Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Percentage of Christians in India




Although the exact origins of Christianity in India remain unclear, there is a general scholarly consensus that Christianity was rooted in India by the 6th century AD. (based on the available documents).

·         However, according to the St.Thomas tradition, Christianity's existence in India can be traced back to the 1st century

·         Christianity was established in Indian even before some of the European nations became Christianity.
·         Christianity is India's third largest religion, with approximately 24 million followers, constitution 2.3 percent (according to the census) of India's population.
·         However, the Census does not take into consideration those who do not explicitly identify themselves as Christians.
·         Christians are found all across India and in all walks of life, with major populations in parts of South India, God and North East India.
·         Major urban centers also have sizable Christian presence. (something around 13% of urban population, 6% in Bangalore, 5% in Chennai).
·         Strong pockets of Christians are also found in south Gujarat,, Punjab, chattisgarh and Bihar.



Categories of Christians
·         Syrian, Orthodox, Mar Thoma Christians
·         Anglo Indian Christians (first Methodist missionary to India, focused on them, so there are good number of Anglo Indians are Methodists)
·         Christians from the upper castes background. (William wilberforce played vital role in 1813 rule which allows missionaries to do ministry among Indians)
o    From 1813-1860 lots of early converts of these missionaries were upper castes. most of them were Brahmins and some are Sathyiars.
·         Christians from Dalit background. (1850 onwards, there was significant mission movement among Dalits)
o    The era of mass movement began from 1850 onwards.
·         Christians from Tribal background.
o    Most missionaries did not want to go inner part of country. But once mass movement taken place, they started go inside the country.
·         Crypto Christians with dual identity. (Crypto - those who do not want reveal their real identity) (they are found in church but not necessarily)
·         Secret followers of Christ. (they are not found in church)
·         Anonymous Christians.

Some more Categories

·         Yesu Bhaktas - (devotees of Christ - mostly they live in Varanasi)
·         Yesu Satsongis - mostly from Punjab, they don’t say that they are not Christians but they follow the teachings of Christ.
·         Yesu Darbaris - in the court yard of Christ, everyone is welcome, we don’t need to Christians. It was developed by Narayanverma Thilak in Maharastra.
·         Believers found in house churches - they don’t feel the need of Christians but they strictly follow the principles of Christ.
·         Except the first five categories, the Cencsus of Indian does not record other categories of people as Christians
·         The fourth and fifth categories of people largely became Christians through mass movements.

If we put together all these categories, Indian at least should have 5-7% of Christians. It approximately 50 million Christians. 






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34 comments:

  1. Hello from sweden in great blessing over you in peace and victoery of Christ who payd our sin and sending the HOly Spirit tobe with us in encourage and quard us win and be glory to God for grace and for care of the Lord daily ,thanks and bless,keijo sweden

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    1. Don't even think of coming to India ever,shove ur cult in ur ass.we don't need this backward unscientific cult of crucified savior here.

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  2. The only good reason for converting to one of the three Abrahamic faiths is if you happen to be a pariah (outcast, untouchable, "dalit", "harijan") in rural India. If that's not your own background then you're a pathetic fool who has been led astray by his or her foreign masters, who have conquered his/her soul and made a sepoy out of him/her. (Why do you feel the need to hide your identity, as though you felt ashamed of being a traitor to your own people???) It would've been better if they had turned you into another atheist, because in your case it was the lesser of two evils, but regrettably you chose the greater of the two. In a way, you've turned into something of an untouchable: you've been cast into the filthy Lake of Untruth forevermore, as you seeked to avoid the Lake of Fire and Brimstone. You Christians are the only believers who are arrogant and insolent enough to claim that their faith is the only true faith and that all the other ones are part of a demonic conspiracy, which is a dastardly thing for anyone to think since this attitude is responsible for very many massacres and wars. I see no need for belonging to any religion, yet I know that the further away from the Far East one goes, the further away from the truth one finds oneself. "Ex oriente lux." The truth be with you, eventually.

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  3. Pagan Filth finally is being cleaned form India.Eesai Dharma Hi Sanaatan Satya Hai

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    1. You damn fool don't know what Sanatan Dharma (Great Hinduism ) is.

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  4. How is Hinduism pagan? What about the trinity of Christianity?

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  5. Dear sir, in your article, you did not mention Catholics. Do you consider them Christian? Or no?

