Part 2: Tolerance and Standards – We Agree About Them if We Think About It

 

Tolerance versus intolerance.

Should we tolerate everything or nothing?

You know the reality of tolerance. We pick and choose tolerance based on our own standard(s:>) or lack of them.

But partiality doesn’t lend itself to truth.

A real truth is true for all humanity, else it’s not true for anyone.

 

Do we limit ourselves to the extremes of issues?

Only extremists do that.

If we embrace reason, commonsense, and critical thinking skills, we won’t jump to extremes.

 

So, how do you know where to land between them?

 

To those who preach tolerance, let’s test your level of tolerance.

If you’re a lady, do you allow anyone or anything to mess with your purse without permission?

A stranger? Absolutely not.

A dog? NO.

Someone close to you? Maybe, but only if they ask for permission or if it’s a necessity or emergency.

This is acceptable intolerance – the purse is yours, your private property.

 

In a similar vein, do you allow your spouse to examine your cellphone calls to see if you are faithful?

Are you tolerant of this?

 

Some categories of boundaries allow for something between the fixed boundaries, while others don’t.

Would you ever allow your child to be harmed by anyone?

If you are a good parent, and that must be your hope, then the answer is NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Obviously an abusive parent might exercise and condone abuse towards a child.

NEVER TOLERATE REAL HARM TO A CHILD.

But what if it’s not real harm, but a manner of raising children that differs from yours?

Is discipline good?

No child wants to be disciplined.

But every child needs it, else he becomes an unrestrained, adult nightmare who endangers others and himself.

A compliant child may not need as much, but the goal is for the child to learn self-restraint so that force does not become required should they become uncontrollable adults.

Let not disorderly disobedience be your end result.

Remember – a child will scream bloody murder when being corrected/disciplined, though there is no true harm.

So the boundaries would be:

NO DISCIPLINE | ……………………………………………………………………….| LOVING DISCIPLINE[i]

 

Does your six year old know what’s best for her?

Should you tolerate letting her do anything?

Stealing?

Lying?

Hitting other children?

Being super-selfish?

Constantly disobeying you and deliberately, willfully yanking your chain?

Is her raging temper tantrum conducive to anyone’s life?

Should she be allowed to do whatever she wants, whenever she wants it? Stay out alone late at night? Not if you love her.

Without being thought to be stupid or crazy, you must agree there are at least some standards and that the only ones worth having are based on love/care/concern.

 

How about rights?

No Rights | …………………………………………| Do Anything You Want

Simplistic thinking dictates that those who believe we should be able to do anything must place no limits on conduct.

Does someone want to harm you?

Ok.

Of course, that’s crazy talk.

Only a fool would think that letting someone harm him was okay.

 

What boundaries promote and protect life?

Any philosophy/ideology/policy/law should jump through that hoop, right?

Death | …………………………………………………………………………………| Life

Does an idea promote and protect life for everyone?

Truth applies to everyone. False ideas are held by special interest groups that demand that their particular behaviors be forced on everyone and be put on the equality pedestal.

Even if their behaviors yield disease and death, they still demand them be considered equal to behaviors that are known to promote life.

That is crazy, thoughtless, destructive, nonsensical talk.

But something is only true if it applies to all, otherwise it’s a preference to self-justified behavioral destruction.

 

Does an idea condone the ill-will, violence, or the death of those who don’t agree with those holding it?

Or, if not condoning, does it turn a blind eye to the violence towards those who oppose it?

Such ideas are false ideas, untruths, lies.

Such ideas are to be rejected.

 

How about this idea and its parallels?

Evolution |………………………………………………| God

Nothing existed |………………………………………………| God Is

Things spring from nothing (oxymoron) |………| Existence requires a Cause

No intrinsic value |………| God created it good

Everything is a cosmic accident |………| God’s  intelligent design

No rules/standards/rights/anything goes |…………………………………….| God’s law of life

Denial of God is its root |……………………………….| Acknowledgement of God & His love

Survival of the fittest justifies homicide/tyranny |…….| Every person is precious & treasured.

