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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  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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  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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  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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