- Religion and Philosophy
On Religious Tolerance
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14
Religious tolerance is defined as the acceptance of a faith or belief different from one’s own.
The fuel for this hub centers around the controversy surrounding the proposed building if the Muslim mosque at Ground Zero in New York City. Speaking as a Christian, and an American, I believe to build this edifice in the Gateway to the western world is a big mistake, and does more to offend those already affected by the events of 911. Which leads me to wonder why certain Christian and Jewish leaders are in support of this venture. What they are saying is that we accept your religion as long as it doesn’t interfere with our own. The Government’s stand on this issue is that people in this country should be free to worship any belief system they choose, being careful not to offend anyone or anyone’s belief. The problem with this is that a religion such as Islam goes against the Judeo-Christian ethics and beliefs this country was founded upon. This Faith recognizes neither Christianity or Judaism as being valid.
Religion is tearing this country apart, as it is now doing in the Holy Land, and has done throughout history. God never intended this smorgasbord of different faiths in the Holy Land, or this country. Each religion opposes the other and brings hatred, chaos and war in dividing its people.
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. Luke 11.
Granted, there are few similarities between Islam and Christianity, such as the belief in an Afterlife, although they differ in how to get there, and what it will be like. But the greatest difference, and the most important is this religion’s view of the Lord Jesus Christ, who not only is the Author of the Christian Faith, but was with God in the creation of all things.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. John 8
What Islam believes about Christ contradicts what the Bible says about him. First, they do not believe that he is the Son Of God. In fact God never had a Son. They believe that Christ was the forerunner of Muhammed. Jesus never died, or was crucified, but was merely a prophet translated like Enoch into Heaven. Our Faith and the fate of the entire Creation is built on the fact that Christ died for the sins of world, and in doing so, he closed the gap between man and God, as a result brought many sons and daughters unto Him..Now if this didn’t happen -- if Christ didn’t die and rise from the dead, then we are yet in sin, and our Faith would be in vain. (See 1Corinthians 15:3-19).
So how can certain Christian leaders accept or tolerate a religion that tears at the very heart of what they believe or suppose to believe?