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A Plan to Change the Bible

(Source: The May 2021 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine)
[Photo: Reading the Bible in China]

“You know that [Jesus] appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5).

The Communist Party that rules China plans to change the Bible to make it agree with their non-Christian beliefs. As you read below, their version will not be true.

Story from the Bible
John 8:7-11
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Chinese Communist Version
Jesus once said to the angry crowd who was trying to stone a woman who had sinned, “He who is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.” When his words came to their ears, they stopped moving forward. When everyone went out, Jesus stoned the woman himself, and said, “I am also a sinner.”

To Talk About
*What are the mistakes in the Chinese Communist version of the story?
*Did Jesus sin? (See 1 John 3:5.)
*Why do you think the Chinese Communist version says He sinned?


Hudson Taylor’s Gospel Lesson

Hudson Taylor served as a missionary to China in the 1800s. Many of his listeners had never heard the gospel, so Taylor used the characters in Chinese writing to teach Bible stories.

Taylor illustrated the story of Christ’s death on the cross with the Chinese character for the word “come.” The character has a cross in the middle. Jesus was crucified between two men. On either side of the cross in “come,” there is a character for the word “man.” Can you see the characters?

Source: The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available here.

This Month

Parents and Teachers

The May 2021 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories and photos from China, where in recent years restrictive religious regulations and persecution have increased significantly. You can share with your children any stories and photos from the magazine that are appropriate for their level of maturity and understanding, then pray with them for the people in the stories. Enter “China” in the search box of this site to find additional stories of Chinese Christians and related activities.

China has the largest population of any country in the world. About 130 million people in China are Christians, but that’s less than 10 percent of the population. Many are nonreligious. Find more facts about China in The Voice of the Martyrs Global Prayer Guide.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.

The Four-Legged Smuggler


After several boxes packed with 200 Bibles were strapped to its back, the donkey and its handler headed for the Syrian border, hoping to make it through security and into the war-torn country. They had previously used the same route to smuggle 50 Bibles to a group of Syrian believers, but more Bibles were needed thanks to the growing number of Muslims turning to Jesus.

When they arrived at the border checkpoint with their cargo of 200 Bibles, they were turned away by armed guards. But instead of conceding defeat, the donkey’s handler took a calculated risk: He led the donkey along the border until they were out of view of the guards and then quietly sent the donkey across the border by itself.

The donkey already knew the rugged mile-long path into Syria and had been rewarded with a candy bar on its last trip, so the handler was confident that it could make the trip without his help. And since donkeys transport all kinds of goods across the border, including contraband like drugs and weapons, the pack animal wouldn’t look suspicious.

Shortly after the donkey crossed the border alone, the handler received a text message from his contacts in Syria — shipment received.

“It’s the most unique Bible smuggling story I’ve heard,” a VOM worker said. But as unusual as the story is, the truly amazing aspect is the growing demand for Bibles coming from former Muslims in Syria.

“To know the Bibles are going in is an indicator that there is growth among these believers,” another VOM worker said. “That is exciting.”

The Book with All the Answers

A new believer who has been scared to talk about her faith with her family walked in to a surprising sight: Her brother reading a Bible and her sister working on a crossword puzzle in a Christian magazine. (Photo: Tala’s sister working on the Christian crossword puzzle.)

Tala put her faith in Jesus nine months ago, but she was afraid to tell her family. However, a Christian worker secretly delivered a Bible and a Christian magazine to her family home, and her siblings were interested in the materials.

“When I asked them how they were answering the crossword puzzle questions, they said, ‘This book [the Bible] has the answers to all the questions,’” she said. Tala called Christians to ask for advice on how to start talking to her family. “Pray for them to find Jesus and that God will use me for that,” she said. Pray that other families inside Iran who are looking for answers about real love and a relationship with God will find them.