Sunday, 31 October 2010

Chinese characters bear the imprint of Genesis

The Chinese language is a pictorial language, which has been used for more than 4,000 years. There are about 600 basic symbols, which are basic words. Other words are formed by combining these basic symbols to more complicated pictures. What I find fascinating is how the language seems to echo Genesis, the first book of the Bible. A look at some words will illustrate this.

Chinese characters

The word "creation" or "to create" is built from 4 signs - dust, breath (or mouth), alive and walking - the first three of which, placed together, mean "to talk".

In Genesis, the first man – Adam - was made out of the dust of the earth. God breathed with His mouth the breath of life into Adam's nostrils, and Adam became a living soul able to talk and walk.

The "garden" character is made from the sign "enclosure", divided in four parts.

In Genesis, the Garden of Eden had four rivers: Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates.

The character meaning "to warn" or "forbidden" consists of two characters for "tree" and one for "God".

In Genesis, God had forbidden Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Life.

The character for "desire" or "covet" is formed of two trees on top and the character for "woman" below.

Compare this with Genesis 3:6 where the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.

The character for "beginning" is made from "woman", "secretly" and "mouth" (also meaning "to eat").

This seems to reflect the beginning of original sin after Eve ate the forbidden fruit.

The character for "devil" is built from "alive" or "moving", "garden", "man", and "privately" or "secretly". So we find a secret man alive in the garden: the devil!

The character for "boat" is built from three signs: a vessel, eight and people. So eight people in a vessel makes a boat.

This is symbolic of the eight passengers on Noah’s Ark who survived the Great Flood.


According to the biblical account, a united humanity, speaking a single language, existed after the Great Flood, which wandered for many years and eventually settled in the land of Shinar. When the people wanted to build a tower that reached into God’s sphere of heaven, effectively to ‘challenge heaven’, God was greatly offended. He decided to confuse them and they started to speak different languages. Unable to communicate with each other, they scattered around the world.

The people who climbed the mountains to the east and eventually settled when they reached the sea became the great nation of China. They took with them the pictorial language which had been in use until the time of Babel. They also took with them the knowledge of the events in Genesis 1-11. This was before Moses wrote them down centuries later. This shows that the Bible is not a Jewish invention but based on reality.

The people who first arrived in China believed in one God. It was only after Confucius and Buddha that they got involved in idolatry.


Amrita said...

This is a very interesting post witness to the amazing ways of God. Who would think that the Chinese script bears witness to the truth of God 's word. Thi is really wonderful.

There are so many undiscovered truths like this waiting to be discovered and proclaimed.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi JL,

You taught me some Chinese language.It is truly amazing how the Chinese form their letter and words.It is very simple but it will be quite difficult to learn due to its primitive nature.

The language that we speak is based on sounds and the Chinese draw pictures to signify their talk.Obviously, the Chinese language is probably the oldest in the world.

You have also taught me something of Chinese history and I suppose they were true followers of ONE True God until Confucius and Buddhism confused them.

There are many who disbelieve in Genesis and want proof.What more poof is needed than what you have explained in so much detail.Which other religion is older than four thousand years except probably Jewish religion.

Chinese people have been isolated and the Apostles and other early believers in Christ could not go to that land to preach the message of Christ.Hence Christianity suffered in this great land.

Now that China is slowly opening up I hope concerted efforts will be made by the Church to spread the message of Jesus without offending the Communist regime.

This is a wonderful post and I greatly appreciate the fantastic research you have done for this purpose.

Best wishes,

JI said...

Hi Joseph,

The similarity between the Chinese characters and the Book of Genesis is unmistakable. It can't be a coincidence. The people who migrated to China must have been aware of the Genesis account.

Today there are many who disbelieve Genesis. They think it is a myth, especially in the light of scientific discoveries. However, there is actually no dispute now between science and Genesis on the ORDER of creation. Genesis is, I think, a very simplified account - too simple for many people to believe. Regarding Adam, I think it is possible he existed with other homo sapiens, but Adam was the first one to receive a soul.

It is not surprising that atheists are one of the fiercest critics of Genesis. If they can disprove Genesis, they can dismiss the whole bible as false. Hence the opposition by many scientists and other secularists in places like America to the wishes of Christian parents who want their children to learn about the biblical creation story.

It is estimated that China has around 80-100 million Christians. The growth of Christianity in China is truly amazing considering it is a communist country. No one would have predicted this thirty years ago. I've also heard in the Middle East there are Muslims who are seeing visions and dreams telling them to come to Christ. All these things demonstrate the work of God.

Best wishes,

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

I never studied that. I am already satisfied with the truths espoused in the Bible. Thanks for the post. God bless you all always.