15-year-old want tolerance - 02/26/2005

i find this site quite scary, i am learning about religion and this site puts me off because i find it to opinionated, though it is useful to my studies, i find it distressing that people in generations older than my own cannot accept the views of other people, and accept the views of people who choose not to believe in religion at all. i find it all rather confusing that we are taught to show tolerance and all i see is a very degenerating view of other people. i would therefore like to know if it is possible for christians to accept the views of myself. ( i am non athiest) i want to understand.





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi Ben.  Traditionally, tolerance was the ability to live peacably with those you disagree with.  Yet lately, that term has been redefined to say we must accept the views of those we disagree with.  That is not true tolerance, that is pluralism.  We believe the Bible to be the Word of God.  Archaeology continues to confirm the historical and geographical accuracy of the Bible, and no archaeological discovery has refuted it.  Nearly a third of the Bible consists of prophecy.  With the exception of end-times prophecies (yet to be fulfilled), every prophecy has come true exactly.  These are prophecies made hundreds of years before their fulfillment, and they were fulfilled exactly -- not like some vague horoscope that has a ring of truth.  The mathematical odds against this are staggering!!  The only explanation is that the Bible is what it claims to be -- the Word of God.  Because of this, we don't pick and choose what we want to believe from God's Word -- we accept it all.  We accept it as truth -- immutable and absolute truth.  So when Jesus said "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the father except through me" (John 14:6), we believe that as an absolute truth.  The Bible tells us that Jesus is the only way people can be saved from punishment for their sins.  Because we follow Jesus' command to love all people, we desire for everyone to share in this salvation.  It is our biblical duty to share the gospel, and to expose false religions (those that go against part or all of the Bible) that deceive people.  You may consider that intolerant.  I admit we ARE intolerant of false beliefs, but it is our love for people deceived by those beliefs that causes us to expose them.  We want everyone, including you, to share in salvation through Jesus Christ.  In the true meaning of tolerance, we are tolerant, and it's easy to be that way.  We don't brow beat, intimidate, persecute, or kill non-believers (what Christians endure in Islamic or atheist countries).  We treat them with love, and encourage them to accept Christ. 
 
In His Service,
 
Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries