had increased to 2 billion,
approximately 40 percent of the world population. Christians
have covered all corners of the world.
Question 14. What is the situation of Christianity
Answer: According to Chinese official statistical data, there
were about 300 thousand Christians in China in 1979 and about
18 million Christians in 1996. The second figure may not be
accurate because there are a great number of Christians who
do not attend the public church and therefore cannot have
been included in the number. There were altogether about 12
thousand churches in China in 1996. The number of Christians
has been increasing even faster since 1996. According to another
quite authoritative statistic, there were 20-30 thousand people
becoming new Christians every day in just the country areas
of China in 1998.
It is estimated that by 1998 the number of Christians in the
mainland of China had increased to approximately seventy million.
Question 15. How about the situation of other
religions in the world?
Answer: Some data show there were about 1 billion Muslims
in the world by 1996, 0.76 billion people believing in Hinduism,
and 0.33 billion believing in Buddhism.
Question 16. What is the situation of other
religions in China?
Answer: Chinese official data holds that in China there are
approximately 4000 Catholic churches, 3000 priests, and 5,000,000
There are approximately 70,000 Buddhist temples and 200,000
Buddhist monks and nuns.
There are over 1000 Taoist Temples and 10,000 Taoist priests
and nuns altogether.
There are approximately 30,000 mosques and 20,000, 000 Muslims.
Data are unavailable for other religions such as Confucianism,
which does not have any external formalities. But aspects
of Confucian culture are still the vital part of Chinese culture.
Also, although there are about 40,000,000 Communist members,
belief in Communism has become nominal.
Question 17. Who is Jesus?
Answer: Jesus is a true historical figure. Born around the
beginning of the Christian era, or more likely between 5 and
4 B.C., he was a Jew from Israel. In about 30 A.D., Jesus
was crucified by Pilate, the governor of Judea, which was
under the rule of the Roman Emperor. Jesus was resurrected
three days later.
The first four books in the New Testament of the Bible record
the life of Jesus, his teachings, and the miracles he performed.
He made the blind to see, enabled paralytics to walk, and
cleansed lepers. He walked on water, rebuked the wind and
raging waters, and brought the dead back to life. He was resurrected
from death and ascended up to heaven to sit at the right hand
of the Almighty God.
Jesus was not an emperor, a politician, a philosopher, a military
scientist, or an artist, but he is the most famous figure
in the whole world. He has exerted the most significant and
the most powerful influence in human history. Wherever His
Name becomes known, great effects result.
Jesus is the Son of God, the plenipotentiary Representative
of God, and the only Savior of all human beings.
Question 18. Why do we say Jesus is not a qigong
Answer: The divinity of Jesus proves that Jesus is what he
himself claims to be, the Son of God, Savior of all human
Question 19. How is the divinity of Jesus proved?
Answer: First, the Old Testament was written between 1,500
and 400 B.C., but it contains over three hundred precise prophecies
about Jesus. For example, Daniel 9: 25-26 prophesied the exact
time of the crucifixion of Jesus. The length of time from
the beginning of the rebuilding of Jerusalem to the death
of Jesus is exactly 7?7+62?7=483 years. Why was He so precisely
prophesied about? What could His identity be?
Second, the miracles Jesus performed are the greatest of all
and have never been surpassed by those performed by anyone
else. He raised more than a few from death and was Himself
killed, then resurrected on the third day. He revealed himself
to several hundred people during the following forty days
and ascended up to heaven in front of a whole group of people.
Third, Jesus' prophecies about the later situations of Israel
and about the development of Christianity have all come true.
Finally, Jesus' teachings have the authority of God. For example,
He says, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through me." He also says
that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. There
is no one in human history who can speak with such authority
except the one with the identity of God.
Question 20. Was Jesus really resurrected?
Answer: It is recorded in the Bible that Jesus was crucified
on the cross, put in a tomb, and resurrected on the third
day. Many people do not believe this recording to be true.
Some have done very interesting logical reasoning.
