There are various terms used for God in the Chinese language, the most prevalent being Shangdi (上帝, literally, "Highest Emperor"), used commonly by Protestants and also by non-Christians, and Tianzhu (天主, literally, "Lord of Heaven"), which is most commonly favoured by Catholics.Shen (神), also widely used by Chinese Protestants, defines the gods or generative powers of nature in Chinese traditional religions.At Christian Mingle, our mission is to inspire real, long-lasting relationships.Your Christian Mingle profile, which takes just minutes to create, paints a total portrait of you - from your interests and goals to the way you approach and practice your faith.Chinese over the age of 18 are only permitted to join officially sanctioned Christian groups registered with the government-approved Protestant Three-Self Church and China Christian Council, and Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church.On the other hand, many Christians practice in informal networks and unregistered congregations, often described as house churches or underground churches, the proliferation of which began in the 1950s when many Chinese Protestants and Catholics began to reject state-controlled structures purported to represent them.Although its lineage in China is not as ancient as Taoism, Mahayana Buddhism or Confucianism, Christianity has been one of the religions of China since at least the seventh century and has gained influence over the past 200 years.The number of Chinese Christians has increased significantly since the easing of restrictions on religious activity during economic reforms in the late 1970s; Christians were four million before 1949 (three million Catholics and one million Protestants).
Terms for Christianity in Chinese include: "Protestantism" (Chinese: The first documentation of Christianity entering China was written on an 8th-century stone tablet known as the Nestorian Stele.China has been cracking down on non-government sanctioned underground churches and Christian gatherings, and has arrested hundreds of pastors and Christian worshipers in the past few years on similar charges of "disturbing public order." The Revised Draft of Regulations on Religious Affairs, which went into effect in October 2016, further established prohibitions on "organizing citizens to attend religious training, conferences and activities abroad," "preaching, organizing religious activities, and establishing religious institutions or religious sites at schools," and "providing religious services through the internet." The government has also been demolishing rooftop crosses on churches, claiming they are in violation of building codes.Christian advocacy groups, however, have said that its an effort by the Communist regime to suppress the growth of Christianity in the country."This revision will further reduce the possibility of loosening religious control in China.It is becoming impossible." Several Christians were arrested throughout October and November and accused of belonging to "evil cults," though the accused have denied the charges.Welcome to the largest and fastest growing online community for single Christians.