Just To Let You Know

Hey everyone. Today is going to be a bit different. I don't present many of my opinions on the world around me, but it has come to my attention that this is nothing to be "in the closet" about.

I am, as very few of you know, a Christian, born again, bona fide. Yes, I believe that Christianity is the one and only way to eternal life and the one and only answer to life's questions. But I can still be tolerant.

Society has twisted the meaning of the word "tolerant". It really means that you disagree with a person, but you don't cut the person loose because of it. You tolerate them.

What tolerance has come to mean in today's society is that essentially, everyone is right. If you believe in Islam, then great--that's the truth for you. If you're a Buddhist, then that's the truth for you. But that's not what real tolerance is. It's trying to make everyone feel right and everyone happy by saying there is no one way.

So then when Christianity makes a singular truth claim that Christianity is the only way (which I believe to be true), we are not tolerated, which is the opposite of what should be. Everyone should be able to live with everyone else no matter if they make an exclusive truth claim. You must learn to agree to disagree. For example, I don't believe that homosexuality is right, but that doesn't mean I discriminate against them. I don't believe in their lifestyle, but by being actually tolerant in the real definition of the word, we can get along.

I promise--my next blog post won't be trying to convert you. If you want to talk about that, send me an email. But please, hear me out and don't explode with angry comments on this blog.

I just wanted to let everyone know where I stand on things.

Dawson

6 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you mean. I'm a Christian too (of the Catholic variety).

    Being Catholic means a: I belong to a denomination that makes an even more exclusive claim of truth than most denominations and b: a lot of other Christians don't think I'm a Christian.

    Tolerance is always accepting that people aren't always going to agree with you and you're not always going to agree with them. Obviously someone is wrong but you just have to put that aside and get on with life.

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  2. Thanks Becky! I appreciate your comment.

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  3. Hey, I was reading your blog, and I think you'd enjoy these websites:

    - http://www.community.livejournal.com/antishurtugal (a group of young writers opposed against Twilight and such)

    - http://www.youngwriterssociety.org (Great forum for teen writers)

    - http://www.impishidea.com (Lots of great articles against Twilight and a nice forum)

    Haven't read your book, but your blog seems pretty nice for a fourteen-year-old.

    -Ari

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  4. Thanks for the websites Ari!

    Dawson

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  5. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I totally agree with what you said on this blog. I'm Christian as well (Church of Christ) and I hate being slammed because I don't "tolerate" things like homosexuality, and tell people what I think about it. Freedom of speech has turned into a myth; you can only speak freely if it's what people want to hear. This is a really astute blog post; good for you.

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  6. Exactly. I tolerate people in the true definition of the word, not today's twisted definition. I disagree with these claims, but I can be civil with those who make them because we are all human.

    Dawson

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