Mao Zedong, the former head of China’s Communist Party, was a ruthless leader. In the 1960s, Mao launched the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” in which he severely persecuted all religious and political organizations. In fact, very few groups back then were left untouched by his campaign of brutality.
Churches and temples were destroyed. Pastors, Buddhist monks, and Catholic priests were beaten, killed or sent to harsh labor camps.
Mao converted to communism in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. It was there, as a young man, he started to study the works of communist leaders and soon embraced their radical, totalitarian ideologies.
Now, not too far from Mao’s birthplace, a massive church is being built, and when completed, will be bigger than “even the biggest statue of Mao Zedong in China.”
The Xingsha Church is part of a $617 million Christian-themed ecological park being constructed in the capital of Hunan province.
It was inspired by Noah’s Ark and measures 260 feet tall, half the height of the Mao statue, less than 10 miles away.
An artist’s impression of the Xingsha Ecological Park in Hunan Province, with the Xingsha Church in the middle of the park can be seen below.
SOURCE: George Thomas