Chinese religions have been highly controlled by Mao's communist party for decades.
During the Mao regime, it was hoped that old religious ideas would become obsolete
while atheism would prevail. Mao’s solders invaded homes, punished religious practices,
and destroyed all religious objects. Although religion freedom has improved in China
over the past 20 years, practicing religion in China is still restricted by the Chinese
Officially Recognized Chinese Religions
The Chinese government officially recognizes only five religions:
Here are a few Facts on Buddhism. Buddhism as a religion derived its name from a
man called Siddhartha Gautama. His disciples called him Buddha or the Awaken One.
Buddha was not considered as God or a supernatural human being. He was a man who
found answers and ways to deal with life's deepest challenges. He made his answers
available to others which evolved to a sacred, social and cultural cohesion among
its followers without including the concept of God as the creator.
Taoism's focus is the Tao which means the "way" or "path". It is a formless power
that brings things into being and changes them back to non-being in an external cycle.
As part of the Taoism Beliefs, the goal for the followers is to take no action that
is against nature and to search for one's place in the natural order of things.
Islam is the belief in God whose will was revealed through Mohammad in the Holy book
called Qur'an. The word Islam actually means peace through surrender or submission
to God. However, due to Muslim radical extremists, Islam is associated with terrorism
and intolerance in the western world. Islam has spread all over the world. A perfect
example is Islam in China.
Protestants are followers of Christianity who believe that God is gracious and want
to show love and favor by choosing to include all people in the divine reach and
save them from sins. God shows grace trough the death of his son, Jesus Christ who
died for man's sins. Although both religions are part of Christianity, there are
many differences comparing Catholicism vs. Protestantism.
Similar to other Protestants, Catholics believe in God, Jesus and the bible. However,
where Catholics differ is in the way they approach these beliefs. According to Catholicism
beliefs, the Christian story is told from a different perspective. The authority
is not only based on scripture (bible) but also tradition.