WHEN “TOLERANCE” IS BASED UPON LIES, WHAT IS VIRTUOUS ABOUT IT?

freedomconscienceDiversity can be a good thing, but diversity for its own sake is dumb. For example, because our society contains people with a variety of skills and expertise, we can each specialize in what we do well and on the whole be far more productive. On the other hand, in the dead of winter, too much variation in outdoor clothing is not desirable in the interior of Alaska. When the temperature is -40 degrees Fahrenheit, wearing a swimsuit is suicidal. Therefore, when someone insists we accept a stupid form of “diversity” for the sake of “tolerance,” we each have a right to say “nope.”

With respect to same-sex “marriage” in Utah, such was the case until this past Wednesday.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday found Utah’s laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional, setting up a possible return trip to the Supreme Court for the hot-button issue.

Federal courts in several states have struck down bans on gay marriage in recent months. But Wednesday’s ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is particularly significant because it is the first by a court of that stature, which is ranked just below the Supreme Court, since a landmark ruling by the high court last June. Then, the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a law that prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states that allowed them. (continued here at online.wsj.com)

The judge stayed implementation of the decision, but for how long? The pressure is on for this irrational cause. Diversity fanatics would have us believe that two people of the same sex can “marry” each other, but because such a bond does not serve the purpose of marriage it does not meet the definition of marriage. Homosexual relationships are unhealthy; no private or governmental organization has a morally defensible reason for endorsing such a relationship. Nonetheless, many judges and even some Christian churches (Check out US Presbyterian Church votes to redefine marriage, offer gay ‘marriages’ at altruistico.wordpress.com.) insist we as a society must approve of same-sex “marriage.” And to make the case for “same-sex marriage,” both these judges and members of these deviant Christian churches must lie.

How do the judges legalizing same-sex “marriage” lie? They make the claim that there is a right to same-sex “marriage” in the Constitution. How is it that after 200 hundred years these judges have just discovered this right? The suggestion is made that we have improved our morals. We are no longer the bigots those dead white men who wrote the Constitution once were. Thus, postmodern men and women in black robes can now perceive new “rights” in that very same Constitution those bigoted dead white men wrote. Such is how “improved morals” enlightens the art of sophistry.

How do the members of the Christian churches approving same-sex “marriage” lie? These too apply postmodern “wisdom” and “improved morals.” Thus, they manage to ignore what is plainly stated in the Bible. As the Christians at this web site demonstrate (Christians proclaiming their belief in full LGBT equality), they pick and choose verses from the Bible that proclaim (out of context) what they wish to believe. That essentially includes discarding the Old Testament. I wonder if these Christians realize that the New Testament references the Old Testament hundreds of times (see here, here, and here).

As The Sermon on the Mount shows (especially Matthew 5:17-20), Jesus did not discard the Old Testament or its standard of morality. He raised the standard. Instead of obeying God and respecting our neighbors because we fear punishment, Jesus called upon us to love God and each other. Therefore, we only have to read a few chapters of the Bible before we see how God defines marriage.

 Genesis 2:18-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

The Bible does not condemn homosexuals, but it does condemn homosexuality as sinful. Here are references to commonly quoted passages.

  • Genesis 19:1-13 tells of Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 offer straightforward statements explicitly condemning homosexuality.
  • Romans 1:24-27 explains that when we refuse to acknowledge and worship God we will commit unnatural and evil acts.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 tells us that homosexuality is just one of many evil acts that men can commit. This passage also reminds us we can repent of our sins.

Thus, we must ask: when tolerance is based upon lies, what is virtuous about it?

Several years back I wrote a series of posts protesting against the normalization of homosexuality. For those interested in reading it, here is a link => REVIEWING THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST NORMALIZING HOMOSEXUALITY — PART 1. A few of the links are broken, but things have not gotten any better. So perhaps that’s for the best.

17 thoughts on “WHEN “TOLERANCE” IS BASED UPON LIES, WHAT IS VIRTUOUS ABOUT IT?

    1. The behavior we are now suppose to “tolerate” now we use forbear. Because “tolerance” implies withholding moral judgement, the diversity crowd prefers the word “tolerance.” I doubt they tolerate well the Biblical concept of sin, particularly that part of the concept that requires us to stop.

