80 per cent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians…. The Centre for the Study of Global Christianity in the United States estimates that 100,000 Christians now die every year, targeted because of their faith – that is 11 every hour.
• Three countries were found to have topped the church-destroying list with “100 or more” incidents: China, Russia, and Tajikistan.
• These were followed by another set of countries in the “10+ to 99” count category of churches destroyed. These were: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Syria, Pakistan, Angola, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan.
• There are another 21 countries listed in the “1 to 9” countries, including some of those notoriously and regularly covered in the press due to religious violence or intolerance, such as Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and Egypt.
• Overall, government damage to religious property occurs most often in the Middle East and North Africa, while in the Asia-Pacific region, 16 of 60 countries had government infringement on their property.
• Colombia and Mexico—countries that don’t even rank among the top 50 worst places of persecution—have high rates of church property damage. Colombia had 177 cases and Mexico had 36 during the latest reporting period. Based on this finding, Ronald Boyd-MacMillan, chief strategy officer for Open Doors stated that this indicates that religious violence is more a product of state factions, rather than the overall state itself.
• The other countries rounding out Open Doors’ top 10 list for religious violence were the Central African Republic, India, Kenya, and Iraq, all with less than 100 incidents of Christian property destruction.
• China is also reportedly focusing on removing crosses, which are an integral symbol of Christianity, from as many churches as possible.
• As was recently reported by Christianity Today, Sudan recently reaffirmed its church-building ban as well as demolished a few existing ones. However, Sudan ranks low on Pew’s list, with only one to nine incidents of religious property damage. Another similar study was published in January and also referenced by Christianity Today. The study was based on the top 10 nations “where Christians faced the most pressure and violence,” according to the 2014 World Watch List (WWL) from Open Doors International, were North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen (in that order)
• Tajikistan ranks No. 45 among the 50 countries where it’s hardest to be a Christian, while China ranks No. 37 and Russia does not rank.
“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them (John 16: 1-4). However there is no cause for dismay, as God promises His peace and victory to His servants no matter what they may face: These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
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