Dr D James Kennedy

Well, I think that there's probably pretty general consensus among most knowledgeable people that the one thing that the "tolerant" cannot tolerate is Christianity, which they would like to brand as being intolerant. It has also been said that tolerance is the last virtue of a degenerate society. I think that many times people don't realize it, but when you begin to allow every kind of immorality and degeneracy and perversion imaginable, the one thing you will not allow is to have anybody criticize you for doing these things. Extraordinarily successful people can admit to any kind of immorality, depravity, perversion of any sort on any talk show on television and nobody will so much as lift an eyebrow and certainly would not find fault or criticize them for what they say. So yes, tolerance is the last virtue of a degenerating society. I think the fact that Christianity is the majority religion in America has to be a big part of the reason it is singled out for intolerance. I don't think that anyone is overly concerned about the view of Zoroastrians.

In addition, when you don't want to obey the Commandments of God, you find it very difficult to acknowledge that these are absolute truths presented by an absolute God that demands absolute obedience when you have determined you are not going to obey and so you must get rid of absolutes to begin with.

Consider Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind. The very first sentence of the book says the one thing you can be sure that every graduate of an American public high school has learned: that there is no such thing as absolute truth and everything is relative. Of course if you ask these students why that is so, many of them would probably respond, "Well haven't you ever heard of Einstein and his theory of relativity? Einstein taught that all things were relative." Well, the fact is Einstein said nothing of the sort. In fact, when he found that the theory of relativity was being smeared over into all kinds of other disciplines besides physics, he said, "Relativity applies to physics, not ethics." So relativists basically have a desire to live according to their own rules and do their own thing and not be obedient to God. Because when you say there are no absolutes, you are professing atheism, because God is the ultimate absolute and His word is the next ultimate absolute and that's what they want to reject because of their own sin.

I think a good example of this was an interview I heard a number of years ago when Sir Julian Huxley was being interviewed on public television shortly before he died. Now Sir Julian was the director of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, and he was a leading evolutionist. He was also the grandson or nephew of Thomas Huxley, who was Darwin's bulldog and who popularized evolution in Darwin's day. He was asked why scientists jumped at The Origin of Species. Most people would say that they had been taught that Darwin presented such a massive amount of evidence that their scientific integrity required that they accept it as truth. Well, the leading evolutionist in the world said, and I quote, "I suppose that the reason we leapt at the Origin was that the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores." Now that has nothing to do with philosophy or absolute truth or anything. It has to do with our emotions, our genes, and our passions and I think that applies to a lot of this rejection of absolute truth.

Concerning your question about Christianity's perceived judgmentalism, it reminds me of when I was down on skid row in Tampa, shortly after I became a Christian. I had been invited down there to preach the gospel to the people on the streets. The streets were mostly made up of alcoholics who were staggering around and one thing I heard from virtually every one of them that I tried to talk to was this: "The Bible says take a little wine for your stomach." They all knew that verse. It's the same thing with the people who believe in relativity. The one verse they know is "Judge not lest ye be judged." You might ask them, "Well, what do you think of Christ's statement when he says, 'Judge righteous judgments: What do you think about that?" Well, they never even have heard of it. But the Bible does say that. The fact of the matter is, there is a whole book in the Bible titled judges. So the Bible does call upon us to make judgments and God has appointed that there should even be people in the office of judging other people and the church is given the responsibility of passing judgment upon those that are living either in heresy or in scandalous sin. So again they are showing that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Jesus is talking there about the fact that in our daily conversation, we shouldn't always be finding fault with people but again He says there are times when we must make righteous judgments.

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