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The Christmas Horror Story of Hong Xiuquan

ho ho ho, fa la la la la, la la la la.

That is the harmless Christmas. Good cheer, good will, kindness, generosity and love.

Add a deity to Christmas and you get a horror story. Let me tell you about the Christmas horror story in China. 20 million dead because of a crazy Christian.

This is the face of a man who lead a murderous rebellion against the China society of 1850.

Killing in the name of jesus

As people begin to believe in a god that makes them “special” or different from every other human on this planet, they choose one of two paths. They either fall into line in some cult and follow the charismatic speaker / leader (also known as a pastor, priest, imam, father, etc.), or in some cases they think that they are themselves chosen to lead.

Hong Xiuquan is one of the believers who decided that god wanted him to lead. Now leaders all have to claim that they have a word from god. That god speaks to them. Hong Xiuquan took it one step further (like many other religious leaders before him have done.) he told people that he was an actual descendent of god. JESUS’ BROTHER.

Let me tell you his story so you can see the similarities with all the other crazy Christian leaders in our world.

Hong Xiuquan was born 1 January 1814 (this is a bad sign because obviously people told him how special his birthday was)

Hong started studying at a school called Book Chamber House at the age of seven. He was able to recite the Four Books after five or six years. At around the age of 15 his parents were no longer able to afford his education, so he became a tutor to children in his village and continued to study privately. He took the local preliminary civil service examinations and came first. (the second bad sign. Local notoriety often leads people to think that they are world class. In Hong’s case this proved to not be true)

At the age of 22, in 1836, he took the provincial examinations in Guangzhou. Unsurprisingly, he failed the imperial examinations, which had a pass rate of less than 1%. He retook the test four times, but never succeeded. In 1837 Hong again attempted to take the imperial examinations (5th time), but apparently suffered a nervous collapse when he failed them again.

During stay in Guangzhou, Hong Evangelical Christian missionary preaching about his religion. This was the seed to his eventual insanity. A person under extreme stress, having failed many times, learns of God, and thinks that there is a sudden PURPOSE for all of his failures.


During his recovery in 1837, he had a number of vivid and terrifying dreams, which he interpreted as mystical visions. In his dreams Hong was visited by two figures, an old, paternal figure and an elder brother-figure. In one dream the old man complained to Hong about men worshiping demons rather than him. In a second dream, Hong saw Confucius being punished for his faithlessness, after which he repented. In another dream, Hong dreamt of angels carrying him to heaven, where he met the elder-brother figure wearing in a black dragon robe with a long golden beard who gave him a sword and a magic seal, and told him to purge China of demons. Several years later, he would interpret this to mean that God the Heavenly Father (whom he identified with Shangdi from Chinese tradition) wanted him to rid the world of demon worship. In order to complete his mission of ridding the world of demons, the elder brother-figure changed Hong’s name to “Hong Xiuquan”. His friends and family said that after this episode he became authoritative, solemn and taller in height. After failing his forth examination in 1837, Hong stopped studying for the imperial examinations and sought work as a teacher. For the next several years Hong taught at several schools around the area of his hometown.

It was not until six years later that Hong took time to carefully examine the Christian tracts he had received. After reading these tracts Hong came to believe that they had given him the key to interpreting his visions: the old man was God, and the elder brother that he had seen was Jesus Christ. This interpretation led him to believe that he was a Chinese son of God, and that he was the younger brother of Jesus. After coming to this conclusion Hong began destroying idols and enthusiastically preaching his interpretation of Christianity.

Hong began by burning all Confucian and Buddhist statues and books in his house, and began to preaching to his community about his visions. His earliest converts were relatives of his who had also failed their examinations and belonged to the Hakka minority, Feng Yunshan and Hong Rengan. He collaborated with them to destroy holy statues in small villages to the ire of local citizens and officials. Hong and his converts’ acts were considered sacrilegious and they were persecuted by Confucians who forced them to leave their positions as village tutors. Hong Xiuquan and Feng Yunshan fled the district in 1844, walking some 300 miles to the west to Guangxi, where the large Hakka population was much more willing to receive his teachings. As a symbolic gesture to purge China of Confucianism, he asked for two giant swords, three chi (about 1 metre) long and nine jin (about 5.5 kg), called the “demon-slaying swords” (斬妖劍), to be forged.

Most accurate sources put the total number of deaths during the 15 years of the rebellion at about 20-30 million civilians and soldiers. Most of the deaths were attributed to plague and famine. At the Third Battle of Nanking in 1864, more than 100,000 were killed in three days.

And that is what happens when people try to push their version on Jesus on the rest of us humans. They get violent and start killing us. I heard one Christian say, a fork is an excellent tool for eating, but it can also be used to stab people. They argue that god is a fork, hehehehe, and man chooses to use that fork for violence. At some point you have to say enough is enough….no more violence. Lets all use spoons and forget about the violent forks.

Itia (Abroad)

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