Outsiders sometimes label Christians as narrow minded and intolerant.
The outsiders are right.
Jesus was narrow minded and intolerant too. Christian narrow mindedness and intolerance are sinful. Jesus’ narrow mindedness and intolerance are righteous. Christians make a choice between following Jesus and walking down His narrow minded, intolerant path, or their sinful path.
Jesus taught life has two paths. One is broad, easy and popular, lacking morals and convictions. “Many walk down it,” he said; “but it leads to destruction.” The other path, He said, is narrow and sometimes treacherous to navigate. Few walk down it. But it leads to eternal life.
Jesus taught that He was the way, the truth and the life. “No one comes to the Father except through me,” He said.
Talk about narrow minded!
Besides being narrow minded Jesus was intolerant. He was intolerant of hypocrisy. Hypocrites judge others and show contempt for those whose beliefs differ from their own. They are counterfeit Christians.
Jesus was also intolerant toward selfishness. “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself,” Jesus taught. He wanted followers to love God and love others. He said that is hard to do if worldly goods become idols we consider more important than following Jesus.
Jesus was also intolerant of sin. Christ was so intolerant of sin that He died on a cross, taking all our sins on Himself, so we could live forever free of the power of sin we used to live under.
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