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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
entirely materialistic. The modern scientific concept
denies the invisible and the spiritual as having
existence. Yet all our seemingly unsolvable problems
and the evils in this world are spiritual in nature.
I quoted above from the first chapter of the book of
Romans. The 28th verse says, " ... they did not like to
retain God in their knowledge." Little or nothing is
taught about God, but even in the elementary grades the
basic concept-the
APPROACH
to knowledge-is evolu–
tion.
Is it any wonder, then, that the scholarly do not
know
WHO
or
WHAT
God is? They believe what they have
been taught.
As I write I recently returned from my second
four-day visit in Beijing (Peking), as the first religious
leader from the world of Christianity to be invited by
the government to speak before large groups at the
Chinese capital. I have met in private conference with
the vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the
National People's Congress, Tan Zhen-lin, and now, on
this second visit, with Deng Xiaoping, the unquestioned
leader of China.
In speaking with China's leader, I was speaking to
the top official now molding the minds and beliefs of
over
ONE BILLION
people-almost a fourth of all the
people on earth. China, in population, is the world's
largest nation. In very ancient times the religion in
China was ancestor worship. Then came Confucianism,
rivaled by Taoism. Later Buddhism was introduced
from India, then Christianity. Today the nation is
communist-atheist.
I found China's leaders to be a very cordial, friendly
and courteous people-but knowing
WHO
and
WHAT
God
is most certainly is not what they are now concerned
about. I did not try to tell them
WHO
and
WHAT
God is,
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