It is also recorded in the Bible that the disciples followed
Jesus and witnessed many miracles He performed. They believed
Him to be God, called Him their Lord, and were very faithful
to Him. But after Jesus was arrested, they all ran away except
Peter, who followed Him secretly. When Peter was later found
to have been with Jesus, he denied Him three times. Even though
the disciples had witnessed Jesus’ bringing the dead
back to life, their faith in Jesus were small and shaken in
dangerous situations. Yet after Jesus died, His disciples
were suddenly firm in their faith and preached publicly that
Jesus is the Son of God. The government and religious people
of that time had outlawed their activities, and the situation
was more dangerous than it was when Jesus was arrested. Then
why did the disciples suddenly become so bold and so courageous
if there was not supernatural truth behind their activities?
The government immediately forbade their preaching, and they
were thrown into jail, beaten and even killed. Yet they followed
one after another in sacrificing themselves for preaching
that Jesus is the Savior. Their faith never failed.
Now give this a thought. What on earth happened after Jesus
died that made the disciples put complete trust in Him and
fear not even death for His Name's sake? Before Jesus died,
they dared not to publicly acknowledge Him; after He died,
they preached openly and would not quit, even though they
were cruelly persecuted for so doing. Why?
Before Jesus' death the disciples had witnessed many miracles
which He performed, including bringing the dead back to life,
and they had heard many teachings of Jesus. Yet they did not
completely believe in his divinity and his identity as the
Son of God during His life on earth. What else then could
it have been that made the disciples completely believe in
Him, besides the fact that Jesus Himself came back to life,
joined the disciples again, and ascended to heaven before
their eyes? Nothing else.
Question 21. Did any humans see Jesus after
He went up to Heaven?
Answer: It is recorded in the Bible in Revelation 1:12-16
that the Apostle John saw Jesus again after Jesus had left
the earth and ascended to heaven. Several famous contemporary
Christians like Jonathan Edwards and Kenneth Hagan also claimed
in their books to have seen Jesus.
Question 22. Why do human beings have to die
and suffer misery?
Answer: According to the Bible, misery and death are the penalties
for sin. They are punishments by God (Ge 3:16-19; Ro 5:12).
Question 23. Why did God not prevent human beings
Answer: This is a very good question, for which many Christians
and theologians in history have sought an answer. Yet there
is no satisfactory result up to date. The following answer
is only for reference.
God endowed human beings with free will. He hoped human beings
would love Him, but He did not force human free will, but
wanted to enjoy human beings' voluntary love for Him. He hoped
that human beings would choose to reject evil.
Question 24. Will there be an end for the world?
Answer: Yes. Jesus has prophesied about it. In the last book
of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation, the end for
human civilization and the world is prophesied.
Question 25. Did you believe in the prophecy
that the world would end on August 18, 1999?
Answer: No. For Jesus said that no one knows when the end
will come except God alone.
Question 26. If God is omnipotent, can He make
a stone so heavy that He Himself cannot lift it?
Answer: This is a very popular paradoxical proposition in
Since the presupposition of this proposition is that God is
omnipotent, then there is no such a thing in existence as
"a stone so heavy that He Himself cannot lift it up."
"Omnipotent" does not include "cannot".
The conclusion contradicts precondition and renders this proposition
The hidden quibbling in this proposition results in the overthrow
of its own presupposition.
Question 27. Does the "Tao" in Tao
Te Ching refer to Jesus Christ?
Answer: It absolutely does not.
The founder of Taoism, Lao Zi, who lived during the Spring
and Autumn Period of China, wrote in his book Tao Te Ching:
"You wu hun chen, xian tian di sheng; ji xi liao xi,
du li er bu gai, zhou xing er bu dai, ke yi wei tian xia mu;
wu bu zhi qi ming, zi zhi yue dao." ("There was
one 'thing' which has existed since the time before the sky
and earth were formed. It is hard to describe its features,
but it is independent and never changing. It does not have
a beginning or an end, instead moving in endless cycles, and
is everlasting. This thing is the origin of everything in
the universe. I do not know its name and call it 'Tao'.")
It is written in John 1:1-4: "In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He
was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were
made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In
him was life, and that life was the light of men." From
these words in the Gospel of John, we know that the "Tao"
(logos) refers to Jesus Christ.
It is important for us to go back once again to the "
half-true, half false lies" in chapter 4.2 for an illustration
of this topic.
First of all, the devil knows about God the Father, Jesus
and the Holy Spirit. So it was written: " There was one
'thing' which has existed since the time before the sky and
earth were formed…. It is independent and never changing….
This thing is the origin of everything in the universe."
These three statements are close to the truth, but they are
not complete and are only partial.
