Just How “Tolerant” Was Jesus?



[tol-uh-reyt] verb (used with object), tol·er·at·ed, tol·er·at·ing.

1. to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.
2. to endure without repugnance; put up with: I can tolerate laziness, but not incompetence.


[ri-puhg-nuhnt] adjective

1. distasteful, objectionable, or offensive: a repugnant smell.
2. making opposition; averse.
3. opposed or contrary, as in nature or character.

I’ve grown weary of the cry for tolerance from intolerant people. I find it irritating to continually hear how Jesus wouldn’t judge someone for his/her lifestyle. I see it mainly on boards I need to visit for different reasons, but I find it frustrating to see non-Christians telling me what Jesus meant in the Bible with “progressive Christians” supporting their ignorance. It is quite clear that the people (focusing on this board, but this happens worldwide) choose to see what they want from the Bible. Their Jesus is a soft, lamb-carrying, Fabio-looking, don’t-rock-the-boat creampuff of a man that never worked a day in his life and just lives on love because everyone’s lifestyle is acceptable. Their “Jesus” doesn’t care if you worship a rock or that bug I flushed down the toilet because their Jesus knows you were actually worshiping him while you were blaspheming the God of the Bible. Their Jesus doesn’t care if you refuse to acknowledge the intense suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection because their Jesus welcomes everyone to return to the spiritual soup of heaven where people walk around bragging about their good deeds and thanking everyone but Jesus for getting them to Heaven. Pssh! Well, their Jesus doesn’t exist!!

Sweet, non-confrontational, doe-eyed, Jesus that would never hurt a fly…Let’s see the Bible description, which is the Jesus we’ll see when He returns.


“11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth JUDGE and MAKE WAR. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven FOLLOWED him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should SMITE the nations: and he shall RULE them with a ROD OF IRON: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and WRATH of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” – Rev 19:11-16

– Jesus is loving but will not stand for unrighteousness. It is a black and white issue. Either you’re on His side, or you’re on the side that will get trampled.


Let’s see just how “tolerant” Jesus was of sin, worshiping other gods (following “other paths”), and the “loving, non-violent” description of Jesus that the Bible has. (Although there are many passages that can be used, I chose to use the Gospels and Revelation because they are the “red letters” on which people focus and describe what Jesus said/did while He was here in bodily form.)

Let’s look at some of the liberal claims:

–          “We reflect the views of over 150 million Liberal, Progressive, Tolerant and Independent thinking Christians, Catholics, and others of all spiritual paths, religions and traditions in the USA and Canada.  Together, we reject the radical right wing Republican evangelicals’ claims that they alone represent the will, expression and blessing of Jesus Christ.  We believe it is high time someone stand up for the Liberal, Progressive, Tolerant and Independent thinking majority’s position that any plain reading of His words, any genuine interpretation of His intent, outline a Liberal, Progressive, Tolerant, Loving and holistic world view.” – “Jesus is a Liberal” page

– So because their numbers have increased, the Biblical view of Jesus and His teachings need to be redefined? All these spiritual paths have decided Jesus accepts everyone and everything?

–          “Over and over again, He taught us to believe in and live a spiritual and ethical life based in our essential, inherent goodness.  What Jesus promoted was succinct set of spiritual principals and a way of life based upon the of love, compassion, tolerance, and a strong belief in the importance in giving and of generosity to those in need.”


Claim – Jesus promotes unity. It doesn’t matter what path you follow. “We all worship the same god.”

  • “34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” – Matt 10:34-38
  • “14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” – Mark 1:14-15- “Repent ye, and believe the gospel” sounds like a command to me.
  • “24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” – John 8:24- Jesus just told the Pharisees that they will die in their sins (and go to hell) if they don’t believe He is the promised Messiah sent by God. This goes for anyone who does not believe.
  • “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:16-18- The verse people love to quote is often not accompanied by the verses that bring it to light. If anyone DOES NOT BELIEVE on Jesus Christ, he is already condemned.
  • “21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” – Matt 7:21-23- In the midst of Jesus telling us how to judge and who to avoid (wolves in sheep’s clothing – judgment call), Jesus states that He will turn people away from Heaven.
  • “4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” – Luke 12:4-5- Jesus spends quite some time talking about hell. He does not lie, so clearly, there will be some that will be thrown into hell.
  • “6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6; “9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” – John 10:9; “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” – Matt 7:13-14- Yeah, looks like there are only two paths, and the one to Heaven is through Jesus Christ.


