The oldest written languages ironically share a similar name to one supreme God. For the Israelites, it is Yahwey, but another name for Him, articulating His high, supreme status is El-Shaddai. The Chinese once knew one, supreme God as “Shang Ti” (Most high God). These two cultures are the only unbroken cultures in existence today. Obviously, God called the Jews “His chosen people”. But that designation was not out of any performance or action on their part – God simply named them thus. Both of these cultures have a pictorial written language. They told stories in their writing. Perhaps this is something tragically lost in our modern communication – where words are merely dry literate symbols alone.
Perhaps there was once a time where communication was an extension of intimate relationship, necessitating pictures in the written language. While today, the ancient Hebrew language is most well known for conveying the stories of Yahweh leading the Israelites to the promised land. The ancient Chinese language is known best for stories as well! But the stories are more mystical, or so they are presuppositionally perceived. They stories portray some early events of major events that the people would have experienced. Stories like a garden, like a flood, like a tower. Though the context is greatly different, there is a similarity the resonates from both. If the Bible is true, it should be confirmed in the nearest other written records, since they would have experienced many of the same worldwide events.
Even though God has separated the spoken languages, they were linked by human vocal cords, and the essentials that all humans need. The written language also suggests elements that all men need, like something greater to give worship to. Deities are throughout history, and widespread amongst all the cultures of the world. A nation not linked with something greater simply must compete with those who do. It just doesn’t happen, to not secure a deity(s) in a society. The Chinese characters are riddled with lingering elements of Biblical virtues portrayed pictorially.
While the Chinese culture is most commonly associated with the religious icons of Confucius, Gautama, and their own ancestor’s – their underlying root is a predominate, supreme God of old. A God that dwarfs all of their other spiritual endeavors… A truly intimate message of a Creator God to someone should be given to them with their cultural context intact. The gospel should be compellingly familiar, if indeed it is from God. Beyond the external culture though, the need for an intimate conduit of communication should be proposed between those exposed to this powerful message, and their ancient, powerful Creator.
After all, the gospel conveyed through a language is merely the beginning. It is the entrance into an eternal adventure of unrestricted growth and exploration.
“Eternity in our hearts” by Don Richardson