Brief Reflection on Truth, Tolerance, and Intolerance

Culture has always been bound to geography in some degree throughout history. Globalization has led to cultures mixing, sharing ideas, discovering new views on issues, and an attempt at a new culture. A large move is made for cultural mixing, people are expected to share, tolerate, and respect another people’s customs and religions. I would agree with that statement to a degree.

Tolerance should be given to all men, we all have certain human rights that must be respected. All must be done to avoid war and death, but I don’t believe life must be conducted to avoid conflict. When we begin to think that it should not be allowed to express our ideals, beliefs, morals, and Truths because they may offend another people we compromise our own souls. Our beliefs should not compromised another beliefs in terms of physical harm or belittlement, but we ALL must not simply shrink from argument and conflict over our beliefs.

If secular society continues to move to where it claims that “everyone” has a right to express their opinions of religion, morals, and ethics we will find ourselves in a very different world. Because the fact of the matter is that is not how society is today. People of a conservative religious view are shunned, belittle, persecuted, and not allowed to speak. Any belief in America that has been around for 30 years is considered a “new truth,” if there can be such a things as “new truth”. Any belief that has been held for two millennium is attacked, threatened, and doubted. I ask, a man has lived for 2000 years, he has studied, explored, encountered, and debated every aspect the world has produce. Or the man who is 18, 20, 30, 40 years old? Who only knows his time and seen only those around him. He has not encountered every opposition in history, learned from it, and continued to grow from it! It is in this way he secular world of the 21st century is! Only instead of one man that has lived for 2000 years it is millions of men who have come from every corner, background, society, and view to discuss and come to the same Truths.

It is by this realization of time, men, and study that shows that Truth does not change, that just because a current majority of living people have a new idea does not make it right. This can be best quoted with some of the final words of Sir Thomas More of England who was beheaded and made a martyr under Henry VIII’s reign.

At his execution trial More was questioned again about his Catholic Faith in supposition to the newly established Anglican Church, ideas on marriage, and newly composed beliefs of most of the bishops. A tribunal of three men, a duke, the archbishop of the new church, and the new chancellor, oversaw his final trial. The Duke of Norfolk asked, “This is arrogance, this is pride. Everyone else has come with us. Why don’t you just be a part of the majority [of England]?”

More replied, “Majority? One day you will learn that is not true, and if the doors and windows of Heaven were to open right now you would see that not you but I am in the majority!”

He was shortly thereafter was beheaded in the name of the English/Protestant Reformation for remaining a Roman Catholic.

St. More was a layman, a self-proclaimed man of weak courage and bravery. When he saw all he altar smashing, murdering of Catholics, and bishops of only England suddenly changing their beliefs he would not yield. He was the Chancellor of the nation, a major advisor to the king, and had pride and position, but stepped down from these before he was even arrested. He believed and something greater than this world, and he believed in being persecuted and dying for it if that was the case.”For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in thisadulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Matthew 8:36-38

Finally, in the words of a living bishop of today I would like to end this commentary here:

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the Church has done so often in human history.” – Cardinal George of Chicago

 

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