      We no longer stone people for engaging in inappropriate sex acts. Instead, we send them psychologists. Unfortunately, the psychologists have started claiming what we use to call inappropriate is just an alternative lifestyle. If it did not hurt so much to hit myself with a stone, those idiot psychologists would have me wondering why God does not still require us to stone sinners.

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      1. Hmm I think Jesus addressed that last query in John chapter 8. That said we need to bring people truly to the throne of grace by way of repentance. The church is the last bastion of the truth in a world of lies and you are right we need to stop apologizing for it and just let the truth speak whether it is accepted or not.

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        1. The last part of John Chapter 8. 😦 We murdered so many prophets before Him and so many saints after Him. So I suppose we have proven we don’t have sufficient wisdom to be trusted to stone the right people.

          Even Jesus we would not leave in peace to speak the Truth. Unless He allowed us, we could not touch Him, but He finally arrived at the cross. Although He chose what seems like a strange way to redeem us of our sins (His own grisly murder), who can say that the sacrifice He chose was not fitting in proportion to the nature of our sins.

          And so you are right. We must leave vengeance to the Lord and trust that His Word is enough.

          Thank you, and God bless.

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  1. Tom, once again, thank you ever so much for the link. You and your talents are greatly appreciated.

    Allow me to start here: While the Bible does address homosexuality, it does not explicitly mention gay marriage/same-sex marriage. It is clear, however, that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin. Leviticus 18:22 identifies homosexual sex as an abomination, a detestable sin. Romans 1:26-27 declares homosexual desires and actions to be shameful, unnatural, lustful, and indecent. First Corinthians 6:9 states that homosexuals are unrighteous and will not inherit the kingdom of God. Since both homosexual desires and actions are condemned in the Bible, it is clear that homosexuals “marrying” is not God’s will, and would be, in fact, sinful.

    Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family.

    The Bible alone, however, does not have to be used to demonstrate this understanding of marriage. The biblical viewpoint of marriage has been the universal understanding of marriage in every human civilization in world history. History argues against gay marriage. Modern secular psychology recognizes that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another. In regard to the family, psychologists contend that a union between a man and woman in which both spouses serve as good gender role models is the best environment in which to raise well-adjusted children. Psychology argues against gay marriage. In nature/physicality, clearly, men and women were designed to “fit” together sexually. With the “natural” purpose of sexual intercourse being procreation, clearly only a sexual relationship between a man and a woman can fulfill this purpose. Nature argues against gay marriage.

    So, if the Bible, history, psychology, and nature all argue for marriage being between a man and a woman—why is there such a controversy today? Why are those who are opposed to gay marriage/same-sex marriage labeled as hateful, intolerant bigots, no matter how respectfully the opposition is presented? Why is the gay rights movement so aggressively pushing for gay marriage/same-sex marriage when most people, religious and non-religious, are supportive of—or at least far less opposed to—gay couples having all the same legal rights as married couples with some form of civil union?

    The answer, according to the Bible, is that everyone inherently knows that homosexuality is immoral and unnatural, and the only way to suppress this inherent knowledge is by normalizing homosexuality and attacking any and all opposition to it. The best way to normalize homosexuality is by placing gay marriage/same-sex marriage on an equal plane with traditional opposite-gender marriage. Romans 1:18-32 illustrates this. The truth is known because God has made it plain. The truth is rejected and; “once again Tom you are correct” it is replaced with a lie. The lie is then promoted and the truth suppressed and attacked. The vehemence and anger expressed by many in the gay rights movement to any who oppose them is, in fact, an indication that they know their position is indefensible. Trying to overcome a weak position by raising your voice is the oldest trick in the debating book. There is perhaps no more accurate description of the modern gay rights agenda than Romans 1:31, “they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.”

    To give sanction to gay marriage/same-sex marriage would be to give approval to the homosexual lifestyle, which the Bible clearly and consistently condemns as sinful. Christians should stand firmly against the idea of gay marriage/same-sex marriage. Further, there are strong and logical arguments against gay marriage/same-sex marriage from contexts completely separated from the Bible. One does not have to be an evangelical Christian to recognize that marriage is between a man and a woman.

