by Stephen Lau
The interpretations of “Tao Te Ching” are as many as its translations. Each author is looking at Lao Tzu’s immortal classic from his or her own perspective, and this is also one of the many reasons why “Tao Te Ching” is eye-opening and thought-provoking. The Bible and “Tao Te Ching” are among the most translated and extensively read books of all time, and for a good reason: one is about God’s wisdom, and the other is about human wisdom.
The author’s own translation of “Tao Te Ching” is based on his belief that Lao Tzu’s masterpiece is about the Creator of the universe, and that with true human wisdom man sees not only the manifestations but also the mysteries of His creation.
The book is about true human wisdom without the “conditioned” thinking of contemporary wisdom. Without the “reverse” mindset of Lao Tzu, man may have difficulties in understanding the wisdom of God expressed in the Bible.
The book is divided into four parts.
Part One is about the author’s reasons for writing the book, and also why “Tao Te Ching” is a “must read” for anyone who seeks real human wisdom.
Part Two is the author’s own translation of the 81 chapters of “Tao Te Ching” with respect to the Bible; each chapter is followed by some selected Bible verses for further reflection on what Lao Tzu has said.
Part Three is about the essentials of Tao wisdom with detailed explanation in simple language and with everyday life examples to help the reader understand the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu.
Part Four is an explanation of how Tao wisdom may help the reader understand God’s wisdom in the Bible. Tao is the Way to Biblical wisdom.
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