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Comparing Confucianism and Christianity

Confucianism
Christianity
Beginnings Confucianism was started by Confucius, who lived in China from about 550 to 479 B.C. Confucius did not claim to be a god, but after his death, some of his followers worshipped him. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, His followers were first called “Christians” in the days of Paul (Acts 11:26). Christians follow Christ and worship Him as the Son of God, who came to save the world (John 3:16,17).
Books Respected writings include The Analects, a collection of sayings made by Confucius’ followers, and five books called The Five Classics. Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
Teachings Confucius did not talk much about God or about human’s relationship to God. Instead he mostly tried to teach people how to get along with each other. The Bible teaches about God’s love for people and about how God reconciled people to Him through His Son Jesus. (See Romans 5:8–11 and 2 Corinthians 5:18–21.)
Sin Confucianism teaches that people can be good by their own efforts if they just follow rules of good conduct. The Bible teaches that humans have a sin problem that can only be solved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Influence Not many people today would call themselves “Confucianists.” However, the teachings still have a strong hold on many in Asia. Self-discipline and other Confucian teachings may have helped many Asians become successful by worldly standards. Pray they will also seek knowledge of God’s eternal standards. The percentage of Christians in countries where there is a strong Confucian influence is as follows: China 7%, Japan 2%, Vietnam 8%, South Korea 32%, North Korea 2%.