When Tolerance is Wrong

Deuteronomy 12:29,30  –  “When the Lord your God goes ahead of you and destroys the nations and you drive them out and live in their land, do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’

In 1908, Israel Zangwill, a British Jew, published The Melting Pot, a play about America that portrayed it as, well, a huge melting pot. He observed that people from all over the world go to America, rub shoulders with each other, and mix until their individual ways of life disappear. What ends up inside the vat bears no resemblance to what went in. It’s a whole new concoction—like a cake mix.
People try to do that with religion, too, melting and stirring until the result is a personal belief system that looks nothing like any of the original ingredients – they become experts on cooking up new religions in the name of tolerance.

Israel was supposed to be intolerant of any religion that did not worship the true God. The religions of surrounding nations were evil and corrupt. They were designed to destroy life, not uphold it. Israel was God’s special nation, chosen to be an example of what was right.

As Christians, we need to be completely intolerant of any sin-especially false religion. We should always be tolerant of people who hold differing views, but we should never tolerate or follow any belief or practice that is contrary to God’s Word. It will lead us away from God and his standards for living.

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Unchanging Truth

John 18:37  –  Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then?
Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

The Bible makes claims about spiritual truth-truth that is absolute and constant despite our feelings and beliefs to the contrary. Human beings have always wanted to reserve the right to determine spiritual truth. While we readily accept truth in other arenas-the law of gravity, the rules of mathematics-we’d like to pick and choose when it comes to spiritual truth. The Bible makes it very clear that we do not determine truth, but rather we discover truth. We are free to ignore truth if we so choose, but we do so at our own risk.

Truth is always timely; it applies today and in the future. Because it is connected with God’s changeless character, it is also changeless. Consider the countless hours that have been spent in careful study of every sentence of Scripture. The Bible has withstood the test of time. Because God is truth, you can trust his Word to guide you.

Jesus himself is the truth that sets us free (John 8:36). He is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right. He frees us from the consequences of sin, from self-deception, and from deception by Satan. He shows us clearly the way to eternal life with God. Thus Jesus does not give us freedom to do what we want, but to follow God. As we seek to serve God, Jesus’ perfect truth frees us to be all that God meant us to be.

The human quest for truth finds its fulfillment in Jesus Christ.