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Chinese scholars and Chinese Communist See Christianity's Benefits

( [email protected] ) Dec 18, 2003 10:26 AM EST

A journalist who worked for many years in Beijing says there are some in the Chinese Communist government who recognize the pragmatic advantage in China becoming a Christian nation.


David Aikman, former Beijing Bureau chief for Time magazine, says he has seen first-hand how Christianity is growing in China and how even the former ruler of the Communist state has noted the practicality of its shift toward Christianity.



Aikman says just before China's former President Jiang Jemin left office, he made a remarkable statement at a dinner party. According to the journalist, the Communist leader said that, if he could, he would officially decree that China be a Christian nation.



"That's not because Jiang Jemin is a Christian believer -- I'm sure he is not. But what it is," Aikman says, "is a reflection of the fact that many Chinese Communist Party officials are aware that pragmatically, Christianity is good for China."



According to Aikman, studies have shown what Jiang Jemin and other Chinese leaders have come to realize: that predominantly "Christianized" areas in China have lower crime rates, less family breakup, fewer incidences of juvenile delinquency, and higher productivity rates.



Although he is by no means suggesting that Chinese officials want to see their entire populace evangelized, Aikman is pointing out that the utilitarian benefits the Christian faith bestows are obvious, even to the Communist leaders.



"They understand that the most productive, ethically responsible group in China, by and large, are the Christians," he says.



The former Time magazine writer hopes many Americans will come to understand the changing dynamic in China and its implications by reading his new book, Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power.



Even some communists becomes Christian and leaves from the communist party and publicly acknowledge that they believe god . as in Shandong an important manager in a village, after he becomes a Christian ,he publicly acknowledge his faith and welcome preachers and accommodate them, he set a very good example for his villagers.



Chinese scholars now deeply feel that Chinese need faith. in a very famous economist website in which many economist freely express their mind in the articles. They analyze relation of economy and faith in several articles , and pointed faith is important for market economy and system reconstruction.



Chinese scholars in many universities pointed that Chinese need faith in many lectures wherever in economy and government controlling.