Second, the devil's purpose is to delude human beings. So
he covered up, rejected, and distorted the truth. So it is
said, "You wu hun chen… ji xi liao xi… zhou
xing er bu dai." (There is something, which is muddy
and turbid…It is silent and lonely. It does not have
beginning nor end, moving in endless cycles, and is everlasting.)
These three statements give a vague and abstract concept that
is very different from the concept given by the Bible. They
help to mislead people. For according to the Scripture, Jesus
has a distinct person and identity, which is "the Word
was God. He was with God."
Hence, it is the half-true, half-false lies that the devil
made use of to get the conclusion that "wu bu zhi qi
ming, zi zhi yue dao." (“I do not know its name,
and call it 'Tao'”). The concept of "Tao"
was thus established. We can now see that it was under the
guidance of evil spirits that Lao Zi wrote these words.
Please refer to chapter 5.4 of this book for the essence and
principles of this "Tao" taught by Lao Zi. Without
knowing the principles and essence of qigong and the relation
between qigong and Taoism, it is very hard to comprehend this
issue. Some rational concepts have to do with other concepts
with spiritual backgrounds, so we should consider not only
their superficial philosophical concept, but also their spiritual
When we try to find out about something, we should not allow
the half-true, half false lies to confuse us.
Question 28. Why does the first chapter of the
Book of John in the Bible in the Chinese version use "Tao"
to refer to Jesus Christ?
Answer: Chinese Bible translators know the best about the
answer to this question. But each nation's language carries
with it that nation's cultural characteristics. It may be
true that translators of the Chinese Bible could not find
a better word than "Tao" for translating "the
Word," or they might have misunderstood the meaning of
The Chinese Bible has been translated from the English Bible,
which has been translated from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek
In the English Bible "Tao" in the Chinese Bible
is actually "Word" in the English Bible. Its direct
meaning is "word." Yet with the first capitalized
letter, it has a deeper meaning, which is too hard to explain
in human language. Why "Word" then?
"Word," as used in the Greek New Testament actually
has two meanings. One is the words spoken by the mouth; the
other is the "meaning of one's thinking," which
is in one's head but not spoken out yet. People express in
words the "meaning of the thinking" in their head,
and before the words are formed, the "meaning of the
thinking" must have been formed already. What is the
equivalent for this "meaning of the thinking"? In
Greek it is "word"; in English it is "reason";
there seemed to have no exact equivalent in Chinese for it.
Yet the more direct reason may have been something else. In
Greek, the word "word" contains a concept of "a
rational law that controls everything in the universe,"
when it is used to describe cosmological ideas. It is purely
philosophical idea, which is understood by the Israelites
as "God." We all know that the New Testament Bible
is written in Greek. Apostle John, the writer of the Gospel
of John, used the word "word," which can be understood
by both the Greeks and the Israelites. The English translators
were faithful to the original text and translated it directly
into the word "Word." Because this word did not
include the over-all meaning of the original word, they capitalized
its first letter and made it into a word used only for the
Bible commonly accepted by all.
The second sentence of John 1:1 "the Word was with God"
clearly shows the different person of Jesus Christ from that
of God. And we learn from the third sentence that this "Word"
is God. Jesus Christ is God.
Personally, I think the word "Tao" used in Chinese
translation of the word "Word" is inappropriate.
Even though we know, that considered literally and purely
philosophically, the word "Tao" is a very suitable
translation, for Chinese who, up to the present time, are
still under the strong influence of traditional culture tinted
by Taoism, the word "Tao" has a misleading effect,
tending to cause confusion and divergence of views. Again,
as we have discussed in question 27, some rational concepts
have to do with other concepts with spiritual backgrounds,
so we should consider not only their superficial philosophical
concept, but also their spiritual significance.
Question 29. How do you view human wisdom?
Answer: Human wisdom is very limited. For example, human beings
are unable to answer the question of whether the universe
is finite or infinite. If the universe is finite, what then
is there beyond its limit? If it is infinite, that is equally
incomprehensible, for how can anything be infinite? What is
Question 30. What does Christianity say about
Answer: Science is part of truth, but a very small part of
Question 31. What does Christianity say about
Answer: Because the Bible says all are equal before God, Jesus
respected human rights even when He was still on earth. He
gave freedom to people and made friends with them. God endows
people with rights for survival, freedom and happiness. Nobody
can rightfully rob them of these rights. The spreading of
Christianity will surely cause human rights to be respected.
