Christianity is the largest religion in the world. It originated in Israel and spread widely in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia and Africa. Christianity is composed of several sects and sub-sects with the Catholic Church being the largest. Beliefs, teachings and worship of this monotheistic religion are focus on Christ â€“ the Redeemer and the Savior.
Here are the top 10 countries in the world where the population of Christians are the largest.
1. USA – 245+ million
USA, the so-called “defender of democracy”, has the largest population of Christians of all the countries in the world. In the late 1400s and 1500s, Europeans who immigrated to the “New World” brought with them their religion and spread it all over the United States. Colonizers, such as Spain, Portugal, Great Britain and France, converted majority, if not all, the native inhabitants of both North and South America.
2. Brazil -170+ million
Brazil is the largest country in South America. It is the 2nd country in the world with the largest Christian population. Native inhabitants of Brazil were converted into Christianity by the Portuguese when they colonized it in the 1500s. Majority of the Brazilian Christians are Catholic and the others are Protestants.
3. Russia – 114+ million
Russia, the world’s largest country in terms of land area, is the 3rd largest country in the world with the largest population of Christians. Most Russian Christians are orthodox Christian but there is also a considerably large population of Catholics.
4. China – 110+ million
China, with more than 1.3 billion people and is the most populous country in the world, is the 4th largest country in the world with the largest population of Christians. Much larger percentage of China’s population belongs to Buddhism and Confucianism.
5. Mexico – 100+ million
Mexico was once a colony of the mighty Spain. Its native inhabitants, which were the Aztecs, where converted into Christianity when they were conquered in the 1500s. Most Mexican Christians are Catholics.
6. Philippines – 95+ million
The Philippines, tagged as the only Christian country in Asia, is the 6th largest country in the world with the largest population of Christians. With a population of about 100 million, 95 percent or more are Christians with Catholics having the largest percentage with a few Protestants.
7. India – 66+ million
Although India is predominantly composed of Hindus, it has also a considerable number of Christians. With a Christian population of more than 66 million, India is the 7th largest country in the world with the largest Christian population.
8. Nigeria – 65+ million
Nigeria, an African country, is the 8th country in the world with the largest Christian population. Although Christianity is relatively young in Nigeria, more and more Nigerian people are embracing the religion.
9. Germany – 60+ million
Germany is the native land of the person who started Protestantism – Martin Luther. This country is the 9th country in the world with the largest Christian population.
10. Democratic Republic of Congo – 56+ million
The 10th country with the largest Christian population is another African country – the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has more than 56 million Christians.
In addition, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has about 49 million Christians; majority of them belongs to the Church of England.