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Chinese Christians often consider the Gospel of John as the most unique book of the Bible not only for its theological strength but also most notably the resemblance of its opening passage to the core of Chinese cosmological concept Dao Citing from The Chinese Union Version the most common Chinese Bible translation John 11 states In the beginning was the Dao and the Dao was with God and the Dao was God Just as Apostle John had no intention to build his Christology upon Heraclituss or Philo of Alexandrias Greek views of the translators of Chinese Bible had no intention to draw a direct line between and Dao However this contextualized approach of early missionaries by proclaiming that Jesus is the Dao John 146 is fraught with potential for misinterpretation and reformulation from adequate understanding of the truthDao can be understood as way path doctrine principal reason and word The metaphysical concept of Dao was found originally in Dao De Jing The Classic of the Dao and of Virtue the foundational text of Daoism The ultimate spiritual pursuit of Dao searching and becoming one with the Dao means that one may harmonize oneself with nature by religious and moral practices to achieve an enteral suffering-less and self-less status is shared with all three major Chinese religious philosophies Confucianism Buddhism and Daoism as well as all the other East Asian religion in general Taiwanese folk religion is one among themInheriting the cultural traditions and religious beliefs of Fujian China most of Taiwanese claim that folk religion although sometimes mistaken by Daoism or Buddhism is their most common religious practice with little comprehension of its origin or concept The beliefs of folk religions have been ingrained so deeply in Taiwanese culture intentionally or not the practices have become part of their daily life even for Christians It is neither uncommon to see churches or Christian
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