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Should Christians be tolerant?

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 4, 2012, 4:06 PM
Should Christians be tolerant?


Today tolerance is being redefined to mean that all views are equally valid and all lifestyles equally appropriate. As such, the notion that Jesus is the only way is vilified as the epitome of intolerance. Rather than capitulating to culture, Christians must be equipped to expose the flaws of today's tolerance, while simultaneously exemplifying true tolerance.

First, to say all views are equally valid sounds tolerant but in reality is a contradiction in terms. If indeed all views are equally valid then the Christian view must be valid. The Christian view, however, holds that not all views are equally valid. Thus, the redefinition of tolerance in our culture is a self-refuting proposition. Moreover, we do not tolerate people with whom we agree; we tolerate people with whom we disagree. If all views were equally valid, there would be no need for tolerance.

Furthermore, today's redefinition of tolerance leaves no room for objective moral judgments. A modern terrorist could be deemed as virtuous as a Mother Teresa. With no enduring reference point, societal norms are being reduced to mere matters of preference. As such, the moral basis for resolving international disputes and condemning such intuitively evil practices as genocide, oppression of women, and child prostitution is being seriously compromised.

Finally, in light of its philosophically fatal features, Christians must reject today's tolerance and revive true tolerance. True tolerance entails that, despite our differences, we treat every person we meet with the dignity and respect due them as those created in the image of God. True tolerance does not preclude proclaiming the truth, but it does mandate that we do so with gentleness and with respect (cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16). In a world that is increasingly intolerant of Christianity, Christians must exemplify tolerance without sacrificing truth. Indeed, tolerance when it comes to personal relationships is a virtue, but tolerance when it comes to truth is a travesty.

Jude 1:22-23:
"Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh."

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For further study, see Paul Copan, "True for You, But Not for Me": Deflating the Slogans That Leave Christians Speechless (Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1998); see also Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler, The New Tolerance (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1998).
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This question has been contributed from The Complete Bible Answer Book - Author: Hank Hanegraaff.


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MagicalPouchOfMagic Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
How about we all love each other? :I That's what Jesus wants.  According to Christian standards, he loves everyone and so should everyone else
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Gwenvar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013   General Artist
"A modern terrorist could be deemed as virtuous as a Mother Teresa. With no enduring reference point"

And who the hell told you, that there are no reference point? The reference point is being hurtful or not. And by that reference point, homophobes are immoral, not the gays.

And you know, that statement is kinda ironic, cuz you comparing terrorists to gays, when you're the actual people who advocating to hurt people, which terrorists do...
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levite Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   Artist
I am a bit confused about your comment and how you connected your allegations. Kindly review the article again, as NEVER in this article did we direct it simply to homosexual practices or gay's for that matter. The article addresses "sin in general" or something EVERY HUMAN BEING is guilty.  The Bible says that for we have ALL sinned, we have all fallen short of the grace of God and it is precisely for this reason that Christ had to give himself in ransom for our sins.

However, I will attempt to address some of your concerns. Let me point out that many individuals use the word "homophobe" just as anyone who would use the hypothetical word "christophobe".  The word homophobe is blankly used simply as an attempt ad-hominem attack or name-calling of anyone who disagrees with the practice of homosexuality.  Often it is a word used out of context as absurd as calling a Redaphobe someone who disagrees with Red as a color.  More importantly, as Christians, it is should never be us who define what is moral or not -- we have a final arbitrator in the Bible who establishes what practice is immoral or not. 

Regarding the statement with Mother Theresa, it was used in a ironic sense, not in a factual one to state that today's redefinition of tolerance leaves no room for objective moral judgments, making such allegations of absurdity.
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Gwenvar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   General Artist
Homophobe in today's definition means hate towards gays.

"every human is guilty" umm, I heard that is was differently in the ancient greek bible, and in the orthodox faith. But I dunno, I'm not christian.

But still I think that morals and tolerance should be based on what is hurtful and what is not, an not on bias.

And plus, not all christians think like this.

And, umm, is it true about 'exodus', and their "reparative therapy" and abusing gays? :O
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levite Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   Artist
Then be careful to use the term correctly and not as a generalization. As one can not be in agreement with the practice and not necessarily hate people. As Christians, we are called to hate sin, not the sinner.  After all, there is no man who can say he is free of sin, lest God himself forgives him.

There is no difference from ancient Greek, as it relates to the subject of man's depraved state as a general term.

But still I think that morals and tolerance should be based on what is hurtful and what is not, an not on bias.
It depends what you mean. Of course, under no circumstance should my opposition to a view be intentionally hurtful towards any other human being, if I profess to be a Christian.  However, if I am honest in my difference of opinion towards a particular practice, that does not make me immoral.  All the contrary, it would make me hypocritical if I call something I disagree on as if it were.  As it relates to tolerance, as stated in the article, "we do not tolerate people with whom we agree; we tolerate people with whom we disagree."

Regarding Exodus International, there are changes in that particular organization.  The answers you seek may be found in their own website.  One thing I can vouch for is that they do NOT abuse gays but are genuinely interested on helping the homosexual community. Don't believe everything you read in the internet.  As a matter of fact, one of the reasons for their changes relate to the reality that they are genuinely interested in helping.
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Gwenvar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   General Artist
Ok. Well, about the moral part I wrote, I didn't mean the morality of people who speak against a specific group, but when people try to pretend like homosexuality is immoral, so that's why always bring up that. And I brought up this, cuz I saw that "today's tolerance", so I thought you meant homosexuality.
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levite Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   Artist
No, the article deals with tolerance in general.

The moral standard of ANY Christian is not the one society places on us.  It is a BIBLICAL precedent, or whatever God states is immoral. It is the Bible that calls homosexuality as a "practice", sin.  I do not dictate what is sin, but God does.
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Gwenvar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   General Artist
Well, about the bible, I think that being a christian doesn't mean following every rule in the bible. Cuz then christians should not eat shellfish, eagle or shave themselves either. Christians don't keep all the rules, cuz the things are a lot different then at that era, so this 'christian' anti-gay-sex thingy is just silly I think. And most christians don't believe in that either.

Here's an article, I haven't read all of it, cuz it's so long, but based on it's beginning, it seems pretty good: [link]
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levite Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   Artist
While it is true that we do not follow the Mosaic law, the issue of homosexuality being a sin, is established in the New Testament and it is clearly delineated.  No, this is not an issue of whether a group A or B follow it or not, it is an issue of whether the Bible states the same or not.  The ultimate arbitrator on the issue is God, and this is what He says:

<h3>1 Corinthians 6:9-10</h3>

English Standard Version (ESV)

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

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iFantasi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
"Hate the sin, but love the sinner."

I myself am a Christian - and a Pansexual one at that. I love God like no other and I know He loves me. However, Jesus also said that we should love our enemies, but hate their sin.
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