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Why Be Tolerant? Fun With Religion!

Posted in Musings, Observations by Captain Optimistic on December 2, 2009

Pastor Dan advises us to beware of tolerance!

But tolerance means something completely different today.  Most of the time you hear the tolerance doctrine taught in the world today, whether in schools or in the media, it means that we are to accept all values, beliefs, lifestyles and truth-claims as equal.

I agree!  This of course, leaves the good Pastor’s own beliefs in a vulnerable position.  There is no non-circular reason to believe in the Bible, and plenty of reasons to reject the anti-gay anti-women bigotry it espouses. Especially, and above all else, there is reason to reject the notion of an arbitrary, jealous and violent micro-manager vision of God.

Here’s the catch:  when it comes to people, we are indeed to be loving and gracious toward others, bearing with things we don’t like.  But when it comes to truth and holiness, we dare not tolerate sin or compromise God’s holy standards.  God’s Word is our standard.  It is absolute truth!

Loving? – ALWAYS!   Tolerant of sin and unbiblical values? – NO!  It’s time for Christians today to stand up for truth and righteousness in America!

Let’s give Pastor Dan credit and join with him in committing ourselves to being loving and gracious towards others.  It is a wonderful sentiment and a powerful  act of social responsibility and compassion.  Yet this very call, to be loving and gracious, urges us to stand up to the Christians who are stamping their boots down on the throat of religious liberty in this country.  When a Christian cites biblical reasons for attacking women’s health care, gay rights we need not and should not worry about being tolerant.  We should be direct.  The problem is with their backwards religious text.

The Bible sanctions murder and rape.  It views women as second class citizens, and offers up the death sentence for a range of “infractions” that are decidedly non criminal.  Its barbaric and out of date.  So why be silent?  If Christians can calmly observe they have the truth and we are going to burn, let us just as calmly respond that they have nothing but lies and willful ignorance.

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  1. Deborah said, on December 2, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Haha this was a great post! Everything they say is completely ridiculous. It’s hard to believe that some people use the Bible for hate mongering. I wrote a post on my blog about how women’s health care costs are more than men’s are, and I didn’t realize it until now that it could possibly be because of the way some people interpret the Bible. Thanks for the great post!

    In case you’re interested, here’s my post I was talking about:
    http://shshameless.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/women-pay-more-for-the-same-health-care-as-men/

    • Captain Optimistic said, on December 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks! It is hard until you read the Bible, and that offers a pleasantly startling observation, that so very many Christians reject those passages, and do not use it for hate mongering.

      Yes it is important to make that line between fundamentalists, women’s rights, and the healthcare debate as visible as possible.

      Speaking of great posts, I checked it out and left a comment!


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