Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
As Long As It is Opposed to God
11/01/2003 - James White
A friend just sent me this note:
Just thought it curious that at this moment the CNN home page has the following stories:
- Consecration of a gay bishop to the Episcopal church
- A study shows that teens get "good" safe sex advice from "Friends"
- The Supreme Court has refused to hear the Ten Commandments case
- ABC will, tonight, air a special report asking whether Mary Magdalene was Jesus' wife, based at least partly on the book The DaVinci Code
Makes ya wonder how long... Maranatha!
It is truly surreal, is it not? These networks would not dare air such garbage about Islam, for example, since Islam has become the darling of the media left (though, they would be the first folks eliminated were Islamic law to become the law of the land). And to base it upon second-rate historical mythology, pure fiction...and then pretend it has some scholarly merit or basis! The hatred of the media elites for the Christian faith simply knows no bounds.
How long will we have the freedom to even mention these things? If the current legal case in Australia is any indication, not long. Seems a ministry named Catch the Fire held a seminar on Islam following the events of 9-11-2001. They dared to quote from the Quran and the Hadith (the collections of authoritative Muslim traditions). Well, post-modern Western civilization is not tolerant of such intolerance. I contacted the Australian Embassy and received the following information about the case:
The case is being heard under the State of Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 under which the Islamic Council of Victoria has made a complaint of religious vilification against Catch the Fire Ministries. The purpose of the Act is to promote racial and religious tolerance by prohibiting the vilification of persons on the ground of race or religious belief or activity, and to provide a means of redress for the victims of racial or religious vilification.
Vilification? The frightening part is that it is reported that the Christian ministry can not use as its defense that what they said is true. The whole point is not whether they spoke the truth, but whether the Muslims were "vilified" thereby! Such may strike you as absolutely insane, but such is the nature of the religion of post-modernism: "tolerance" can be very, very intolerant of truth. The response from the Australian Embassy had included this statement:
Equally, all Australians share the obligations of commitment to Australia and its democratic institutions and values, and respect for the right of others to express their culture and beliefs.
To which I replied:
Does this freedom include the right to truthfully represent the beliefs of a religious group that denies the validity of your own, and, along with this, expressing the central affirmation of your own religion that another religion is itself not speaking the truth regarding God and the way by which a person might come before Him? In other words, are Christians protected in your country so that they may believe *and proclaim* the words of the founder of their religion, Jesus Christ, who said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." Or does the concept of "tolerance" in fact promote intolerance of such a belief?
We will see what kind of response comes back, if any at all. My friends, use your freedom to speak the truth while you have it. The cost of speaking the truth will escalate, sooner than most of us think.