Why isn’t there a Chinese Jesus?

This is something that I gave some thought to as I was on my usual evening run the other day.

One of the central tenants of most religions is that their religion is the religion; all of the other ones are wrong, and all of the other gods are false. However, I see a problem with this. Namely, if there really is only one correct religion, why are there so many other ones?

I’m going to pick on Christianity for a moment because it’s the religion I am most familiar with and the dominant religion of the country in which I live. Most of the people who are reading this right now are probably at least passingly familiar with the central themes of the Christian story, about how Jesus, the son of God, was sent to earth via virgin birth* to die for the sins of all mankind.

Where I start to lose the thread is that when this supposedly happened, it was not a world wide event, even though at the time there were definitely people living on all of the other continents (except Antarctica, of course). All of this allegedly happened in only a very small geographic area and then…nothing for a thousand years or so. Think about it: two thousand years ago, how could ancient Palestinians possibly hope to spread the word of the one true God to, say, South Americans, whom they didn’t even know existed yet?

So God’s master plan was to reveal himself to only ONE small group of people and then just let them sit on it for 1500 years until the printing press was invented, until technology progressed enough to allow explorers to reach the new world? What kind of a divine plan is that? Why would such a perfect, omniscient being enact such a convoluted plan?

If the Christian God was really the one true God, why wouldn’t he enact the whole Jesus thing the world over, simultaneously? Why wouldn’t there be a Native American Jesus, a Japanese Jesus, an Aborigine Jesus, etc? He’s God, he can make his presence and his truth known to all people of the world simultaneously, and choose to enact whatever weird fairy tales he wants through all cultures at once. But he doesn’t do that. Instead, he focuses on only one group of people at one arbitrary point in history.

One of the ten commandments is not worshiping false idols. Thou shalt not put another god before me. You know, that whole thing. But before the arrival of Jesus, there were religions the world over that would, by the Christian definition, be worshiping false gods or idols. If this was really such a big deal to God, why wouldn’t he appear to, say, Japanese Shinto followers and say, “Hey, knock it off. You guys are sinning, but it’s OK, because I’m going to send you Japanese Jesus, and he’ll save you all and then you’ll all be Christian!”

People created God, plain and simple. The God of the Christians never addresses any other specific world religions or peoples because the men who invented him did not know that they existed. The “mankind” that the Bible speaks of is what was only known to it’s writers at the time, a very small, limited area around the fertile crescent.  It’s the same reason why there’s nobody in the bible named Kenji or Miguel. If the bible really was the word of the one true God, how come the only characters in it come from the ethnic background of one region? Because it’s a work of fiction, and the very human men who fabricated the entire thing drew upon the very small world around them, which was the only thing that they knew at the time.

This same logic can be applied to any religion which claims to be the one true way. If there really was one true God, why not appear and correct the others? That never happened, and I think there’s a pretty simple reason for it: it’s all fiction, folks.

*Something I’ve never understood about the whole virgin birth is why it’s even necessary at all. I mean, we’re talking about God here. He already created mankind, presumably without impregnating a bunch of non-existent virgins. So why didn’t God just snap his fingers and create a flesh and blood Jesus? Makes no sense to me.

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8 thoughts on “Why isn’t there a Chinese Jesus?

  1. Well the Christian might respond and say: “Well for God time is meaningless and he knew the future that one day we’d have the ability communicate the message of Jesus far and wide, so he wasn’t concerned with the whole time gap thing.” lol That being said, the next question becomes, when these Europeans could finally make it to the Americas to finally be able to give this awesome news, why did 80% of the people, who I am sure would be so grateful for the message, die of influenza and small pox? It seems like kind of bum deal for all those natives who were sinning so long and didn’t know, only to never get a chance to really absorb the message thanks to germs. That and the fact that most of the Europeans thought they were mindless infidels who if they didn’t convert should be slaughtered anyway.

    1. That does indeed sounds like a bum deal lol. Apparently all of God’s plans have more twists and turns than a daytime soap opera…for some reason we puny mortals can’t possibly comprehend.

  2. Atheists have a habit of hallucinating a set of standards and then applying them to whatever they want to disappear.

    The secret to understanding why there isn’t a Chinese Jesus is to first study the history of the Hebrews as given in the Old Testament, and then study the period of time between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance.

    That period of time is called the Middle Ages. A great source of information is provided by Cambridge scholar James Hannam, Ph D.

    In his new book, The Genesis of Science – How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution, Dr. Hannam recapitulates European history minus the Protestant and atheist propaganda (which is 100% anti-Catholic) that has flooded the airwaves for the past 500 years.

    Hannam’s book is quite a read, or quite a listen if you get the audio book.

    The bottom line is that the rise of Western Civilization, the greatest, most prosperous, most just, most prosperous civilization in human history was powered by the dynamo religion Christianity. And Christianity stands on the shoulders of the Hebrews.

  3. There’s a whole list of things about our lives you could ask God. The question is if a God existed would our human reasoning be able to comprehend it? Also, knowing that our understanding is limited, is it wise for us make conclusions based on limited understanding? That’s a wise question to ask even if there isn’t a God since we still know very little about how we’re here and why.

    If there is a God and he knows all things there’s a good reason to fear him.

