Bibles and Beijing 2008

Beijing2008Thinking of going to the Olympics in Beijing?

According to this page on the official Beijing 2008 web site:

Note: Each travel is recommended to take no more than one Bible into China.

This is because:

Any printed material, film, tapes that are ‘detrimental to China’s politics, economy, culture and ethics’ are also forbidden to bring into China.

So now you know. But just in case you have any suspicions, you’ll be relieved to know that:

China is a country with religious freedom and respects every religion.

according to information on this page. As Sir Humphrey used to say on Yes Minister, "Some might say that. I couldn’t possibly comment."

In an interesting twist of irony, the 70 Bibles we recently purchased
for a local secondary school on behalf of four local churches were
printed in China, as you can see on the sides of the boxes in this picture.


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2 Responses to Bibles and Beijing 2008

  1. amazing… what a strange and perverse world we live in….

  2. Tim Abbott says:

    It really does seem to be a strange irony. I guess that as God continues to grow his church in China, they’ll have the infrastructure and expertise to print Bibles for themselves (in Chinese, obviously!) So I’m trusting that this is in some way a prophetic sign of what’s coming.

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