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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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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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Is there any extra-biblical evidence that shows the apostles were martyred?

If we count sources written multiple generations after the fact, there is mountains of evidence. C. Bernard Ruffin has compiled a very thorough review of the traditions passed down by early Christian ...
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Is the King James Bible banned in China?

Q – Is the King James Bible banned in China? A – It would seem that the King James Bible is not banned - yet. However, as part of a longstanding effort to limit the influence of Christianity in China, ...
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Was Jesus actively persecuted at any other points during his Ministry and/or adult life?

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus avoided to go to Jerusalem in public quite early John 2:23-25: Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Was Jesus actively persecuted at any other points during his Ministry and/or adult life?

Yes, Jesus was "hounded" by the Jews for all three years of His ministry. In fact, He was even "hounded" by Satan Himself. (Matthew 4:1-11). At John 2:15 Jesus made a scourge of ...
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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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Is there any extra-biblical evidence that shows the apostles were martyred?

Of the citations that Hold to the Rod mentions, only the one from Josephus is extra-biblical. {I misread "Rod's" post. Sorry... see his comment below) However, it is also the earliest IMO. ...
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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'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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Is there any extra-biblical evidence that shows the apostles were martyred?

The willingness of the apostles to suffer and die for their faith is one of the most commonly cited arguments for the Resurrection. Yet what is the evidence they actually died as martyrs? Two key ...
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Persecution in Christianity

Oh, I'm glad that I will get to respond in more than just a comment. I think this can offer some clarity to our exchange. My understanding of civil persecution is that laws are made which apply ...
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Protestants, why do some Christians suffer so much more than others?

People often try to search for meaning and spiritual causes for problems and suffering. Some take the perspective that trials and suffering are a punishment of God, while others see suffering and ...
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What's the difference between the Apostle's claims and the claims of others who started religious movements?

A claim is a statement about something, which could, in theory, be supported with evidence. It is an assertion about the way things are, or were, or will be, or should be. Claims are, almost by ...
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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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