Biggest gun/knife/weapon wins |…..| If you live by the weapon, you will die by it

Anybody can steal/kill/destroy you at any time |……………….| Right to self-defense

 

That such an ungodly, destructive idea as evolution is embraced by anyone is testament to a Looney Tunes worldview that will kill us all.

In all your worldly experience, nothing has just popped into existence in front of your eyes. Though evolutionists put faith in spontaneous generation, not one example can be given you where “This wasn’t here one moment, but presto-chango, magically it appeared before my eyes. I needed a lawn-mower, but didn’t have one, but my need for one caused it to materialize from nothing in my front yard’s tall grass. … and it started the first time and was filled with gas. Oops, forgot to think riding…. Damn, now I’ll have to push it.”

Just doesn’t happen.

And the human body is trillions of times more complex than a lawn mower.

Both were designed.

Never does nothing + endless time billions of years = anything. There isn’t anything in nothing to make it exist.

Truly nothing comes from nothing – nothing ever could.

 

Still believe there’s no standards and you can tolerate everything, except life and good?

That would mean that you’re too dangerous to live with.

Godlessness leads to death, but you have hope in Him: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

 

See Also: Part 1: Everyone Actually Agrees on Standards, if They Think About It

 


[i] “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him quickly.” Proverbs 13:24

“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Proverbs 22:15

“Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is brutish.” Proverbs 12:1

“He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses reproof errs.” Proverbs 10:17

“(15) The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame. (17) Correct your son, and he shall give you rest; yes, he shall delight your soul.” Proverbs 29:15, 17

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Is God Still Angry With You?

 

Is God still angry with you, in Christ?

Did He place His wrath on Him, in your place?

The answers for these questions are in the New Testament, of course.

The Bible, His Word, tells us that:

  • God is willing to show wrath towards those who deny, resist, and obstruct The Truth.[1]
  • God’s executes wrath through civil authority upon all who do evil in society.[2]
  • His goal is salvation [a,b], but His wrath remains for those who refuse Him.[3]
  • God’s future wrath is coming in judgment on the ungodly.[4]

 

God’s wrath still exists for those who oppose Him.

But you no longer oppose Him, for you said yes to His Son Jesus Christ.

You are His delight, the apple of His eye.

You are a recipient of His grace, Who Is a Person, Jesus Christ.

He has gone to prepare a place for you, so that you may be with Him forever.

He’s crazy about you.

He was willing to be sacrificed on a cross to rescue you, His treasure.

You are the love of His life.

 

See Also:
When the Curtain is Down
Does God Still Consider You a Sinner in Christ?

 

 

 


References:

[1] “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” Romans 1:18

“but to them who are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,” Romans 2:8

“What if God, willing to show His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:” Romans 9:22

“(14) For you, brothers, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for you also have suffered like things from your own countrymen, even as they have from the Jews: (15) who both killed The Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us. They do not please God, and are contrary to all men: (16) forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.” 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

“So I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter into My rest.” Hebrews 3:11

“For we who have believed enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” Hebrews 4:3

 

[2] “for he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him who does evil.” Romans 13:4

 

[3] “He who believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” John 3:36

“But after your hardness and impenitent heart, you treasure up to yourself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;” Romans 2:5

“among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the desires of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” Ephesians 2:3

“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:6

“for which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience:” Colossians 3:6

“For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thessalonians 5:9

 

[4] “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9

“and to wait for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, Who delivered us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:10

“(16) and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him Who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: (17) for the great day of His wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:16-17

“And the nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them who fear Your Name, small and great; and should destroy them who destroy the earth.” Revelation 11:18

“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of The Lamb:” Revelation 14:10

“And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.” Revelation 14:19

“And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them the wrath of God is filled up.” Revelation 15:1

“And one of the four beasts gave to the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, Who lives forever and ever.” Revelation 15:7

“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.” Revelation 16:1

“And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.” Revelation 16:19

“And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” Revelation 19:15