Claim – Jesus taught us to believe in our inherent goodness.

  • “16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”– Being “good” is not enough because our “goodness” is not enough for Heaven.

Claim – Jesus told us that we do not have to adhere to specific guidelines/commandments (even though they have no problem with emphasizing “Thou shalt not kill.”)

  • “15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.” – John 14:15
  •  “21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” – John 14:21
  •  “9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” – John 15:-9-10- Hmmm…looks like Jesus actually emphasized obedience to God’s commandments.

Claim – Jesus didn’t judge and doesn’t want us to judge (based on Matt 7:1-2)

  • “5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” – Matt 7:5– Jesus gave instructions on how to judge. First clean yourself of that sin, and then help your brother to get out of the sin which no longer binds you.
  • “10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” – John 8:10-11- A favorite passage to prove Jesus didn’t judge anyone – Jesus didn’t condemn her (in this case, to death), but He judged her sin and told her to stop.
  • “14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” – John 5:14- Jesus is talking to the man healed on the Sabbath. He specifically tells the man to stop sinning because a worse fate will befall him.

Claim Fundamental Christians are “narrow-minded” (why, thank you very much!). Jesus prayed for people and did not walk around pointing out sins. – We’re expected to just pray for leadership and people without calling their sins sin.

  • “10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? 11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” – John 19:10-11- Jesus let the ruler of the government know that as powerful as he thought he was, God had the true power, and He still stated who was sinning in the exchange for Jesus.
  • “1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, . . .13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. 16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. 19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. 21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” – Matt 23:1, 13-38- It doesn’t look like Jesus had a problem calling anyone on his sin and did it publicly. You really can’t get much more insulting that this passage! In fact, this is the second time Jesus calls them vipers (Matt 12:34). The first person to call them vipers was John the Baptist. Apparently, the title fit.

Claim – Jesus was non-violent and wanted peace at all costs (no fighting or defending ourselves).

  • “35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. 37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. 38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.”– Does it make more sense that Jesus would tell His followers to buy a sword for decorative purposes or whittling or so they could defend their families? That’s not to say that we go get ammunition to go on the advance to attack people and force people to convert but that it may be necessary to protect our families against harm on our physical bodies.
  • “13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.” – John 2:13-16“12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” – Matt 21:12-13- I guess the fact that Jesus turned the temple upside down by himself, drove out grown men, and called them on their thievery without anyone stopping Him went completely unnoticed.

Claim – Jesus was the friend of sinners.

  • “15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.”– Matt 11:15-19 Jesus never claimed to be friends with sinners. Pharisees accused Him of being friends with sinners.
  • Friends of Jesus are those who follow Him. “13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, IF ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” John 15:13-15
  • “Jesus ate with sinners!” – Well, it’s kind of hard to go anywhere now and not eat with or around sinners, but let’s look at this meal that people say was a friendship. “27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. 30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:27-32- Jesus saw the publican/tax collector Levi/Matthew and told him to follow Him (Jesus). Levi/Matthew, a new disciple, held a dinner to which Jesus, His disciples, and Matthew’s old acquaintances attended. Jesus spoke to them because all are in need of salvation (healing). The Bible doesn’t state that this happened more than once.
  • The next time we see “sinners” and Jesus interaction being an issue is Luke 15:1-2 – “Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to HEAR HIM. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.”- Jesus did not make it a practice of “kickin’ it” with sinners. He ate with them once when Matthew invited Him to dinner and then spoke of repentance. The rest of the time, sinners went after Jesus. (Now, let’s see our seeker-sensitive churches follow that example.)


One more time…

“11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth JUDGE and MAKE WAR. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven FOLLOWED him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should SMITE the nations: and he shall RULE them with a ROD OF IRON: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and WRATH of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” – Rev 19:11-16


There is no king above Jesus Christ! There is no Lord above Jesus Christ! There is no name above the name of Jesus Christ! There is no way to Heaven but through Jesus Christ! Jesus will be leading an army when He returns, and Jesus is completely intolerant of all ideas but His! Any version of Jesus other than the one described Biblically is an idol because the God of the Bible ain’t taking no mess!

“6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” – Rev 21:6-8

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