A Christian is killed somewhere in the world for his faith in every five minutes.
According to incoming reports about persecution of Christians on a global scale it has been suggested that “a Christian is martyred for their faith every five minutes.” This idea has been backed and verified by a Christian persecution watchdog which has recently released statistics indicating towards this murky trend.
In keeping with the findings of the Christian Freedom International in excess of 200 million Christians are facing persecution in about 105 countries in the world. If these statistics be assumed true, Christianity becomes the most persecuted religion among all other faiths in the world.
What is more, this compilation of facts has found that there was an apparent increase in persecution of Christians in 20th and 21st Centuries in comparison to the previous centuries. The report presented statistics according to which an increased number of Christians have been martyred in the 20th and 21st centuries than during the previous 19 centuries altogether.
At the same time, a reputed watchdog Open Doors also compiled facts and figures according to their findings and released a global map depicting the allocation of areas or counties where Christians are being persecution around the world.
According to the Open Doors list, North Korea sits at the top of this list, followed by Islamic countries Somalia and Iraq. The fact remains that majority of the 50 countries listed for persecuting Christians are either in the Middle East or Africa.
Seeing the increasing trend of persecution of Christians this year’s International Day of Prayer, which is scheduled for November 8, the CFI has been urging all the Christians across the globe to join for the prayer for those believers who are being persecuted for their Christian faith.
In this respect, Jim Jacobson, President of CFI said, “Persecuted believers are your Christian family throughout the world. Pray for their safety; that they would be emboldened to continue sharing the Gospel even in the face of persecution; that their persecutors would also come to know Christ as they observe the courageous witness of these believers.”