Question 32. What does Christianity say about
Answer: The first in the world to propose religious freedom
is Christians. God has given humans beings free will, and
though He hopes everyone believe in truth, He does not force
them to do so. People who object to religious freedom have
fear in their hearts. Truth does not fear.
Question 33. What is the Christian view of the
union of church and state?
Answer: The union of church and state inevitably leads to
corruption. Catholicism is an instance. Jesus said, "Give
to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's"
Question 34. What is the difference between
Catholicism and Christianity?
Answer: In AD 590 Gregory I was chosen pope and established
Catholicism. With Christianity there is no man who is the
authority. All people are equal, having Jesus as the authority
for all believers and the Holy Bible as the theoretical authority.
With Catholicism, the pope is the authority and has the power
to give commands. In the Christian church no one can command
another. Catholicism worships not only the Trinity, but also
the Virgin Mary. The Bible says that Mary is mother of Jesus,
but also a human being who does not have divinity. Worshipping
Mary is worshipping a human, an idol, which is detested by
Question 35. How do you explain the Trinity
Answer: According to the Holy Bible, God, Jesus, and the Holy
Spirit are the triune God. We can say that God the Father,
God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are the triune God. They
are different "persons,", but each of them is God.
This is a little difficult to understand. Here is a parable
for an illustration. The grapevine consists of the branches,
the leaves and the grapes. When you point to the grapevine
and say, "This is a grapevine," You may be pointing
to the grape, or the leaf, or the branches, but it does not
matter, for whichever you are pointing toward, you are talking
about the grapevine.
Question 36. Why does Christianity emphasize
Answer: Jesus sent His disciples to preach to the whole world
because God hopes to save all people, not wanting any of them
to perish. Christian evangelization is carried on out of love.
Question 37. How does one become a Christian?
Answer: By saying a prayer out of your own willing decision
to become a Christian and by believing in Jesus Christ.
Question 38. How does one say a prayer to accept
Answer: When you feel so moved in your heart and would like
to know Jesus, say a prayer like the one just below. It would
be better if you say it aloud.
"Dear Jesus Christ, I believe You are the Son of God
and the only Savior of my life and of all human beings. I
believe You died on the Cross for my sin. I ask you to please
forgive me of all my sins. Please enter into my life right
now and take charge of my whole life. I am willing to follow
You. Please make me eligible to enter heaven and enable me
to enjoy the full life you have given me. I ask You again
to please forgive my sins and wrongdoings and give me power
to overcome all my bad habits and flawed character, quality
and style, speech, ideas and actions, such as [here you can
say these specific things quietly in your heart]. Jesus, please
give me abundant faith, love, hope, and wisdom. Please give
me eternal life. In Jesus' name. Amen!"
By coming to know Jesus in this way, you have come to know
Question 39. What if I still have doubts after
I have prayed to accept Jesus?
Answer: It does not matter. This happens to many new believers.
Human hearts are not controlled by logic, but God knows our
hearts. The Bible says, "It is with your mouth that you
confess and are saved" (Ro 10:10). To say the prayer
to accept Jesus is to confess with our mouths our faith in
Jesus Christ. It does not matter how strong your faith is
at the moment. God has accepted you. The Holy Spirit is with
you. You pray to communicate with Jesus Christ, who will definitely
prove to you in your life that He is the Christ, the God.
There are not many people who have complete faith from the
very beginning, but such people are more blessed.
Question 40. How can I communicate with God
Answer: Praying is the most attractive thing about Christianity.
Praying is done in Jesus' name. It is free communication with
God. I would recommend that you pray to Jesus directly when
you have just become a Christian, so that you can have a very
You can pray for blessings, help and forgiveness for sins
you have confessed, for sharing your emotions, and giving
thanks and praise, etc. When you are a newborn baby in Christ,
you can pray for God's blessings upon you. Pray for the detailed
help you need and pray specifically for that help. When your
prayers to God are answered one by one and many things you
have asked about happen miraculously and precisely as you
have prayed, your faith in Jesus will grow, and very naturally,
you will not be able to help thanking and praising Him. Please
note that you should not feel ashamed for asking God for blessings.
For God is your Father, and He wants you to be happy. He has
a lot of blessings in store for you when you ask for them.
