Many cultures have ancient stories about creation and the global flood, which were passed down orally from generation to generation, and later written down; each culture with its own distinct language.
Traditionally Chinese writing is composed of a series of iconic characters, or pictographs and when combined are called calligraphy. However, until recently most have long forgotten what each symbol means when they are broken down into their ancient component parts. Ancient Chinese writings have revealed that the culture’s original beliefs were monotheistic.
According to Reverend C.H. Kang and Dr. Ethel R. Nelson, co-authors of The Discovery of Genesis, ancient Chinese texts not only confirm that the early Chinese culture believed in only one God, it also describes the Biblical Genesis in startling detail. For example the calligraphy for boat is made up of the characters for vessel, eight, mouth; there were eight people on Noah’s ark. Kang and Nelson go on to describe other similarities to the stories told in Genesis. The calligraphy for creator is comprised of characters for dust, mouth, life, and able to walk. In Genesis 2:7 the Bible reads, “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
The parallels do not stop there. God, called ShangTi by the ancient Chinese contains the characters Heavenly and Emperor. Devil encompasses the pictographs, private, garden, and man. When you combine devil with the characters for tree and cover you get the word tempter.
Dr. Ethel R. Nelson’s theorizes as to why the ancient Chinese writings had these ideograms. Dating back to the story of the tower of Babel, Nelson writes that God confused the language of the inhabitants of ancient Babel, when they tried to build a tower to heaven. No longer able to communicate with one another, the construction was abandoned, and the people scattered to the ends of the earth. Interesting enough the Chinese word for tower is: clay, united or joined together, and to undertake.