“Tolerance” is a word that gets thrown around a lot without people really knowing its true meaning, kind of like “love”. People pass the word around a lot as a way to judge people saying that “You shouldn’t do that!” I hear it a lot as a Christian. If you are unaware, a goal of a Christian is to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). These were Jesus’ last words before He ascended to Heaven and it is called the Great Commission, which just so happens to be the name of an okay Christian deathcore band. This is supposed to be the sole purpose of a Christian life on Earth because we use the mentality of we can’t take anything to Heaven with us but souls. And so, this is what is called Evangelism and is actually a job a devoted Christian can have. By eventual job is going to be a Worship leader of a Church but that does not mean that I shouldn’t evangelize.
And so, I have arrived to where we should start this post.
I was on Facebook (Yes, I have one and no, you can’t add me) the other day and a person mentioned Karma in a status update and so I mentioned that I didn’t believe in Karma but the judgment of God. Suddenly, I look at my Notifications and see that I have 5 comments on that one status all yelling and cursing at me for expressing my beliefs. I won’t bore you with what was in the exact conversation but it basically came down to one person yelling about contradictions he couldn’t prove and one spelling mistake I had had. And trust me, there is a reason I am telling you this.
If you aren’t a Christian, you are probably questioning that there wasn’t more to the conversation than what I’m telling you but that doesn’t matter to my point. Whatever you believe in, whether it is Buddhism, Islam, Atheism, or Agnosticism, you must understand where the other person is coming from. If you are a Christian and are called to share your faith, there are boundaries that you shouldn’t cross but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to tell people what you believe. The internet is a breeding ground for 12 year-old atheists who think they know everything but have never really questioned what they believe, but only what their parents believed and knew that they wanted to make their parents made and therefore started to hate God. Many atheists today started out that way and I encourage you to re-think, not change, but just to think and contemplate and challenge yourself. Trust me; I do the same every day. Every morning I have an argument with myself about what I believe and whether or not there is logic behind it.
In conclusion, understand that nobody can change what you believe but yourself. As a Christian, I know it is my goal to share my faith and make disciples, but I cannot do that through debate. That can only occur through the changing of one’s heart. I can only present you with the tools to make the decision, which in the case of Christianity, gets thrown out without much thought sadly. I promise you, if you search for answers through God, you will find them. If you have any questions, post them in the comment section and I will answer them the best as I can.