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  6. Christianity is a curse to india,we will kick all these foreigners out of our country

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  7. India needs missionaries(Catholic,Orthodox apostolic churches not protestant/evangelical cults). Hindus and Muslims are rotting in their belief systems which are evil. welcome!

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    1. Your bloody missionaries are converting poor dalits into Christianity giving them money and forcefully.people are converting into Christianity only because of that money.every indian is Hindu.bloody fucking missionaries are targetting tribals also.god please kil this Christianity from India

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    2. Listen,these missionaries are the one who even brought education to this country.stop abusing them

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  8. To all you people who think your RELIGION is absolutely correct and think that everybody else`s beliefs are wrong.... well ...I bet your mother has a loud bark! yo sons of bitches.....

    Rajesh Menon, we were not born to a thousand blood lines motherfucker, I know where I come from.. Probably some peasent from europe fucked ur great grandma and who knows how many punes did ur mother..... SO shut the fuck up and go make urself a nice Feces Sandwitch .. Cheers

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  9. Pls dont finght for religions......God is one and his infinite Goodness wil b hestowed on us all whether we r christians or hindus or muslims....just Praise God for his love

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  10. Today these foreign missionaries are purchasing Indian people(giving money, medicine etc.). People who have faith in any Religion should go to that holy place. Why these Christian Father forcefully go to people house and asking to do prayer to them. Have Jesus christ preached this? This is injustice. I ask to Christian Heads to stop religious conversion.

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  11. Read- John 3:16, and to know more about Jesus. Jesus Love You All.

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  12. One day again new sankaracharya will rise for the revival Hinduism.one day I will. Piss in all churches fucking bloody

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  13. JESUS LAST ADVICE WAS THE GO AND PREACH THE WORD OF GOD MAKE DICIPLESHIP

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  14. Who is God actually? Can anyone define the God

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  15. When you see a person drowning, wouldn't you try to save him? Thats what conversion is all about. We are saving their souls. Even if they hate us, we need to love them and save them by showing them the path to Jesus.

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  16. Not sure how you feel about links to other sites on your blog. I hope me sharing my blog over here is okay with you.
    http://christiansinasia.blogspot.com/2015/05/advice-for-christians-in-india-and-asia.html

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  17. Whether anyone liek or not, Indian society is being slowly Christianized. BJP RSS, are all only increasing the pace

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  18. Fuck Indian ppl,fucking racist atupid ppl,

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  19. jesus bless all people and those also who is against him... Amen

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  21. Is religion a new competition ? If it is... Then among whome? And the poor has always fallen victim to insensitive, prejudices of those filthy powerful tyrants
    who strip them powerless, and take away their freedom to decided wat they could believe in?

    If we are fighting over who's right and who's wrong. Then it's not religion, it's not your God. It's the Ego that driving u in evils to loathe even an act of goodness. Maybe it may have saved someone's life but someone's short sight could never appreciate dat.
    Intolerance to religion has wrecked minds and lives of a harmonious society, beauty is in our differences when we allow growth without fear.

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  22. All of you it is simple to know the truth. Just ask to yourself. Who created this world and why there is good and bad things. Then you Will find that there is a right side and a wrong side. The devil side is wrong and God is side always is the right. Then there is only one God creator of heaven and earth. That sit. But he sent his son Jesus-Christ for our sake. and you know it. Just beleive in him and you will find the truth.

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  23. the great I AM ... is the sole creator of all God ... who became incarnate in Jesus to manifest as visible as it did in the past do worshiped all different statues and drawings ... that did miracles and was much wiser than any other ... that left us the Holy Spirit to help us continue to live off of evil and sin .. outside the meat drawer is where we live which likes sex without obligation. . all the pleasure of eating without working and selfish .. anyone who does not mind only herself and those who are close (family friends) .. .. jesus taught us to live against bringing our flesh ... mind to a level of love and spirituality than any other to have ... His tomb was searched and no archaeologist could find nevertheless remains divided history into before and after ... the love of neighbor was a proponent of Elohim that God was in it. .. Caring human heart rot of sin ... giving importance to and love the simple things in all honesty .. patience share hepatic benevolence compassion ... All those things we do not practice this body by nature. .. fidelity respect joy having or not having money ... the message is to live looking to maintain purity and cleanliness of heart. .. Loving everything around us nature creation including humanity's how our race was tainted by evil .. and being of pure soul died without a cause without protest to see what can this flesh this world sin .. wearer kill you hate the arrogance greed selfishness promiscuity etc. the human being does not like being told what to do by going against their will. .. You not love but hate nature nature .. why ?? the cause is sin cursed world and our only way to gain eternal life in keeping our hearts of evil ... not let crest and that is an ongoing battle ... you can only win with the Holy Spirit coming do to us as soon tamos truth .. that Jesus was the example of what God the creator of all wants from his cristuras .. harmony singing and peace ... and brave struggle is like .. and do not give up the faith .. because they can kill this meat but my spirit that is the breath of life that gave me the creator of all things will live by the name of Jesus who sacrificed knowing that mankind is weak against the slavery of sin ... thank God for his mercy and compassion for us that gives us an opportunity to really live rather than destroy us ... And enjoy the good from the pure kind .. leaving all the bad side ... salvation only through Jesus Christ. Jesus christ .. die is gain

