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If you are Chinese, I strongly believe you are an example of Chinese misunderstanding of Christianity.
Living in Europe for a few years do not give you the insight into Christianity. You need to live, continuously and out of your own money, for at least 10 years to fully understand how Christianity works. To understand the devastation of Protestantism to a nation, you will also need to live in the US for another 10 years in the same fashion. If you have not lived in the US, you have not seen how Christianity polarizes US society, bring extremes and violence at an extremely high cost. As of today, Evolution and abortion are still deeply resented in most parts of the US. Protestantism, which abandon priesthood, is not one step forward. The resulting reality can be testified if you have lived in the US.
European enlightenment is clearly associated with the decline of Christianity, both Protestantism and Catholicism. The conflicts still break out in various parts such as North Ireland protest and Polish hate crimes. European wealth is associated, not with Christianity, but with its colonization of the new world, sailing techniques, military power, industrial revolution and the freedom gained from the decline of Christianity.
The concept of crusading and missionary are live and well. This is especially evident in the US war on terror (against the other religion). This religious clash and crusades are continuing today, right now. They are very costly. It is a conflict deeply rooted in religion. Christianity does not bring people happiness. I first-handedly witnessed how fearful and scared the US and EU Christians are. They are people living in constant fear of nonbelievers, nonwhites, and in constant hatred against diversity. Christianity, or religion, scientifically gives people MORE stress than happiness.
People do not need to believe in Christianity to address the so-called "empty" feelings. I agree that people should have something to believe in. People should believe in science and the selected Chinese traditional morals. If the Chinese people feel empty after busy work, they should be organized to vacation, to shop, to join charity events. They should not waste their time to be fearful of hell punishment and be taught fear. Chinese people should have the freedom to use their "empty time" to read a diversity of books, but not to be forced to worship just one book called the Christian Bible. If you live in China, go to parks in the morning and watch the Taichi and dances. They are very happy by physical exercises along. Such activities are much better and healtheir than sitting in a church for the morning.
In fact, the claimed "feeling of emptiness" is rooted in a Christian belief that "every human desires Ghod". The reason Christians feel dearly the need for Ghod is rooted in their childhood upbringing. The social divide caused by the Christian doctrine can be seen in from the War in Iraq, Afghanistan to the racism in the US and Australia. Asking Chinese people to believe in Christianity is a detour away from a best possible society. It creates a force that, indeed, kept Europe in economical backwater during the Dark Age. The same religion creates a Pandora's box of problems from Africa to South America. People should not believe in something that does not exist and punish nonbelievers. Christianity is fundamentally different from Taoism. Taoism preaches "No God and Do Nothing". It is against Christianity in every sense, morally or practically.
The US has officially abandoned the former way of claiming "all religions worship one god". It did not work and it caused a lot of anger among different religious groups. The fundamental item is a fact that I share with Stephen Hawking: there is truly no god. Once you understand it, you will see religion is wrong. It belongs to the past and the backwardness.
[ Last edited by timbatu at 2011-9-13 10:44 PM ]