I came across these words of Our Lord the other day and it got me curious to know if this “gotta happen before He comes again” sign had been fulfilled yet. So I googled. There are 196 nations in the world. I looked them all up and learned that, indeed, the Good News has been preached to ALL NATIONS!
Nations where Christians are not persecuted, grouped by size of population, then alphabetically
- Less than 10% Christian (14 nations): Albania, Bangladesh, Cambodia, The Gambia, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Mongolia, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey.
- Between 10% and 50% Christian (15 nations): Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Estonia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Korea (South), Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Togo.
- More than 50% Christian (118 nations): Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, Congo (Republic of the), Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kiribati, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands (The), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Nations where Christians are persecuted, grouped by degree then ranked by severity (2013 Open Doors list)
Note: The majority of these nations have <10% Christian population. Where it is more, the nation is starred.
- EXTREME (11 nations): North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Maldives, Mali, Iran, Yemen, Eritrea*, Syria.
- SEVERE (12 nations): Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ethiopia*, Uzbekistan, Libya, Laos, Turkmenistan, Qatar, Vietnam, Oman, Mauritania.
- MODERATE (22 nations & one territory): Tanzania*, Egypt*, United Arab Emirates, Brunei, Bhutan, Algeria, Tunisia, India, Burma (Myanmar), Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, (Palestinian Territories, listed for persecution, but not recognized as a nation), China, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Kenya*, Comoros, Malaysia*, Djibouti, Tajikistan*, Indonesia*, Colombia*.
- SPARSE (4 nations): Uganda*, Kazakhstan*, Kyrgyzstan*, Niger.
SUMMARY of persecution sources
- MUSLIM (41 nations): Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Maldives, Mali, Iran, Yemen, Eritrea*, Syria; Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ethiopia*, Uzbekistan, Libya, Turkmenistan, Qatar, Oman, Mauritania; Tanzania*, Egypt*, United Arab Emirates, Brunei, Algeria, Tunisia, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Palestinian Territories, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Kenya*, Comoros, Malaysia*, Djibouti, Tajikistan*, Indonesia*; Uganda*, Kazakhstan*, Kyrgyzstan*, Niger.
- BUDDHIST (4 nations): Laos, Vietnam; Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar).
- ATHEIST (2 nations): North Korea (#1 worst for eleven straight years); China.
- HINDU (1 nation): India.
- DRUG CARTELS (1 nation): Colombia*.
- CHRISTIAN (2 nations): Eritrea* and Ethiopia* also appear on the MUSLIM list and require some extra explanation from Open Doors site.
Eritrea* – All evangelical churches were closed in 2002 following a government ban on religious groups other than Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran and Islam. The government is very hard on non-traditional Christians, but members of the Orthodox Church also report on evangelical believers, and Muslim extremists are ready to take over where the government leaves off. When believers are discovered they are arrested and held in shipping containers in military camps. At least 105 Christians were arrested in 2012, and 31 Christians were reported to have died in prison.
Ethiopia* – For years, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has persecuted believers who have left their ranks or joined renewal movements. But Islamic extremism has now become the dominant source of persecution. Converts and ‘underground believers’ have to be very cautious to avoid being traced. Muslim fanatic group, Kewarjah, is repeatedly blamed for attacks against Christians in the south-west. A new law banning all religious messages and talks from public spaces is expected to bring a wave of restrictions against Christians.
- Persecution of Christians @ http://www.opendoorsusa.org/ @ http://www.persecution.org/ @ http://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/
- List of nations of the world @ http://geography.about.com/od/countryinformation/a/capitals.htm
- CIA World Factbook @ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/rankorderguide.html
- Christianity by country @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_by_country <– x-referenced this with CIA for x-tra accuracy