02 Apr (#12) GOD AIN’T TOLERANT, HE’S PATIENT
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Biblical Christianity demands black-and-white considering due to the fact it is dualistic, also identified as binary considering. From starting to finish, the Bible is completely categorical. Satan and God. Demons and angels. Sin and holiness. Lies and truth. Wolves and shepherds. Non-Christians and Christians. Damnation and salvation. Hell and heaven. An exhaustive list could fill a book, but you get the point. The Bible tends to make clear distinctions and judgments among logically opposed categories.
But the mainstream culture you and I reside in is monistic and rejects dualistic binary considering. The culture does not see categories. The culture does not let black-and-white considering. The culture refuses to let any categories due to the fact that would imply producing distinctions, which in the end ends in producing worth judgments. As an alternative of Satan and God, we have a Greater Energy. As an alternative of demons and angels, we have spirits. As an alternative of sin and holiness, we have person expression. As an alternative of lies and truth, we have your truth and my truth. As an alternative of wolves and shepherds, we have spiritual guides. As an alternative of non-Christians and Christians, we have absolutely everyone defined as God’s kids. As an alternative of damnation and salvation, we have what ever functions for you. As an alternative of hell and heaven, we have people today who go to a improved spot merely due to the fact they died.
Monism is a religion. It may perhaps not be formal like Christianity, but it is a religious view of the planet that rejects dualistic binary considering. In the end, this is a battle among the God of the Bible who is intolerant and the gods of this planet who are at war against Him, if you think the Bible.
NEITHER TOLERANCE NOR UNICORNS ARE IN THE BIBLE
It may possibly surprise you that even as the Bible speaks of God in terms of holiness, like, justice, and mercy, it in no way suggests tolerance as 1 of His attributes. A easy English word search of the whole Bible in the most common English translations shows handful of if any appearances of the word tolerance. The handful of occasions it does seem in different translations, it is applied pejoratively to describe an evil accomplished by God’s people today as they “tolerate” issues such as sexual sin (1 Cor. five:1) and false teaching (Rev. two:20).
The New Living Translation speaks of God not tolerating other religions (Exod. 20:five Deut. five:9), injustice (two Chron. 19:7 Mic. six:11), sinful behavior (Ps. five:four, 101:five), or teaching primarily based on the beliefs of other religions (Rev. two:14). Reading the Bible does not specifically assistance the conclusion that the God of the Bible is tolerant or that His people today should really embrace the new tolerance (or the existence of unicorns, in case you are questioning).
For Christians, this is bedrock. Who God is, how God acts, and what God commands override all other commitments. Even though we do not want to seem unloving toward people—especially people today we disagree with—we also do not want to be unfaithful to the God whom we think deserves our like and loyalty. Asking a Christian to approve what God disapproves is akin to asking a daughter to wind up and slap her loving father in the face in the name of getting loving toward the neighbor little ones who hate Him.
GOD AIN’T TOLERANT, HE’S PATIENT
Even though the Bible says absolutely nothing about God getting tolerant, it speaks normally about God and His people today getting patient, loving, and forbearing. This strikes at the heart of how you and I engage the culture about us.
The verse quoted in the rest of the Bible extra than any other is God telling us He is “the LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast like and faithfulness, maintaining steadfast like for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no suggests clear the guilty, going to the iniquity of the fathers on the kids and the children’s kids, to the third and the fourth generation” (Exod. 34:6–7 ESV).
Primarily based on the conversations we’ve study so far, these initially claims by God would astound quite a few outdoors the church today—and even extra so if you and I reflected these similar qualities. God’s attributes are compassion, mercy, patience, like, and justice. But it is these similar amazing attributes that necessitate black-and-white considering. God sees some issues as “iniquity, rebellion, and sin” and not just preference, taste, and point of view due to the fact He is really loving. And God permits our terrible behavior to continue—including my personal faults and failings—not due to the fact He is tolerant but due to the fact He is patient.
If God had been merely tolerant, Jesus would not have required to die in our spot for your sins and mine. He would not be holy, and we would not be unholy. There would be no failure on our aspect that requires fixing. But in compassion, mercy, and like, God came as Jesus Christ to reside the life we have not lived and die the death we should really have died. God shows patience not due to the fact we do not have to have to transform but due to the fact we are stubborn and slow to transform. The leader of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, says it this way, “The Lord is not actually getting slow about his guarantee, as some people today consider. No, he is getting patient for your sake. He does not want anybody to be destroyed, but desires absolutely everyone to repent” (two Pet. three:9 NLT). God’s patience far exceeds the new tolerance. God tolerates us—as He seeks to transform us—because He loves us.
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