Here are seven countries where owning a Bible is dangerous, and seeing one, even a page in your home could cause you to go to jail.
North Korea – In this totalitarian state, the only thing that North Koreans are permitted to worship is the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Bibles are banned and those found in possession of one face imprisonment, torture and even death – as do up to three generations of their family.
China – In China the Chinese communist party placed a ban on online Bible downloads, and even went on to empty bookshops off Bibles and even went to the extreme of altering the verses of the scriptures and replaced them with President Xi words.
Somalia – Christians residing in Somalia face constant persecution from radical Islamists and government officials. The prevalence of the Islamic extremist group, al-Shabaab means that believers often practise their faith in extreme secrecy and cannot own Bibles.
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Maldives – The Maldives have a reputation for being a luxurious idyll but a Bible can get you into trouble in this paradise. Under the country’s strict Islamic laws, importing a Bible is forbidden. There is currently no complete translation of the Bible into Dhivehi, the official language of the tropical nation.
Morocco – It’s against the law to carry a Bible translated into Arabic in Morocco. Reports of overt Christian persecution are few but Christian children are not given a religious education.
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Libya – Like Morocco, Libya has laws against bringing Bibles in the Arabic language into the country. The distribution of Bibles and evangelism is illegal.
Uzbekistan – In this Central Asian dictatorship, high penalties are imposed on those who own Bibles. Authorities are known to detain Christians found in possession of the holy book for “keeping and storing extremist materials with the purpose of further distribution.”
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China: The Chinese communist party is cracking down so much on Christianity, and recently, the authorities have banned online Bible downloads, emptied bookshops of Bibles, and even went to the extent of altering the verse of the scriptures, replacing them with President Xi words.
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God will have His way there.
They tearing down Churches in china.
Communist China prohibits ownership of Bibles. The communists in China aim to destroy Christianity ( that is, if they can ) .
May God raise up missionaries to these parts.
The Lord is coming soon.
The more the CCP cracks down and closes off access to God’s Word the more doors are opened to the people to gain access to the Word through means created by Our Lord. It’s like playing Chess, move and counter move, except Our King IS the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Where as how/who do you think taught Bobby Fisher to play; so put that in your Hookah and smoke it, Xi! My God (the God of Israel) is bigger than yours anyways. Just sayin’.
China is a joke. Soon it shall feel the wrath of Almighty God and all nations shall hear the good news of Jesus Christ whether they like it or not. Mark my words.
Why is the Bible banned? Even children are allowed to read the Bible so why is it banned?
The Bible is a faith story. People new to the Christian faith and little children need time to grow up with the stories and texts they memorize. In countries where Christianity has been imported, it has caused problems with the government of those countries who view Christianity as a threat to their power and their ancient well preserved culture and tradition. When new converts eagerly memorize the stories, that is an awesome feat. Not many modern people have that ability. Memorizing the stories preserves them. Learning about God and God’s plan for HUMANITY from those stories takes years of living in community with other Christians and non-Christians. Jesus calls the disciples to be Salt and Light and invites the disciples to think and pray about what it means to be Salt and Light. Salt brings out the flavour of food. Salt also preserves food. Light helps food grow. Light guides one’s feet in the dark and the Light from the Noon Day Sun can blind one’s eyes and can tan or burn one’s skin. Many Christians are like the Samaritan Woman Jesus met at the well. The authorities have kept them from knowing who they worship and have not allowed them to have any social interaction with Jesus the Teacher of Israel and his disciples. So it is dangerous for them to be seen walking and talking with Jesus. And yet as the story in John goes…the rabble (the people the authorities insist have no knowledge of the Torah John 7:49) have faith in the Man Jesus called the Teacher of Israel even though the authorities have cursed them and veiled the Truth and the Spirit and prevented them from being baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and have prevented them from learning how to climb Jacob’s Ladder–and give God glory.