Episode Seven The Ocean Blue
The water of the Yellow River comes from the sky. Its torrents pour into the sea and never come back.
The water of the Yellow River is getting more and more muddy. Just like the befuddled empire along which it flows, the muddy river from time to time gets into a fit of roaring rage, devastating the land with floods and gobbling down millions of lives.
Yet, people could never imagine that this muddy river that wreaks havoc could be so placid, so pure and so quiet at its source. (Source of the Yellow River)
This is the white snow falling down from the sky; this is the clear fountain gushing out from the mountains. The murmuring streams and the fresh and clear water of the lake become the muddy yellow raging torrents only because along the way, the natural vegetation is unfortunately destroyed and the river course becomes narrow due to deposit of sand and mud. (the raging Yellow River)
Oh, the Yellow River! If this is your fate and history, please wait and see that your fate is destined to rise from here and your history is destined to unfold a new chapter here.
Here, you will be sedimented, baptized and broadened!
This is the end of your disastrous trip of the past two thousand and five hundred years. This is your new life that blends the color of the sea and the sky.
(caption: the Blue Ocean)
In the second half of the 20th century, the Land of God that was coming out of the bleak haze accumulated over the past two thousand and five hundred years suddenly experienced a last radiance of the setting sun. It fell from Sun Yat-sen who was seeking "a world where the Tao prevails and everybody works for the common good" right into the hands of Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong.
The short period of the past fifty years seems to be an epitome of the last two thousand and five hundred years.
When the communists took over the mainland China in 1949, it immediately pursued and tried to wipe out the remnants of the defeated Kuomintang troops. In less than half a year, 1.7 million Chinese who followed Kuomintang were annihilated. In the next year, half a million Chinese who did not follow the communists were executed in the political movement of purging the counter-revolutionaries. Another 4.5 million Chinese whom the communists did not like were placed under a strict supervision program. This cruel and ruthless clash philosophy of leaving no chance of survival to one's adversaries, allowing no room for forgiveness and absolutely accepting no co-existence surpasses that of all other dynasties.
In the past, the country used to be ruled by a single family. Now it's under the dictatorship of one party and a one-party dictatorship will inevitably evolve into autocracy.
In 1954, Gao Gang, secretary of Bureau of Northeast China and Rao Shushi, organizational minister of the Central Party Committee, were purged.
In 1957, 550 thousand Chinese, including such leaders of democratic parties as Zhang Bojun and Luo Jilong, were labeled and punished as counter-revolutionary rightists.
In 1959, defense minister Peng Dehuai, chief of the general staff Huang Kecheng, Zhang Wentian and Zhou Xiaozhou were discredited.
In 1966, Peng Zhen, secretary of Beijing Municipal Party Committee, Lu Dingyi, propaganda minister of the Communist Party Committee, Luo Ruiqing, chief of the general staff and Yang Shankun, director of the general office of the Central Party Committee, were discredited.
Misfortunes fell next to Deng Xiaoping, He Long, Chen Yi and a large number of other people who distinguished themselves in founding the new country.
In November of 1968, Liu Shaoqi was accused of being a "traitor, spy and special agent" and was escorted to a small shack in Kaifeng, Henan Province where he was imprisoned. A year later, this former chairman of the People's Republic of China died uncleared of the false charges.
Here is the "cremation application form" completed by Liu Shaoqi's son:
Name of the dead man: Liu Weihuang
Applicant: Liu Yuan
Relation with the deceased: son
In less than two years, Lin Biao, Mao Zedong's "close comrade-in-arms" and legal successor, ended up with the same fate. Fleeing China in a panic, he crashed to his death in Wenduerhan, Mongolia.
Mao Zedong covered his sins from the heaven for twenty years until death took him away. When Liu Bang, the founding emperor of Han Dynasty, killed his senior statesmen one by one, it took him over ten years. It took Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of Ming Dynasty, over twenty years to kill off his meritorious statesmen and abolish the prime minister. But Zhao Kuangyin, the first emperor of Song Dynasty, is the most skillful player of the game: he released his generals of all their military power with merely a cup of wine. In comparison, however, the skillfulness with which Mao Zedong played the game surpassed that of all the previous emperors and kings in the history of China. He simply turned himself into a god and stole the glory of the heaven and became the god of the Chinese people.
(high-ranking officials from various dynasties kneeling and shouting "long live...;" tens of thousands of people in modern times jumping and shouting "long live..." and Zhu De, Lin Biao and Zhou Enlai shouting "a long long life to..." add to each other's absurdity.)
The hollowness of the soul and the ignorance of the people, one billion strong, were thoroughly laid bare in front of this strongman. Self-deception and weakness of atheism were also thoroughly laid bare.
