Why didn't the middle east become Christian ?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Christianity originated in what we now call Palestine, which is what we now call the Near East, and before 100 A.D. had begun spreading all over the known world. That included what we now call the Middle East. But I fear your Q has the thought of the religion becoming the predominant religion. Countries don't become religions. Individual people belong to a religion (or not). The Church that Christ promised to build (which even the gates of Hades would never overcome Mt. 16:18) spread out from Jerusalem very rapidly, starting with that Pentecost day when the Holy Spirit empowered 120 Christians; Peter preached to thousands of visitors to the city, who had come from all quarters of the Roman empire. 3,000 were converted to Christ that day, then returned to their home countries to spread the gospel further. Also, many converts were in the Roman army and wherever the army went, they took the gospel with them. Many people in the Middle Eat became Christians but they were never the predominant religion, especially not after Islam began to war against its Middle East neighbours, from around 661 onwards.

    Much later on, after Christianity became the religion of empire (the Middle East never being part of that Roman empire) a succession of popes drove thousands of Christians in Europe to side with the Muslim armies rather than be killed by the popes armies. That was because those Christians did not agree with much that Catholicism was doing and teaching, they preferring to stick to the Bible and being turned on by the popes as a consequence. But then we are into the realms of Europe's dark ages.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    I am Lebanese, half my home country are Christians, there are Syrians who are Christian too

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  • Yoda
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    It did (not what you would recognise as Christianity but Nestorian and Thomas Christianity) spread over

    Syria, Egypt, Turkey, most of North Africa, and some of Asia minor and India took to Christianity. Its just that Islam defeated many states in the Middle East and force converted the conquered.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It was part language barrier, part bad timing, and sealed off with the muslim conquest.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It did and was until Mo and his gang killed them or chased them out.

    Update for EJ:

    Ac 8:1 On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.  4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.

    It's very possible God permitted Mo to persecute the Christians like he did in order to scatter them so that they would preach the word in other countries.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Maybe Christianity didn't originate there?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    cos it adopted islam which is a comparable crock of shite also. As indeed is all religion since it is the product of bronze age mankind. And nothing more or less.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    I'd chalk that up to the growth of Islam from its onset in 700 AD and anyone who refused to become a Muslim was beheaded. 

    That's a powerful evangelistic tool. 

    • Lv 5
      4 weeks agoReport

      Yeah, kinda like how christianity forced people into their cult beliefs 
      for fear of being burnt at the stake, for the better part of Two Millennia.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Well it was, until Mohammed came through and murdered everyone

    Remember before that, it was Jewish and Pagan, until Christians came through and murdered everyone.

    Ah, religion. Good times, good times.......

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    • Constantius II and Theodosius literally declared war on paganism. Worshiping pagan idols or performing pagan rituals became a capital crime. Entering pagan temples were forbidden. All pagan priests who long performed pagan services were executed - especially in Egypt. This is what eroded the empire.

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  • Well it was, until Mohammed came through and murdered everyone

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    • Veschengro
      Lv 6
      4 weeks agoReport

       now waiting for your next pack of lies therefore, lying lion. and il tare that assunder just as easily.

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