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The urgency of Mission

September 10, 2009

In his missionary endeavour in China one of Hudson Taylor’s young converts was a young man called Nee Yung Fa. He was a Ningbo cotton dealer, and he was converted under Hudson’s preaching. He was also a leader in a reformed Buddhist sect – now this was a sect that didn’t go in for idolatry at all, but they were searching for truth and for the real true and living God. At the end of one of Hudson Taylor’s sermons, Nee Yung Fa stood up in his place and turned to address the audience and said: ‘I have long searched for the truth as my father did before me. I have travelled far but I haven’t found it. I found no rest in Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, but I do find rest in what I have heard tonight. From now on I will believe in Jesus’. Nee Yung Fa took Hudson Taylor back to his group of Buddhist believers, and he addressed that group and told his own testimony. Then another individual there was converted, and both of them were baptised. The other member of the group asked Hudson Taylor: ‘How long has the gospel been known in England?’. How long has the gospel been known in England? ‘For several hundred years’, he replied with a great tone of embarrassment. ‘What!’, exclaimed Nee, ‘What? Several hundred years, and you have only come to preach to us now? My father sought after the truth for more than 20 years and died not finding it! Why didn’t you come sooner?’.

Roger Steer, Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ, p.156 – online source

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Guilt and the pursuit of eternal life

August 30, 2009

The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di (d.210 B.C.), surrounded his tomb with thousands of terracotta warriors to protect him in death from attacks by the ghosts of the thousands he had had killed during his lifetime. During his life’s search for immortality he employed hundreds of shamans and alchemists to try to find magic mushrooms, elixirs of life and pills of immortality. He sent boatloads of people off into the oceans to try and find the magical islands of Peng Lai where the ingredients for the pill of immortality could be obtained.

Following the advice of one of his advisors, who said he would live forever if he was never seen by his people, Qin Shi built over 70 miles of covered corridors linking his various palaces. He venerated the gods and goddesses of Tai Shan in Shandong, greatest of all the sacred mountains of China – all to no avail.

The historian SI Ma Qian (1st C. B.C.) comments: all the emperors were obsessed with the quest for immortality.