Religion in China

China’s Christians need not worry about ban on online Bible sales

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 April, 2018, 4:26pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 April, 2018, 4:26pm

I agree with your correspondent, Brian Stuckey of Denver (“Why China’s Bible crackdown will strengthen the Christian faith in the communist nation”, April 9).

We are now no longer able to purchase the Bible on e-stores in mainland China or in large retail stores. 

However, this does not mean that this is the end of the world for us Christians.

In fact, we can still purchase the Bible elsewhere. For instance, if we go overseas for a holiday, we can still purchase the Bible from bookstores there, and bring back copies for personal use.

Another more time-consuming way would be to write each word of the Bible by hand during our summer break. This would mean that, even if the Bible were to be no longer allowed in mainland China in the future, we could still have some part of it.

As Mr Stuckey said, the more the Community Party wants to crack down on the local Christian churches and the Bible, the more united the Christian faithful of the country will become, as they are bent on strengthening the faith. The Chinese government must be prepared for that.

Eunice  Li, Shanghai