After you have accepted Jesus, it is very important for you
to learn about Him.
Question 41. How can I learn to know about Jesus?
Answer: Through praying to Jesus, reading the Bible, and having
fellowship with other Christians.
Question 42. How do I read the Holy Bible?
Answer: You can start with the New Testament. The first four
books of the New Testament are records of Jesus' life from
different angles by four disciples. Bible reading helps you
to understand theoretically your faith in Jesus Christ and
enhances the practice of your faith. In the Bible are written
words out of the mouth of God for human beings.
Question 43. Where can I buy a copy of the Holy
Answer: Bibles are sold only in churches in the People’s
Republic of China. Hopefully, someone will give you a copy.
Question 44. How should I pray to Jesus?
Answer: Please refer to the answer to question 40.
Question 45. What about my fellowship with other
Answer: You can go to church, or have fellowship in small
groups of Christians. You can go wherever you are able to
learn to grow in the Lord. Nobody can rightfully bind you.
At such gatherings there is no human being that is the authority.
You are allowed to question even the teachings of the pastor
because humans are fallible and may speak wrongly unintentionally.
The only theoretical authority is the Bible.
Question 46. How does the state of mind of someone
praying differ from the meditation and imagination of qigong?
Answer: Your state of mind is relaxed when you pray. What
you speak in spirit and truth is the most sincere. God hates
hypocrisy and lies. When you pray, do not try to adjust your
own ideas and imagination as one does in qigong practice.
Do not try to make efforts in your heart because your moods
and feelings have nothing to do with whether or not God answers
your prayers. It is God, not you, who is to make the thing
happen. You just simply speak what you have to say.
Question 47. Do Christians have to read the
Bible, pray, and attend the church?
Answer: It is not that they must do these things, but that
they need to. Just as eating and sleeping are indispensable,
one reads the Bible, prays, attends church, and has fellowship
out of one's own willingness, not because forced to. Because
one feels he/she can learn something, it is a pleasure for
him/her to do these things.
Question 48. What is the most important thing
Answer: Love is the most important quality or action. We are
to love God our Lord Jesus Christ, love our neighbors, and
even our enemies.
Question 49. Why should I love my enemy?
Answer: Because even though you too have a lot of sins in
God’s eye, He loves you and forgives you. It is easy
to say but not easy to put it in practice to love your enemies.
You may not be able to do it all your life, but it does not
matter. The important thing is that God's Love keeps filling
you up and therefore the love in your heart will not stop
growing. We are always doing better.
Question 50. What is the principle of action
Answer: Love. (Please read 1 Corinthians 13: 1-8.)
Question 51. What does Jesus ask of Christians?
Answer: Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey what
I command" (John 14:15).
Question 52. What is Jesus' command?
Answer: The center of Jesus' command is love.
Question 53. What ceremonies are there in Christianity?
Answer: There are two ceremonies, one being the baptism, the
other Holy Communion. These are required by Jesus.
Question 54. What effect can be achieved through
joint prayers for a specific issue by many Christians?
Answer: Jesus said, "If two of you on earth agree about
anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father
in heaven." Therefore, many people joining together in
praying for something will cause the Lord to value and answer
Question 55. Why should we pray for the government?
Answer: So that the government will do what pleases God.
Question 56. The Bible says that we are saved
by faith. What does faith mean?
Answer: The Bible says, "Faith is being sure of what
we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Faith
includes belief based on the foundation of Jesus and also
trust in God. Our prayers and our expectations of heaven are
all based on this faith. (Please read Hebrews 11:1.)
Question 57. What is that faith mentioned so
frequently in the Bible?
Answer: Christian faith is trust in God our Lord Jesus Christ.
Because we believe in God, we can rest completely assured.
For example, when we pray for help, we do not know what will
happen exactly, but we believe that God has heard our prayer
request and that He will surely make things happen as long
as those things are good for us.
Question 58. How is the faith in the Bible different
from the confidence of qigong?
Answer: The "faith" that Christians often talk about
is not self-confidence, but trust in God the Lord Jesus Christ.
How things will happen is decided by God's will. People who
pray do so in order to let God know their requests. It is
because of their trust in God that Christians have confidence
in themselves, while the confidence in qigong is absolute
self-confidence, which decides whether things will happen
or not. Qigong practitioners are themselves determiners.