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  24. Just stopped by to read this article; The comments made here by supporters of Hinduism are highly abusive and derogatory; that proves that they have learned NOTHING from Hinduism; such individuals claiming themselves as Hindus is itself a blasphemy; They cannot be called Hindus by any standards; The first thing all these Mega-Idiots should remember that Hinduism does not endorse abusing and adverse behaviors while addressing or communicating; And whoever is embracing Jesus Christ is the one that understands Hindu scriptures very well and has found immense added value in Jesus's teachings; Suggest reading Shri Bhagwad Gita thoroughly and then judging your behaviours; Is this what Lord Krishna expects from You???

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  25. The modern civilization was imported from the western world. We do not wear our forefathers' dresses. Many of the scientific and technological discoveries were from the western world. we are using all such facilities like the trains, aeroplanes, kitchen machines like the mixies and the recent smart phones, the computers etc. we accept all such foreign items and enjoy them to make our lives more comfortable and easy. what is wrong if one finds that Christian faith is giving peace to him or her and he decides to follow it? Hinduism is followed mostly in India and it is not a single religion and it swallowed the faiths of various peoples lived in the Indian subcontinent from the ancient times. There are many contradictions in Hinduism. Sacrifices of animals is practices in the name of Hinduism, in some places even human beings are secretly sacrificed (as per the Sahayam findings in the Tamil Nadu Granite Investigations), Some sadhus in North India eating the flesh of human bodies, so many uncivilized things are practised. I was a Hindu once. I did not find victory over my personal sinful habits in my Hindu faith. I prayed to the Lord Muruga in Tiruchendur, Goddess Meenakhshi in Madurai to give such victories and make me a moral person as per the teachings of the great Tamil literature. But I became worse and worse and I decided to commit suicide. But Lord Jesus intervened in my life through my college friends and I found great peace and joy and victory in my personal life. What should I do? God has opened to see my eyes to see the real truths in the world. Hindus in my village are still worshipping the demonic gods in the name of God. they are afraid of their own gods and in order to appease them they offer many things. But Jesus Christ offered Himself on the cross to bless us everything. I find nothing wrong in following Christian faith. All those who have become Christians were not lured by the foreign European missionaries with their worldly goods. People who were outcastes and were treated like animals in the Indian caste ladder found a great relief through the Christian faith. The low caste people were not allowed in the great Hindu temples in my places. The high caste people harassed the low caste people with many social restrictions. If Hinduism is the universal faith, why them the whole world is not having it? Dear Hindu brothers and sisters any religion does not belong to any nation. If your faith meets all your needs, follow it. One can become real Christian not by human will and efforts, God chooses him and in His time He does it either by sending a missionary to his place and by some other means. God is doing all these works. Human beings are all His vessels. Do not find yourself opposing the great God who created you also. There is only one God in the world not the millions of gods as the Hindu scriptures teach. I know what is Hinduism and how it has been practised from the ancient time in India and how in the name of Hindu faith the indigenous citizens of this great my mother India were made as slaves to the invaders.


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  26. convert the people who want to convert in christians and let convert the people who want to convert in Hindu, but dont force them to do it.
    the god is one, who knows evrything, hindus, christians, muslims .....

    may god bless all

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  27. for Indian people whether u hindu,muslim or christian does not matter, its matter when u are in temple,mosque or church or at your home. after all we all are Indians in society we are only Indian our religion in society is TRIRANGA. as a Roman catholic i will advice u just Love one onother. God Bless All of u

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