The Master said, “Does Heaven speak? The four seasons pursue their courses, and all things are continually being produced, but does Heaven say anything?” – Analects of Confucius
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” -Psalm 19:1
In my last post, I gave some credits to Chinese Classics and the work of Confucius. However, I have to clarify here that I’m not a Confucianist, though I enjoy the great literature Confucius left behind through his disciples.
There’re different views among Chinese scholars regarding whether Confucius believed in God. The most popular conclusion is that Confucius dismissed any discussion regarding divinity. A few quotes from the Analects attest to this conclusion, e.g. “The Master does not discuss strange things, feats of power, disorders and spiritual beings (子不语怪力乱神)“; “while respecting spiritual beings, to keep a distance from them, may be called wisdom (敬鬼神而远之)“; “while one does not know life, how does one know about death (未知生, 焉知死?)“. Even among scholars who held different interpretations, they would have to agree that Confucius respects an unknown God who has not revealed himself.
“Does Heaven speak? (天何言哉?)“. It is clear that Confucius did not meet God Almighty, the Heavenly Father who freely gives Lord Jesus Christ for the redemption of sinners.
Today, we have the Bible, the word and revelation about God’s plan for we sinners.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:32
I still read the Classics for edification. However, the word that contains redemptive value and life-changing power is not in the Classics, but God’s word.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” – 2 Timothy 3:16.
Did you sanctify yourself once again today by reading God’s word, and asking the help of the Holy Spirit to abide by His word?