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Monday, August 24, 2015

Facts about Christianity


In 2001, the World Christian Encyclopedia counted 33,830 different Christian denominations.


Early Christians were called "atheists" by Romans as they didn't pay tribute to pagan gods.


In 2010,the Catholic Church had an income of US$97 billion.


Christianity is severely persecuted in at least 27 countries.


Most scholars say Jesus never viewed himself as creating a new religion per se, just reforming Judaism.


A man in Nebraska is breeding red cows and sending them to Israel so that Jews build a Third Temple and "Jesus comes again".


Jesus is mentioned more times in the Quran than Muhammad.


More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe.


Pope Francis used to work as a bar bouncer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A Church built into a cave is the largest church in the Middle East.

Judas sold Jesus for the equivalent of 4 months' pay of a working man.


Pope Pius II wrote a popular erotic book called "The Tale Of Two Lovers" before assuming office.


There's an empty place next to Muhammad's Tomb, Islam's main Prophet, reserved for Jesus.

Billy Graham personally preached Christianism to over 200 million people.


Going to church is good for you: Services lowers your blood pressure, a study found.


A 62-foot Jesus statue built by a megachurch was destroyed by a lightning strike and subsequent fire.

The Catholic Church once put a dead Pope on trial. 


Christianity was the main religion in Egypt between the Fourth and Sixth Centuries.


Papaphobia is the fear of the Pope.

There's a Christian church in San Francisco that worships John Coltrane as a Saint and uses his lyrics as prayers.

There are at least seven Christian churches in Antarctica.

There is a sect, offshoot of Christianity, that believes Jesus is currently living in China as a Chinese woman.

The Catholic Church considers the Theory of Evolution to be "virtually certain", and believes that intelligent design "isn't science even though it pretends to be."

According to the Vatican, you can reduce the time you spend in purgatory by following the pope on Twitter.

At least 20 million people died during the Taiping Rebellion in China, led by a man who claimed to be the brother of Jesus, and who attempted to impose a theocracy based on his interpretation of Christianity.

Christianity is the fastest growing religion in Iran.


38% of Christianity is projected to live in sub-Saharan Africa in 2050.

Vladimir The Great, Prince of Kiev, considered converting to Christianity or Islam. He sent envoys to study both religions, but upon hearing that Islam forbade alcohol, he got baptized.

The keys to the holiest site in Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, are held by a Muslim family that opens the church every morning. This arrangement has been in place since 1187 CE.

There is a pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka that is holy to four religions for a "sacred footprint": Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity.

Christmas ham, originally a pagan tradition, was endorsed by the Catholic Church as a test of truthful conversion from Judaism.


Armenia became the first nation to adopt Christianity as a State Religion in the year 301.

359 years after the Catholic Church forced Galileo Galilei to recant his theory that the Earth moves around the Sun, it declared he was right in 1992.

In 2001, Pope John Paul II entered and prayed in a mosque and even kissed the Qur'an to improve relations with Islam.


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