From the fanaticism of the Big Leap Forward to the fanaticism of the Cultural Revolution; from the somniloquy of "surpassing the UK and catch up with the US" to the somniloquy of "emancipating the whole mankind," oh, the Chinese people! How do you explain the repeated blackouts of your soul? How would you try to shirk your absurd responsibilities time and again?
In 1966, Mao Zedong got on the gate tower of Tian An Men eight times and granted interviews to several million red guards---young students who pledged their lives to be loyal to him.
Looking at the almost indistinct small black spot on the gate tower in the distance, with hot blood boiling in their veins, and hot tears flowing down their face, they thought this was the great messiah who saved them, no, not only them, but the whole mankind from the abyss of extreme misery.
Shouting "a long long life," singing "Chairman Mao is dearer than my mom and dad" and with the little red "bibles" in their hands, they came to sit in front of the idol every morning to request instructions and every evening to give an account of their introspection.
However, in just two years, that is in 1968, this "messiah" in Zhong Nan Hai suddenly gave an order to his fanatic worshippers and sent 54 million of young students to the countryside and the border areas to "receive re-education," bringing about a whole generation of tearful misery and pathetic songs.
Oh, the Chinese people! Were you fooled? Did you play into somebody's game? No, you still have not awaken. You still do not understand.
By 1976, the Cultural Revolution had already shown all its ugly aspects and a large number of people had perished in this Land of God. The loyal patriots had all but been exterminated and the nation's economy was on the brink of collapse. Yet, people were still crying to death over Mao Zedong's dead body as if the heaven had broken apart and the earth had cracked and the world was coming to an end.
There is a hollow hole in people's heart and only God can fill it. The Chinese people, as long as you do not know the real God, your empty and puzzled soul would inevitably look for a man-made god to replace it; as long as you do not worship the one who deserves worshipping, it would be hard for you not to worship a certain strongman who, like you, is sinful and has limitations.
The true dragons and sons of heaven have one by one ruined all the piety of your ancestors. Today, with a new piety, you are holding memorial ceremonies for dictators, saviors and fake gods.
Oh, China! How can your brand-new name, chronology of the country, your fashionable doctrines and constitution hide your decayed, stupefied and dark soul?
Bo Yang Interview
Chinese culture is a political culture, and the content of this political has as its head an emperor, a surrogate god. It is therefore a bureaucratic culture. It is then a culture of flattery, of submission, of slavery. How can human beings create a god? And yet ours is a culture in which god is made by man.
Is there really a fundamental difference between Deng Xiaoping's economic reform in 1978 and Prince Gong's Westernization Movement in 1861? The only difference is that they were carried out in different times and Deng Xiaoping succeeded.
So what happened then to his success? When the young people began to cheer and sing odes to this man, when the souls that thirst for truthfulness, benevolence and beauty were hurled upon one single man, misfortune was not far away.
On the early morning of June 4, 1989, Deng Xiaoping gave orders to shoot the young students who were pursuing democracy, appealing for dialogs and pushing reforms. As tanks crushed through the students and rumbled into Tian An Men with their blood and flesh, they also crushed the dream of a generation and the conscience of the nation.
People who had cheered Deng, knelt before him and pinned great hopes on him were again fooled.
Tian An Men, Tian An Men! When can you become the true Tian An Men---the Gate of Heavenly Peace bestowed by the heavenly God to the sons and daughters of this Land of God?
My dear China where man depends on man, man governs man, man fights man and man conspires against man! Again and again you fall into the hands of man.
In 1992, Deng Xiaoping made a tour to the southern provinces of China and whipped up a craze of making fortunes and getting rich. In the past few years, human desires have flown all over the land. The economy has boomed which shocks the world. For a time, people are totally indulging themselves in the ecstasy of "being ready to serve anyone, God or Devil, as long as there are material benefits to be gained." In the meantime, the innocent Westerners also think that continuous annual rate of GDP at 10% will gradually solve all the problems of China.
Wrong! Poverty is not the cause of China's maladies. The fundamental cause for all the disasters in China, including poverty, is the endless life-and-death struggles, dictatorship, autocracy, doing things against God and then covering them up, self-slaughtering and self-abuse.
For a nation that does not worship the heaven, does not follow the Tao, does not admit its sins, and does not repent, for a nation that does not enjoy a long lasting peace, what could a momentary prosperity bring? Han, Tang, Song and Qing dynasties have all had their periods of prosperity. Weren't they soon brought down by corruption, dictatorship, internal strife and wars?
Peace and order have always been achieved in every dynasty during the second and third generations. However, isn't it true that disorder and chaos always erupted in the fourth and fifth generations?
This fast knot of the Chinese history is far from being untied. Oh, China, you can never escape from the degeneration of your soul through an economic boom and various social evils resulting from this degeneration.
