Tolerance of a Christian
That being said let us clearly define tolerance so that the christian will be circumscribed by that definition and so that the world my see that Christians are among the only group that is tolerance today..
- Tolerance is recognizing another opinion is not the same as your opinion, it is forbearance that restrains us for showing anger or inflicting punishment because of that opinion.
- Tolerance is always given to an individual but never given to an idea or principle. Jude 1:22-23 teaches "And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh" (NASB) this oulines the concept of tolerance perfectly where tolerance is given to the person (sinner) but hated is given to the principle or idea (sin)
“Tolerance is an attitude of reasoned patience toward evil … a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment. Tolerance applies only to persons … never to truth. Tolerance applies to the erring, intolerance to the error … Architects are as intolerant about sand as foundations for skyscrapers as doctors are intolerant about germs in the laboratory. Tolerance does not apply to truth or principles. About these things we must be intolerant, and for this kind of intolerance, so much needed to rouse us from sentimental gush, I make a plea. Intolerance of this kind is the foundation of all stability.” (Fulton J Sheen)
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