    According to the Bible, marriage is ordained by God to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Gay marriage/same-sex marriage is a perversion of the institution of marriage and an offense to the God who created marriage. As Christians, we are not to condone or ignore sin. Rather, we are to share the love of God and the forgiveness of sins that is available to all, including homosexuals, through Jesus Christ. We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and contend for truth with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). As Christians, when we make a stand for truth and the result is personal attacks, insults, and persecution, we should remember the words of Jesus: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).

    Thank you, Tom, for allowing me to comment.

    May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you and yours always.

    Yours in Christ;
    Michael

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      1. You’re welcome, Tom. And, thank you for coming to my rescue (smiling). Your comments are always direct to the point and sufficient for the cause.

        Thank you for the blessings as well, Tom.

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        1. You hardly needed rescuing, but there is something to be said for considering another point-of-view of God Word. Thank you for your consideration and thoughtful blog and comments. And most of all thank you for your blessings and friendship. Without people like yourself, this world would be a lonely place.

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        2. Thank you, Tom. I agree there is benefit, or can be, in consideration of other’s biblical view. However, we must KNOW it is scripturally sound doctrine.

          You’re welcome, Tom. I enjoy posting on God and the Bible. It is friends, like yourself, that continually encourage these works. I do, with the utmost of sincerity, consider you a knowledgeable and lasting friend through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

          God bless you, Tom. Keep up the good fight.

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  2. As I read through the post and comments, one fact that seems lost, but important, is that the litigation around same sex marriage has been confined to civil, as opposed to religious marriage. Nothing about this controversy addresses whether religious rites of marriage can be confined to the one man/one woman modality. Of course they can. That issue simply is not on the table. The only reason this comes up in a constitutional context is the problem of governmental marriage and the attendant legal status issues that go with it being doled out selectively by civic (not religious) authorities. That context, I think, is important and it surprises me that it is not even mentioned in any of the words expended thus far on this topic.

    Nothing that has occurred in the courts requires a church/mosque/synagogue etc. to perform a same sex marriage or requires anyone to participate in homosexual activity.

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    1. We create laws based upon whether we think something right or wrong. In a free society, we should rarely compel anyone to do anything. Yet to protect rights of the People we compel each individual to pay taxes, and to protect the rights of children we expect those who have children to marry and care for their children. That’s because we think government exists to protects the God-given rights of the People.

      Homosexuals don’t have children. Fornication of all sorts are a sin that spread disease and makes a tangled mess of people’s emotions. Hence, government should not endorse either homosexuality or hooking up. Yet if our government grants homosexuals marriage licence, government by implication would be endorsing homosexuality and by act of law defining marriage as something that has nothing to do with procreation and the protection of the rights of children. At the same time (and quite ironically), because marriage exists to protect the rights of children, homosexuals would use the legal recognition of their “marriages” to pressure and punish those who their homosexuality sinful.

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      1. “We create laws based upon whether we think something right or wrong.”

        Technically, I’d say that should be: “We create laws based upon whether we think something right or wrong, and whether we believe that it is a particular right or wrong that should be addressed by a new law according to our understanding of government’s role.” A free-market based, Constitution-honoring America would create far fewer laws than we do. And Congress only creates a tiny fraction of “laws”; most are from Obama’s army of faceless, unelected agency bureaucrats and those at lower levels. At least 90%, I understand. I am exposed to those from CMS on a regular basis.

        One aspect rarely discussed of the homosexual (and other) marriage issues is the practical legality portion. In addition to the federal layer, each state has a massive set of regulations dealing with the ins and outs of marriage and probate, with gender-based spousal relationships woven all through these. It is a tremendously lucrative area of legal practice, and prior to Obama, approximately one-third of all regulations dealt with just these subjects. (I don’t know what it is now.) All of that would be or is being rewritten, and it is a massively expensive process with its own set of unintended consequences.

        I’d recommend pushing it all into contract law, a simpler arena. But that does not accomplish the government’s goal of massively favoring women over men in the current system.

        ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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