Contradict Meme #1

I finally figured out how I can create memes quickly without have someone else’s url on it and with no additional costs to myself .  This means I plan on making plenty of memes.  They seem to be easy ways of promoting Contradict Movement.  Here is a meme I meme I made using the Contradict logo:

contradict meme1I posted this image to Facebook and almost instantly I received a question about who considers Contradict to be hate speech.

The following was my response:

I can provide an example of a person who essentially says that it is hate speech. The person says that it isn’t hate speech, but often times in this paragraph uses the word “hate” in application to Contradict and does in fact call Contradict a bully:

“Islam, Christianity, Buddhism etc. Most are “the only truth” to countless people. And it’s fine to believe that. But, what’s not fine is not allowing others to have their individual beliefs in the truth. Who cares if they’re wrong? Is it really hurting you? Only if you fight them. Only if you threaten. Only if you belittle, offend, annoy…There’s a saying that hate is like a burning coal you are intending to throw at someone. The only one who gets burned by holding onto hate is you. This isn’t necessarily hate, but it’s close-minded. The Contradict movement is, for all intents and purposes, a bully. And yet, look at how many previously bullied people who have now found God are getting behind it. And before you go and argue that Coexist people are bullies, too, here’s a reminder–they aren’t expecting you to do anything but let people live out their own lives, as ignorant to your version of the truth as they want. It is a wise man who realizes that action speaks louder than any amount of scripture reading and referencing ever will.”

This quote comes from the following blog url: http://dreamsandrevelations.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/coexist-and-its-copycat-brother-contradict/

Also most sites where this image has been posted have responses from naysayers asking why Christians have to hate other religions and why we can’t accept them all and have tolerance?

My brother-in-law works with someone who has a Co-exist sticker on his car. His co-worker parks next to his car with a Contradict sticker quite often. After work, his co-worker told him that when he sees his Contradict sticker all he sees is hate and asked him why he has to hate others. Basically I think the Co-exist-er hates knowing that my brother-in-law professes John 14:6 and thus places his hatred of my brother-in-law’s beliefs onto the message itself, making the message a message of hate because it does spur people towards hatred, just as Jesus said, “The world is going to hate you because of me.”

Another person chimed in to my answer, adding:

Like the guy admits in the quote they want to willingly stay in ignorance, and in actually they’re lashing out and calling you the “hater” because they know they have no ground to stand on when it comes to their claim that “truth is relative”. Most people result to name calling and labeling when they’re exposed, and when the call you the “hater” they’re actually projecting what they are and what they feel toward you.

Check out Contradict Movement!  You can watch videos, get linked to Facebook, get access to free group study guides, and even better, order stickers, shirts, mugs, magnets, and cell phone covers adorned with the Contradict logo. 

The Heart Behind Pluralism

The 60s Counter-Culture movement that questioned absolute truth and morality and the objectivity for measuring such standards did so because they saw that people were being killed over differences that weren’t directly affecting them in their personal freedoms.  Different forms of government cause war, cultural clashes lead to hatred, racial differences bring oppression, the physically stronger sex suppresses the weaker sex, and religions… well, I think we know the problems that arise from the interaction of diverse faiths vying for the ultimate authority on the most important questions of life, death, and the after-life.

Crying amidst these clashes over politics, race, sex, and religion, the Youngbloods sang, “Come on people now smile on your brother.  Everybody get together. Try to love one another right now.”  The Beatles sang over and over, “All you need is love.  Love is all you need.”  And after the Beatles broke up, John Lennon sang against fussing over all the different “isms” in the world, when all we really need to do is “give peace a chance.”  The slogan that sums up the Counter-Culture movement was “Make love not war,” and this is the heart behind modern day pluralism, love.

Those who imply pluralism when they use the words tolerance and co-existence are doing so from a right heart position.  From their standpoint, the often times hateful reaction that intolerance offers in response to diversity is the root of our self inflicted pain and suffering upon each other.  If we could only love one another, we could heal the world.  If we could just get to that point that we recognize that we are all brothers and sisters; we could make the world a better place for you, and for me.

Love covers a multitude of sins.  Love trumps all ideologies, philosophies, and religions, and if some refuse to hop aboard the love (pluralism) train because they are still elevating their beliefs over and above love, then all we have to do is convince them that the world’s competing truth claims are actually at their core, the same.  If differences are only aesthetic, then all religions can all be boiled down to one common denominator.  That one common denominator is love thy neighbor as yourself; love is all we need, and that is the heart behind pluralism.

But is it true? Can religions really be reduced to a common denominator?

Tolerance Quote – Erwin W. Lutzer

“Tolerance emerged as the one indisputable national value. This word, which at one time meant that people should be free to believe whatever they wished, now meant that they could do whatever they wished, and it was an improper to judge their conduct. Tolerance now demands an affirmation of virtually all behavior, no matter how immoral, unnatural, and bizarre.” – Erwin W. Lutzer