Question 59. What does "spirit and truth"
Answer: The Bible says that whoever worships God must worship
in spirit and truth. (Please read John 4:24.) This is very
hard for qigong practitioners to understand. We should know
that we are not to think that the more we pray, praise the
Lord, read the Bible, and attend fellowship meetings, the
more we will please God. None of these things is obligatory.
God wants you to do these things often, but He wants you to
do them from your heart, out of willingness and pleasure and
without feeling forced to do so. God loves the sincerity and
honesty in people, and He hates hypocrisy and lies.
Question 60. What does Christianity think of
Answer: God detests lies extremely. It was because they were
cheated by the snake's lie that Adam and Eve, the first parents
of human beings, sinned against God.
Chinese like to categorize lies into three groups: malicious
lies, kind lies, and innocent lies without good or evil intentions.
Chinese think the last two kinds of lies are not wrong.
Christianity regards all lies out of any motivation as sin.
Christians speak only truth, or else they remain silent.
Question 61. What should I think of fate?
Answer: Christians know the result of their fate, even though
they do not know the details of their fate. Therefore, we
should use God-given faith, love and wisdom so as to do our
best in everything. If someone thinks his/her fate is bad,
he/she should have that fate changed for the best through
knowing Jesus Christ.
Question 62. What is my right attitude towards
Answer: Pastors are Christians who teach the Bible and administer
church activities. Pastors take on duties, not positions.
They are equal with all other Christians, and they are fallible
too. They can even teach wrong ideas. Pastors are not authorities.
Question 63. How do Christians look at themselves?
Answer: I am a Christian. God is my Heavenly Father. Jesus
is my friend and brother. I sometimes please God, and sometimes
anger or grieve Him. I endeavor to abide by Jesus' commandments,
but I sin unavoidably. As long as I sincerely repent, God
will forgive me. God also disciplines me. I know how precious
I am in God's eye. He loves me more than my parents love me.
I will be with Him for ever and ever in Heaven in the future.
Question 64. How should we spread the gospel?
Answer: We spread the gospel out of willingness, not reluctance.
Evangelization is done out of love. Evangelization is not
the most important, but love. All actions have to be the results
of love. Only evangelization out of love is pleasing to God.
Question 65. What does Christianity think of
Answer: Jesus said, "What God has joined together, let
man not separate." (Please read Matt. 19:3-6.) Marriage
is holy and should be highly respected. Christians are very
careful in choosing their spouse. And after they have decided
to enter into matrimony, they are determined to stay together
all their lives.
Question 66. Do Christians have to marry Christians?
Answer: It is not that they have to, but that they are happy
to. Without a common belief, common views and easy communication
will be impossible, and naturally, sweet love will be impossible
too. Christians choosing Christians as their spouses is a
very practical decision.
Question 67. What attitude should Christians
have towards daily living?
Answer: Christians live with care, in faith, love, wisdom
and hope. They ask God to bless their lives. For Christians
to enjoy the happiness of life is God's will because God is
our Heavenly Father.
Christians do not escape this world, but conquer it, for Jesus
has conquered this world for us.
Question 68. What do you think of the present
trend toward sexual freedom in China?
Answer: Materialistic atheism inevitably leads to sexual freedom.
For the sake of the Chinese traditional "saving face,"
many people hesitate to get a divorce, but they go for that
extra-marital sexual freedom that has become very prevalent
in China. Pre-marital sex has become common. It is sinful
and is detested by God.
Question 69. What is the mainstream culture
of China at present time?
Answer: Chinese mainstream culture consists of two components:
some ethical morals of Confucian culture and a materialistic
worldview and view of life.
Question 70. What do you think of the direction
of China's development?
Answer: Christianity is developing and spreading far and wide.
It will become China's mainstream culture, which will produce
corresponding political, economic and social systems. This
process can be estimated to take the next thirty years for
Question 71. How should I treat qigong practitioners and people
who believe in other religions?
Answer: We should love them, have compassion towards them,
and pray for them. If they are willing, we can lead them to
the truth of Jesus.
Question 72. What do you think of the technology
Answer: As a scientific technology, it is not wrong in itself,
just as gunpowder is not wrong in itself. It all depends on
how this new technology is used. From this we should know
that things told in the Bible like the Virgin Mary bearing
a child and God making woman out of one rib of Adam are not
anything to be fussed about.
