Turkey is in the present day Europe and partly in Asia.
■Apostle Paul was a citizen of Turkey because Tarsus exists in Turkey.
■Christianity existed in Turkey for about 1,023 years while Christianity has only existed in Nigeria and Ghana for 172yrs starting from when Rev. Birch Freeman came to Badagry in 1842.
■The seven churches Jesus spoke to in Revelations 2 & 3(Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea) existed in the old Turkey.
■Turkey once had the largest Christian auditorium in Europe called Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.
■Mary the mother of Jesus was taken to Turkey by Apostle John and till date, her room has become a tourist centre.
■Present day Turkey now has 96% muslims & 0.02% Christians(less than 130,000).
■The Hagia Sophia(once largest church in Europe) was taken over by muslims and converted to a mosque for over 400yrs and later used as an Islamic Museum.
*WHY CHRISTIANITY COLLAPSED IN TURKEY*
■Emphasis on doctrinal differences weakened the Turkish church.
■Rivalries amongst denominations.
■Petty politics in church coupled with ethnic biases.
■The Turks were building big cathedrals instead of building men.
*HOW IT HAPPENED*
■Osman Ghazi discovered the disunity amongst Christians and used it to fight a Jihad that led to a mass genocide of the Armenians, the Hellen and Turks of that day. In fact, the weapon of war used was designed by a Turkish Christian.
■Many Christian women converted to Islam to save their lives and some were raped and killed.
■Osman Ghazi started the Ottoman empire which gave muslims political post and made it a religion of the state.