The Intolerant Tolerant

You see it more and more. People who claim to be open-minded and tolerant of everyone are some of the most intolerant people you will ever meet. They may boast of being accepting of all religious views, for example, but will quickly attempt to shut down the Christian view that Jesus is the only way to be reconciled to God. Can a person really be accepting of all religions, outright reject the claims of Christ and still claim He is one way of many? I recently met a young lady who thought so.

When she was told that Jesus said He was the ONLY way to get to the father, (Be reconciled to God), She went ballistic. She had just said that she respected all religions, but immediately rejected the very words of Christ.  The only assumption that could be made is that she considered Jesus to be a liar, right? Not so fast. She refused to say He was a liar but would not accept what He said, insisting that He was one way, but not the only way.

When she asked about Jews and Muslims and was told that anyone regardless of religion that did not repent and trust Christ would go to hell, she declared us to be islamophobic, anti-semitic and threatened to call the police. Now that may sound ridiculous, and in a logical world it would be, but it actually shed some light on how a person can:

  1. Claim to respect a religion.
  2. Claim what the Leader of that religion said is false.
  3. Refuse to call Him a liar.

In her worldview, no opinion is valid, but her own, yet she claims all opinions are valid. As long as you do not disagree with her, she is tolerant of you and your view. The moment you disagree, she becomes very intolerant of you and your view, even to the point of saying you are ignorant and have a phobia problem. The reality is, and many do not seem to operate in reality, she was accusing others of the thing she was guilty of.

This self-proclaimed tolerant person is only tolerant of her worldview, rejecting all others, even God’s. To say Jesus was telling a falsehood would make her own tolerance claim false. If she acknowledged Jesus’ claim was true, she would refute her own claim that all religions are valid. She can’t have it both ways, but she claims she can. 

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