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Saturday, April 23, 2011

How large is the Christian church?

One comment I hear repeatedly is that the Christianity is the largest religion in the world. It is estimated that there are around 2.1 billion Christians in the world. It is a source of comfort to Christians that their belief is the most widely accepted. However, I also hear Christians say that various groups are not actually Christians. The Catholics, for example, are not considered to be Christians by many Protestant religions. If Catholics are not really Christians, then they should be counted separately as their own group. Therefore, instead of there being 2.1 billion Christians, there are actually, 1.1 billion Catholics and 1 billion Christians.

My point is that if Christians do not accept that certain groups are really Christians, then they should not get the benefit of lumping their numbers all together.

Now, I am sure there will be protests about this statement. After all, in the Muslim faith, there are various sub-groups as well. I would say the same logic applies to them.

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