Acceptance, Tolerance, or Respect?

hasan-almasi-657415-unsplash.jpgAround the globe, two extremes can be seen in how people respond to social and religious differences: violent extremism and unexamined tolerance. At one end of the spectrum, we see unloving and violent insistence that one group’s ways are the only way and other people need to get in line or pay the consequences. On the other hand, a common present-day human philosophy is that every person has the right to choose their own path and that no path is any more valuable or right than any other.

When we consider the world through the lens of Scripture, we realize that neither of these extremes mesh with God’s view.

Consider these words regarding the God of glory:

“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8).

Or these words in Isaiah 46:8:

“Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.”

According to these verses, God sees Himself as unique from all other supposed deities.

How does this mesh with some people’s desire in the 21st century to speak as if God will accommodate people’s worship and allegiance to other gods?

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