Your Knowledge of Persecution
Assist News Service
-- SANTA ANA, CA (ANS) -- The Compass Direct News Service, based in Santa
Ana, CA, has issued a challenge to Christians around the world to test their knowledge
of Christian persecution.
In a quiz that is on their Web site www.compassdirect.org
-- they have posed Ten Questions to Challenge and Encourage.
In an introduction
to the quiz, Compass Direct declared, "An expert on Christian education in the United
States recently said, 'Our culture has lost the love of learning.'"
seems especially true regarding how much we know about Christians who suffer for
their faith. Despite the wealth of information that is available and the blazing
speed of access, Christians who worship in freedom continue to demonstrate an
amazing lack of awareness of the Persecuted Church.
Are you ready to test
your knowledge of the status of Christian persecution? If so, answer the
following 10 questions as best you can. But be warned: Some are not as straightforward
as they seem.
The first three questions are:
1. How many persecuted
Christians are there?
a. 10 million
b. 200 million
c. 1 billion
d. There is no Christian persecution
If you answered "d" you are totally
out of touch with reality. Subtract five (5) points! Most experts suggest there
are about 200 million Christians worldwide who suffer persecution for their faith,
with another 200 million to 400 million who face discrimination in some form simply
for being a Christian. Correct answer: "b" -- 200 million. Quite staggering, isn't
it? Correct answer good for one (1) point.
2. The events of September 11,
2001, had little direct impact on Christian persecution in 2002.
Answer: False. Dozens of well-documented cases were reported
in 2001 and 2002 where attacks on Christians were made in retaliation for the
bombing in Afghanistan or other "atrocities" committed by the West. Muslim fundamentalists
often portray Christianity as a Western religion, which puts Christians in Muslim
areas in danger. Besides reported cases, it's likely there are many more that
As the polarization between Christianity and Islam increases,
Christian persecution will also increase. Christians who are the most vulnerable
will suffer the most.
However, military action by the West is not the only
thing that incites attacks on Christians. A controversial but well-publicized
statement by a Western political or religious leader can also have repercussions.
For example, Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson have been both admired
and demonized because of opinions they've expressed about Islam in recent months.
Suffering the most, however, is the Christian minority in countries where religious
liberty is limited and fundamentalists exercise heightened influence.
anger is often directed at the poor, minority Christian. Score one point (1) for
3. A military attack on Iraq would cause greater difficulties
for Christians living in Muslim-dominated areas.
True -- good for one point (1). If you answered "false," go back and read the
previous section. War by nature brings hardship. But Christians in Muslim areas
would suffer even more because they are perceived as having a "Western faith,"
and by default would be linked to an attack on a Muslim country by the "Christian
The Compass Direct editor then said, "This brief exam made some
attempts at levity, but it is not meant to trivialize the severe pressures millions
of Christians face daily for their faith. On the contrary, it is designed to remind
Christians who live in freedom that their experience is not necessarily the norm.
We at Compass Direct hope this reminder will bring a redoubling of effort to come
to the aid of the Persecuted Church."
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