Xuan Tian Shang Di’s belief and Taoist Doctrine

In the orthodox Taoism, there are a lot of mysterious origins records of Xuan Tian Shang Di, however it is obvious that in a typical Taoist beliefs, Xuan Tian Shang Di has long been a Taoist worship of the heavenly gods, ranking after the Jade Emperor of Heaven.

Xuan Tian Shang Di’s faith actively proclaim and promote the ethical thoughts such as the people, integrity, thoughts of benevolence, honesty and goodness, and other ethical ideas, which embodies the basic spirit of Taoist doctrine. It also vividly explained the ultimate concern of Taoism on social life, containing a rich and profound of Taoist belief mainly refer to the worship of Taoist gods; the respects for Taoist classics; the fulfillment of Taoist doctrine; the holding of Taoism; the inheritance and promotion of Taoist culture.

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, with the popularization of cultural and educational undertakings, the cultural quality of Taoist believers has gradually increased. We need to sort out and justify the relationship between the Faith of Xuan Tian Shang Di and Taoist doctrine. With a view to explain and promote Xuan Tian Shang Di faith for the ultimate concern of Taoism; promoting and integrating Xuan Tian Shang Di’s faith in the modern society; giving the full play to the positive role of Xuan Tian Shang Di’s belief in the construction and building of a harmonious society.

Taoist believers believe that the origin of the Xuan Tian Shang Di is related to Lao Zi (Tai Seong Lao Kun). Goodness and sincerity can not be separated from integrity. Integrity is the fundamental principle of human being, only integrity will be conducive to good health, career development, family harmony, community peace. From the birth of Taoism, practices of goodness, sincere and trustworthy had been written in ethics program. In the early Taoist classics "Tai Ping Jing", "Lao Zi Xiang er Zhu" and other books have been repeatedly advocated for good sincerity, integrity and other ethical ideas.