Sloppy Tolerance

by John Gibson


I heard a lady say, “I believe in all religions, and whatever works for you is fine with me. That sounds very tolerant, but it is sloppy at best. If you carry that idea to its logical conclusion then you will have to admit that the Bible and its teachings stand on an even plane with everything in Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Communism, etc. They are all equally true. There is nothing to choose between them. They are all of equal value. If that be the case then none of them is of any value. It means that we can know nothing about religion.

Where would we be in science or politics, or any other field, if we followed such sloppy reasoning? You know the answer to that as well as I. One idea is as good as another? Don’t make be laugh…or cry!

I know one thing. Jesus did not believe in that kind of tolerance. If He had, He would never have attacked the religious leaders of his day.

There is as much difference between truth and falsehood as there is between daylight and dark. And saying that they are one and the same does not make it so.

Jesus Christ declared that God’s Word is the truth (John 17:17), and that He is the truth (John 14:6). He promised His disciples that when the Spirit came they would be guided into all truth (John 16:13). He further stated thatin knowing the truth we would be made free (John 8:32). It is that truth which I am interested in, and not “your” truth or “my” truth.

I keep remembering that one of these days God “will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth” (Ps.96:13).

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