The Chinese Goddess That Demands Abortion

There is a goddess in China that many Christians have never heard of, but millions of abortions have been demanded in her name.  Taiwan alone has more than 130 temples dedicated to this abortion goddess and there are many more dotting the coastal lines of Fujian Province.

Exactly 400 years ago, Dutch missionaries sailed to Taiwan to preach the Gospel message to the indigenous people and they had to face the dark evil of this goddess and the priestesses who served her.

Revival broke out in Taiwan and thousands of women broke free from the evil chains of the abortion goddess.  Those missionaries eventually died and gave their lives for the people of Taiwan.

The following is their untold story and is based on documents that are 400 years old.  This excerpt is from BTJ’s most recent book project that has not yet been released.

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The back of the horse shifted from side to side with each step on the rocky Fermosa soil.  The rhythmic thudding of the hooves into the shallow dirt was the only sound breaking the silence.

The tension in the air was arresting on the lonely road between the small village of Mattau, where Antonius’ family was being held hostage, and Fort Zeelandia.

“Daddy please don’t go!” Antonius heard the echoes of his two daughters ringing in his head.  He clinched his eyes hard together trying to erase their innocent pleas from his memory.  He leaned against the warm neck of the horse and cried out to God, “God please have mercy on your servant.”

The horse kept trotting along.  With every step the stud was getting closer to the front line of troops under the command of the prince of Fujian Province, known simply as Koxinga.  Koxinga was determined to chase the Dutch out of Taiwan.  He had conquered the relatively small village of Mattau where Antonius lived with his wife and two daughters.  Anonius traveled to Taiwan from his home in the Netherlands in 1638 when an old friend from the village, Schipluiden, named Rev. Robertus Junius, came to visit him.

Antonius was a pastor in Schipluiden when Rev. Robert Junius shared the vision of missions with him.  Rev. Robert Junius was the first missionary to establish work in Taiwan after the Dutch established a port there in early 1624.

Antonius and his wife, Anna, were excited to share the Gospel with the people of Taiwan and the reception was amazing from the start.  In only a few years, from 1624 to 1662, more than 30 dutch ministers came to serve in Taiwan.  Thousands of indigenous people were coming to Christ.  Rev. Junius alone baptized over 5,400 native people.

They established churches, resource centers and Christian schools to educate young children in several locations.

He and his wife studied the Sirayan language and translated the Gospel of Matthew and John and handed out copies of it to the local people, but their efforts were not met without strong spiritual resistance.

The church was exploding at such a fast rate, that the local indigenous religious leaders felt threatened.  One of their main practices of child sacrifice was under threat.

The local Sirayan people were commanded to kill their babies while they were still in the womb as a sacrifice.  The goddesses Mazu and Chen Jinggu were feared and worshipped.  Chen Jingu was known as a goddess that saved her people by self-aborting her baby and her followers were often required to do the same.

A local witch, had tyrannical control over the local villagers and if she found a woman too young to have a baby, she demanded that it be given as a sacrifice.

If a mother does not submit to the witch, the entire family is threatened with death, destruction, and total disgrace.

Several were known to confess to the Dutch reverends aborting as many as 15 or 16 babies at the demand of the witch.

Killing unborn babies as a human sacrifice was so ingrained in them that it was almost impossible to shake.  The missionaries knew they were fighting a demonic spirit and wrote:

And should I ever be able to bring them so far by reason that they abandoned

such superstitions and idolatries, still I would not be able to persuade them or

bring them to the point that they would not kill the babies. Because that is as

common among them as the baptizing of babies is with us; that is to say, by

people who are not older than thirty, thirty-three or thirty-five years old. They

garner fame when they have killed many fetuses, as several women confessed

to me, one already having killed eight, the other twelve, another fifteen. Yea,

their female teachers even instruct them that it would be a sin and a shame not

to kill their babies, which is the reason why they themselves are called upon and

fetched to perform the killings.

