One of the things I encourage is book reviews! Stan Yee has recently read a book which has some pretty intriguing thoughts on the early knowledge of God in Chinese history. Here is his review:
Genesis and the Mystery Confucius Couldn’t Solve
Ethel R Nelson / Richard E Broadberry
Book Review by Stan Yee 12/06/2022
The author discusses the significance of the mysterious Border Sacrifice which had been carried on annually by the Chinese Emperor for 40 centuries, from the first dynasty in 2205 BC until 1911. In 1420 emperors continued the sacrifice in the Temple of Heaven, built on the border of Beijing, to worship the god ShangTi.
Characters in ancient Chinese writings reveal that this god was in fact the Hebrew god of Adam and Eve. The author presents pictograms from Chinese words to prove that the origins of these writings were about creation written by the descendants of Noah.
There is presented in detailed pictograms the creation of Adam, then Eve, and describes the Garden of Eden. The book connects God and Adam and Eve by translating the pictograms. The temptation by Satan and the Fall of Man is also shown in the pictograms, and the promise of God to provide redemption through the Seed of the Woman.
The book concludes with the genealogies of Genesis 5-10 which records the descendants of Adam. This includes the Flood at about 2348 BC and later the Tower of Babel at about 2247 BC to scatter the inhabitants of Earth. The author notes that the timing is just before the first dynasty in 2205 BC. Confucius records that a ruler named Shun sacrificed to ShangTi in 2230 BC.
Five generations were to pass between the Flood and the Tower of Babel, Noah, Shem, Arphaxad, Salah and Eber, who would offer sacrifices to God in anticipation of the sacrifice of the sinless Jesus the Lamb of God. The author argues that if Adam lived 930 years, and Noah lived 350 years after the Flood, and his father Lamech was 56 years old when Adam died, it is possible for the creation story to have passed by word of mouth by only two intermediaries – Lamech and Noah. The author further argues that it is entirely possible therefore for the recording of Genesis by Moses, a descendant of Eber, the father of Peleg, to have had the same creation story handed down some 700 years later.
This Sunday: Lie #4 - God Will Always Guide Us Clearly
Spark and Blaze programmes begin again this Sunday! Come join us 🙂
Youth Group is back for term 2! Stay tuned for more details.
Time: 10 am (during the Sunday morning gathering)
Date: Every Sunday during school term
Bible Study Connect Group
Come along next Thursday at 10:30am, either physically or on zoom as we continue studying Paul's amazing letter to the church at Ephesus.
Worship This Sunday: Gathered AND Online
It was so exciting to be back together in our church building again! We will be doing it again this week at 10am (with masks and vaccine passports)!
There will also be an online service available to view, and a link will be sent out to you at 10am on Sunday morning.
Prayer Connection Points
Come along to a prayer gathering at the church lounge Thursdays from 11:30am-12:00pm. Masks are required. Also, On Mondays from 12:00 – 12:30pm there will be an Online Prayer Gathering for half an hour via zoom. Contact the office if you would like the meeting link and passcode.
The Book Club has chosen their first book - "One Soul At A Time" - a biography of Billy Graham. Please contact Carolina at the church office if you want to join - it's not too late!
If you or others you know are having to isolate because of covid, please contact the office.
Baptist Women’s Week of Prayer
June 19th - 26th
This year Baptist Women New Zealand are again offering a national week of prayer for women. These will come as a daily email and other social media, with written prayers led by 8 geographically widely spaced women praying for eight different groups of women.
The women are delighted to offer this service and welcome all to join in praying for women in our nation. They hope those who wrote the prayers will be blessed, that all who pray will be encouraged, and that those for whom they pray will be lifted up by Jesus the Saviour, strengthened and receive wisdom.
Thursday Morning Bible Study Group
Every Thursday morning at 10:30am in the church lounge. We are currently looking at the Letters that Paul wrote to the Church of Ephesus. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us! Please note that masks are required.
Thursday Prayer Group
Every Thursday in the church lounge from 11:30am - 12:00 pm. Contact the office for more information. Please note that masks are required.
Monday Zoom Prayer Group
From 12:00 – 12:30pm on Zoom. Contact the office if you would like the zoom link to be sent to you.
Thursday Night Book Club
Every Thursday from 7:30pm via Zoom. Contact the office if you would like the zoom link to be sent to you.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Sunday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!
Wednesday Night Home Group
Thursday Morning Home Group