- Stephen D Blum Jr
The Intolerance of Tolerance
There is a growing sense of uneasiness among evangelicals as we watch our culture's flight from objective Truth in the name of of Tolerance. Yet those most howling for Tolerance are violently intolerant of Intolerance. The most vocal of those who complain about hate, hate haters. Confusing? You bet. There is no escaping the tautologous dilemma of tolerance. It is circular reasoning at its finest. Its advocates constantly deny the moral absolutes of good and evil in the name of "tolerance" and immediately turn around and tell us it's "good" to do so. Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, all claimed their goals - no matter how horrific - were for the better "good" of mankind.
In the fantasy movie "The Neverending Story" (1984), The Nothing is the undefinable, terrifying threat that threatens to devour the world of Fantasia. Toward the end of the movie, the hero and his small band are trapped with the villianous wolf creature "Gmork" as The Nothing devours their world, which falls chunk by chunk into the abyss. In terror Atreyu cries "What is The Nothing?!" Gmork snarls "It's the emptiness that's left. It's like depair destroying this world - and I have been trying to help it". This is the horrifying legacy of Heidegger, Neitzsche, and the German authors of post-modernism. In the name of "higher education" we raise not simply fools, but destroyers of worlds. C.S. Lewis in his taut thesis "The Abolition of Man" laments the road the "conditioners" (Socialists, Progressives, etc.) have launched us on. He points out to those who want to debunk truth "You cannot go on explaining away for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on seeing through things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street or garden beyond it is opaque." Later in the book he adds: "It is no use trying to see through first principles. If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To see through all things is the same as not to see." To put it in a philosophical context, to believe everything is to believe nothing. But of course the Left won't "explain away forever", they will conveniently stop at their version of the Tao, the Truth. We will find in the end what Lewis promised: “When all that says 'it is good' has been debunked, what says 'I want' remains".The Conditioners, therefore, must come to be motivated simply by their own pleasure". Though we are vexed by these "useful idiots", remember that they and their relentless pursuit of a Socialist Utopia are but a means to an end. John Lennon's "Imagine" will fail. Atheistic Communism is not the true end game. The spiritual vacuum of hedonistic postmodernism and totalitarian atheism, will collapse of its own weight into an already emerging world religion where every claim to objective Truth in matters of worship will be shouted down. Every religion will be "usable" save the ones claiming exclusivity, for you see all Truth is intolerant.
Two plus two will never equal five, nor three. Gravity pulls us down to the earth, not away from the earth. Grass is green, not blue. Boys are not girls, and vice versa. This is an unassailable law of logic. And the case might be made that many who fight so hard against objective truth are not merely illogical, but courting insanity. How can you hate and oppose those who believe in objective "truth" or "good", then turn to fight passionately for "truth" or "good" that doesn't exist? Even more chilling is the question: where is the bottom of this philosophical quicksand? The real and sole enemy of "tolerance" is Truth. Even claims to truth are divisive, and the servants of The Man of Sin are crying for cultural, economic and religious unity - globally. All fundamentalism is under attack. Islam, Christianity and Judaism will be stirred together, synthesized, and mixed with socialism and nature worship, to be crowned with the deification of Man. You can gang up on the Truth all day, but it remains invincible and in the end will crush you. Those who put themselves on the wrong side of it build on sand. The madness of this delusion will continue. It is a delusion God has decreed:
"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they allmight be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12)
You either have, and will be given more, or have not, and will even lose that which you think you have. You're either in Christ - or you're out. If God will gather all things together in Christ (Ephesians 1:10), and you're not in Him, where does that leave you? You can trust Him today my friend. The cry of the world in this present hour is "unity". But the cry of God to His people is "separation" (2 Corinthians 6:17, Revelation 18:4). Once again God is dividing the light from the darkness. And the darkness hates the light . .
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. There you go. We cannot simply "get along".
In this battle to the death one side will be the victor. Any bets?
" . . and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand" (Daniel 12:10)