Bibles have now been made completely unavailable for the whole of China, both on and offline. They were previously only available online, as physical sales of the Bible were always prohibited. A recent order by China’s internet censorship department is part of the regime’s ramping up of efforts to curb “dangerous” religious ideas in China. It turns out this is a small part of the regime’s larger plot to “eliminate” all religion.
Chinese Christians started to notice all major online bookstores cease selling copies of the Bible on April 3. Sites such as Alibaba’s Taobao, DangDang.com, JD.com, and Amazon were among the e-commerce sites that pulled the Bible.
It was confirmed that these retail sites were ordered, or received “instruction” as it was discreetly put, to cease all Bible sales and downloads by March 30, by the Cyberspace Administration of China, which oversees internet censorship in the authoritarian state.
“If you can’t follow what such instruction wanted you to do, your [online] shop will be gone soon,” one online retailer told BBC.
Following the sudden ban, on March 31 the keyword “Bible” spiked on Weibo, a popular state-controlled Chinese social media platform. But by April 1, that huge spike was soon zeroed out—or dealt with—most likely due to an abrupt censorship of the word by Weibo.
The self-professed atheist regime that is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has always disallowed physical copies of the Bible from being sold in Chinese bookstores, but now it looks as if moves to “phase out” Christianity on another level are being rolled out.
Interestingly, in the same week as the ban on Bible downloads was enforced, the CCP’s State Council pledged to “respect and protect its citizens’ freedom of religious belief.”
As the amount of Christians in China grows, almost to 100 million now, concerns of a violent clampdown by the CCP, which has a membership of 85 million, is becoming more apparent.
Falun Gong practitioners—peaceful meditators who live by the three principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance”—numbered about 100 million in China by 1999, according to state-run reports, but were met with an unprecedented persecution at the hands of the regime, involving live organ harvesting—which continues to this day.
“By 2030, China will almost certainly have more Christians than any other country and the Communist party is very alarmed,” claims Fenggang Yang, professor of sociology at Purdue University and director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society, as reported by the Financial Times. “Chinese officials often cite the experience of Poland, where they believe the Catholic Church helped destroy communism and, although the two situations are not really comparable, the party still sees Christianity as a very serious threat that it needs to suppress.”
The banning of Bible downloads is not the CCP’s first hit at Christians. In Wenzhou City and the surrounding Zhejiang province, which is referred to as a “subversive” region by Chinese authorities due to the amount of Christian followers, more than 400 churches have been demolished. This included the Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, which took 6 years to construct, costing approximately US$4.7 million, before it was demolished the following day. The most recent case was the massive Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi Province, which was blown up and bulldozed by paramilitary police officers at the start of the year.
According to investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, Christians, along with Tibetans, Uigurs, and Falun Gong practitioners, are “considered expendable” by the CCP, and are all subject to live organ harvesting to fuel China’s lucrative transplant industry.
In Chapter 2, Article 35 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, it states: “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.” Article 36 states, “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief.”
In light of the CCP’s history on religious persecution, that constitution is considered more bogus than reference, for under the iron-fist rule of the CCP, if religion can be infiltrated and controlled, then it can be maintained on the surface, but if devotees aren’t towing the Party’s line, trouble can ensue fairly quickly.
The Chinese Buddhist Association was established in 1952 by the CCP, as was the Chinese Daoist Association in 1957. Heads of religion are appointed by the state, and the teachings depart from the original religions. As the CCP put it, they’re officially “under the leader of the People’s government,” in other words—not under a divine being.
But here’s where it gets even more sinister. In a December 2017 interview with The Epoch Times, Toronto resident He Lizhi recalls when he was put under house arrest in China for practicing Falun Gong. He was forced to watch a highly confidential video to “transform” him. He believes he was let in on the CCP’s secret as he’s an award-winning civil engineer from Beijing with plenty of influence. The video reveals the CCP’s plans for religious believers of all religions in not just China, but worldwide.
The video featured Ye Xiaowen, head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), who talks about “educating” Chinese citizens to become atheists, and to “eradicate religion from the globe.”
“When I heard that the CCP was aiming at eliminating spiritual belief, my first thought was that in reality, they want to destroy humankind,” said He. “That’s why I was so shocked.”
In fact, the CCP is incrementally working its way at eliminating the very concept of God and divinity in people’s minds.