Question 73. What do you think of the British
Answer: It is an obvious symptom of the faith crisis of the
UK. When God is gradually forgotten, humans themselves can
very easily become idols to be worshipped. The tremendous
zeal exposed in the "Diana phenomenon" shocked the
whole world. Even though the worshippers do not represent
all British people, they depict a strange picture of the UK
for the whole world.
Question 74. What about the British "football
Answer: It is also a symptom of the faith crisis and the degeneration
of humanity. Some people worship football and its related
items, which they use to fill up their spiritual emptiness
and also as a kind of vent.
Question 75. What about the Chinese football
Answer: Football has become a spiritual prop for many Chinese.
This is a typical manifestation of the faith crisis. Through
the football fad people find their attention shifted from
the various pains and dissatisfactions of actual life. "Football"
has become a synonym for "national self-esteem."
Please note that "enjoy football playing a lot"
and "football worshipping" are totally different,
the former being an entertainment, the latter a spiritual
Question 76. How should we understand U.S. president
Clinton's attending of the worship service at Congwenmen Protestant
Church in Beijing during his visit to China?
Answer: On Sunday morning, June 18, 1998, US President Clinton
attended the worship service at the biggest Protestant church
in Beijing, Congwenmen Church, and even delivered a short
speech following the pastor's preaching, emphasizing the call
for religious freedom. He quoted Acts 17:26 from the New Testament
and undoubtedly taught a lesson from the gospel for Chinese
people. He encouraged Chinese Christians and served as a propelling
power for Christian evangelization of China. He greatly baffled
at the same time millions of Chinese people, who wondered:
Oh, my! Is the American president also so superstitious?
Question 77. What do you think of the development
of Christianity in China?
Answer: Christianity is developing rapidly in China. This
is a great blessing from God upon China. Christianity has
churches as its operating units. Influenced by the mainstream
culture, the Chinese church has an important problem demanding
prompt solution: The setting up of a perfected church mechanism.
We can say there are two types of mechanisms:
a. An open-church mechanism in the society.
b. The non-open house-church mechanism.
Setting up a perfected church mechanism is an important guarantee
for a healthy development of the church. Without a perfect
mechanism, the church will be troubled with a lot of problems
once it grows large, even though any harm remains unremarkable
when the church is small.
Depending on man's faith and moral virtues for a healthy operation
of the church will certainly meet with failure because even
Christians have tendencies towards sin and sin constantly.
Question 78. What does the mechanism of a public
Answer: The open-church mechanism includes the following:
a. A system for democratic election.
All members of the church elect directly and openly members
of the church committee, whose duties will be to take care
of detailed church affairs and to serve the church. (See Acts
6:3-4 in the New Testament.)
They also elect directly the pastor and other clergy, whose
duties will be to organize the detailed activities of the
church, to serve the church, and to carry out each one's duty
according to the gift each one has received from the Holy
The principle for election is selecting people on their merits
who love the church as their own bodies.
b. A perfected financial system.
The church committee appoints the accountant, cashier, auditor,
and other church financial personnel.
c. An efficient overseeing system.
All members of the church oversee all members of church committee
and all other clergy. The church committee oversees the work
of the clergy and the financial personnel.
d. A system for appointing and removing church workers.
All members of the church or the church committee can vote
directly to remove unsuitable workers. Ways and processes
taken to remove personnel should set up so as to avoid hurting
these personnel emotionally.
Question 79. What does the mechanism of a family
Answer: House churches should not be very big, especially
in the cities. The number of believers for each house church
will function best with around 6-8 in the cities and around
15 in the countryside. Even though each house church has a
small number of believers, a lot of house churches spreading
out in the whole local area can form a large system and be
connected with each other freely and equally. There will surely
be apostle-like believers who will serve to connect and instruct
the individual house churches.
As to the very sensitive issues of leadership and financial
organization, these will discussed and studied in my other
Question 80. How does one set up the mechanism
of a church?
Answer: First, the mechanism of the church has to be set up
even in the beginning when there are few members.
Second, decisions about the mechanism of the church must be
discussed and made by all members. No one is to be regarded
as an authority.
Third, the mechanism of the open church should be put down
in written form and perfected through long-term practice.
Finally and most importantly, the setting up of the mechanism
of the church is not to run counter to biblical teachings.