Bibles Pulled From Online Stores as China Increases Control of Religion

(CNN) — The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion.

China has always controlled sales of the Bible, only allowing it to be distributed and printed by state-sanctioned churches, but in recent years it had been available to buy online.

That loophole now appears to be firmly closed. Searches for “Holy Bible” did not return results on, and results on did not include the main text, but did include study guides and the Koran.

On Taobao, China’s biggest online marketplace, a search returned results for the “baby food bible” and the “autoimmune disease healing bible,” but not the Christian scripture, though some related products such as an illustrated set of children’s Bible stories were still available.

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  • Susan Perelka

    Abba Father, Give strength to Your people in China. Grant them boldness to proclaim Your truth. Give them opportunities to share their testimonies with the lost. Protect them as they do Your work and provide them with Your help. Let them bear much fruit for Your Kingdom and bring glory to Your Name. I ask this through Jesus our faithful Lord and Savior. AMEN

  • Reason2012

    Acts 4:29 “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,”

    Acts 5:35-39 “And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. 36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. 37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. 38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.”

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      getting better ………

      • Reason2012

        What is it you’re referring to? That you’ve learned it can be fine to cite only one verse like Acts 4:29 and it means what it says, no context needed since context doesn’t change what the verse means?

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          why you gotta be so contentious ….. again … learn to take a compliment ……….. and you DID quote another passage IN CONTEXT …….. grow up ….. quit being such a baby ………

          • Reason2012

            why you gotta be so contentious ….. again … learn to take a compliment

            That’s not honest, Amos.

            Recall in the past you tried to claim that someone’s guaranteed to be posting “out of context” for citing only 1 or maybe 2 verses from any passage. Out of context indicates the verse doesn’t really mean what it looks like it means and you have to check the context to find that out what it actually means. I showed you how that’s not true all the time, contrary to your false claim that it’s always true. I showed some of the countless examples where the meaning of 1 verse does not change with the context, hence in those and many other cases context is not needed in the least and is therefore not “out of context”. You can see it again here with Act 4:29’s meaning is plain as context doesn’t change it in the least, hence there’s another example where citing 1 verse is just fine.

            So now many months later you randomly come along after I cite 5 verses from a passage and pretend to “compliment” me on “getting better”, for, as you say, “quote another passage IN CONTEXT”, as if again your false claim is true when you knew I said it wasn’t. But I did cite one verse also out of a passage. Were you complimenting that, now finally agreeing with me? Turns out you weren’t.

            It’s still not true that citing only 1 verse (maybe 2) out of a passage is guaranteed to be “out of context”. There are many cases where 1 or 2 verse from a passage can be cited and context does not change it’s meaning at all, hence it’s not “out of context”. Acts 4:29 is another such example.

            It’s not a “compliment” to “praise” someone for supposedly following your claim when you know they’ve told you it was wrong and showed you why.

            It’s a shame you seek to attack me more by trying to pretend you were giving a compliment when yuo clearly were not.

            Please stop, Amos. In the end we’ll both be answering to God and God will not be fooled.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            somehow you take the most important thing about Christ …. His Grace …… and you show very little of that grace to others …… sad ….. you are in all likeihood saved …… but you should seek to cultivate a little more grace ….. and show it to others ……especially to your brethren …….

  • MCrow

    Any institution that attempts to suppress outside knowledge demonstrates that they are insecure in their beliefs. China has been doing a lot of information suppression, but knowledge gets out. This move just shows they can’t deal with their population having competing ideas