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“No lie comes from the truth”

Just the other day my wife had a brief discourse with a casual acquaintance of ours from the last town we lived in. Though this lady and her husband are great people, fun, loving, genuinely good…they are lost. Below is the Facebook “conversation”:

Friend’s question:
“Check this out, friends. Not so much the invalid Parade poll, but the bigger question. Are we becoming less religious and more spiritual? What do those terms mean to you? How would our culture benefit or suffer from such a change in ideology?”

My wife’s response:
As a Christian I am interested in what other religions/faiths etc. believe and have no problem with discussion. I dislike however, the term “Religious” and I’m not fond of “Spiritual” either. The first is connotative of empty rituals while the second is too ethereal and represents a lack of commitment or a desire to make up one’s own religion. I guess I prefer “Faith”. Yes, I adhere to a specific “religion” but ultimately my faith is personal, between me and my Savior Jesus. It is not mindless, it is not ego-centric, it is not about a set of rules or practices. It is about loving God with all my heart, soul and mind, and loving others as myself regardless of what they believe. Why? Because God loves me. Would I like for others to believe as I do? Absolutely. Does that make me intolerant and those who pick and choose from various religions tolerant? I guess that some might say so. But honestly it just means that I want others to share in the joy and fulfillment that I have; that I see and believe come from no other means.

Her response:
@Heather- Isn’t it interesting what personal meanings we place upon words? I suspected there would be some differences as well as similarities with what I think/feel and with whomever responded to this. Those words are tricky, aren’t they? Religious and spiritual. My attention is locked on these words from all that you wrote, Heather (although I thank you for sharing ALL of your words with me and am honored and grateful you responded!): “… and loving others as myself regardless of what they believe.” How profound. How universal. I am thinking of words attributed to Gandhi, to Buddha, to Jesus, to Muhammad, to Confucius, to so many enlightened souls. Namaste, Heather. The sacred light within me embraces and acknowledges the sacred light within you.

Now…my response from my Scripture reading this morning: 1 John 2:21-23: “…no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies Jesus as the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist-he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

Am I intolerant? Well, to the truest meaning of the word, yes. As a Christian…believing Christianity to its fullest extent…it is an intolerant belief system, an intolerant faith. But the difference here is that it is not an intolerant hatred, but instead an intolerant love (as oxymoronic as that sounds). Christ calls me to love others the way He loved me. My love for others drives me to be intolerant of the lies they’ve come to believe. My love drives me to be intolerant of the actions they take to “find” god. My love forces me to be intolerant of their belief that Gandhi, Buddha, Muhammad, and Confucius are on the same “spiritual” plain as Jesus Christ. My heart is breaking for those blinded by the darkness (1 John 1 and 2).