by Moody Adams
North Korea, selected as the world’s No. 1 persecutor of Christians by the Open Doors 2010 World Watch List, has reportedly used Christians as guinea pigs to test chemical and biological weapons. Open Doors estimates 40,000 to 60,000 Christians are in political prisons.

Iran, which finished in No. 2 place, is using Christians as scapegoats for internal opposition to its president, “Iran is among eight nations in the top 10 of the group's ranking of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians in which Shariah, the Islamic religious law is dominant. A total of 35 nations on the list are under some form of Shariah” reports Open Doors. "We can classify that as a growing trend," Jerry Dykstra, a spokesman for the ministry that works to serve persecuted Christians around the globe. Among those arrested were two converted from Islam to Christianity. Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirzadeh, were arrested simply for being Christian in Iran. While in prison the converts were pressured to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ but they refused, resulting in them suffering from various forms of psychological torture.

A dozen Muslims attacked, Christian Aleem Mansoor’s family in Pakistan, beating his 20-year-old sister unconscious and breaking her leg. Elishba Aleem was unconscious after being struck in the head with an iron rod in the Dec. 28 attack. Mansoor said a Muslim known as Mogal beat him and his daughter with the rod on the street in front of their apartment.

Troubles are growing over Yemen, because its constitution now establishes Islam as the state religion and Shariah as the source of all legislation, according to Compass Direct.

Persecution didn’t hinder the growth of the Christian faith during the first few centuries after Christ. Even as its early leaders died horrible deaths, Christianity flourished throughout the Roman Empire. This historical record of martyrdom is dramatic evidence of the absolute truth of the Christian faith. Unlike any other religion was founded on historical events and eye-witness testimony.

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