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Chinese Confucianism and The Ten Commandments

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Transcript of Chinese Confucianism and The Ten Commandments

Kevin Gao
Chinese Confucianism and The Ten Commandments
Kong Fu-Zi is the Founder of Confucianism
Chinese philosopher who tried to change's China's corrupt society
Born in Zhou Dynasty China in around 551 B.C.
His work impacted several social changes in ancient China
His ideology is still being used in many institutions today
Who is Confucius?
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
Ten Commandments and Confucianism
In Chinese culture, you can associate gods with Emperors.
Mandate of Heaven chooses the right emperor.
Confucius wanted loyalty to a stable Emperor.
Confucius emphasized how we should have a personal relationship with others around us. Especially the State.
"You shall have no other gods before Me."
Confucianism wanted to honor fathers and elders.
Confucius emphasized on loyalty, which is important in this Commandment.
"You shall not make idols."
Li: Social Order and Guide to Human Action
Hsiao: Filial Piety and Reverence
Yi: Righteousness and Morality
Zhi: Honesty and Trustworthiness
Ren: Goodness and benevolence towards others
Chung: Service and loyalty to state and Government
The Rule of a King is Heavenly Ordained
The King should care for his subjects; Civilians can rebel if the king is neglecting his duty
King should always listen to the advise of wise advisers
Ten Commandments
6 Ethics of Confucius
Confucius Government
Confucius also said civilians had the right to rebel if the emperor is unstable.
"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain."
God did not want profanity, especially when it came with using his name.
Confucius wanted to improve the social order of China by increasing morality.
Swearing is part of his ideology, as he believed wisdom is not from profanity.
"Remember The Sabbath Day, to Keep it Holy"
God wanted for his Jewish followers to remember the creation of the days and to rest on Sunday and keep it holy.
Confucians looked at the Emperors depending on the Mandate of Heaven.
Look for Heaven to remember the cycle of emperors
Confucius looked upon Sage Emperors for direction as role models.
Confucian Chinese worshiped ancestors, so idols are important.
"Honor your father and your mother."
"You shall not murder."
"You shall not commit adultery."
"You shall not steal."
"You shall not bear false witness
against your neighbor."
"You shall not covet."
Most IMPORTANT basis of Confucianism
Respect, honor, and care for your parents emotionally and physically.
The parents in turn would set a role model for children, and cycle repeats.
Respect of elders and teachers.
Confucius grew up in Spring and Autumn Periods, very dangerous times.
Wanted to fix China's chaos
Confucius said, "murder is wrong."
Confucius wanted people to have a sense of morality and thus prevented murder.
In traditional Chinese culture, adultery is a huge taboo.
In certain situations, adultery is punishable by death.
Confucius emphasized on social order and loyalty.
Honesty and righteousness is key to order.
Wanted to change the corrupt system of China.
Do not appear to others with a fake persona or treating others with respect.
“Do unto others what you want done unto you.”
"Golden Rule"
Do not be envious or wish for the possessions of others.
Confucius wanted people to live a humble life.
A feeling of benevolence to others.

"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."
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