The Timeline For Christian Extinction In The Middle East Is Alarming

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Nov 09, 2015 3:30 PM
The Timeline For Christian Extinction In The Middle East Is Alarming

As President Obama continues to stick his head in the sand over the rise of ISIS, the terror army quickly becoming the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world, Middle Eastern Christians are on the verge of extinction. 

According to a new report detailed by Fox News, Christians in the Middle East will be nearly non-existent in just five years.

The dwindling Christian population of the Middle East could vanish completely within a decade unless the global community intervenes, say alarmed aid groups who say followers of the Bible are being killed, driven from their land or forced to renounce their faith at an unprecedented pace.

The world has largely stood by as a dangerous tide of intolerance has washed over the region, according to a new study by the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. The study includes disturbing data about the plunging numbers of Christians in the part of the world that gave birth to the faith, and makes a dire prediction of what could happen.

While Christians are under siege from Islamic State radicals in war-torn Syria and Iraq, the report notes that the religion is being targeted throughout the region. Christians who have managed to escape ISIS have fled to places like Europe and Lebanon, while members of the faith also are under increasing pressure in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.

The Christian population in Iraq has plummeted from 1.5 million in 2003 to current estimates of 275,000 and could be gone for good within five years, according to the report. The dwindling numbers are due to genocide, refugees fleeing to other countries, those who are internally displaced, and others hiding in plain sight and not allowing their faith to be publicly known.

Last Christmas was the first time that bells did not ring out in the city of Mosul in 2,000 years," Brown said. “I think that speaks to the reality that hundreds of thousands of Christian families are living on the edge of extinction.”

When I was in Israel for the first time last summer, I visited the Museum of the Bible, where I saw handwritten Bibles from early 9th century Mosul. The status of Christianity in the part of the world where it was born is an unspeakable tragedy and the level of human suffering is unimaginable. The very history of the world is being destroyed and those who can carry the faith forward are being slaughtered. Where is the enlightened western world during this time of crisis?