The Lord Jesus Christ said that Christians would always face persecution: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (St. John 15:18). The persecution of Christians is often a manifestation of deep opposition to the teachings and values of the Church. The principles of Christianity will always appear as a rebuke to some in this world.
Why are Christians facing persecution?
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While about 30 percent of the world’s population identifies as Christian, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination are directed at Christians.Source: International Society for Human Rights
Christians face persecution in more than 60 Countries.Source: U.S. State Department
Millions of Christians face interrogation, arrest, torture, and/or death because of their religious convictions and cultural/ethnic identification.Source: Open Doors USA
Between 2007 and 2014, Christians have been targeted for harassment in more countries than any other religious group.Source: Pew Research
Christian responses to persecution are almost always nonviolent and, with very few exceptions, do not involve acts of terrorism.Source: Under Caesar’s Sword