|Breaking Down the Logic of Relativism's Intolerance|
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Relativism is intolerant of anyone who believes in such things as an absolute God, absolute truth, or absolute morals.
Relativism is a philosophy. It claims that everything is relative. If everything is relative, there is no truth. If there is no truth, then the statement, "Everything is relative." is not true. Yet, the statement, "Everything is relative." is claiming that the statement is true. Yet the statement, "Everything is relative." would also have to be relative and therefore not necessarily true. In other words, there would be exceptions to it. In other words, some things might be true. Yet the philosophy says that there is nothing that is true.
In another sense, Relativism claims that nothing is absolutely true or that absolute truth cannot be known. If relativism is true, then how does the person pushing a dogmatic belief in relativism know absolutely that no one else knows anything absolutely? You can see the problem. The relativist is then claiming to know the inner personal spiritual and intellectual experience of every person who has ever lived. Yet, our experience is that it is difficult or impossible to fully grasp even our own inner personal spiritual and intellectual experiences. This is the fallacy known as the universal negative.
They are intolerant of those who believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God without error.
If there were no revelation, then relativism would seem to be possible. In that case, if we read the Bible, God would not be speaking to us through it. If we looked at the Creation, God would not be revealing His glory to us through it. We would not experience His leading on a moment-by-moment basis. Our claim that the Bible is the inspired Word of God without error would be based on circular reasoning (as would any other claim about anything). We could not know anything about anything. However, God does reveal to us that His Bible is His Word and that it is without error. He reveals that He speaks to us through it. And He speaks to us through it.
Relativism is intolerant of followers of Christ who know Christ personally. It would seem that relativism would lead to tolerance, but relativism seems to be tolerant of anything except truth. In many instances, Relativism seeks to use intimidation and coercion to keep followers of Christ from expressions related to their knowledge of Christ.
Under philosophies such as Atheism or Agnosticism, relativism is the natural logical conclusion. If there is no God, then there can be no moral absolutes. Thou shalt not kill is merely someone's opinion. Who says so? If you go out onto the blogs or Christian Youtube videos, you will see the use of appeal to ridicule. A recent Atheistic conference had a central theme of advising dedicated Atheists to use ridicule rather than reason to coerce Christians. Coercion is used because coercion works.
Relativists freely express their religious view and try to bring Christians to share the same Relativistic viewpoint, while defying logic by insisting that Christians must not do the same regarding the Christian viewpoint.
This is the logical fallacy of special pleading.
An example of this is when Jay Bookman scolded Brit Hume, making the following outrageous claim: "a person's faith is a private matter between that person and God." The Bible tells us that if we deny Christ, then Christ will deny us. It tells us that we must testify of Christ. Bookman says that Christians cannot do this, but it is OK for non-Christians to testify of their devil-driven religious view that says, "Christians must keep silent about their beliefs."
Bookman is claiming that He knows something for certain. What Bookman is claiming to know is that no Christian is supposed to speak of his or her personal revelation from God or to tell anyone else about it. The problem is that Bookman is directly contradicting what God is saying. Yet the man is claiming to be on the moral high ground. Bookman is judging God to be wrong. One could ask him, "On what are you basing your strong assertion?" Whatever does not originate from God is from Satan. We know that by revelation. Secularism is from Satan. Yet, most Secularists deny the existence of their own slave-master. Anyone who is not committed to following Christ remains a slave of Satan. Satan one the battle in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve obeyed Satan rather than God. There is a spiritual principle that "whoever you yield yourself as servant to obey, that's whose servant you are."
Incidentally, Biblical Christianity does not attempt to coerce others to give up their own beliefs. Rather, speaking the truth in love, Biblical Christianity does attempt, by every means, to persuade others to receive what God has for them through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:11 It seeks to convey an understanding of the reasoning that comes from God and the revelation that God has given. 1 Peter 3:15
God has been very clear to us about how we are to be respectful and kind. We are to speak the truth in love. When someone doesn't want to hear the truth, they will interpret truth as something bad. Indeed, many people judge what God says through the Bible as being bad. And, of course, many who deny Scripture distort what is written into a straw man argument.
This does not mean that every Christian at every moment is following the leading of the Holy Spirit and following the pattern of Scripture in testifying to the unbeliever. Of course, we all make many mistakes. However, Scripture clearly shows us that we are to speak openly of our faith and always be ready to give a reason for it. It would be more accurate to use the word, hope, rather than faith. Of course, this hope is not hope-so hope. It is the hope that springs from the utterance of God.
Again, the evidence is on the blogs. Often, a person who is claiming to follow Christ will use profanity or engage in name-calling and other things. Whatever is not of faith is sin. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the rhema of God. The Greek word, rhema, means utterance. We hear God's utterance and faith comes. Faith gives us access to His grace, and His grace does His works through us. His grace speaks His Words through us. As the apostle, Paul, said, "It is not I who do them [the works] but grace." We are commanded to speak as the oracles of God. That is the very mouthpiece of God. We are to only speak those words that God speaks through us. The love of God is to be shed abroad in our hearts (innermost minds) by the Holy Ghost.
When some reject what God has given through Christ, they are not rejecting the Christian--they are rejecting God. When they reject God, it is God's business to deal with them if they are outside the church. If they are within the church, then the church is given means, as outlined in Scripture, to deal with the situation.
God is very clear on this. When someone rejects anything that is said through a person by the Holy Spirit, that amounts to rejecting God. God is saying it, not the person who is being used by God. Of course, there are many false prophets and false teachers. And we all make many mistakes. Every person is subject to a fleshly nature that is in defiance of God. Sometimes, a man or a woman can be convinced that they have received a revelation when they have received no such thing. That is why the Scriptural order of the Church is so important and why God has begun to restore it in these last days.
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