  4. I think there are a number of assumptions I’d argue over. From a Christian perspective, Noah’s family would have come off the ark, and they would have populated the land. God commanded them to fill the earth, but mankind disobeyed God and stayed together in one location, called Babel. God confused the languages and forced man to spread out over the face of the earth, and they would have taken with them what they had learned from their forefathers about Noah, the flood, and God. This means that they would have taken with them the knowledge of God, and this is reflected in all the flood stories by every major people group. Those people in South America would have already had some knowledge about God, as long as those people continued to pass on their traditions from generation to generation.
    If you read the book of Acts, you’ll see how quickly the gospel spread throughout the world. In fact the Great Commission was announced by Jesus when he said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).
    Yes, God did have a master plan, and it was to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, starting with the disciples, and we can see how it spread like wildfire! I don’t see how this plan is convoluted. God uses humans to spread his word because he’s a personal God, and from time-to-time he even steps in, as he did with Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-22).
    You’re also supposing that, if you were God, you’d have a better plan, and since you do, that proves God doesn’t exist. As a Christian, however, I believe God has a good plan that benefits those that love him (Romans 8:28). He’ll ultimately work things out for our good because he’s orchestrating all of history according to his plan.
    Obviously God could have done what you think he ought to have done, but he chose not to appear to every culture at the same time. I don’t know the mind of God, but I certainly trust him and his plan. The Bible tells us to spread the gospel over all the corners of the earth, which is why Christian missionaries travel around the earth, hoping to reach all the different people groups and to translate the gospel message into every language. The Bible does explain why God chose Israel to be his chosen people, and it wasn’t because they were special or better than any other nation: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10).”
    God does judge people differently, and he’ll judge those of other nations that haven’t heard the gospel message less strictly. James 3:1 explains that some will be judged more strictly than others. We also don’t know if he’s appeared to any of those Japanese Shinto people directly, like he did with Paul. I’ve heard many stories of people coming to Christ through a special revelation from Christ, so who’s to say that he didn’t appear to them? I think it’s just an assumption that he didn’t.
    Of course I believe God created man, and not the other way around. The assumptions you’re making are based on limited knowledge of what God is actually doing around the world. It’s almost as if you think if you’re not there following him around, then he must not be doing anything, which is a false assumption. Just because you don’t see the work he’s doing doesn’t mean that he doesn’t exist.
    I can’t follow the logic with no one being named Kenji, or something else in the Bible. Why would every name in existence have to be in the Bible in order to authenticate it? If kenji isn’t in the Bible, then it’s not in the Bible. God’s existence isn’t dependent on what names are in it. It mentions the names of those persons mentioned in the Bible, and it doesn’t mention the names of people not mentioned in the Bible. If God had chosen the Japanese as his chosen people, then the names in the Bible would obviously be much different.
    Obviously God could correct all other religions, but he has a plan that he hasn’t revealed to us, and that’s ok. At some point we have to trust that he’s doing what’s best for us, and that we don’t have a right to all the answers. I’d love to know everything, but then where would faith be? God wants us to have faith. We don’t have to have all the answers to follow him and love him. We do have enough answers, and, as a Christian, I know he loves me, so I’m able to let go of those things he hasn’t revealed. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a good reason for doing what he does. It just means that he hasn’t revealed it to us, and that’s ok. God is still good. God has corrected other religions as he chose. The Bible is full of examples. But he’s also patient and has allowed others religions to exist as part of his ultimate plan. God isn’t going to wipe out sin until the end of times. Until then there will be other religions.
    I think it makes sense. When I study scripture from beginning to end I can see how Jesus orchestrated everything for a reason (even though we don’t have all the answers). Jesus had to be fully human and fully God. If he was born of a man and woman, then he’d have been born into sin. But since he didn’t have a human father, he was conceived without sin. That’s important because only a perfect sacrifice would atone for the sin of all mankind. He stepped into human history to demonstrate his love for us, to be an example and a light. The Bible tells us there are many reasons why Jesus came and why it had to happen the way it did. I’d suggest to read the Bible from beginning to end and see how it all points to Jesus and our salvation.

    1. Of course I have limited knowledge of what God is doing–everybody has limited knowledge of what God is doing. And that’s precisely my point: without something universal, something tangible and concrete, why should I trust any religion when it comes to God? I guess you could point to the Bible and say, “Well all the answers are in here!” Well, aren’t all the answers in any religious text? So why should I trust one over the other, especially when they all purport to be the only correct one? My entire point is that it would boost the credibility of any religious text–not just the Christian Bible–if there was any sort of universality behind it aside from the use of the word “mankind” since that’s absolutely subjective.

      Perhaps you could clear something that I’ve always wondered up for me: what ethnicity was Noah?

  5. There was only one ethnicity for all humans up to Babel, so Noah would have looked like every other human until then. After Babel is when people started diversifying with those who spoke the language they understood and only reproducing with their own people.

    One difference that separates Christianity from every other religion is that it’s all about what Jesus did for us. It’s all about a personal relationship with God. He came to us and did all the work. Every other religion is works oriented- it’s about what man does to earn salvation or to attain the ultimate objective. In Christianity we can’t earn our salvation- it was bought at a price and is a free gift from God to us.

    I do believe there’s a “universality” behind Christianity. Every other culture is connected to the same God of Genesis in several ways, and I presented all the world-wide flood stories as an example. I believe even the Chinese language has a lot of connections to Christianity if you look t their letter symbols. I think you can identify a lot of universality connecting God to all major cultures. In addition, you could come before God in prayer, sincerely seeking him, and asking him, if he exists, to reveal himself to you.

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