Christianity Disappearing From Middle-East, Reports Study
A new study called UK Christianophobia warns that Christianity is at the risk of being wiped out in the biblical heartlands of the Middle East. According to the London Daily Telegraph, which cites the study, 10% of Christians worldwide – approximately 200 million – are “socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.” Published by a leading independent British think tank, Civitas, the report stated that Western politicians and media generally ignore widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world “because they are afraid they will be accused of racism.” Click here to read a more detailed report.
University of Tulsa’s Football Programme Embraces Culture of Christianity
A football programme by the University of Tulsa (TU), located in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, has embraced the culture of Christianity. This was fostered by Bill Blankenship, the Head Coach of its football team Golden Hurricane. Reports reveal that this culture has been embraced by a good majority among the 100 players in its rooster. Prayer is an everyday staple of the TU football routine. Read more on this encouraging story here.
US Immigrant Pastor Arrested in Iran for Christian Faith
Rev. Saeed Abedini, an US immigrant, who was visiting Iran – the country of his birth, was arrested and put behind bars for his Christian faith. He was also indicted by an Iranian court, which could possibly result in a death sentence. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a Washington D.C.-based human rights firm, announced on 19 December 2012 that it will be legally representing the family of the Rev. Abedini. Abedini is the father of a house church movement in Iran, a community of underground places of worship for former Muslims who convert to Christianity and are not allowed to formally pray in recognized churches.
Click here to read more on this story. Also, keep his family and him in your prayers.
Archaeologist Believes Jesus Was Born in a Different Bethlehem
Aviram Aviram Oshri, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), believes that Jesus Christ was born in a different Bethlehem, which was farther away from Jerusalem. Oshri says that he has conducted extensive excavations in Bethlehem of the Galilee, and has found artifacts there which suggest that the traditionally held view of where Jesus was born may be incorrect. In Bethlehem of the Galilee, Oshri says he has discovered stone vessels that were used by Jews during the same time period that Jesus lived. Click here to read more on his interesting findings.
Christianity in Britain Losing Ground to Atheism and Other Religions
According to the figures of 2011 census released recently, the number of people who identify themselves as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by about 4 million in the last decade. The data shows that numbers fell from 37.3 million in 2001 to 33 million last year. Figures from the 2011 Census show the number of people declaring themselves to be atheists rose by more than 6 million, to 14.1 million. These are worrying numbers, coming from a country that has sent countless missionaries to Indian soil. Click here to read more on this story.
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