Persecuted Christians

by IMHO 13 Replies latest jw friends

  • IMHO

    Christians are the single most widely persecuted religious group in the world today.


    1. Christian churches around the world have set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

    2. According to the U.S. Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Christ.

    3. With the exception of four official state-controlled churches in Pyongyang, Christians in North Korea face the risk of detention in the prison camps, severe torture and, in some cases, execution for practicing their religious beliefs. North Koreans suspected of having contact with South Korean or other foreign missionaries in China, and those caught in possession of a Bible, have been known to be executed.

    4. In Syria, Christians are increasingly becoming the target of violent attacks. Catholic and Orthodox groups in Syria say the anti-government rebels have committed "awful acts" against Christians, including beheadings, rapes and murders of pregnant women. A special 'Vulnerability Assessment of Syria's Christians' conducted by the World Watch unit of Open Doors International from June 2013 warned that Syrian Christians are the victims of "disproportionate violence and abuse." They warned further that Christian women in Syria are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse.

    5. In August 2013, Egypt faced what has been called the the worst anti-Christian violence in seven centuries: 38 churches were destroyed, 23 vandalized; 58 homes were burned and looted and 85 shops, 16 pharmacies and 3 hotels were demolished; 6 Christians were killed in the violence and 7 were kidnapped.

    6. The bloodiest attack on Christians in Pakistan's history occurred in September 2013. Two suicide bombers exploded shrapnel laden vests outside All Saints' Church in the old city of Peshawar. Choir members and children attending Sunday school were among 81 people killed. The attack left 120 people wounded, with 10 of them in critical condition.

    7. During an attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi in September, Islamic terrorists asked people for the name of Muhammad's mother or to recite a verse from the Quran in order to identify non-Muslims. One of the terrorists announced, "We have come to kill you Christians and Kenyans because you have been killing our women and children in Somalia. Any Muslims can go."

    8. Four Christians in Iran will get 80 lashes each this month for drinking wine during a communion service. Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said that it is common practice for Christians to be punished for violating theocratic laws. In the UN report Shaheed wrote: 'At least 20 Christians were in custody in July 2013. In addition, violations of the rights of Christians, particularly those belonging to evangelical Protestant groups, many of whom are converts, who proselytize to and serve Iranian Christians of Muslim background, continue to be reported.'

    9. An average of 100 Christians around the world are killed each month for their faith. (Note: There are several sources that claim the numbers are as high as 100,000+ a year.)

  • anonymouz

    Divide and conquer. While all of Christendom is now divided, the alternative system of world rulership is united. The confusions of the masses in even more forms of division, aids the process. In the top design, the divided Christendom actually aids it's own oppressors ultimately operating through the state as it crystallized into nations, which must crystallize into internationalist world order. (Rev17:11-18).

    When the final globalizing crystallization is near completion in a decade or so (Rev16:13-16), the required divisional aids, like Christendom, can then be fully deposed as merely a means to meet that international governmental unification end, aided by mass division in a common "divide and conquer" formula at global scale also culminated into the unification of the alternative world government system.

    It is all logical, governmentally evolutionary, and formulaic in some very basic concepts, merely confused by the scale and means of their worldwide application and dynamic change, aiding misinformation, and thus recognition of the overall objective. Thus "divide and conquer" by minutia of nationalism, philosophy, class and religion applied globally effectively greatly aids the final conquest cycle.

    And that cycle must go on about a good ten years to pass the true sovereign consolidation point of no return for declining national former autonomy as independent sovereigns that too, must end into international sovereignty and it's ruling authority and device in which nations are mere states of states.

  • eyeuse2badub

    BUT only the persecution of JW's is significant because they are the only true christians. Right?


  • bruh

    What has the WTBS said about persecuted "Non-JW" Christians ??? Since they relate persecution only toward Jehovah Witnesses???

  • sir82

    Karma is a bitch.

  • littlerockguy

    Christians provoke a lot of their persecution.



    I imagine that many Christians are just minding their own business. Of course, there are always religious extremists, and these ones stir up the pot. Then all of us who are minding are own business get caught up in the middle. It's like gym class in high-school. A few kids act up, and we all run laps.


  • BU2B

    This type of thing makes JWs uncomfortable. They like to feel Satan is after them, persecuting them, attacking them. They cant explain why similiar of worse things happen to Christian groups.

  • oneyeopen

    I have noticed that on the many occassions that I have brought up the subject of violent persecution of christians in various parts of the world to witnesses, the response is indifference. This response has always peeved/disgusted me. A recent example, I had related to my study conductor that, Christians were violently being persecuted/tortured/murdered in Syria and Egypt, one recent victim was a very young christian girl that had been dismembered ALIVE. I got the usual JW response....."Was it a Witness?" 'No' "oh"....then she changed the subject. I point out that this IS persecution against the Christians, they have been persecuted no matter what their denomination, just identifying oneself as such makes one 'worthy' in the eyes of the ones persecuting. This is not JHVH's judgement on them.

  • Laika

    How is saying Christians provoke a lot of their own persecution different to saying gay people provoke their own persecution?

    Bigotry is alive and well.

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