Another writes of the process saying:

When she is with child, the fruit of her womb is destroyed. This is brought about in the following ways: They call one of their priestess, and, on her arrival, the woman lies down on a couch or on the floor and is then pushed, pinched, and roughly handled till abortion follows, which occasions more pain than if the child had been brought living into the world. It is not for lack of maternal love among these women that this system is followed, but because their priestess teaches them so to act.

During their short time as missionaries in the southwest region of Taiwan, such a large number of locals became Christian that more than 120 priestesses that mandated the ceremonial sacrifice of abortion were run out.

The problems escalated in 1660, when Koxinga attacked the village of Mattau, rejected the Christian teachings, and promised to bring back the ancient practices of the priestesses.

Many missionaries were imprisoned, including Antonius’ own family.

Koxinga demanded Antonius ride his horse 22 miles to Fort Zeelandia and tell the Swedish royal governor of Fermosa, Frederik Coyett, to surrender.  If Coyett refused, Koxinga promised Antonius’ family and all of the other families would be executed.

The Swede and fellow council members were ready to concede, until Antonius appealed to them in striking terms saying,

“I am perfectly aware that my speech is my own death sentence. However, I will not disregard my duties to God because of fear. I’d rather risk a thousand times my own and my wife’s lives than be exploited by our enemy. Because the cruel Koxinga will make up any excuse to kill all the captured Dutchmen. And since they are already doomed, if we negotiate for their lives out of sympathy, we will have fallen into the enemy’s trap and be slaughtered at random. This savage enemy is cunning and sneaky with no mercy in their hearts. They only want to cheat, rob and massacre the Dutch in their worship of Satan.”

“Comrades, I will surely die; although, for the sake of you all and those captured by the enemy, I cannot allow myself to be blamed for hiding in the fort to see others sacrificed. May God save our people, He will deliver you from danger. You all must persevere and do not lose your faith.”

His speech convinced the counsel not to surrender the fort.  Now, Antonius was taking the long arduous ride back to Mattau to deliver to Koxinga the bad news.  He knew that he but only a few hours to live, but his death was not what worried him most.

What concerned him more than anything was what would become of his wife and daughters?  How would they suffer at the hands of the angry wicked leader?

Upon arrival, Koxinga went into a fit of rage when he heard the Dutch would not willingly surrender the fort.  He ordered his soldiers to detain Antonius and behead him in front of his wife and daughters.  After Antonius’ head rolled across the floor and stopped by his feet, Koxinga then commanded that all the Dutch males be beheaded.

Anna, Atonius’ wife and one of his daughters were given over to be raped by Koxinga’s senior captains.  All the Dutch women in Mattau suffered the same fate.  Antonius’ other daughter was taken by Koxinga himself to be placed in his harem to serve the rest of her life as a concubine.

Soon after, Koxinga launched an attack on the fort and defeated the Dutch, kicking them out of the country, but his victory didn’t last long.  Within only a few weeks, at the young age of 37, a strange illness befell Koxinga and he went mad.  He lost all sanity and wandered around frantic and delirious until he finally died.  Some say he died of malaria, some say it was torment.  Whatever it was, it seemed to start the day he took the life of the Christians.

The priestesses tried to make their way back, but even with the missionaries gone, their grip over the people was never the same.

Several decades later, another missionary sent by a Dutch mission organisation slowly approached the shores to bring the Gospel back to the people of Taiwan.  His story will be shared in a book due to be released at the end of this year through UNDERGROUND PUBLISHING HOUSE.

Dr. Eugene Bach is a known trouble-maker with an active imagination and sinful past. He has a PhD, but is not a real doctor, so please do not call for him during a medical emergency on an airplane when someone is having a heart attack. Eugene started working for Back to Jerusalem in the year 2000 after a backroom deal involving Chinese spies, the NRA, Swiss bankers, and a small group of Apostolic Christians that only baptize in Jesus’ name. He spends most of his time in closed countries attempting to topple governments by proclaiming the name of Jesus and not taking showers. From time-to-time he pretends to be a writer. He is not good at it, but everyone around him tries to humor him.

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