Doubtlessly, Westernization movements, no matter how successful they are, cannot breathe a new life into China. It's true that China needs reformations and democracy. Why does the dictatorship remain the same as over a hundred years ago even after so many people have been sacrificed?
Why do the Chinese people find it so hard to accept democracy?
In Taiwan where democracy is embraced a step ahead, people are asking: why does the democratic politics, played very smoothly in other countries, immediately become a life-and-death confrontation between various factions once it falls into the hands of the Chinese?
Even in the country where the Western-style democracy originated, the Chinese pro-democracy activists, inflexibly stuck in the rigid idea of democracy, have ended up a hotchpotch in which senseless arguments reign and no one is convinced of other people's better judgment.
The difficulty of democracy lies in the fact that it is by no means a simple problem of economic standard and political system. It is a structure of the soul on a deeper level and a force of belief.
In 1998, Beijing University, the birthplace of Chinese democracy, welcomed President Clinton of the United States. In the auditorium where Clinton delivered a speech, a student asked Clinton resentfully: when Chairman Jiang Zemin visited Harvard University as a guest, he was confronted by demonstrators. Today you are also visiting here as a guest. If demonstration were allowed, how would you feel about it? The student never expected that Clinton would calmly reply: I would meet with the demonstrators and listen to their complaints. In fact, I often see people protesting in front of me.
Not only did this pair of question and answer demonstrate the difference between two systems. Didn't it also demonstrate the huge difference between two types of souls and two beliefs?
Democracy is based upon a grand and immense spirit where leaders and common people are equal in dignity, comrades and dissidents respect each other, and victors and losers co-exist peacefully.
In contrast, dictatorship is based upon a narrow-minded and self-conceited spirit where the superiors are respected; the subordinates are humbled; dissidents are not tolerated; life-and-death struggles are a norm; the victor becomes the ruler and the loser has to resort to banditry.
However, only before God can mankind achieve a real equality: a balance of power is achieved from the fact that we are all sinners; we accept each other because we all belong to God as His sons and daughters; since we all come from God, we have the dignity that cannot be deprived. In a word, only before God can man be a man. In this case, nobody can become the divine God nor can anybody become trashy scum.
In 1958, after the People's Liberation Army bombarded Jinmen, America immediately sent in reinforcements. Mao Zedong said in the Second People's Congress: what if the madmen of war drop atomic bombs on us? Let them drop. We have seen people die in wars. There are many times in the history of China where half of the population perished.
What an emperor's tone of talking! True, what Mao Zedong said is historical facts. However, should we let the deplorable and disgusting fact continue into the 20th century and even into the 21st century that billions of precious lives could easily be sacrificed just for the purpose of being able to exercise an absolute rule over a big land?
At the end of 1975, i.e. ten months before his death, Mao Zedong said to the visiting Kissinger: I know that God doesn't like us, because I am a man who likes clashes and who is a communist.
Oh, China! Do you really know? Do you know where the root of your persistent disease and misery lies? Do you know how long and how far has it been since you betrayed God? Do you know all this, my motherland, the unfilial son of this misnamed Land of God?
It is recorded in the "History According to Zuo Qiuming" that the true Tao of this Land of God is loyalty to the people and worship of God.
Look at the present-day China! Where is the God in this Land of God? What do the 1.3 billion people worship and what do they believe in? Is it Confucius? Is it Marx? No! It is these: money, power, pleasure, unscrupulous pursuit of self-interests by trickery.
The atheist culture that does not worship the heaven, does not follow the Tao and is not awed by God not only sustained one son of heaven after another who have held absolute power over China, but also cultivated one generation after another of slavish, sycophantic and corrupted officials and cunning philistine townsmen.
Yu Yingshi Interview
On what foundation is the regime of such a big country established? It is built on a so called Marxist theology, a secular theology. There is an interpretation of the universe, which is matter; there is an interpretation of history, which is the law of historical development. Now that the two interpretations are controlled by the Communist Party leaders, they can sustain their regime. Under the situation, how can they let other religious ideas to attract people, and to marginalize their own ideology?
Guided by the materialistic, utilitarian, relativist and opportunist belief that the universe consists only of matter and no God, that man has only this life to live and has no soul and history means only ruthless competitions, and goodness is not rewarded and evil is not punished, why should the Chinese people maintain their integrity and purity, repent and turn a new leaf, and abide by certain permanent and holy values?
The Russian writer Dostoyevsky has a maxim: if there were no God, I would be able to do anything.
