China is mentioned in Isaiah 49 v12 (about 700BC): Surely these shall come from afar;.. these from the land of Sinim. (which pronounce as Qin, referring to Ancient China). Isaiah thus prophesied that one day Israel's exiles would return from China back to their own land. It appears that the Chinese believed in YHWH the Almighty (ShangDi) without an organized religion for more than four thousand years.
From the writings of Confucius(551-479) and Mozi (408-382 BC), we discover that the ancient Chinese were originally monotheists who worshiped a Creator-G-d whom they called 'Heaven' or 'ShangDi'. In fact, Han (202 BC-8AD) scholar Zheng Xuan also confirms 'ShangDi' as an alternative name for 'Heaven' The ancient Chinese, unlike their modern counterparts, did not believe in the theory of Evolution, which is a Western atheistic philosophy. The following quotes from the writings of Confucius have left behind a clear record of ancient China's original religious beliefs:'Emperor Sun sacrificed to ShangDi (2255 BC)'. The Book of History 'The Border Sacrifice ceremony is how men serve ShangDi' ；'Erect an altar of earth on Mt. Tai and offer a burnt offering to Heaven'. Sz Ma Qian:'There has never been any Emperor of China who has not performed the sacrifices to Heaven', From the above quotes we can deduce that the Aloahiym of ancient China was worshiped in a ceremony involving animal sacrifices, with the chief participant being the Emperor. Even Huang Di (Emperor), from the so-called 'Legendary Period', is reported to have sacrificed to Heaven (ShangDi). In the 15th century AD the 'Border Sacrifice' site was moved to the Altar of Heaven in Beijing and continued there until 1911 AD when the last Emperor of China was deposed. Thus in China we have a religious belief system and sacrificial ceremony of more than 4000 years continuous observance! Worship of Heaven (ShangDi) at the Altar of Heaven in Beijing. The Altar of Heaven complex, which is today an important tourist site, on the northern most structure, a tablet inscribed with the following characters: 'Heavenly Sovereign ShangDi' These characters clearly indicate that ShangDi (Heaven) was the Almighty worshiped at the 'Border Sacrifice'. This sacrifice took place every year at the winter solstice and by reviewing some of the prayers and songs used in the ceremony it becomes obvious how the Chinese revered their Supreme Almighty: "When Di (ShangDi), the Sovereign, had so decreed, He called into existence heaven, Earth, and man. The Statutes of the Ming Dynasty" If we compare this with the Hebrew text of the Bible it becomes clear that the Creator-Almighty of the Chinese and Hebrews is one and the same: By the word of YHWH the heavens were made... Psalm 33v6,9. Heaven (ShangDi) simply spoke everything into being by His commands. In addition, the religious ceremony of the ancient Chinese appears to be identical to that of the Hebrews as recorded in the Bible: Then Almighty (Yahuwah) said to Moses... 'An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings. Exodus 20v24, This is confirmed by further Chinese prayers and songs used at the 'Border Sacrifice':" All the numerous tribes of animated beings are indebted to Thy favour for their beginnings. Men and things are all emparadised in Thy love, O Di(ShangDi). All living things are indebted to your goodness, but who knows from whom his blessings come to him? You alone, O The Sovereign One, are the true parent of all things. The Statutes of the Ming Dynasty." From the above quote of MoTz we learn that the ancient Chinese believed that their Aloahiym was The Almighty ( G-d) of love. One final recitation from the 'Border Sacrifice' is of note: "Of old in the beginning, there was the great chaos without form and dark. The five elements had not begun to revolve, nor the sun and moon to shine. You, O Spiritual Sovereign, first divided the grosser parts from the purer. You made heaven. You made earth. You made man. All things with their reproducing power got their being. The Statutes of the Ming Dynasty" The above quote can be compared with the Biblical record: "In the beginning Aloahiym created the heavens and the earth. 'Let there be light'; and there was light.'...Then Aloahiym said let Us make man in Our image...Genesis chapter 1, In conclusion, the original religion of China is similar to that of the Hebrew people as recorded in the Bible. From ancient times right up until 1911 AD it had been the Emperor of China's responsibility to obey the 'Mandate of Heaven' i.e.YHWH Aloahiym's will. This included the 'Border Sacrifice'.本視頻源自：牧师康希（新加坡城市丰收教会）的講道信息下集。上集 (For Part 1): http://youtu.be/tqPLVAV5jfs http://www.yaharise.com & http://www.man-child.com
Video Source:by Rev. (Pastor) Kong Hee (City Harvest Church, Singapore).
千玉 (Yahn El)
新加坡籍旅美華人/ "世界華文作家協會"會員 / 曾任"新加坡作家協會"理事 / "新加坡21工程傳播企業公司"業務董事 / 新加坡"關懷中心"社會服務機構創辦人之一 / 新加坡國立大學社會科學院第一屆畢業生 / 1982-1994年先後出版主編四份雜誌，著作有: 散文集:【我不怕生命冷場】【相信人生】情思筆記:【我愛，為何哭】