Saturday, April 22, 2017

Have Tolerance!

  • Defining The Issues:
        -When people are confronted about their erroneous ways, their usual stock rejoinder against Christians is to lay the charge of being "intolerant". These groups of people include, but are not limited to, liberals, atheists, feminists, and the LGBT community. In short, critics of Christianity constantly accuse us of being "bigots". They falsely claim that Christians are insensitive to different points of view. Our opponents have even gone as far as to depict us as being "judgmental" or "hateful" homophobes or Islamophobes. These responses have been generated to shut down opponents. In truth, these empty responses are simply a psychological barrier that has caused the uninformed to stumble into grievous error by the blind relinquishment of morally correct views, in exchange for views that are politically correct. In our modern-day society, people are too afraid to speak out against immoral customs because they are too afraid of "getting singled out". In other words, many Christians are copping out when they attempt to correct the perverted norms of society because they are in reality focused on "fitting in". Generally speaking, people are only focused on emotional comfort, rather than being intellectually grounded by the use of our reason.  
  • Not Only Are We All Intolerant To Different Perspectives Of Life, But Intolerance In Some Cases Is Absolutely Necessary:
          -First of all, the definition of a bigot is a person who forms an opinion that is utterly biased, irrational, unjust, hateful, and hypocritical. This sort of mentality has no moral or logical grounds for substantiation. Therefore, it is incorrect to characterize faithful Christians in such a manner because they have been commanded by their Lord to pragmatically present their views in love and kindness (Matthew 5:43-48; 22:39). Furthermore, the burden of proof lies on the person who makes an accusation. In other words, those who affiliate themselves with anti-Christian movements must demonstrate how we are being intolerant bigots. Simply disagreeing with other people is not tantamount to bigotry. It is not morally impermissible to tell somebody that his or her views are wrong. It is not hate to tell somebody the truth. One must also examine the context and manner in which the correction is done. 
          -Christians do have rational grounds to reject the claims of their liberal and atheistic critics, which directly refutes the charges of various pseudo-scientific "phobias" (such as homophobia). While it is definitely true that some professing Christians are guilty of bigotry, it is fallacious to dismiss every claim of the entire group as being cruel or hateful.  
       -We must all be intolerant to something. For instance, secular governments agree with Christians that murder is wrong. They would agree that theft is morally wrong, as well. Notice that in both examples, there is intolerance to certain actions. Hence, not only is intolerance to something morally acceptable (depending on the various moral criterion), but it is sometimes even necessary for the peace and safety of mankind.
  • A Hypocritical Double Standard:
         -Why is it that we are forbidden from expressing our views, while critics such as liberals and leftists get to express their views? Why are we forbidden from defending ourselves from attacks on our own religion, when they get to attack us AND defend their views, which stand in direct opposition to ours? Why do opponents of Christianity get to shove their disguising beliefs down our throats? Why do we Christians have to be tolerant of opposing views, while everybody else gets to be intolerant? How is such a standard just?
  • The Truth Of The Matter:
          -Of course, the source of contention among Christians and differing groups in this world is not really a matter of permanently settling issues of hatred, prejudice, or insensitivity, as critics may very well claim to be the problem. Inquisitive folks can only develop this conclusion, if they only decide to examine the surface of the debate. The real problem that the world has with the Christian Church is the usage of the Bible. Most people have a problem with this sacred religious text because it outwardly condemns their views. It diametrically opposes the beliefs of the world. It provides absolutely no room for groups such as the LGBT community. People immediately claim that the Bible is nothing more than an antique, outdated, musty book. Consequently, the folks of our modern world automatically mock and ridicule those who turn to it as the ultimate spiritual standard to determine truth or reprove error. Christian claims are usually dismissed without consideration. 
  • Why Do We Turn To The Pages Of The Bible?:
           -Everybody has an internal sense of right and wrong. In other words, everybody appeals to an ultimate moral standard that governs all moral codes of each different civilization. Good morals do not randomly appear out of thin air or fall from the sky. Societies, which are comprised of human individuals, cannot be the source of good moral values, for they are fallible and are thus liable to contradict each other and themselves. Any given proposition cannot be spontaneously true and false. This must mean that our sense of good and evil must be derived from an infallible, transcendent source. They originated from God. We therefore use the Bible as our ultimate spiritual standard because the contents therein are the very words of God, which were carefully inscribed with ink on to scrolls for the sake of posterity. For additional evidence of the reliability of the biblical manuscripts available to us today, just look at the positive impact that the Bible has had on the world. The Bible has provided mankind with a sound life pattern for centuries. Justice, equality, and human rights are indeed fundamental biblical principles. It is from that same religious text that we derive the correct nature of truth and logic. The Bible is supernatural revelation from a loving God who has redeemed mankind from the snares of sin and spiritual death. What will we do in response to what God has done for us? 
  • A Note Of Encouragement To Christian Brethren:
           -We must continue to be the salt of the world (Matthew 5:13-14). If we cease to shine our light of faith before others who are lost in this dark world of perdition, then nobody will be able to discover the truth of the gospel. The propitiatory work of the Lord Jesus Christ would be all forgotten about. If that happens, then how can anybody hear the message of the gospel, believe on it, and thus be saved (Romans 10:17)? Although critics of Christianity will always be working diligently to deride the Bible, there will always be thorough refutations available to their objections. We must continually fight the good fight of faith because there will continually be hope for the salvation of lost souls. Anybody who disagrees with the moral teachings of Scripture is also saying that his or her moral standards are superior to that of God's. We must be prepared to give sound, accurate defenses of our faith. First, we must examine our consciences to see whether we are solidly established in the apostolic doctrines of Christianity (2 Corinthians 13:5). Then, we must take action by contending for the faith which was once delivers to the saints (Jude 3). We must preserve the rights of humanity. We must never allow our rights to be polluted or substituted by the counterfeit rights that the liberal agenda is continually striving to promote. Hearts need to be transformed and unshackled by the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the gospel.

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