Is There a God in China? (Pt. 2: No God But Government)
Updated: Oct 11
Communist ideologies leave no room for religious beliefs outside of the established national religion. In the case of the Chinese Communist Party, atheism reigns. Thus, the people of China (who want to live peaceable lives) are atheists who pledge allegiance to the Party.
Suppression of Falun Gong practitioners According to their website, "Falun Gong is an ancient Chinese spiritual discipline in the Buddhist tradition. [I]t consists of moral teachings, a meditation, and four gentle exercises that are a truly unique and highly effective way to improve your health and energy levels. At the core of Falun Gong are the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance...these are the most fundamental qualities of the universe...a guide for daily life and practice."
The website states, "[T]he basic reality of the campaign against Falun Gong has been long periods of detention in “reform through labor” camps or prisons – China’s Gulag system – after farcical or nonexistent trials. Others are held in makeshift detention centers or “black jails” — a network of extralegal detention centers within China. Detainees are often forced to work up to 20 hours per day, producing – without pay – toys, Christmas tree lights, chopsticks, and soccer balls for export. Those who refuse are tortured" (this gives new meaning to the label "Made in China").
"Be it in labor camps, jails, or in special reeducation centers, detained Falun Gong practitioners are forced to undergo what can only be described as brainwashing. The Chinese Communist Party’s goal is to force these people to renounce their spiritual beliefs and come to view Falun Gong as dangerous, as well as to turn in others who are active in exposing the persecution."
Torture of Uyghur Muslims Slavery, organ harvesting, and genocide are just a few of the Chinese Communist Party's methods for purging the nation of this religious group. According to Business Insider, Hamid Sabi, a lawyer for the China Tribunal, said, "[The Tribunal] found that China was committing "crimes against humanity" by harvesting organs from religious minorities...[f]orced organ harvesting prisoners of conscience...has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale." Business Insider continued, "Sabi [presented] evidence from the tribunal's final report, published in June, which found that a "very substantial number" of prisoners were "killed to order" by the Chinese government. They were "cut open while still alive for kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea and skin to be removed and turned into commodities for sale. The body parts were then used for medical purposes, it said, citing extremely short wait times for organ transplants in Chinese hospitals as evidence of the practice."
The China Tribunal website says, " China has been accused of forced organ harvesting since 2000. Initially, China was charged with forcibly removing the organs of death row prisoners. China later claimed that death row prisoners consented to donating their organs to the State to redeem themselves for the crimes they had committed against the State, a practice China claimed to have stopped in January 2015. However, the explosion of organ transplant activities in China from 2000 together with reports of thousands of transplant tourists going to China to purchase organs, suggests a larger supply of organs than could be sourced from executed criminals alone.
Persecution of Christians In Christianity, truth, compassion and longsuffering are the attributes of Jesus Christ and the fundamental qualities of His Kingdom. While Falun Gong practitioners are not followers of Christ, they are persecuted as some of their core traditions align with Scripture. I pray these people get a revelation of the Savior and endure persecution as His disciples rather than Buddha's pupils. As well, the Muslim god is not the God of the Bible and prayers for their souls must continue to go up.
"Christians in China are subjected to censorship of Christian teaching, the closure [and demolishing] of churches, social marginalization, imprisonment, and even 'detention in secret 'black' jails for brainwashing and Maoist 'struggle sessions', torture, and likely execution by means of organ excision", Christianity Daily reported.
The Daily went on to say, "Under the CCP's leadership, Christians in China are also subjected to state surveillance through "strict gatekeeping, verification of identity, and registration"...The COVID pandemic made it even more difficult to come together as the communist state used social distancing mandates and lockdowns to further persecute Christians in China...Forbes reported that in the January 2021 report of Open Doors, China entered the top 20 annual World Watch List of 50 countries where Christians face the worst kind of persecution."