On the past Saturday (6th December), the youths continued on their series of workshops led by Pastor Lanning. This time, we looked into Chinese religions and how we may witness to those who are followers of it.
There are three main religions under ‘Chinese religions’: Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. These three religions are characterized as Chinese mainly because of where it originated – Asia, and because of the culture that influence the development of these religions.
These religions essentially attempt to teach the proper way to live our lives. Be it the teachings of the ‘Tao’ (道) in Taoism, or the teachings of ‘Tian’ (天) in Confucianism, or the teachings of the Middle Way in Buddhism, all of them attempt to relief and avoid the sufferings faced in this present life by doing a life of good works and be in harmony with all creation.
Chinese religion is built on the fear of death. The fear of death (which is also defined as a suffering) is the motivation for all good works. Such a motivation is a bondage as one lives in constant fear of ‘not-doing-enough’ to escape death and relive suffering (Hebrews 2:14-15). Furthermore, Chinese religion fails to teach the real reason for all problems and sufferings – sin – and as a result, a lack of harmony with God.
However, we learn and believe that our comfort in death and in all sufferings is in Jesus Christ! Through Christ, He reveals to us our sins, our need for a Saviour and delivers us from bondage, thus reconciling us to God. Death is not something fearful, but a passageway to Heaven to be with God in all perfectness.
In our witnessing to our friends who are followers of Chinese religions, we need to bring the truth of the gospel – Christ is the only Way that is true and the only One that brings life. Only Christ is able to deliver them from the bondage of sin and death.
After the workshop, we had pulled chicken and wraps for dinner that was cooked by some of the youths 🙂
Hope to see you at the next workshop on Agnosticism and Atheism!