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I don’t understand why my friends get mad at me for saying that Jesus is the Savior of the world?

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One of the challenges that today’s generation is facing is what we call the new tolerance. According to D. A. Carson, “tolerance" has changed from accepting that people have different views, some of which are wrong, to agreeing that all views are equally true.”

It works like this: Someone might say, “Many religions lead to God; there is no one true religion.” or “What is true for me should be true for you.” For a person to express a different opinion or disagree, they would be labeled a bigot or a judgmental. This view is prevalent at schools, the workplace, families and especially in politics.

What difference does it make if all people must always agree.

The old view of tolerance says that truth can be known and that disagreements, dialogues and debate will give everyone an opportunity to learn, grow, change and possibly arrive together at truth. The new definition of tolerance is that there is no truth that can be known, there are no spiritual or moral absolutes and there is never a need for debate because everyone is always right. Anyone who disagrees with them is intolerant and judgmental. This is another definition for insanity. Can you imagine when all people can do whatever they want. “I can drive 100 in a school zone if I think it is ok.” or “I can take what is not mine because i think we should all share equally.”

Proverbs 18:2 “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”

All this leads us to the modern world’s highest virtue which is “agreeability”.

When a person's value or power is threatened by disagreement or debate, their response is to gather a mob and throw stones. This is certifiably crazy. Totally conformity will never happen to human beings who have been created in the image of God to think, reason and make choices. We are all born with a conscience. We are not designed to always agree on everything.

Is there any hope for this generation?

I don’t understand why my friends get mad at me for saying that Jesus is the Savior of the world?

One of the challenges that today’s generation is facing is what we call the new tolerance. According to D. A. Carson, “tolerance" has changed from accepting that people have different views, some of which are wrong, to agreeing that all views are equally true.”

It works like this: Someone might say, “Many religions lead to God; there is no one true religion.” or “What is true for me should be true for you.” For a person to express a different opinion or disagree, they would be labeled a bigot or a judgmental. This view is prevalent at schools, the workplace, families and especially in politics.

What difference does it make if all people must always agree.

The old view of tolerance says that truth can be known and that disagreements, dialogues and debate will give everyone an opportunity to learn, grow, change and possibly arrive together at truth. The new definition of tolerance is that there is no truth that can be known, there are no spiritual or moral absolutes and there is never a need for debate because everyone is always right. Anyone who disagrees with them is intolerant and judgmental. This is another definition for insanity. Can you imagine when all people can do whatever they want. “I can drive 100 in a school zone if I think it is ok.” or “I can take what is not mine because i think we should all share equally.”

Proverbs 18:2 “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”

What is agreeability?

All this leads us to the modern world’s highest virtue which is “agreeability”.

When a person's value or power is threatened by disagreement or debate, their response is to gather a mob and throw stones. This is certifiably crazy. Totally conformity will never happen to human beings who have been created in the image of God to think, reason and make choices. We are all born with a conscience. We are not designed to always agree on everything.

Is there any hope for this generation? Clearly, not everyone embraces the new tolerance. The good news about this confused generation is that the majority of them want to know God, if there is one. They want their lives to matter and they (75%) want to be mentored. The key to breaking through with this generation is to develop non-confrontational relationships with them. Ask them out for dinner or for coffee. Don’t lecture but rather find out more about them and if they don’t believe in God, ask them why. Most have a story that no one has asked about. Be a great listener, show compassion. Know what you believe and be open to answering a question about God or some other topic of the Christian faith. Interestingly, they want to know about science and how is matches up with the truth of the Bible which is contrary to what their culture embraces.

“…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

If you are dealing with people who are embracing this new tolerance, we strongly encourage you to go to our website and purchase the Unanswered: Smoke, Mirrors and God small group curriculum that includes one book, one study guide and a video DVD. It was written for the Millennial generation whose majority are looking for answers as to “Who am I?, What is my purpose?, Why is there such a mess in the world?, What hope do I have? and What happens when I die?

Matthew 2819, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

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