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What are some countries where you can be imprisoned for reading or owning a Bible?

Countries which ban the possession of the bible include: Saudi Arabia At present, the Bible has been banned in Saudi Arabia. In a number of countries, bible translation, distribution, sale or ...
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Is a claim of 50,000,000 Baptist martyrs accurate?

No, there is no reliable historical evidence to support such a claim. Before going into the question significantly, I should point out that the number of Baptists killed by the Catholic Church ...
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What are some countries where you can be imprisoned for reading or owning a Bible?

This article lists six countries where owning a bible is 'dangerous' : Six Countries . . . The six countries listed are North Korea, Somalia, Maldives, Morocco, Libya and Uzbekistan. Of the list - ...
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Are Christians still persecuted in Afghanistan?

Yes it is. Open Door lists Afghanistan as the 4th 'worst' place in the world for Christian persecution. While the population of Christians there is small relative to the total population, the ...
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What is an overview of early church opposition to authorities?

To be clear, the Church Fathers were specifically against rebellion. This being said however, some Church Fathers have in fact rather bluntly suggested that the affairs of the state and the power ...
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What is an overview of how Christian commentators have explained rulers to be a terror to bad conduct?

I think most commentators have understood "terror to good conduct" a little differently than you are understanding it. The phrase is φόβος τῷ ἀγαθῷ ἔργῳ (phobos tō agathō ergō) — literally, "...
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Is the Russian Orthodox Church pressing the government of Russia to ban Jehovah's Witnesses?

"Not technically." The Russian Orthodox Church is involved with a subgroup called "Committee for the Salvation of Youth from Totalitarian Cults (“the Salvation Committee”) that's been filing ...
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What are some countries where you can be imprisoned for reading or owning a Bible?

Russia (w.r.t. non-mainstream Christianity) The particular incident that comes to mind is the recent (2019-Sep-2) conviction of Valeriy Moskalenko, who was detained for public reading of the Bible (...
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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life?

Sometimes people focus too much on Christ's sufferings and not how much he poured out His love on the cross. Redemption by Christ was not so much achieved by how much He suffered, but how much He ...
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How is the new anti-conversion law going to affect Christians in India?

There's many a slip twixt cup and lip, so until an actual law is actually passed, we can only surmise. The history tag is useful to remind us that in every generation, sections of Christians in ...
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Has the Roman Catholic Church ever officially condemned the Croatian Ustashi?

All official statements of the Vatican from 1909 to the present are recorded in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS). Performing the following Google search on the PDFs of the AAS volumes: Ustaše OR ...
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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life?

According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life? The short answer is yes. 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and ...
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Are we blessed when people hurt us?

You are roughly correct, but with a condition I'll highlight later. When you are beaten, stolen, poisoned, and the world reviles you, you have less and less that is in between you and God. It's very ...
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What countries today have severe restrictions against Christianity as state policy?

North Korea has severe restrictions against Christianity as state policy, with imprisonment and forced labour the penalty for even being a committed Christian, but not only Christians face persecution....
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What is an overview of early church opposition to authorities?

The church Father's seems to have less inclination to political protest or civil disobedience as compared to modern society while at the same time, where it really mattered, were more willing to die ...
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Protestants, why do some Christians suffer so much more than others?

Jesus warned his disciples that following Him would not be easy: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will ...
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Giving solace and comfort to our oppressed brothers and sisters

The following is from an article by Lifeway Research: According to Open Doors’ World Watch List 2022, last year more Christians were detained or killed for their faith and more churches were attacked ...
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Why did Christianity survive at all?

Open persecution: There is considerable evidence that while the Christians did suffer occasional persecution, particularly around 250 and in the Great Persecution of 303-311, Christian tradition seems ...
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Is a claim of 50,000,000 Baptist martyrs accurate?

It does seem unlikely, that number is supposed to be representative of a period of about 1,200 years, but even over that period of time you'd still have to kill at least 114 baptists a day to reach ...
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Do any Christian traditions permit suicide to avoid being dishonored (raped)?

Let Case 1 = the suicide for women at the point of being raped and Case 2 = the suicide of a father and his family to avoid seeing the mother/wife and the daughters/sisters raped and dishonored ...
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Who was the first person on record who was killed by a Christian or group of Christians for religious disagreements?

Your question starts with a couple of assumptions that don't hold up. First, the earliest Christians had plenty of heated disagreements, starting with doctrinal conflicts over the extent to which the ...
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Was it possible for Catholics to express their faith openly in England during the time of persecution?

They sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as an expression of faith and quite openly! In 1870, the song of The Twelve Days of Christmas was first published in England, shortly after the time when it ...
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What was meant by the charge: "the upsetting of the lamp"?

The phrase: “the upsetting of the lamp,” is a reference to the charge of incest, which is “facilitated by darkness.” 721 And anyone who makes use of them may in addition to [the guilt of] godless, ...
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What's the difference between the Apostle's claims and the claims of others who started religious movements?

I found the subtitle over at Snopes.com to be interesting: Claims about "breatharians," people purportedly living on light alone, do not offer proof that they survive this way. Now, let's ...
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What's the difference between the Apostle's claims and the claims of others who started religious movements?

Although the question starts out asking about religious movements that might differ from the Christian religion founded on the Apostles of Christ, it immediately delves into a New Age modern religion –...
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What was meant by the charge: "the upsetting of the lamp"?

What was meant by the charge: “the upsetting of the lamp”? First of all, here is the full text of Justin Martyr’s First Apology: Chapter 26. Magicians not trusted by Christians And, thirdly, because ...
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What was meant by the charge: "the upsetting of the lamp"?

This may be a reference to Octavius, an early writing in defense of Christianity by Marcus Minucius Felix. It is written in the form of a dialogue between the pagan Caecilius Natalis and the ...
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How is the new anti-conversion law going to affect Christians in India?

How is the new anti-conversion law going to affect Christians in India? The real short answer is that Christian Churches will adopt to the situation as they always have. Churches will continue to ...
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According to pre-tribulation pre-millenialists, when would and will Christians be persecuted for their faith as a sign to the world?

Your question tho aimed to a specific grouping of individuals, has peaked my interest. The question of when as you have pointed out is everyday, for people in various places tho not in your locale... ...
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