Yu Yingshi Interview
Chinese people believed in sciences and scientism. Take the example of the May Fourth generation. They had high sounding pro-science slogans, and believed that religions were superstitions. Among people who held such opinions were many of great intelligence. Cai Yuanpei, for one, proposed to replace religions with aesthetics and arts. This may be the result of a limited understanding of religions, without a knowledge of their more profound meanings regarding human beings. These meanings may have nothing to do with our daily lives, but no matter how advanced the material life is, how advanced the sciences are, life and death are a pass people cannot transcend. Tragedies of various kind in human lives, sufferings of various kinds cannot be overcome with sciences.
Su Xiaokang Interview
At least from my own experience, I have a sense of what this animal, or animal with a spirit , a human being is. I began to know a little about why western cultures put so much emphasis on human rights, why they emphasize on the importance of religious beliefs, why they are too permissive towards humanity. Because humanity is such a thing, it has both its good side and bad side. All in all, it is a very fragile, very sensitive, very vulnerable thing.
There is no way fortune, science and law can replace man's conscience. Conscience is the voice of God. There is a popular saying among the Chinese who are yet to know God: conscience cannot replace food.
Just like the economic boom, crisis of the spirit, collapse of the soul and degeneration of morality are experiencing a rapid growth.
In the olden days, the Cultural Revolution brought down the economy of China. Nowadays, the obsession with economic development has brought down the soul. Which of these is a more serious disaster?
It is not because there is no spiritual light of beauty and benevolence of the heavenly God in the people's hearts. Rather, it is because the rulers, in their fight for the only and supreme throne with God, have instinctively killed all the trans-partisan, and trans-political-power broad-mindedness and noble feelings.
1986 was the Year of World Peace and a beautiful song "Let the World be Filled with Love" was sung everywhere in the Land of God:
The sun is turning around ceaselessly and has never changed its course. The boundless universe embraces our wishes: we wish that one day the sea will dye the desert blue; the gospel of peace is preached all over the world and we face our ancestors with smiles.
Ah, one year after another, we have walked past yesterdays....
These stanzas of heavenly words full of spiritual light soon disappeared from the stage and music tapes. You can see the reason for this from (June 4 Crackdown) and also from (corpses littering the ancient battlefields).
The heavenly snow and the clear fountains have thus turned into a narrow-minded, roaring, perverted and evil dragon.
(Bo Yang: the word "love" does not exist in the ancient calligraphy)
There is no universal love here, nor is there forgiveness. Heroes are judged by success or failure; loyalty is based on self-interests; conspiracy is regarded as wisdom and glory comes from conflicts. (historical pictures, the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communists, public denunciation meetings during the Cultural Revolution, a banner "Endless joy from struggles against the heaven, struggles against the earth and struggles against men").
There is no repentance here. Nor is there a self-accusation. Others are blamed for all the wrong-doings and all the failures are turned into hatred and then are poured onto foreigners (Boxers' Rebellion, students' anti-American demonstration).
However, true, God is quietly calling as if from a distant past and at the same time also as if it were an illusion of tomorrow. The boundless feelings of the universe and the gospel of peace and universal love have really come.
(song) Here we are together with God. Here we have words of God. There is ointment of the holy spirit here. This is a new world. Love is here; peace is here; light is here; life is here. All the blessings destined by God are here. If you want to get it, come to Jesus Christ.
One group after another of plain and simple Chinese have opened a love river of new life for the Land of God with their tearful repentance, sincere prayers and sacrifice of their lives.
Fifty years ago, China had a little over one million Christians. Now, it can claim dozens of million.
They have been growing not under favorable circumstances, but under persecution; they have been growing not in joy and merriment, but in tears; they have been growing not because of their toughness, but because of their meekness; they have been growing not in churches, but in prisons!
However, not a single honest person would like to deny that where there are Christians, there are universal love, peace and forgiveness; where there are Christians, there are repentance, praises and songs of joy.
Overseas, in far-away lands, thousands upon thousands of Chinese students flock in unprecedented numbers to the churches, fellowships, Bible study groups and Gospel meetings. The intuitive judgment of goodness and evil of the Chinese nation that dried up thousands of years ago finally feels a pang of thirst today.
The piety of our ancestors in the Land of God, the expectations of Lao Zi, Confucius and Mo Zi, the unrealized dreams of Xu Guangqi, Hong Xiuquan and Sun Yat-sen and the desire of the Chinese youth at the end of the 20th century to fill the world with love have all found their answers here.
(song: love is here; peace is here; light is here; life is here...)
The Yellow River had always thought that her native place is the yellow plateau and the yellow earth that embraces her day and night.
Later she found out her native place is the sea. At that moment, the color of the boundless blue made her endlessly excited.
On a sunny and enchanting day, the sea takes her by the hand and together they come to the foot of the heaven. The sea says: look, this is our native place, the source of the blue color.
Look! After the fire of the desire is burned out, the holy fire of baptism will surely follow.