Growth of Christianity

Mitch Cariaga

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20

The demise of Christianity is a falsehood.  Christianity is the world’s largest religion and is growing exponentially. 

Here’s some statistics from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:

The number of Christians has tripled from 600 million in 1910 to 2.18 billion in 2010.  

In 1910, two-thirds of the world’s Christians lived in Europe.  Today, only 26 percent are in Europe.  More than a third, 37 percent, live in the America's, 24 percent in sub-Saharan Africa, and 13 percent are found in the Asia-Pacific region.

While the percentage of Christians has shrunk in Europe and the Americas in the last 100 years, over the same period, Christianity grew enormously in sub-Saharan Africa and significantly in the Asia-Pacific region, where there were relatively few Christians at the beginning of the 20th century.  The share of the population that is Christian in sub-Saharan Africa climbed from 9 percent in 1910 to 63 percent in 2010, while in the Asia-Pacific region it rose from 3 percent to 7 percent.

Sub-Saharan Africa has 516 million Christians, an exponential increase from 9 million in 1910.  Likewise, the Asia-Pacific region has 285 million Christians, a ten-fold increase over 28 million in 1910.  The Middle East-North Africa region has 13 million Christians.

I have spent the past 10 years of my life mostly in Asia.  I have witnessed this explosion of faith in Christ through that region.  I feel blessed to have played a small part in this historic movement. 

God is not dead… God is alive and victorious! 


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